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Federal Employees Really, Really Like Their Health Benefits

Employee-Health-BenefitsFederal employees are happy with their health care benefits. Ecstatic, in fact. A new survey from Morning Consult shows near across-the-board satisfaction with the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Nearly 100 percent of respondents—99 percent, to be exact—said they are satisfied with their health care coverage under FEHBP. About 97 percent of respondents—both current employees […]

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 5:28 am

After 68 Years, America’s Senior Letter Carrier Hangs Up His Satchel

postman7c1493fb-f499-4e1f-a977-f8aa01174d89After 68 years of delivering mail, Rudy Tempesta had experienced more than his share of hot, humid days. But today was different. Midway through his route along Summerset in Chapel Hill, NC, a route he had carried for over two decades, the extreme heat was taking its toll on his 89-year old body. Soaked in […]

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 5:26 am

NAPS Urges PRC to Open Inquiry into Plant Consolidations and Expected Mail Slowdown

napsThe National Association of Postal Supervisors has requested the Postal Regulatory Commission to assess the impact of the Postal Service’s planned consolidation of 82 mail processing facilities, slated to begin in January 2015.  The consolidations are expected to slow down delivery of much of the nation’s mail, especially in rural and small town America, and […]

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 12:52 am

The Secret Inside the Postal Service

assaultThe News4 I-Team has uncovered a list of reported sexual assaults against postal employees across the country never before released to the public, including more than a dozen in the D.C. region within the past few years. Records we obtained show the assaults range from men groping and flashing mail carriers on their routes to […]

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 12:03 am

Fire consumes LLV and part of the correspondence in Puerto Rico

crop_correoA bus owned by the United States Postal Service burned today, Friday, in Trujillo Alto and part of the correspondence that took the vehicle was consumed by flames, the fire department reported. Material losses because of the fire were estimated at $ 24,000. The commander Benedict Poupart, fire chief in the area of ​​Carolina, said […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:56 pm

IG: Nearly a third of USPS contract drivers don’t hold valid security clearances

securityPostal Service contract drivers didn’t always comply with security clearance requirements and the Postal Service isn’t adequately monitoring the process, says a Nov. 20 USPS inspector general report. The Postal Service requires contract drivers to obtain non-sensitive security clearances, which the Postal Inspection Service Security Investigations Service Center must renew every four years, the report […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:47 pm

Young People Love the Postal Service Best

surveyFew postal workers were surprised by a recent Gallup Poll that found that Americans rate the Postal Service highest among 13 government agencies – after all, the USPS routinely ranks at the top of such surveys. But many people were surprised to learn that young people gave the Postal Service the highest rating: 81 percent […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:41 pm

Put Your Stamp on It | Office of Inspector General

oigIt’s been more than 3 years since the U.S. Postal Service changed its rules on postage stamps, ending its long-standing tradition that people on stamps had to be deceased. At the time of the announcement, the Postal Service said it would consider stamps for acclaimed American musicians, sports stars, writers, artists, and other nationally known […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:38 pm

‘Going Postal’ Over Data Breach Response

after-data-breachAs recent high-profile cyberattacks have demonstrated, employers have a duty to protect their employees’ electronically stored personal information from being accessed by hackers, and to promptly remedy any breach in security concerning such information. Depending upon the outcome of a recently filed charge before the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”), unionized employers may […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:37 pm

Teens Suspected of Stealing Packages from Porches

thiefThree North Texas teens face felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity after police said they stole dozens of items from front porches in four cities. Police said they’ve identified items taken from homes in Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Southlake and Keller. Flower Mound police said a witness told them she saw a car […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:35 pm

Postal problems plague Lumberton TX

uspsstamponlettersThe busiest time of year for the U.S. Postal Service is just around the corner.  The holiday season is when many of us send gifts and money through the mail. That has many in Lumberton concerned.  Several people there have reached out to 12News to complain about the service they’re getting from the post office, […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:33 pm

Former Idaho City postmaster gets jail after ‘staggering breach of trust’

jailFormer Postmaster Teresa Belau abused her position when she stole a gift card from the mail, a Boise County judge said in sentencing her Monday. “I do think the punishment needs to be harsher than petit theft and recognize that you did abuse trust,” Magistrate Judge Roger E. Cockerille said. Belau worked for the Idaho […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:32 pm

White House, State Department, and USPS have sub-par cybersecurity

o-CYBER-WAR-facebook-930x360The government may track your digital communications and store all sorts of data about you — but don’t expect them to keep it safe. Internal federal reports have revealed that despite repeated threats from hackers at home and abroad, key federal agencies continue to maintain vulnerable web presences and all around lax cybersecurity. Though this […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:31 pm

Police make arrest in Lufkin mail carrier shooting

shootLufkin police have arrested a man accused of shooting a Lufkin mail carrier while she was on her route on Saturday. Jaylon Carroll Wortham, 17, is charged with third-degree assault causing bodily injury against a government employee. His bail has been set at $7,500. According to a police report, Lindsey Guthery, a mail carrier with […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:30 pm

Postal Service Starts Fiscal Year With a Bang

usps-signMaybe it was the election. Maybe it was the economy. Maybe it was even a sign that an organization that was left for dead is bouncing back. Whatever the reason, the U.S. Postal Service revealed today it had a bang-up October, with domestic mail volume up nearly 7% over the same month last year, rather […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 5:10 am

Postal Robberies Skyrocketing

robbery2The News4 I-Team obtained a nationwide list, never before released to the public, of more than 1,600 violent crimes against postal employees. We found robberies increased more than 300 percent between 2010 and 2013, some involving truckjackings, kidnappings and shootings. Tom Dodge with the grassroots organization Community and Postal Workers United told us, “Unfortunately, very […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 5:08 am

Police renew focus to catch Postal worker Tyson Barnette’s killer

368913It’s been a year since a local mailman was killed during his route in Cheverly, Maryland. Now, the Prince George’s County Police Department has renewed its efforts to find the killer. On November 23, 2013, postal worker Tyson Barnette was shot multiple times and died on the job, at the intersection of Jutewood Avenue and […]

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 5:07 am