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First Federal Mail Symposium Opens Today at Washington Convention Center

GSA #10139

February 8, 2005
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov

Washington, D.C.— Registration for the first annual, three-day Federal Mail Symposium starts at noon today, as the symposium holds special networking sessions with U.S. Postal Service (USPS) national account representatives and security experts.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will display its vision for protecting the entire postal and shipping sector, along with a new, cost-effective pathogen-detection machine at the symposium, sponsored by the Interagency Mail Policy Council and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Keynote speakers are, tomorrow, Claiborne Haughton, retired Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity, and, Thursday, Erik Wahl, who uses art to provide a unique look at using creativity to explore new levels of vision and performance, on Thursday.

The symposium provides training on security, basic mail management, performance measurement, USPS innovations, paying for postage, relocating a mail center, outsourcing mail operations, paying for mail and innovations in postage meters and personal computer (PC) postage.

All major mail and small-package carriers, along with a broad array of software and specialized mail equipment suppliers will present exhibits.

The symposium ends Thursday with a special luncheon to present the 2004-2005 Federal Mail Best Practice Awards. The two major award winners are Al Laich, Mail Manager at the U.S. Peace Corps, and the Peace Corps Mail Center.

The Internal Revenue Service's Mail Management Staff will be cited for Honorable Mention, and Special Recognition goes the U.S. Patent, and Trademark Office mail center and the U.S.P.S. Web cast Training Team.

The symposium continues through Thursday at the Washington Convention Center. Registration is $395.

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