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School bus hits parked cars, nearly rams post office in St. Paul

12651240_10153890785844166_1157331077633198761_nA school bus carrying 18 St. Paul Summit Charter School students veered into parked cars and nearly hit a U.S. Postal Service building in St. Paul on Monday morning. Medics were called to the scene and two people — a student and an adult aide— were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, the school said. The collision happened about […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:17 pm

Woodstock, IL Police not charging man who left loaded gun at post office 

nogunsBuilding wasn’t properly marked as barring concealed carry weapons; federal charges possible The 56-year-old Woodstock man who dropped his loaded gun at the U.S. Post Office in Woodstock will not face charges from local police because the building was not properly labelled according to the state’s concealed carry law, Police Chief Robert Lowen said.  Lowen […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:16 pm

Are Postmaster Costs Correctly Allocated to Products and Services? | USPS Office of Inspector General

pmWe are conducting an audit to verify the accuracy of postmaster costs – mainly salaries and benefits – that are reported by the Postal Service as directly attributable to its products (such as First-Class Mail letters or Standard Mail flats). These costs must be accurately reported because they affect product prices and the law requires […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:16 pm

USPS, Senate and Other Key Members of Postal Ecosystem to Participate at PostalVision Event

uspsheadquartersFebruary 8, 2016 (Arlington, Va.) – Key participants from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Senate, U.S. Dept. of State, USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO), and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will participate in the upcoming PostalVision 2020 event to be held March 15-16, 2016, to discuss […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:13 pm

Hey Seattle! Amazon’s Treasure Truck Store On Wheels Is Now Rolling

amazon_treasure_truckEver exploring the territory that lies between online and traditional in-store retail, Amazon today announced via Twitter and Instagram that its Treasure Truck, essentially a store on wheels, is up and running in the Seattle area. The Treasure Truck concept works like this: It carries a limited quantity of one product each day that shoppers […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:12 pm

UAA Challenge a Decade Later | USPS Office of Inspector General

USPS-return-mail_UAA-400x220Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to reduce undeliverable as addressed (UAA) mail by 50 percent. Okay, those weren’t the exact words, but that was the challenge put forward 10 years ago by then-Postmaster General Jack Potter. At that time UAA mail –  undeliverable because of an incomplete, illegible, or incorrect address […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:11 pm

Rural Carrier Hero: Debra Goeden, Mogadore, OH

superhero_postal_serviceMogadore, OH, Rural Carrier Debra Goeden was delivering mail recently when she saw a woman lying in a breezeway. The injured woman had fallen almost an hour earlier. The woman declined medical attention, so Goeden helped her home. A neighbor arrived to care for her. Source: Mogadore, OH, Rural Carrier Debra Goeden | USPS News Link

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:10 pm

Postmaster creates Valentine’s Day coloring page

ValentinesDayArtwork_large-story copyThe Postal Service’s resident cartoonist wants to help customers and employees celebrate Valentine’s Day. Sycamore, OH, Postmaster Earl Musick, a freelancecartoonist whose holiday-themed coloring pages are a USPS Christmas tradition, has created an image for Feb. 14. The new page features a child handing a valentine to a smiling letter carrier. Musick’s drawings are requested […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:09 pm

Books From Birth Program uses USPS to deliver kids’ books

DCBooks_large-storyA charitable program that uses the Postal Service to deliver free books to children is expanding, part of an ongoing effort to boost literacy rates across the United States. The Books From Birth initiative was announced last week in Washington, DC. Parents who sign up will receive one free book each month that will be […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:07 pm

USPS wants to help employees get healthy

Wellness_resolution_largestoryIf you began the new year resolving to get healthy, good news: USPS wants to help. The Postal Service recently introduced a “holistic wellness” program to help employees focus on their wellbeing year-round. The effort, which Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Williamson discussed in a recent video, encourages employees to get the most out of […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:06 pm

‘God Bless America’ signs fly after atheist group targets post office banner

1454872687796A Midwestern community has united in a show of patriotism after an atheist organization targeted a local post office’s “God Bless America” poster. Freedom from Religion Foundation cried foul after the group noticed a “God Bless America” banner that employees at a post office in Pittsburg, Kan., had erected after Sept. 11, 2001. A lawsuit […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:04 pm

New Postal Bill Could Have an Impact on Ecommerce

eCommerceA congressman introduced a bill that would allow the United States Postal Service to offer basic financial services, and one aspect of the proposed legislation has the potential to impact ecommerce. Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana reintroduced the Providing Opportunities for Savings, Transactions and Lending (POSTAL) Act. The bill would allow US postal customers to […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:03 pm

How the Postal Service sold Richmond’s Saunders Station PO for a song | Save the Post Office

Saunders Station Post Office-540x350Back in October 2015, the Postal Service sold the historic 1937 Saunders Station post office in Richmond, Virginia.  At the time, the sale price was not made public, but as discussed in this previous post, there was reason to wonder if the sale made sense financially.  Turns out, the sale makes hardly any sense at […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:02 pm

Mask-Wearing Post office Robber Sentenced To 32 Years In Prison

article-2573013-1C08F4AD00000578-617_634x356Blair Thomas, Jr., 30, of Lansdowne, PA, was sentenced today to 384 months in prison for robbing a bank, attempting to rob postal employees at two post offices, and with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  A federal jury, on April 15, 2015, returned guilty verdicts in the case.  In addition to […]

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:01 pm

USPS at a crossroads

uspsheadquartersCongress probably won’t produce much in the way of legislation in this election year, but one item that might well make it to President Obama’s desk is a postal reform measure. Congress realizes the situation is dire and is coalescing around legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) There is no question about the urgency.The […]

Posted on 5 February 2016 | 7:43 pm

Postal Service leasing millions of dollars of space from dead people 

Book with word leasing,  lease agreement form and money.This is a tale certain to bring a whole new meaning to the term “dead mail.” The U.S. Postal Service has been paying about $5.3 million a year to lease facilities from Americans who are dead, and not just recently. The average deceased recipient of rental money had been dead 9.7 years, according to an […]

Posted on 5 February 2016 | 7:42 pm

Police said the Post Office doesn’t care about stolen mail case

uspsmailDelano Police have arrested a man they said was stealing mail. According to the department’s Facebook page, a patrol officer spotted the suspect, Francisco Daniel Ceja, 32, illegally parked in an alley. Ceja was found to have two active warrants for his arrest, according to the release. When he and his vehicle were searched, police […]

Posted on 5 February 2016 | 7:41 pm