Congressional Research Service Issues Summary of H.R. 756, Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 TITLE I–POSTAL SERVICE BENEFITS REFORM This bill requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish a Postal Service Health Benefits Program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to offer health benefits plans for U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees, annuitant retirees, and their families at rates that reflect…

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What I took away from the Tampa APWU Local Town Hall with Mark Dimondstein on H.R. 756

Via Thomas Benson, President – APWU Lake Geauga Area Local #1204 Let me start with something the President said that truly concerned me and I have not been able to stop thinking about it. The President stated “I am one of those people who doesn’t ask for permission, I ask for forgiveness.” I can’t help…

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FMLA FAQ: Can a Chiropractor Certify FMLA Leave? And Are There Limits?

By Franczek Radelet P.C. – July 21, 2017 Backs across America must collectively be giving out, as my clients’ questions about medical certification from chiropractors are on the increase. So, I’ll hit this one head on: Is a chiropractor considered a health care provider under the FMLA? And are there any special rules that apply…

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Sunday deliveries help overcome US Postal Service shortfalls

By Tom Caldwell – July 25, 2017 On a given Sunday, the United States Postal Service delivers 300 packages in Gilford and Laconia, and has been doing so for about a year. “The customers love it,” said Michael Quinn, officer in charge of the Laconia Post Office. Just a few years ago, seeing a decline…

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GAO Report: Key Considerations for Potential Changes to USPS’s Monopolies

GAO-17-543, Published: Jun 22, 2017 Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2017 What GAO Found The value of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) letter delivery and mailbox monopolies was $5.45 billion in fiscal year 2015, according to the most recent estimate prepared by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the regulator of USPS. This figure suggests that USPS’s…

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USPS OIG Blog: This Old Post Office

It makes no difference what part of the country you’re in, post offices nationwide are in need of upkeep and repair. A majority of post office lobbies we reviewed in the Eastern Area have many of the same problems found in other areas. We are nearly done with our series of audits on postal retail…

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Cleanliness is essential to USPS customer service

Dennis Rosello says cleanliness is essential to customer service. Rosello, a custodian and 19-year USPS employee, helps keep things neat and tidy at the Santa Ana, CA, Processing and Distribution Center, including its retail lobby. “When the place is really clean, there’s a positive effect on the people on the floor,” he says. “It gives…

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NAPS says “Early-Out Offer For USPS Management Likely Coming September 16th” = FAKE NEWS

NAPS HQ has been receiving calls and emails concerning an article that is being attributed to the Federal Times titled “Early-Out Offer For USPS Management Likely Coming September 16th.” This article quotes supposed comments made by President Louis Atkins on this issue. NAPS HQ has validated with Immediate Past President Louis Atkins that no such…

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Detroit NDC reduces ‘missent parcels’

Detroit District’s largest facility has taken a unique approach to slash the percentage of parcels that are processed and dispatched to an incorrect zone. Through the efforts of a special team of managers and employees, the Detroit Network Distribution Center has reduced these “missent parcels” by 55 percent, dropping from 3,300 to 1,400 parcels per…

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USPS OIG Report: Mobile Delivery Device Program

Background Mobile Delivery Devices (MDD) are handheld scanners that replaced two existing, paired devices – the Intelligent Mail Devices and clamshell cell phones. Letter carriers use MDDs on the street to track package delivery in real time. This tracking capability, known as package visibility, is essential for the U.S. Postal Service to be competitive and…

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