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October 15, 2021 Update from Dan Heins, UPMA National President

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 10/15/21

Friday Message – October 15, 2021

Training/Informational Session – Next Thursday we will have the second of our monthly informational/training sessions starting at 9 PM EDT.    These session last between 45 minutes and one hour.  This month’s topic is being presented by the Office of the Inspector General dealing with issues that you can be aware of in your everyday life, or in your life in the Postal Service.   The contact information is listed below, and you can either pre-register, or you can connect on the night of the training, just allow yourself a few minutes to get connected if you do that.

Date: October 21, 2021

Time: 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm – EDT

Title: An Overview of the Postal Service Office of Inspector General

Description:  This presentation will examine the role and mission of the Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Following the overview, the presenters will discuss investigative programs in the Office of Investigations and provide contemporary examples of case work and investigative trends.

Training Link:

Co-Presenter Name: Mike Spolidoro, Merrifield, VA

Presenter Title: Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Mid-Atlantic Area Field Office

Co-Presenter Name: LoRita Simmons, Capitol Heights, MD

Presenter Title: Special Agent, Mid-Atlantic Area Field Office

 NPA – The Fiscal Year 2022 Goals should be finalized by the end of October at the latest.   They are still being developed by the team at Headquarters and then they will need to be presented to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) at Headquarters and once the ELT has reviewed them and given their input, they should then be presented to the USPS Board of Governors at the end of October for the final approval.   It is looking very much we will see Functional Effectiveness as one of the components and I know that when this was first introduced last year as a new component (that was not included as part of the final scorecard this past year) there were a lot of questions in the field as to what this meant and where the numbers are coming from.   With each functional area having different goals in this component and so each area having different items they will be measured on, I have requested that when the scorecard is finalized and we know what the components are that Headquarters should roll out training for all EAS members to help them understand what the entire scorecard is, with special emphasis on what the Functional Effectiveness component is since it looks like it will constitute 30% of the goals for FY 22.     When I know what that training component is supposed to look like I will share that with you so that we can monitor if that training is being done, or not, and work with the Postal Service to make sure that everyone is receiving the same message and the same information.

 National Executive Board Meeting – A reminder that the National Executive Board will be holding their first meeting of the new year in Arlington, Virginia on Monday and Tuesday, November 8th, and 9th.    If you have items that you would like to see discussed, I encourage you to get those items to a member of the Executive Board so that they can bring those issues forward.

 As always, take care, stay safe, and follow the guidelines as presented by the CDC and the Postal Service.    

 Have a good week!

Dan Heins, UPMA National President