Archive for September 5th, 2014

FAST Release Postponed

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ATTENTION FAST USERS:
 
Please be advised that the FAST 28.1.0 Release, originally scheduled for deployment this Sunday, September 7, 2014, will be postponed due to unforeseen testing issues.  The revised FAST 28.1.0 Release deployment date is anticipated for Wednesday, September 10, 2014.    FAST users will be notified of any changes.  Note, this will be a transparent rolling outage and should not impact FAST connectivity.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the FAST Help  Desk via eMail (FAST@usps.com) or telephone (1-877-596-6614 – Option 8).  Thank you.
 

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see also Mailer Scorecard Woes

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 5th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Posted in USPS

Harry Reid joins Sen. Sanders to call for a one year moratorium on USPS closure plans | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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“This one-year moratorium will give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively into the future,” the senators wrote in the letter to Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Richard Shelby, the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “At a time when our middle class is disappearing, the loss of 15,000 good-paying Postal Service jobs will harm our local communities and economies,” the senators added.

With Reid’s signature, a bipartisan majority of all senators now have signed the letter.

via Harry Reid joins Sen. Sanders to call for a one year moratorium on USPS closure plans | Ruralinfo.net Postal News.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 5th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Posted in USPS

Mailer Scorecard Woes

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Microstrategy/Mailer Scorecard Reports
 
System issues that impact the data in the Microstrategy/Mailer Scorecard Reports have been identified since the PostalOne! Release 38.0 was completed on August 24, 2014. We are working to address these issues as soon as possible.  We will advise you when these have been deployed and when the reports have been fixed to the point that you can use them.  
 
·         Metrics on all tabs of the Mailer Scorecard may be inflated. Drilling to job reports will show correct data at the job level.
·         The Mailer Scorecard provides a dashboard view of the results of the letter and flat mailing activity with the Postal Service over a calendar month. The customer provided mailing date, provided in the electronic documentation is used to determine which monthly report the data should be displayed. In cases where the mailer supplied mailing date is in one month (Example: August) and the Postal mailing date is in another (Example: September) the system is incorrectly assigning the data to the monthly report associated to the Postal mailing date (Example: September)
·         Undocumented mail pieces identified through the manual sampling process and collected after 8/24 are not being  reported on the Mailer Scorecard or Undocumented Summary Report.
 
In the interim, please report any issues to the PostalOne! Help Desk.
 
Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve these issues.
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This is a not-unexpected result of moving too quickly, a misguided focus, overworked people, and blinders to anything but report and set thresholds and assess using under-tested software paired up with suspect data.  In addition to the Scorecard issues, there are issues with the Label List data, the Drop Ship files — both items to be used to, you guessed it, assess.
See also:  Fast Release Postponed

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 5th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Posted in USPS