August 29, 2010
Mark Strong, President
I just wanted to let everyone know that I have arrived in Washington and I am settling in. It has been a very busy couple of weeks and opportunity is knocking for the LEAGUE.
We had a meeting with Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway. We discussed a number of issues and it is good to know we have a friend at the PRC. We will be working on Postal Closure and Emergency Suspensions and sharing this information with her staff. I of course could not leave out the problems we are having with Postmaster vacancies and received some very good advice on this challenge.
The three organizations had another meeting on NPA/PFP, specifically CORE requirements and have given our suggestions to Postal Headquarters for some major changes we believe need to take place for 2011. We took another step Friday that I want to share with all of you. Most of you knew of the issues we had with CORE in 2009 and the belief that most CORE scores were reviewed at the District level and some changed without input or justification. NAPS had already asked the OIG to look into the problem and Friday NAPUS and LEAGUE signed a letter to Inspector General David Williams asking that the 2009 CORE process, scores received, along with the recourse process be investigated. This is not a bright spot in my week as any time we have to go to this extreme it tells me we have much work to do. This decision did not come easy but we had run out of options while dealing with Postal Headquarters on this one issue. We can only hope that they understand the seriousness of the 2009 problems, let it not repeat in 2010 and apply it to the suggestions we have for 2011. You can view a copy of this letter on our web site.
Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) is being implemented at break neck speed and by Tuesday a new Power Point presentation will be on the web site. Review it, learn it and train other Postmasters on it. There are many impacts with DUO; pay, Postmaster level and the future of some Post Offices are at stake.
In its original design DUO was to maximize the use of clerk resources with a secondary benefit of better use of existing building space. We want to make sure that as it rolls out across the country it does not mutate into another program that does not benefit Postmasters, the Postal Service or its customers and further jeopardizes universal service.
Every National Vice President, Area Coordinator and most state Presidents are in the process of being trained on DUO so call a LEAGUE leader if you have questions and need answers. My door is always open so you can contact me as well.
Hope all is going well,
National League of Postmasters