SUMMARIES OF RECENT USPSNEWSRELEASE
National Dog-Bite Prevention Week.
Letter carriers in Van Nuys, CA, - who led the nation in dog bites last year
- kicked off National Dog Bite Prevention Week on Sunday, May 19, with a rally
followed by a "dog-walk."
"Last year, 85 of the injuries to letter carriers happened in our neighborhoods,"
says Van Nuys District Manager Richard Ordonez. "That's why we are leading
the nation's annual effort to bring attention to the problem of dog attacks
and educate the community about the need for responsible pet ownership."
The number of dog bites suffered by letter carriers peaked in 1983, exceeding
7,000. Through extensive training, public awareness and outreach programs, that
number dropped to an all-time low of 2,541 in 1998.
Postal Service Honors Six Outstanding Companies with "2002 Quality Supplier
PMG Jack Potter recognized six companies that USPS considers "the best
of the best" in supplying its employees with the equipment, tools and services
they need to deliver superior products and services to the American public.
"When it comes to excellence, you have set the standard for quality suppliers
and have become vital partners to our success in identifying and responding
to the needs of our customers," Potter told chief executive officers of
the award-winning companies during an afternoon ceremony at USPS headquarters.
To be eligible for a Quality Supplier Award, a firm must have earned more
than $500,000 during the last fiscal year. Each nominee then went through a
rigorous seven-step evaluation process in order to make the final cut. Mirroring
the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award process, small teams of postal evaluators
selected the winners by reviewing each application, making an on-site visit
with the firm and its employees, and talking to key Postal Service customers
and purchasing individuals familiar with the supplier.
Remarks by the Postmaster General before the US Congress
Despite the impact of the recession and the terrorist attacks, we have taken
steps to reduce costs and to manage the business more aggressively than ever
before. By the end of this year, we will have reduced the number of career employees
by 20,000. We will do that through attrition, We will also have reduced workhours
by over 60 million compared to last year. And we are postponing other program
expenditures and delaying capital investments.
Even with these short-term actions, we recognize the critical need for a long-term
approach to the issues the Postal Service is facing. This was the consensus
following last year's hearing and it resulted in the Postal Service's creation
of a comprehensive Transformation Plan. We delivered that Plan to Congress one
We believe the Plan offers the flexibility to give the Postal Service the long-term
tools it needs to carry out its universal service mandate. That mandate represents
a public policy decision that defines the role of the Postal Service. If that
is to remain the role of the Postal Service in the future, we need your help
and the help of the entire Congress and the Administration to achieve it.