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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Inspector General: Postal Service hasn't analyzed impact of closing and consolidating processing plants or informed stakeholders of changes to the consolidation plan

USPS plant closures would halt under Keystone XL bill rider

"...The USPS inspector general says, in an Oct. 6 memo, that the Postal Service hasn't analyzed the impact of closing and consolidating processing plants or informed stakeholders of changes to the consolidation plan. ..."    


This Article is From: www.fiercegovernment.com
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Amendment would re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow trying to stop closures that could slow down Michigan mail

"...The amendment she introduced and joined 12 other senators in authoring would also re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail. ..."    


This Article is From: www.mlive.com
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Postal Service Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Some Facilities, Leaves Most Facilities Clueless With No Information

USPS Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Many Facilities

"...When the U.S. Postal Service announced it would shutter 82 mail processing facilities in 2015, it planned to start closing many of the plants in January. But for at least 10 of the facilities, USPS has now moved back that timetable to April or later. ..."    


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Postal Service problems noted in rural areas after changes

U.S. Postal Service: Problems noted in rural areas

"...It happens to be the first invoice I pay every month, and according to my records, it had been mailed Jan. 2. In a phone call to the headquarters in Great Falls, they said they had received my check a day after they had mailed me the notice. Where had this check been for 10 days?..."    


This Article is From: missoulian.com
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One passenger dead after smoke fills L'Enfant Plaza metro station in downtown Washington

1 dead after smoke shuts down D.C. metro station

"...The buildings largely house private businesses, but the U.S. Postal Service is also headquartered at L'Enfant Plaza...."    


This Article is From: cnn.com
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

IG pushes Postal Service to create a more flexible workplace

IG pushes USPS to create a more flexible workplace

"...the following efforts: Establish annualized work hours, as opposed to a standard 40-hour workweek. Create work or job sharing processes, allowing more collaboration between employees and the ability for some employees to cover absences of others. Allow employes to self-schedule or trade shifts. Establish a roster of supplemental employees, or recalled retirees, to be used during peak times of year and absences. Allow employees to maintain reduced work hours in order to deal with issues in their personal life. ..."    


This Article is From: fedscoop.com
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Postal worker pleads guilty to harassment for outburst at Financial District beauty salon

Postal worker pleads guilty to harassment for outburst at Financial District beauty salon

"...failed to unknot her hair quickly enough during the appointment she had while wearing her U.S. Postal Service uniform..."    


This Article is From: www.nydailynews.com
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Houston postal service workers not getting paid on time

Houston USPS workers not getting paid on time

"...Houston post office employees say they are not getting paid on time. It's happening at a Houston mail processing facility that has been the center of customer complaints about slow mail delivery. ..."    


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‘Snail mail’ is about to get even slower

‘Snail mail’ is about to get even slower (Opinion)

"...On Jan. 4, the U.S. Postal Service postmaster general virtually eliminated the overnight delivery standard for first class mail...."    


This Article is From: www.gazettetimes.com
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Two sentenced for robbing and shooting a postal employee

2 sentenced for robbing, shooting postal employee

"...Charles Jackson and Kendrick Watkins were convicted in August of robbing the truck in Conley shortly before Christmas in 2013, the time of year when postal volume is at its highest. They conspired with a third defendant, former postal employee Latonya Evans, to plan the robbery; Evans gave Jackson and Watkins non-public information to help them commit the crime...."    


This Article is From: www.11alive.com
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Postal Service does not plan to update its impact studies before the consolidation plan begins

Postal Service poised to begin controversial plant closures next week

"...The Postal Service said it could not complete the statutorily required analyses because it had not yet finalized its new processing guidelines, which will scale back delivery standards starting on Monday. The agency does not plan to update its impact studies before the consolidation plan begins, Ninivaggi said. ..."    


This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Will President Obama Save America's Postal Service Network?

How Obama Can Help Rescue the Postal Service Right Now
"...Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who is retiring in February (the Board of Governors already chose his replacement, key deputy Megan Brennan), has proposed the elimination of nearly one-third of its workforce by 2015, the sharpest drop-off in employment in USPS history. He has stuck to this plan despite resistance from Congress. “Innovation” for Donahoe translates into mail processing center closures, reduced hours, repeated attempts to end Saturday delivery and partial privatization through partnerships with retail outlets like Staples. Lower service standards scheduled to take place on January 5 will practically eliminate overnight mail and tee up the closures of 82 more mail processing plants...."    

This Article is From: www.thefiscaltimes.com
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Postal Service is warning patrons of a malicious email

Postal Service is warning patrons of a malicious email

The postal service is warning customers to be on the alert for a malicious email. The email contains a link, that when opened, will install a virus that can steal any personal information found on your computer. Do not open the email, simply delete it.

The following is the alert posted by the Postal Service:

"BEWARE OF SPAM!
BOGUS E-MAILS SENT TO POSTAL CUSTOMERS

Some postal customers are receiving bogus e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges. The e-mails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC. The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. You are instructed to click on a link , open the attachment, or print the label. But Postal Inspectors warn: D on't do it ! Like most viruses sent by e-mail, clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information— su ch as your user name, password, and financial account information. What to do? Simply delete the message without taking any further action. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program. If you have questions about a delivery or wish to report spam, please call 1- 800 - ASK -USPS or email spam@uspis.gov . "

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Monday, December 22, 2014

As mail processing plants close, mail delivery after 5 p.m. is becoming an increasing problem

Residents are getting more nighttime visits from postal carriers

"...An audit published earlier this year by the Postal Service said that mail delivery after 5 p.m. is becoming an increasing problem in some parts of the country and cited staffing shortages as the main reason...."    


This Article is From: www.latimes.com
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Friday, December 19, 2014

FedEx Driver Shot While Driving Truck: No Arrest Yet

No arrests yet after FedEx driver is shot in his truck

"...Police said the shooter was a man between 35 and 40 years old, wearing a Dallas Cowboys jacket, and driving a gray or silver 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with Tennessee license plate 633-YKY...."    


This Article is From: wreg.com
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Postal reform will be a major focus of his tenure as chairman

Jason Chaffetz promises less personal Oversight

Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Congressman Jason Chaffetz
"...Postal reform — a longtime oversight issue — will also be a major focus of his tenure as chairman, Chaffetz said. Chaffetz said he wants to avoid the personal attacks members have engaged in during testy exchanges during committee hearings. Issa was famously criticized for having the microphone turned off when Cummings..."    

This Article is From: www.politico.com
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sen. Carper: those who opposed him would bear the blame for the consolidations.

How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

"...When the lawmakers at last week’s meeting told Carper it was too late to move forward with such a sweeping bill and said they should instead focus on preventing the facility closures, an aide said Carper rejected the proposal...."    


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Maintenance Craft Wins $8.64 Million Remedy for Improper Subcontracting

Maintenance Craft Wins $8.64 Million Remedy for Improper Subcontracting

"...After the 2010 ruling, the Postal Service engaged in its “normal pattern” of “delay and obfuscate,” asserting that no monetary remedy was appropriate and refusing to supply the union with information necessary to determine a monetary remedy, Raymer said...."    


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Postal Change of Address: Tips on submitting an Official online 'Change of Address' with the Postal Service

Postal Change of Address: Tips on submitting an Official online 'Change of Address' with the Postal Service

Example
"...The Postal Service does offer a legitimate Change of Address service online, to include the form you need to complete this action. However, there are many sites that offer or claim to offer the same Change of Address service for a larger fee. Please note that we offer examples such as screen capture images..."    

This Article is From: postal-change-of-address.blogspot.com
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Report: Postal Service would lose money if it abandoned mail processing

Report: USPS would lose money if it abandoned mail processing

"...In the report, Panzar found that if the Postal Service would completely abandon mail processing, there will be an overall loss in both efficiency and profits. "The Postal Service is made worse off..."    


This Article is From: www.fiercegovernment.com
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Postal Facility closures could cause substantial adverse employment and economic impacts, lost tax revenues to the federal, or state and local governments

Report: Tucson would lose $49M in postal consolidation

"...The institute’s analysis concluded that the “USPS figures on ‘savings’ do not account for the substantial adverse employment and economic impacts on Arizona or the lost tax revenues to the federal, or state and local governments.”..."    


This Article is From: tucson.com
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Video: Concerned Senators Call for a Moratorium on Postal Plant Closures

Senators Call for a Moratorium on Plant Closures

C-SPAN2
"...Three champions of a strong, public Postal Service gave impassioned speeches against the consolidation of mail processing plants on the floor of the Senate on Dec. 4. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) called for a moratorium on plant closures...."    

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Missouri senators weigh in on U.S. Postal Service consolidations

Missouri senators weigh in on U.S. Postal Service consolidations

"..."There is no reason that the USPS cannot delay its consolidations to provide time for the public to see and comment on the service standard worksheets," the senators wrote in the letter. "It is only fair to allow the process to unfold in this way, and the USPS gains little by deciding to continue the consolidation process on its current, arbitrary timeline." ..."    


This Article is From: www.semissourian.com
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

USPS 911 Call Delayed Up to 50 Minutes; Employee Dies

APWU Demands Info on Emergency Procedures

"...“According to the USPS, this chain of events wasn’t a mistake. It was a policy,” the television report noted. “Employees are routinely instructed not to call 911, but to alert a supervisor first.” The Postal Service’s written policy says, “Only the Postal Police are to initiate the 911 procedure.”..."    


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lawsuit against the Postal Service over sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office

National Trust joins Berkeley in suit against Postal Service

"...The suit complains that the Postal Service has failed to comply with federal historic preservation laws prior to entering into a contract for sale of the building. The National Trust’s complaint is..."    


This Article is From: www.savethepostoffice.com
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Staples To Close More Stores Than Originally Planned

Staples To Close More Stores Than Originally Planned

Stop Staples
"...Staples also said that it has closed 127 stores in North America so far this year and now expects to close about 170 stores during 2014. This is an increase from its previous guidance of 140 store closures in 2014. The company’s total revenue fell 2.5 percent..."    

This Article is From: cbslocal.com
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New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach

Follow-Up Statement to APWU Members from President Mark Dimondstein

"... Unfortunately, it appears the breach was worse than originally thought. Apparently, information regarding OWCP records that were shared with the Department of Labor exposed medical records, bank account and routing information for tens of thousands of employees and retirees. The Postal Service plans to issue follow-up letters to those impacted by the latest findings shortly.
..."    


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Will the destruction of the Postal Service end with retirement of PMG Donahoe?

The Postmaster General Hangs Up His Mail Bag, With a Parting Shot at Congress

"...Donahoe pushed to close smaller, less trafficked post offices and mail distribution centers. He enticed older postal employees to retire by offering buyouts to tens of thousands of them (postal employment has dropped from 620,000 to 490,000 on this watch)..."    


This Article is From: time.com
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Postal Service Contractor injured as Parcel Belt Dumper falls

Contractor critically injured after accident at USPS distribution center

"...MacGregor said a contractor was repairing a piece of machinery that loads packages onto a conveyor belt when a hydraulic line burst, causing the machine to fall onto him. Officials compared the machine the victim was working on to a dump truck...."    


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to retire

"...Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will retire Feb. 1 ...The board named Postal Service veteran Megan Brennan as the new postmaster general...."    


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Postmaster General Donahoe Stepping Down Feb. 1

Postmaster General Donahoe Says He'll Retire Feb. 1 After Leading Troubled Agency for 4 Years

"...Postmaster General Donahoe says he'll retire Feb. 1 after leading troubled agency for 4 years...."    


This Article is From: abcnews.go.com
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Postal Service should cancel AMP Phase 2 Events to prevent postal network destruction

Unions Fight Postal Service Plans To Shutter 82 Facilities, Lower Mail Standards

"...According to the postal service, the plant consolidations would most affect first-class mail. Personal letters, bills and greeting cards..."    


This Article is From: www.huffingtonpost.com
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Union wants to know why it took so long for USPS to notify union / employees of data breach

Union Accuses USPS of Illegally Keeping Its Data Breach a Secret

"...The American Postal Workers Union have sent an official complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that it was illegally kept in the dark about the major data breach revealed this week. Postal Service workers found out that hackers had stolen 800,000 employees personal data, including Social Security numbers, at the same time as the rest of the country, and their union leaders are not happy about it...."    


This Article is From: streetwise.co
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Data of more than 800,000 postal employees allegedly breached by Chinese government hackers

China suspected of breaching U.S. Postal Service computer networks

The intrusion was discovered in mid-September

USPS Employee Data Breach
"...The compromised data included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of employment and other information, officials said. Every employee from the letter carrier to the postmaster general was exposed...."    

This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Despite Legislative Clarity, Postal Service to eliminate intra-plant overnight commitment for collection mail

Phase II of Network Rationalization Resumes January 2015

"...Phase 2 was originally scheduled to begin February 1, 2014 with the adoption of First Class service standards that would eliminate the intra ‐ plant overnight commitment for collection mail (a mailer presort delivery option would be preserved)...."    


This Article is From: www.phoenixhecht.com
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12 Pounds of Marijuana Intercepted That Was being Sent via the U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Postal Service, Police Intercept 12 Pounds Marijuana; Man Charged

"...Clifton Knight of Hartford was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of over 4 ounces of marijuana after authorities intercepted two packages containing a total of 12 pounds of marijuana being sent through the United States Postal Service..."    


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Postal Service network infrastructure destruction to begin in 2015

U.S. Postal Service to restart consolidation of Oshtemo Township and other mail distribution centers

"...Postal workers petitioned legislators to fight facility closures, and the moratorium was requested by Congress and granted, Todd said. But the decision-making ultimately falls with USPS leadership in Washington, D.C., and it is moving forward...."    


This Article is From: www.mlive.com
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Postal Service continues to slow mail delivery standards as it prepares for consolidation and/or closure of 82 more processing facilities in 2015

USPS continues to modify delivery standards

"...Some standard mail has been increased from three to four days. Besides the changes to the delivery standards, the report also describes changes to operations that USPS has made since 2012, such as shutting down several processing facilities and shifting long-distance transportation of some mail from air transportation to surface transportation, and how these changes have affected the delivery time. ..."    


This Article is From: www.logandaily.com
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The postal worker vote is a huge grouping of votes that can make a difference. Vote for those that are standing up for postal workers and those that are trying to halt facility closures

Get involved before it is too late – Election Day is around the corner!

"...We are asking all members of Congress to join with a majority of the Senate and over 160 House members in urging the Appropriations Committee to place a 1-year moratorium on this wrong-headed scheme by the PMG to drastically slow down Americas mail. While our lawmakers are home, we need to deliver the message that Congress can and must act to stop these imminent, reckless, and irreversible cuts to America’s mail!..."    


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lack of Service Standard Change Information in Postal Service Area Mail Processing Feasibility Studies

To view the Performance Audit Report in full, cut, copy and paste the following link to your browser: https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/no-ma-15-001.pdf

USPS Phase 2 Consolidations Failed to Inform Stakeholders of Results
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This Article is From: https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/no-ma-15-001.pdf
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What Happens if You do Not Have a Beneficiary Form on File?

What Happens if You do Not Have a Beneficiary Form on File?

Many people, over time, forget about updating their important beneficiary forms. Everyone should visit your postal records and verify that your beneficiary forms are up to date. If not, we suggest that you submit you do so as soon as possible.

If you do not have a valid beneficiary form on file, benefits will be paid in the order of precedence as noted on the beneficiary form—check each form for the exact wording that would apply. For example, this is the order of precedence from the TSP-3, Thrift Savings Plan Designation of Beneficiary:

1. To your widow or widower.
2. If none, to your child or children equally, and descendants of deceased children by representation.
3. If none, to your parents equally or to the surviving parent.
4. If none, to the appointed executor or administrator of your estate.
5. If none, to your next of kin who is entitled to your estate under the laws of the state in which you resided at the time of your death.   


Source: liteblue.usps.gov


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staples: Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

Read More on Staples
Read More on Staples
"...Today, it appears you may be able to add Staples to the growing list of retailers who have discovered fraudulent activity related to a data breach in their stores. In Staples’ case, however, the company is currently investigating a “potential issue” in select locations in the Northeastern U.S. The news was first reported by Brian Krebs, the security expert who broke the story of Target’s credit card breach which ended up affecting up to 110 million consumers..."    

This Article is From: techcrunch.com
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Unified message to PMG Donahoe and the Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

National Day of Action; Friday November 14, 2014

Stop Purposely Delaying the Mail!
Stop Purposely Delaying the Mail!
"...Together, the four postal unions have united forces to protect service, fight for our livelihoods, and defend our great national treasure, the U.S. Postal Service. ..."    

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Print a 2014 North Pole Postmark for your Santa letters

Print a 2014 North Pole Postmark for your Santa letters
  Feel free to cut, copy and paste the 2014 North Pole Christmas Postmark and Cancellation for your Christmas letters and other Christmas craft ideas. Merry Christmas! Visit the 2014 North Pole Postmark site.
 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Mailman 1946 Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Postal Worker's Daily Routine

"Designed to show primary grade pupils how the United States post office system operates. Follows both a city and a rural mailman on their appointed rounds and explains graphically to children how postmen sort mail and deliver it. Also the great social responsibility of Uncle Sam's letter carriers."

Public domain film from the Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied. The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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