End of an era

Netflix is ending its DVD-by-mail service at the end of the month.

Now known primarily as a video streaming service and content producer, the company started in 1997 by renting DVDs by mail in red envelopes that became iconic.

By 2009, the company had more than 10 million subscribers to its DVD service and was shipping 900 million DVDs a year through the Postal Service, accounting for 1.3 percent of all mail in the United States.

The company’s DVD service peaked at 14 million subscribers in 2011.

But competition from video streaming — including Netflix itself — led to a sharp decline in demand for DVD rentals, both from the company’s mail service and from neighborhood video stores.

Neflix’s DVD subscribers fell to 2.1 million by 2019, the last year the company reported that figure in public filings.

In 2019, the company celebrated shipping its 5 billionth DVD through the U.S. Mail.

Netflix will mail its final discs on Sept. 19.

Inside job

The Postal Service wants employees and contractors to know that threats to the organization’s information can come from the inside.

The key to preventing these threats is to know what the risks are and how to report them.

The organization works with the Postal Inspection Service and the USPS Office of Inspector General to prevent, detect and investigate instances of risky insider activity.

For example: Using an unapproved, removable media device to copy, move or store electronic files containing personally identifiable information meets the criteria for an insider risk.

Not all risky activities are intentional, and not all lead to an actual threat.

However, a pattern of conduct by a person that may be insignificant on its own may be worth reporting to the Insider Risk Program team when it happens in combination with other concerning behavior.

Examples of such behavior are listed on the program’s Blue page and include:

• Significant interest in sensitive missions outside the scope of the person’s duties;

• Repeated violations of policies or laws; and

• Angry outbursts or hateful comments about co-workers or the organization.

The team can be reached at insider_risk@usps.gov.

Front-line job fair

The Postal Service will hold its final virtual supervisory job fair on Sunday, Sept. 17.

More than 10,800 employees registered for the first three fairs, held in March, May and July.

The fairs are part of Focus on the Front, an initiative to fill more than 2,800 Executive and Administrative Schedule Level 17 supervisory positions throughout USPS.

Each fair features an overview of the knowledge and skills needed to be a competitive applicant, individual sessions on how to apply for vacancies in eCareer, and tips for interviewing.

Additionally, participants will receive information on what positions may be available as they continue their career beyond the supervisory role.

The fair will begin at 1 p.m. EDT and is open to both career and noncareer employees.

Employees must complete an online registration form on LiteBlue to participate in a fair. Participants must be current USPS employees and must be off the clock to attend.