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NAPUS HOTLINE
October 16, 2009

Thank you for contacting the NAPUS Hotline.  This is Executive Director Ken Engstrom at the NAPUS national office in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday October 16, 2009.

Need to Know:  The Postal Service recently announced RIFs in finance control, district purchasing, and asset management.  The “Timelines” for each area is posted in the “breaking news” icon today for your use.

Note:  Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Chairman Ruth Y. Goldway announced on October 16, 2009 the election of Tony Hammond as Vice Chairman of the Commission, succeeding Nanci Langley. 

Need to Know:  Postmaster General Jack Potter announced this week that a price freeze will be in effect for most postal rates in 2010.  The market dominant products which include First Class, Standard, and Periodicals will be included in this freeze.

Complement Survey:  Today, October 16th is the last day to give your input into this survey.  You can reach this survey by going to the web (www.NAPUS.us), which will help in the future talks with the Postal Service on the effects this past VERA had in the customer service and the staffing of your post office.

On October 14, 2009 President Dale Goff, the League and NAPS national leadership met at Postal Headquarters to discuss the future goals for the NPA 2010.  The final goals have not been set with future meeting dates to come.  When this information becomes valid it will be posted in the NAPUS web page. 

The Postal Service notified President Dale Goff that they will be consolidating its supply chain configuration in order to reduce the total cost of distribution and fulfillment for the Accountable Paper Network.  The USPS plans to consolidate and close 65 Stamp Distribution Offices (SDO’s) and the five Accountable Paper Depositories (APD’s).  The Postal Service will now consolidate the network into six Stamp Distribution Centers (SDC’s).  President Dale Goff voiced NAPUS concerns in a letter to the Postal Service on October 15th which included: “What about emergency orders; time frame for receipt orders; scheduling for ordering; and response to customers when we can’t get the special orders or just normal inventory.”  These same issues have been brought forward in previous consultative sessions. 

Need to Know:  On October 1, 2009 Anthony J. Vegliante, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer wrote a letter to all Vice Presidents, Area Operations on the subject of “Pay-for-Performance, Fiscal Year 2009, End-of-Year Rating.”  That letter is posted on the NAPUS web page under the “breaking news” icon.  Deborah Giannoni-Jackson on October 14th wrote a follow-up memorandum concerning the option to change the adjective rating for employees who receive an end-of-year rating of “non-contributor”.  She stated:  “During the end-of-year process, October 13 through November 13, you will notice a radio button on the bottom left portion of the screen which allows evaluators to change the adjective rating from “non-contributor” to “contributor for numerical ratings of 1, 2, or 3.”  The pay rules remain unchanged.

As always, I am here to help you.

Ken Engstrom
Executive Director