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National PCC Day 2006: America's partnership

This year's National Postal Customer Council (PCC) Day theme is America's Partnership. The event is scheduled for Sept. 20, and we hope to have 100 percent participation by all PCCs. The host PCCs are Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. The two remote sites participating in this year's live satellite broadcast will be Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, and Miami-Dade County, FL (2005 PCC of the Year).

The live broadcast of Postmaster General Jack Potter's keynote address will be available inside the Postal Service on PSTN Channel 15 and USPS TV onDemand LIVESTREAM. Externally, it will be available on the DISH Network, Channel 9612 and on Ku Band Satellite - AMC 3, Transponder 3, Downlink Frequency 11760 Horizontal. The broadcast will be at 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time.

PCC is a network of business mailers and representatives of the U.S. Postal Service who gather regularly to discuss and resolve local mailing issues. On both the national and local levels, PCCs work to improve communication between the Postal Service and its customers.

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Hotline helper - Postcard peel-off puts you in the know

I wonder if we'll be open today?Hurricanes. Flooding. Tornadoes. Wildfires. When local emergencies or incidents occur, how will you know if your facility is open? By calling the National Emergency Hotline at 888-363-7462.

A postcard was sent to employees' s recently, with just the hotline helper you need - a sticker you can place on the back of your badge with the hotline number printed on it.

EAS Leadership Development open season

Are you a high-performing and high-potential EAS Level 19 or above employee working in field operations? Do you see yourself driving your performance cluster to success as a postmaster? How about as a Marketing manager or a manager of Distribution Operations? EAS Leadership Development (ELD) - a new Web-based leadership development tool - may be the key to opening up opportunities for you.

More than 14,000 EAS Level 19 and above area and cluster-level employees can apply for up to three developmental pools during ELD open season. Lead executives for each cluster and area determined which pools to offer to their employees based on their critical operational and support needs for the future. Contact your ELD liaison to find out about your local developmental pools and information sessions. To learn more, go to the Postal Service Intranet at, and under "Hot Topics," click on EAS Leadership Development (ELD).

Future plans are in the works to expand ELD to include all EAS employees. The application period for ELD is Sept. 6-Oct. 20.

Laptop theft - What are you doing to prevent it?

A laptop stolen is a laptop unlikely to be returned to its owner, with 97 percent never recovered, according to computer industry experts. In past years, laptops were targeted for their hardware value. Now, they could be mined for the data they contain.

Information Technology and the Privacy Office remind you to protect yourself and the Postal Service by following these guidelines:

• Don't store sensitive or non-public employee, business or customer information on laptops unless there is a compelling business need, and only then with management approval. Remember that attachments in e-mail messages also pose a risk. Limit your distribution and retention of sensitive and non-public information in e-mail attachments.

• In the office, lock your laptop to its docking station. For added protection, use a cable lock to secure the laptop to a fixed object. Cable locks are portable. Use them when at or on travel. Never leave the laptop in plain view at , in your car or anywhere else.

• Consider whether the nature of your job requires you to have a laptop. If the answer is no, consider switching to a desktop workstation instead. Protecting information is everyone's job.

USPS recycles trash contracts and saves money

Supply chain management delivers results!When Supply Management's Eastern Services Category Man- agement Center (CMC) realized USPS paid too much for removal of waste and recycled materials, it renegotiated its contracts.

The CMC turned to CombineNet for its software, which lets vendors offer bids based as much on their own strengths as on USPS requirements. Electronic bidding also lets specialty companies bid on individual or "bundles" of services.

USPS was able to reduce from 51 to 9 the number of suppliers needed to serve 254 facilities, with savings of more than $779,000 annually.

Fairbanks, AK, Passport Fair

Picture from Fairbanks, AKFairbanks, AK, Post Office had great weather and a busy day during the passport fair.

It was 80 degrees and sunny on the day the Fairbanks, AK, Downtown Station held its passport fair. As a rule, Alaskans don't get to enjoy too many days of such fine weather.

Station Clerk Denise Hernandez organized the fair, along with Station Manager Carolyn Lindquist, Fairbanks Postmaster Robert Fimon and Alaska District Manager Dianne Horbuchuck.

The town had scheduled its "Golden Days" celebration for the same day. And the 54-year-old citywide celebration probably helped make the passport fair a success. Clerks processed 203 passport applications, handed out 75 renewal applications and took more than 123 sets of photos, gathering more than $8,000 in revenue. "We never had a minute to spare," Hernandez said.

It was a golden day all around.

"We deliver for you" nominated for award

Consider the possibilities: Appearing on a sidewalk in Manhattan, NY - alongside such memorable catchphrases as "Where's the beef?," "Can you hear me now?" and "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't" - might be "We deliver for you."

It could happen. And you can help.

The popular USPS tagline has been nominated for election to the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame. According to the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), the public - that's you - can vote for any of 26 nominees.

Postal Service employees, their families, their friends - anyone with access to a computer and an Internet connection - can vote now by going to this Web site:

Two winning slogans will be announced during "Advertising Week," the AAAA's annual convention, Sept. 25-29. The winners will be memorialized on the sidewalks of Madison Avenue.

L.A. station renamed for fallen soldier

Picture from L.A. stationJohn Marshall's family gathers to look at the temporary sign renaming the Hancock Post Office in his honor. A permanent sign will be erected later this year. From left, John's father Joseph, his mother Odessa and his brother James.

The Postal Service renamed the Hancock Post Office in Los Angeles to the John W. Marshall Station last week. Ap- proximately 200 family members, friends and guests attended the ceremony to honor Marshall, who was killed in an ambush in Baghdad on April 8, 2003.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters authored the bill to initiate the name change. Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced the bill in the Senate, and it was enacted to law on July 12, 2005.

Marshall, 50 years old at the time of his death, was a career soldier about to retire who chose to enlist one last time to help in Iraq.

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