SOX deadline

The Postal Service is reminding managers of an upcoming deadline for reviewing employee and contractor access to the organization’s applications and systems.

The periodic reviews are required under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) accounting law.

Managers must perform the reviews using both eAccess and ARIS. The USPS ServiceNow website has instructions for performing both kinds of reviews.

 To review employee and contractor access, managers should:

• Verify that users are properly assigned to them and that their occupation/position title is correct. This data should be consistent with the employee’s PS Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action.

• Ensure that user access rights to systems and applications are restricted to only what is required to perform their current role.

To avoid disrupting employees’ and contractors’ productivity, managers should complete both quarterly contractor and twice-yearly employee reviews before 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 29.

Information, please

The USPS Corporate Library would like to remind employees that there is a treasure trove of online research tools at their fingertips.

A new Training Resources page on Blue offers assistance to those who are unsure of how to search and navigate these sites. The page offers links to guides and tutorials — including short videos targeted to postal workers — for the library’s most popular online research tools.

These include Lexis, a source for the latest news, legal and business information, including company profiles and market research; EBSCO, a source for journal articles and financial data; and IBISWorld, a business and industry research tool.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, contact the USPS librarian at for assistance.

Shedding light

USPS has a message for employees and contractors: Don’t simply toss away light bulbs when they are no longer usable.

Most light bulbs — including fluorescent, compact fluorescent, high-intensity discharge (HID), light-emitting diode (LED), neon and ultraviolet lamps — contain mercury, toxic metals and other hazardous materials.

Consequently, the Postal Service considers these items universal waste that must be recycled.

Facilities must also ensure that employees who manage waste bulbs are properly trained.

To recycle HID and LED bulbs, facilities must:

• Store universal waste bulbs in closed containers that are clearly labeled.

• Arrange for off-site recycling within 365 days of the original waste generation date.

• Recycle waste bulbs with Cleanlites Recycling, the organization’s national service provider.

• Use mailback recycling containers or arrange for on-site pickup. Both options are available through Cleanlites in eBuy Plus; search under the catalog name USA Lamp & Ballast Recycling Inc.

Incandescent and halogen bulbs can be disposed of in the trash or dumpster since they are typically nonhazardous and don’t contain mercury or toxic metals.

The Waste Light Bulbs and Lamps Blue page has additional information.