Thank you for contacting the NAPUS Hotline. This is Executive Director Ken Engstrom at the NAPUS national office in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday May 15, 2009.
Need to Know: The PS Form 150 is now automated. You can go to the website at: (http://blue.usps.gov/lrinfo/ocm/FCP/PS150.htm) to get the worksheets. The data sources are also displayed.
Safety: Ours thoughts go to ALL the postal family who has been affected by the wildfires in the Santa Barbara area of California this May, 2009.
In Congress, the House Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee will be holding a postal oversight hearing on May 20, 2009. This meeting comes at a critical juncture for the Postal Service. The Subcommittee will examine the impact of current cost cutting efforts on Postal Service operations and network. NAPUS President Dale Goff will be a witness during the Panel 11 presentation.
Notice: The Postal Service notified NAPUS on May 13, 2009 that new information in the form of a letter written by Anthony J. Vegliante, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer of the USPS regarding salary increases for the promotion of non-bargaining employees was being sent to the “field’. It stated in part: “To encourage fiscal restraint, effective immediately, a promotional increase of more than 8 percent must be reviewed and approved by the Director, Compensation and Benefits.”
On Thursday May 14, 2009 the NAPUS/USPS quarterly consultative meeting was held at the NAPUS Headquarters office. NAPUS President Dale Goff, Secretary/Treasurer Wayne Orshak, and Executive Director Ken Engstrom took part in this meeting. Many issues were raised in this meeting, some of which we received answers and will be high-lighted in this “hotline” and others which the information will be relayed later in the NAPUS web page and in the Gazette when the information is received from the Postal Service.
NAPUS requested the status on PMR training. The USPS response was that this program is under-going (ECS), essentials of customer service fact finding and will after this process is completed start the training. The Postal Service is requesting input from NAPUS Postmasters who have PMR’s in their Post Office. Please send your training ideas for possible implementation to the NAPUS Headquarters office, % Ken Engstrom-Executive Director.
The RCA hiring process is currently being done by ‘external” hiring. There have been many complaints about the system and with the trouble getting on line this has caused people to give up on the process. This has caused the ripple effect for Postmasters where there is no one on the list to hire. The USPS response was that they were not aware of any problems but if notified of areas of concern, they will react to the issues. NAPUS gave them the areas we knew of but if other concerns are out there, please send them to the NAPUS Headquarters office.
NAPUS asked the Postal Service if there was a freeze on upgrades of Post Offices when they have passed the “Zone of Tolerance?” The USPS response to this issue was “NO”, there is no freeze. If your Post Office has indeed passed the “Zone of Tolerance” it is time to process that request for the upgrade with your District office.
NAPUS asked why the Postal Service was not recommending to OPM incentives for the new VERA? Many more postal employees would opt to retire. The USPS response was that to ask for incentives they would have to go though Congress mandating them to act on the request. In these financial down times with the Postal Service, this request was not pursued.
NAPUS requested the update on the FLSA Law issue from the Postal Service. The USPS response stated that there are (462) Post Offices effected nationwide. These Post Offices range from level 13-18. The issue is still being addressed by President Dale Goff and further information will be presented such as breakdown of individual Post Offices and pay questions.
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