In remembrance

President Joe Biden has ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff to honor U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who died today.

Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment, Thursday Oct. 5.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

The USPS Administrative Support Manual has additional guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Into the future

The Delivering for America plan is helping the Postal Service move into a promising future, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told more than 1,000 employees recently.

“Going forward, we need to be nimble, agile and move in alignment with the plan,” DeJoy said.

He spoke in Denver at the United Postmasters and Managers of America’s seventh national convention. The group, also known as UPMA, provides professional development for postmasters, managers and supervisors.

DeJoy cited examples of businesses that failed to innovate and evolve, such as Blockbuster and Motorola, and said USPS was falling into a similar trap.

In its case, the Postal Service was struggling under the weight of a broken business model, substantial declines in mail volume and a management strategy that failed to rise to these challenges.

“We were not seeing the future,” DeJoy said.

Under Delivering for America, which USPS began implementing in 2021, the organization is working to achieve better operational, service and financial performance.

These efforts include modernizing processing facilities; creating a retail footprint where USPS serves as an extension of government and business customers; upgrading the postal delivery fleet through the use of electric vehicles; becoming the greenest way to mail and ship; offering better working conditions for employees; and strengthening the Postal Service’s voice.

DeJoy also encouraged UPMA members to learn about the plan and talk it up with their employees.

When everyone is on board, he said, “we will be a high-performing organization that has a vibrant future.”

In addition to his remarks at the UPMA convention, the postmaster general also visited the Denver Network Distribution Center and the Aurora, CO, Post Office.

COVID-19 tests

The federal government has approved a new round of free COVID-19 tests for the public.

Tests can be ordered through or, or by calling 800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489).

Customers will receive four rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. They will be sent by Ground Advantage to addresses in the contiguous United States. Customers in Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories or who have military addresses will receive the tests by Priority Mail.

The packages will begin shipping the week of Oct. 2.

Some of the tests may show expiration dates on the box that have passed; however, the Food and Drug Administration has extended those dates. A leaflet in each package will explain the extension, and the envelopes will have yellow stickers on the front alerting recipients to the leaflet inside.

USPS successfully shipped more than 750 million tests in previous rounds of COVID-19 test kit shipments.

Supreme justice

The Postal Service will release its Ruth Bader Ginsburg stamp Oct. 2.

Ginsburg (1933-2020) was the 107th U.S. Supreme Court justice and the second woman on the court.

In a distinguished career that began as a lawyer fighting gender discrimination, Ginsburg blazed a trail in the late 1950s and 1960s — when there were few women in the legal profession, and those that were often faced discrimination.

Ginsburg’s reputation was characterized by her pragmatism and willingness to build consensus.

She authored several landmark opinions that advanced gender equality, and she became a respected voice for equal justice.

Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp with art by Michael J. Deas, based on a photograph by Philip Bermingham.

The Forever stamp will be available in sheets of 20 at Post Offices and