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Bill would eliminate lawmakers’ ‘free mail’

duckworthtammy_052114gnA bipartisan duo wants to repeal the congressional franking privilege that allows congressional offices to avoid pre-paying for postage on mass mailings. The bill, introduced by Reps. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), would repeal the privilege, which allows lawmakers to use their signatures on envelopes in lieu of postage. Franking originally became statute […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 8:42 pm

Congress Prohibited From Thank a Veteran Mail

congressThe folks in charge of franked mail in the House refuse to allow members of Congress to send official mail for the sole purpose of encouraging their constituents to “thank a veteran,” a policy one Illinois Democrat calls “a disservice to the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for this country.” Rep. Bill Foster found […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:46 pm

Rural Carrier Hero: Debra Koskela, Osage, MN

superhero_postal_serviceOsage, MN, Rural Carrier Debra Koskela was delivering mail to a customer who said she was having difficulty breathing. After Koskela persuaded the woman to call 911, she was taken to a hospital where doctors determined she suffered a mild stroke. The woman’s daughters later sent Koskela a card to thank her for helping their […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:44 pm

Mobile devices helping reduce USPS customer wait times

mposPostal retail employees are continuing to use new mobile technology for routine transactions, reducing the amount of time many customers spend waiting in line. The mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) devices are modified iPods that come with a portable receipt and postage printer. Employees use the devices to scan and accept prepaid packages and sell […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:41 pm

Rep. Diaz-Balart to postal service: Why deny Miami Lakes its own ZIP code?

diuazU.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has written a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan in support of Miami Lakes’ quest to learn why its request for a ZIP code boundary change was denied by the U.S. Postal Service. “I respectfully request, within all applicable rules and regulations, for the full and fair consideration of Miami Lakes’ […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:38 pm

Meet the Worst Post Office in America!

uspspoI have always been a big fan of the iconic United States Postal Service or USPS. As a child in New York City, I memorized the USPS motto about delivering the mail regardless of rain, hail, dark of night, or a host of other hazards. I have always admired the legendary Pony Express and the […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:36 pm

New Postal Service delivery fleet could include drones

droThe Postal Service has winnowed down the companies bidding to build the next generation of its delivery vehicles – and one of them is offering up an all-electric truck that doubles as a drone launcher. The agency released a list of pre-qualified sources for the contract April 14, which include Ford motor company, AM General […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:28 pm

Playing the Monopoly Card

chanceIt all Depends on the Assumptions If you accept the assumptions of the study, the Postal Service may benefit from $18 billion in annual subsidies. But the many of the assumptions are questionable, and some important concerns are not addressed completely or are left out entirely. What it the Point? According to the study, the […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:23 pm

Animal Shelter Rescues Baby Chicks At Georgia Post Office

chickAn animal shelter has rescued hundreds of chicks shipped to a Georgia post office. Hundreds of other chicks in the shipment died. WXIA-TV reports a post office in Locust Grove contacted Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary when a shipment of several boxes of chicks wasn’t picked up by the intended recipient. A Noah’s Ark spokeswoman says […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:20 pm

APWU: As Contract Deadline Nears, Union Gears Up for Action | APWU

pc04/20/2015 – With the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire in one month, APWU negotiators – and members – are preparing to turn up the heat! “As we enter the final month of bargaining, it will soon become clear whether management is serious about reaching a negotiated settlement,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Our bargaining team […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:17 pm

Homeland Security chairman: Gyrocopter pilot was just ‘going postal’

Mike McCaulHouse Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said Sunday that last week’s gyrocopter incident exposed a security concern around the nation’s capital. “It exposes a vulnerability that the terrorists, I think, can exploit,” McCaul said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think part of the problem is these small, ultralight aircraft are very difficult to detect, […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:13 pm

USPS releases Sunday Hub Control Unit Standard Operating Procedures

sopIn an effort to standardize the Sunday delivery operation, the following operating procedures have been developed for implementation by Headquarters Operations. They are to be utilized by all Areas and Districts involved with Sunday delivery operations.   http://www.postmasters.org/Sunday%20HUB.pdf

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:08 pm

TAX-DELINQUENT FED FIRING MEASURE FAILS IN THE HOUSE

napsA House Republican effort to pass legislation that would require the firing of any tax-delinquent federal or postal employee failed yesterday. The measure, The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act, H.R. 1563, fell 12 votes short, on a 266-160 vote. House Republican leaders had considered the measure under short-cut procedures that required a 2/3 approval for […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:00 pm

Postal Service Modifies Plant Consolidation Schedule – Again

npmhuOn April 17, 2015, the USPS announced its latest list of last minute “public” changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation list.  This is the third consecutive week that the Postal Service has made modifications to the Network Rationalization Consolidation list – affecting a large group of postal facilities. Approximately 18 facilities have […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 6:58 pm

Modes of Delivery and Advertising Mail Customer Engagement | Office of Inspector General

landingpageart_modesofdeliveryDelivery to curbside mailboxes or neighborhood cluster box units costs less than delivery to the door. But do curbside and cluster box delivery result in a lower level of customer engagement with mail? To find out, the Office of inspector General (OIG) asked the market research firm InfoTrends Inc. to conduct a survey of 5,000 […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 6:54 pm

Letter Carriers Continue A 23-Year Tradition Of Working To “STAMP OUT HUNGER” | NH Labor News

dtamp“On Saturday May 9th Letter Carriers will be conducting their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food were collected, making this the eleventh consecutive year that collections reached over the 70-million-pound mark. Since the drive began […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 6:52 pm

TSP Participants Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers, Auditors Say

HackerThe agency running the Thrift Savings Plan has not implemented the proper controls to prevent hackers from accessing its systems and potentially compromising the personal data of federal employee and retiree participants, federal auditors said on Monday. Representatives from the Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration told the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board at its […]

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 6:47 pm