National PCC Day 2006: America's
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
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.
For more information, visit: http://www.usps.com/nationalpcc/events.htm.
Hotline helper - Postcard peel-off puts
you in the know
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
EAS Leadership Development open
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
http://blue.usps.gov, 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
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
• 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
• 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
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
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"
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
Fairbanks, AK, Post Office had great
weather and a busy day during the
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
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
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
L.A. station renamed for fallen soldier
John 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
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.
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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