New vice president

Scott Raymond has been named Atlantic Area vice president, a role he has filled on an acting basis since Oct. 1.

As vice president, Raymond will be responsible for 12 districts, 128,000 employees, 8,600 Post Offices and 35.6 million delivery points.

Prior to serving as acting vice president, Raymond served as Atlantic Region senior director.

He has held numerous leadership positions at USPS, including operations support manager for the former Capital Metro Area, Mid-Carolina Processing and Distribution Center senior plant manager and Atlanta District manager.

He has also been detailed to several managerial positions in both mail processing and customer service, including distribution operations senior manager at the Northern Virginia Processing and Distribution Center, and officer in charge at the Vienna Main Post Office, Oakton Branch and Dunn Loring Station, all in Virginia.

Raymond began his career with USPS as a mail processor in 1993. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program.

Science superheroes

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is medical research.

The past few years have shown the sort of miracle well-funded medical research can accomplish: Vaccines that normally would take years to develop became available in months.

The Cleveland Clinic recently published a list of medical breakthroughs that scientists are on the cusp of achieving. They include:

  • New mRNA vaccinology: Previous research that made quick work of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines is being built upon for a wide array of applications, including cancer therapies.
  • Type 2 diabetes: A promising once-a-week injectable is in late-stage trials — a therapy that has the added benefit of helping obesity.
  • Sepsis detection: A computer algorithm is being developed to assist with early detection of sepsis, a leading cause of hospitalization and death around the world.

These are heartening developments for common ailments, but funds are also desperately needed for research into the myriad “orphan” diseases that often fall under the public’s radar.

If you’re unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also called the CFC, makes it easy:

  • Under “CFC Giving System” on the homepage, choose “online charity search.”
  • In the “Find A Charity” section, you’ll see “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Medical Research.”

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 14.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the 16th and final in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.48 percent during the week ending Dec. 30, down 0.51 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Jan. 4.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.27 percent, while WestPac ranked last with a 95.42 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Wisconsin, part of Central, ranked first with a 98.13 percent rating, while California 4, part of WestPac, ranked last with an 82.56 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, the Postal Service delivered 91.6 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 94 percent of Marketing Mail and 85.1 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s Dec. 29 edition features a cover story about how the Postal Service is ready for the holiday returns season, along with the latest updates to USPS policies, procedures and forms.

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