Armed Forces Committee invites Missoula carrier to Inauguration

Senior Chief Petty Officer and Missoula, MT, City Carrier Kelly Carson

Senior Chief Petty Officer and Missoula, MT, City Carrier Kelly Carson

When the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee selected exceptional individuals to participate in the Presidential Inauguration, they turned to Senior Chief Petty Officer and Missoula, MT, City Carrier Kelly Carson to request his presence for the ceremony.

Senior Chief Carson was pleased to receive the honor of selection. The detail assignment spanned more than two weeks from Jan. 2 through Jan. 21. To be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience was not only an honor, but a testament to Carson’s character and leadership.

Carson has also proven himself a leader as a city carrier and Academy/DSI trainer. His exemplary daily performance as a carrier also provides leadership and sets the model for newly hired and seasoned carriers to follow.

“Kelly is a huge part of our Missoula coaching and mentoring team,” said Customer Service Supervisor Karen Jones. “He created a four-hour PowerPoint presentation that he presents to our CCAs after six months of being employed. Kelly is a true leader, an outstanding employee/carrier and undoubtedly one of the happiest, kindest people I have ever met.”

Happy President’s Day!

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Happy President’s Day!

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Is CEO Compensation Too Much?

Is CEO compensation too much

According to a recent research report issued by the Economic Policy Institute, the average CEO compensation in the U.S. is up 937 percent from 1978 to 2013. That’s a sizable increase over the 10.2 percent increase in average compensation for the typical worker during that same time period. While the average CEO pay for large companies in America continues to rise at a steady rate for public corporations, the CEO pay to average employee income ratio in other parts of the world isn’t too dissimilar. This sizable difference in pay scale is somewhat less pronounced, however, with the salaries of executive officers of government entities, including the salary of one particular postal CEO.

Average annual CEO compensation in the United Kingdom, as reported by the High Pay Centre, is estimated to be $7.18 million. Moya Greene, CEO of Royal Mail, earns an annual salary of $2.29 million. Though Greene’s salary is substantially less than her counterparts, it’s still considerably greater than the $46,000 in average annual compensation by the typical employee at the company – 49 times greater.

Many highly skilled positions demand higher salaries as compensation for additional efforts involved in obtaining them. Doctors, lawyers, and physicists generally earn greater income than the average worker. Highly talented actors, musicians, and sports players often demand significantly higher incomes than the average worker to compensate them for their efforts. Unique skill sets have historically yielded greater income for individuals, but do the skill sets of CEOs warrant a salary that’s often 50 to 100 times greater than that of the average employee?

The debate over CEO compensation continues to gain strong attention as the income gap between these highly paid individuals and the earnings of their employees continues to widen. Though the future has yet to decide on this issue, discussions on income disparity are likely to increase in the coming years.

Do you think CEO compensation is excessive relative to the benefit they provide the corporations they manage?

Happy Presidents’ Day!

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Difficulties in Spending Federal Tax Dollars

Federal Tax Dollars

A Continuing Resolution isn’t the typical subject of water cooler conversations. Since many stories in the news recently have focused on the subject, this is a good opportunity to figure out what it really is and where it comes from.

The President of the United States is responsible for creating a federal budget each fiscal year. After careful planning, he submits his budget request to Congress for approval. From there, it’s divided into 12 sections, known as appropriations bills. Each bill goes to a separate subcommittee in both the House and the Senate with jurisdiction over the content in a particular bill. A vote by Congress is then held on each section.

If all goes well, the final package is approved by both houses of Congress and is sent back to the President for his signature. When a disagreement over one or more provisions occurs, Congress can choose to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR). A CR extends the previous year’s budget into the next year to avoid any gaps in federal services.

A CR is meant to be a temporary measure to continue federal funding until an agreement can be made on the content of the budget. When Congress cannot agree on a budget, and they fail to create a CR to authorize federal spending, all but the most essential services in the impacted federal agencies and programs must shut down when the existing budget expires.

For the recent Continuing Resolution from September 24, 2012, click here.

For the 2013 Federal Budget, click here.

What do you think about the process of operating on a Continuing Resolution when an agreement on a budget can’t be reached?

The Emancipation Proclamation

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On January 2, 2013, the Postal Service released the Emancipation Proclamation stamp. The new issue celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the historic order by President Abraham Lincoln.

The Proclamation was issued during the Civil War on January 1, 1863 to free slaves located in 10 states engaged in rebellion against the authority of the United States. This was made possible without congressional approval based on President Lincoln’s power as Commander-in-Chief during an armed rebellion.

The stamp is available at Post Offices nationwide, online at www.usps.com/stamps, and by phone at 800-Stamp24.

Santa Claus is Coming to the Postal Service

Hello all, Benny here. Can you feel the chill of winter nipping at your nose yet? That can only mean one thing. The holidays are coming!

I always look forward to the holidays. The lights, the festivities, and all of the delicious food are enough to keep my spirits warm throughout the entire winter season. Another perfect complement to the decorations adorning my home this year is the holiday ornament collection from the USPS.

Last year’s White House ornament is still available, plus there’s an all new version for 2012 revved up and ready to go onto your tree. This year’s version features President William Howard Taft riding in a White Motor Company’s Model M in 1909. There’s also a Letters to Santa ornament featuring the latest holiday stamp release starring Santa Claus himself and his eight trusty reindeer.

I already have the 2011 ornament, but there will still be plenty of other spaces left on my tree for more. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to fill out my order form so I can get the latest two ornaments in time to brighten my tree when I put it up. You can get your own order form here or buy the ornament directly from the Postal Store.

Stay warm!

Benny

A Perfect Opportunity

Companies have been sending catalogs in one form or another to eager purchasers for as long the Postal Service has been delivering mail. Catalogs give people a chance to peruse merchandise at their convenience wherever they want. One of these catalogs from Beyond the Perf allows collectors to view some of the latest stamp releases as well as a few unexpected surprises.

The current edition of the catalog, called USA Philatelic, displays currently available stamp designs from recent years along with related merchandise such as commemorative folios, stamped cards and envelopes, notecards, stamp yearbooks, and stamp collection binders. Some of this merchandise is also available on the www.usps.com website. What isn’t on the website is something that has a little more sparkle.

Nestled within the centerfold of the catalog is an opportunity to buy a precious metal version of three different stamp themes. The United We Stand, The Lunar New Year, and The American Presidents collections consist of multiple collectable silver ingot stamps layered in 24-karat gold. They can be purchased on a subscription-based system, automatically sending you a new one each month until you’ve received the entire collection. There is also a Remember Our Heroes pure gold stamp ingot that is 1.70mm thick made of pure Swiss gold that can easily catch a collector’s eye.

You can sign up to receive future editions of the catalog as they become available at www.beyondtheperf.com.

It’s Flag Day

Hello all, Benny here. In case you didn’t know, today, the United States celebrates Flag Day. It’s a special day for me since I lived during the birth of our country and witnessed the raising of the flag for the first time. The flag itself has gone through many revisions since then, but for me, it still remains the strong symbol of freedom and unity that it did back in my day.

Flag Day commemorates the 1777 adoption of the flag of theUnited States. It was officially established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson through proclamation. More than three decades later in 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

While Flag Day is only once a year, every postal facility has the flag hoisted high overhead every day. I feel a great sense of pride whenever I see that, and I hope you do too.

Think you know all about our flag? Take this quiz and find out:

  1. What are two nicknames for the flag?
  2. How many stripes are on the flag?
  3. What do the red and white stripes represent?
  4. Who is credited with the design of the first flag?
  5. Is Flag Day a federal holiday?
  6. Which was the first and only state to make Flag Day a holiday?
  7. How many stars are on the flag and what do they represent?
  8. What was the name of the song written by Francis Scott Key about the flag?
  9. How many flags are on the moon?
  10. What year did the first flag appear on a US postage stamp?

Tune in Monday and I’ll have the answers posted for you.

Until then!

Benny

  • Hello, I'm Benny the Blogger: I'm the world's most famous postal employee. My hobbies are snappy quotes, kite flying and publishing. I was born Jan. 17, 1706, but don't call me old.

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