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USPS, Postmasters continue talks on POStPLAN implementation

From NAPUS:

napusThe Postal Service and NAPUS President, Tony Leonardi along with League President, Mark Strong continue to discuss final POStPLAN implementation.

Post Offices were scheduled to be notified of their daily earned workhours using FY 2013 data by close of PQ II (03/31/2014). The delay in notification by Postal Service was due to ongoing discussions and validation of data.

A determination and timeline on implementation is expected soon. We will update our website when information is finalized.

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HQ Issues Clarification on POStPlan Re-evaluations of Level 18 Offices

From NAPUS:

As the result of a recent meeting between NAPUS President Bob Rapoza and incoming President Tony Leonardi with Postal Service representatives, a clarification has been issued on the effective date of Level 18 offices that would be downgraded in FY 2016. The original statement from Postal Headquarters was that while encumbered EAS-18 offices would continue to be evaluated under POStPlan on an annual basis, none of these offices would be downgraded until FY 2016. During a recent meeting with Postal Service representatives, NAPUS requested that the downgrade of encumbered EAS-18 offices be extended through FY 2016, and that request was approved, with an effective date of the end of September, 2016.

Charlie Moser

December 26, 2016

Postal Reform Bill — “Wait Til Next Year!”

From NAPUS:

napusYesterday, at about 3:45 PM EST, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Tom Carper D-DE pulled the plug on consideration of S. 1486 for the year. Up until that time, the Carper-Coburn postal reform bill was scheduled on the committee calendar for a Wednesday morning “markup”. Nevertheless, committee consideration of the bill was predicated on the ability of the Chairman and Committee Ranking Republican Tom Coburn R-OK to reach an agreement on a “managers’ amendment” to replace S. 1486, as introduced.

During fall hearings on S. 1486, both Senators recognized the imperfections in the bill and pledged to collaborate on a managers’ amendment to address the problems; however, a number of key disagreements between the Senators could not be resolved by Tuesday afternoon. In addition, many doubt that even if such an amendment was to have been constructed, it would have been able to garner the support of a committee majority 9 votes. So, on Monday evening, a “chairman’s substitute amendment” was under consideration, but that possibility fizzled by mid-Tuesday. Under normal circumstances, all amendments should have been filed by 5:00 PM EST, on Monday, but the rule could be waived with consent of the Chairman and Ranking Republican. In any event, committee members filed 25 amendments by the Monday deadline.

Over the past week, NAPUS Legislative Chairs represented by Senators serving on the Homeland Security were in communication with their Senators, and, on Tuesday morning, were explaining NAPUS’ positions on the key filed amendments and the underlying provisions in the bill.

In sum, a legislative reset may take place early next year, possibly with a much narrower measure that addresses just the retiree pre-funding issue and some other issues, and such a bill would probably need to be considered by the committee by Presidents’ Day. And, just in case you forgot about the House of Representatives, there has been no effort to schedule H.R. 2748, the Issa postal reform bill, for floor action.

Read more: NAPUS.

POStPlan Re-evaluations of Level 18 Offices in FY 2014 Won’t Impact Incumbent Postmasters Until FY 2016

POStPlan office evaluations will still take place as originally planned

As announced earlier, encumbered EAS-18 offices that are evaluated under POStPlan in FY 2014, won’t be changed until FY 2016. These offices will be evaluated as originally intended under the POStPlan process in Fiscal Year’s 2014 and 2015, but the results of the evaluations won’t take place until FY-2016. This decision comes as welcome news to Postmasters who were upgraded to EAS-18 under the POStPlan process last year, thus allowing them additional time to remain at their current salary levels.

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USPS Announces FY 2014 Pay for Performance Indicators

From NAPUS:

napusFor the first time in recent history, the NPA Unit and proposed Corporate Indicator targets and thresholds will be available to Postmasters at the beginning of the Fiscal Year (FY-2014.)  The files provide the finalized Unit and proposed Corporate Indicators weights and depths for each NPA scorecard, along with a brief description of all Indicator changes. Finalized Corporate Indicators will be provided upon approval by the Board of Governors.

The Performance Evaluation System (PES) for FY 2014 will open on Tuesday, October 1, 2014.  Postmasters should confirm their profiles to begin the goal setting process, and evaluators must conduct one-on-one discussions.  Information, materials and links pertaining to the PFP process, PES, and NPA can be found on the Blue Page by selecting Human Resources then Pay for Performance.

The above information was announced today by Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeff Williamson. Mr Williamson led the cooperative effort between USPS groups and management association leaders to establish goals by the beginning of FY 2014.  Please see the attachements below.

PFP Prog FY 2014 (3)

NPA 2014 Indicators Targets-Depths-Composite Weights 9-30-13 (3)

NPA FY2014 NPA Planning – Summary (3)

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PMG tells postmasters no layoffs

At the NAPUS convention this week, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe assured Postmasters that despite the downsizing the organization is facing, no one will lose his or her job:

Donahoe assured NAPUS members no one will lose their jobs as a result of downsizing and consolidations. “We will find a job for you somewhere in the organization,” he pledged. “We’ve never had to lay anyone off and we won’t do that. Are there bugs? Yes, there are, as we make these changes; there is a safety net down there.”

He said the Postal Service needs the authority to expand new products and services and get into areas of new opportunity, especially in the digital environment.“We need to continue to move along the way we’re going,” he stressed. “These things have to be addressed and resolved: get the legislation behind us, get the debt down to a reasonable amount and focus on the future going forward. We think there are big opportunities.”

The convention also heard from USPS COO Megan Brennan, who was slightly more conditional in her comments on the subject of job security:

“If we’re flexible and work together, we’ll ensure everyone has a landing spot,” she assured Postmasters. She talked about plans for having mini career conferences in certain geographic areas to identify opportunities for affected Postmasters.

Brennan encouraged everyone who is affected to update their profiles in eCareer and let their managers know what they would like to do in the short term. “There will be landing spots,” she pledged, “but I need you to be flexible and help us with that.”

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NAPUS tries to adjust to changing times

At its convention this week, tha National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) adopted “sweeping changes” to the organization’s structure in preparation for what’s likely to be a difficult future for postmasters:

During Tuesday morning’s business session, the NAPUS membership voted in sweeping changes to help the organization prepare for the future. Among the changes to the NAPUS Constitution approved by the convention body:

* Postmaster relief/replacements hired to operate a remotely managed post office are now designated active members, with the right to vote. Read the rest of this entry »

NAPUS: Postal Headquarters Meets With Management Associations

napusLeaders of the three management associations continue to meet with Postal Headquarters officials concerning the Fiscal Year 2014 Unit Goals. Headquarters has committed to work with the associations in an effort to ensure that the Unit Goals will be finalized by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014. Postmaster Pay For Performance (PFP) ratings wil be applied to salary determinations for FY 2014 and FY 2015. A decision on PFP ratings applications to salaries for FY 2013 has not yet been determined.

Discussions with postal leaders also included OIC opportunities for POStPlan impacted Postmasters to vacant level 18 postions. These assingments should provide the impacted Postmasters with the needed experience to better qualify for vacant level 18 positions prior to the RIF effective date next year. Additonal discussions on POStPlan impacted Postmasters who will face possible RIF separations will continue between the Postmaster organizations and Postal Headquarters.

House Postal Hearing Update

On July 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducted a hearing on postal relief legislation, at which NAPUS offered testimony. In addition, the Committee intends to vote on a postal bill next Wednesday, July 24.

Additional details on the hearing and the full testimony of all witnesses can be found at the NAPUS Legislative News link - http://www.napus.org/house-committee-tees-up-postal-legislation-for-vote/

Charlie Moser
July 18, 2013

 

NAPUS President Robert Rapoza Testifies Before Senate Committee

Today, National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) President Robert Rapoza called for the U.S. Postal Service and the Congress to implement meaningful strategies to generate the revenue necessary to sustain the continuation of a universal postal system. In addition, Rapoza urged Congress to enact meaningful legislation to relieve the agency of an unfair retiree health burden imposed by Congress in 2006. Providing such relief would enable the nation’s Postal Service to continue to provide a universal and affordable postal system. The text entire text of the testimony can be accessed here. The hearing, in its entirety, may be viewed by linking on C-SPAN.

Before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the NAPUS president, who represents the nation’s Postmasters stated: “Revenue generation must be the primary focal point of legislative relief.” Rapoza continued that the Postal Service must “focus on revenue growth in all areas to help it retain its viability.” In his testimony, President Rapoza pointed out that the growing parcel market offers the Postal Service an important opportunity to raise funds: “The Postal Service must not simply ride the wave of the accelerating growth in the parcel market, but must capture a significant share of it.” He went on: “Post offices and their Postmasters must be able to adapt and innovate to meet this growing segment of the mail market. Indeed, post offices are uniquely situated to provide a secure, affordable and accessible point for parcel preparation, acceptance and delivery.” Rapoza concluded his reference to parcels by pointing out: “The physical presence of post offices provides a major competitive advantage” for the Postal Service.

NAPUS also highlighted another area in which the Postal Service may increase revenue. Governmental agencies, such as the Social Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are beginning to use government cash cards as an alternative to paper checks and direct-deposit. Post offices are uniquely positioned to provide a location for the distribution of paper and direct-deposit alternatives for income transfer programs, government annuities and disaster assistance. Postal employees are experienced in residency validation and identity verification. Rapoza stated, “The local post office could easily verify identity and be the location where such cards are reloaded.”

President Rapoza also called for Congress to remedy the unjust retiree health benefits prefunding requirement that is imposed on no other public or private entity in the United States. “One of the most damaging impediments to postal sustainability is the failure to address the unfair statutory requirement that the Postal Service prefund, within a limited 10-year period, 75 years of retiree health benefits.” Rapoza illustrated this fact in stating that “about 70% of the Postal Service’s recent losses are tied to this prefunding requirement.”

President Rapoza reaffirmed that NAPUS “joined with the Chairman and members of this committee in promoting S. 1789, the bipartisan and consensus postal relief bill” from the previous year. He concluded his testimony by pledging that NAPUS will assist the Chairman and the committee to ensure the U.S. Postal Service, the greatest and most efficient postal service in the world, continues to provide the products and services that Americans expect and deserve.

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NAPUS: Postal Service Announces Plans to Post Additional 6-Hour Offices

From NAPUS:

Posting Timeline Released for 2013 PTPO/RMPO Offices

Today, the Postal Service notified NAPUS of plans to post additional vacant offices that are scheduled to become 6-hour POStPlan offices.  Offices on the next posting list will include those where POStPlan is implemented, making them 6 –hour offices on February 9, February 23, and March 9, 2013. The effective date for these postings will be May 4, 2013. A list of these offices will be provided as soon as it is available.

The Postal Service also released the timeline for a future posting which will occur between April 24 and June 29, 2013.  Included with the timeline is eligibility and pay information that will be included on the vacancy announcements.  A list of affected offices will be provided when it becomes available.

Please click on the link to see the information on the additional vacancy postings and the timeline. Additional 6 -hour office postings

Charlie Moser
January 25, 2013

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