FEHBP OPEN SEASON STARTS NOVEMBER 11:
FEHBP Open Season runs from November 11, 2019 - December 9, 2010. Changes will be effective January 1, 2020. This is the time of year to ensure that you have the right health, dental or vision
insurance coverage for you and your family. Take time to review changes in your household, health, medical needs and compare plans that are best suited for you needs. Different plans are unique to
different needs and can save on your out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses for the upcoming year.
September End of Fiscal Year NPA results
have been published.
PES system will be open on Monday, November 4, 2019
thru Wednesday, December 11, 2019. for
FIELD UNIT MITIGATION
REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION PROCESS
This is a time-sensitive process and it is imperative to review and submit all requests and required responses in a timely manner.
Please contact your PFP/PES Coordinator for additional information or visit the website at http://blue.usps.gov/hr/pay-benefits/policies-procedures.htm#pb-pp-pp
Fiscal Year 2019 Mitigating Factors Information Released.
You will find two different pieces of information on the National UPMA website. One has to do with the mitigating factors process and the other has to do with the mitigating
factors submission timeline.
For more information visit the www.Unitedpma.org website.
United Postmasters and Managers of America
UPMA provides training on Mitigating NPA factors on our website, www.unitedpma.org. Click on Resources, then Educational, and then scroll through the various educational resources to find
the Mitigation module. You must be a UPMA member to access the training. Sign in requires your membership number and first two initials of last name. Your membership number is printed just above your
name on label of each UPMA Leader magazine. Good luck!
It was announced today that our Postmaster General, Megan
Brennan, has decided to retire on January 31, 2020. While we wish Megan well in her retirement, I want to say
personally and professionally that she will be greatly missed by myself and the UPMA organization. Whether it was at one of our conventions, legislative summits, or any other meeting
that she attended, or that I was invited to attend, I feel she was always gracious and open and honest with me and with us as an organization. Megan always took extra time to answer
questions, have her picture taken with groups, or individuals, and to make sure that as much as possible everyone felt their issues were addressed. Obviously it is too early to know who
the next individual to hold the title of Postmaster General of the United States will be; however, rest assured that I will work hard on behalf of UPMA to forge a partnership that is beneficial to
both the members of UPMA and the United States Postal Service going forward.
Again, we wish Megan all the best and we wish her a long, happy and fulfilling retirement.
Dan Heins, National President
The Hatch Act restricts federal employees from taking part in political activity, defined as any activity directed at the success or failure of a political party, partisan political group, or
candidate in a partisan race.
RURAL CARRIERS LABOR DEAL RATIFIED: Copied USPS Link
The National Rural Letter Carriers' Association (NRLCA) membership has ratified a new three-year labor contract with the Postal Service. The contract covers approximately 131,000 employees
represented by the union. Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, a reduction in the employer share of health premiums, additional operational flexibility to use rural
carrier associates, and enhanced health benefits for eligible non-career rural carrier employees. In addition, the agreement includes a comprehensive memo of understanding on the implementation of a
rural carrier standards study. The new agreement runs through May 20, 2021. For more info: https://link.usps.com/2019/08/06/labor-deal-ratified-2/
Plans are in place to create survays and action plans to help reduce
our redundant reporting requirements. Stay tuned aand keep your fingers crossed.
A project from the Eastern Area Level will be looking to see how we can
reduce some of the organizational drag that meetings/telecoms, emails, and reports have on our day-to-day operations. This project is being sponsored at a national level by Mr. Dave Williams,
our Chief Operating Officer, and in the Eastern Area by Dr. Joshua Colin, our Area Vice President, and Ms. Angela Curtis, our Area Manager of Operations Support.
The plan is to identify Non-Value Added (NVA) meetings, emails, and reports that ultimately take time away from engaging our employees and our customers.
Please contact Mari Beth Kirkland at 440-821-4667 or
email at: firstname.lastname@example.org to give candid feedback. This is the only way that we can truly identify root causes to our organizational drag. Thank you advance for your
Headquarters developed a Lean Communication Team. Their mission is to reduce emails, telecoms, programs, and
Mr. David Williams, COO, heads this up. Each district in the country has one UPMA member and one NAPS member.
A survey went out for all EAS employees. We received hundreds of responses. This included alot of comments and suggestions. David Williams, COO,
has determined that we spend 2 hours a day on emails, 2 hours a day on programs, and 2 hours a day on telecoms.
Northern Ohio District Manager, Sharon Young has been very receptive to this. She has instucted, all departments to quit sending out emails, except
Safety. They will send emails to the POOMS, and the POOM'S determine what to send out. To date, on an average, Northern Ohio EAS employees are receiving 41 less emails a day.
The next project is eliminating surveys and survey content. We do not need to certify completion of duties a second time.
In the future I will be working on reducing telecoms.
Ohio Valley District team members are Karen Garber for UPMA and Chris Bruno for NAPS.
Mari Beth Kirkland
Have you tried Informed Delivery ?
Once again at our National Convention we heard the PMG ask how many had signed up for Informed Delivery. She was
encouraging everyone to get and use it. Check out www.usps.com today to learn more.