With MITEM's Web-based application, supervisors can fill out the complex forms in a secure browser, submit them, and maintain a feedback loop with the processing department to ensure timeliness and accuracy. This application greatly diminishes the need for extensive manpower to manually process adjustment forms every two weeks. USPS expects a tremendous cost savings as well as increased efficiency in the payroll adjustment process.  

 
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U.S. Postal Service Selects MITEM for Strategic Integration Initiative

MitemView Applications Provide Leading Technology and Enhanced Business Value to Streamline Inter-facility Payroll Operations

MENLO PARK, Calif., - March 26, 2002 - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) selected MITEM Corporation to modernize business processes via application integration for its payroll operations. This action is part of an on going strategic technology initiative by the USPS to incorporate emerging technologies that improve the availability and value of its services.

MITEM developed two key applications used in USPS' payroll processing operations that were designed to renovate older technology and streamline business processes. The applications were developed in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. These federal guidelines provide direction for the universal accessibility of computer applications that allow people with disabilities to have equal access to information. MITEM is a leading provider of legacy integration software and e-Business solutions for companies in the public and private sector.

MITEM was initially selected to replace older screen scraping technology that was used by the USPS in its Involuntary Deduction Unit (IDU) that is a part of payroll processing. A new application was needed to replace one used by 25 specialized accounting technicians to process involuntary deductions such as tax levies, garnishments, child support orders, court orders, etc.

The older screen-scraping product used by IDU to access mainframe data was stretched to the limit and could not accommodate the usability features the USPS needed to provide. MITEM developed a new GUI in Visual Basic implementing MitemView for direct legacy integration with the host, an Amdahl mainframe OS/390 environment. In addition, MitemView added advanced usability features to enhance USPS business processes, such as a cleaner, more intuitive user interface and better edit checks.

This new application developed by MITEM Professional Services Group created a true Windows GUI that taps into the mainframe and opens up many more possibilities for future enhancement. The IDU application has been live since mid October 2001 and USPS users report significant gains in processing speed.

The USPS will go live in April 2002 with a second MitemView application. For this project MITEM PSG developed a Web application to handle USPS' payroll adjustment processing. Using the traditional method thousands of USPS supervisors and administrators were required to manually fill out a form that would then be processed through several steps before being keyed into the mainframe for processing. The Payroll Department handles 20,000 to 30,000 payroll adjustment requests per pay period or, every two weeks.

With MITEM's Web-based application, supervisors can fill out the complex forms in a secure browser, submit them, and maintain a feedback loop with the processing department to ensure timeliness and accuracy. This application greatly diminishes the need for extensive manpower to manually process adjustment forms every two weeks. USPS expects a tremendous cost savings as well as increased efficiency in the payroll adjustment process.

About The United States Postal Service

The United States Postal Service has provided 226 years of trusted, secure and universal mail service to every American. The Postal Service delivers more than 200 billion mail pieces each year to 134 million addresses. The Postal Service handles approximately 46 percent of the world's card and letter mail volume. The Postal Service web site, www.usps.com is one of the most heavily visited federal sites, averaging over seven million visits per month.

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