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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NARFE: Panel Shows Support For Postal Retiree Health Benefit Changes

By John Hatton – April 2017 Legislation that seeks to repair the finances of the United States Postal Service (USPS) garnered broad bipartisan support among leaders and members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the face of strong opposition from NARFE. NARFE has suggested a reasonable alternative to allow many retirees…

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OIG Report: Internal Controls Over Single Drawer Accountability – [Redacted] Post Office

Background U.S. Postal Service management reported stock shortages at a remotely managed post office in [redacted] in June 2016 and November 2016. The reported shortages were $1,706, or 34 percent, and $1,051, or 21 percent, respectively, of the office’s total authorized limit of $5,000 for cash and stamp stock. A remotely managed post office offers…

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OIG Report: Cost Segment 3 – Clerks and Mail Handlers

Background The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 requires the U.S. Postal Service to file an Annual Compliance Report (ACR) with the Postal Regulatory Commission within 90 days of the end of each fiscal year. The report analyzes cost, revenue, rates, and quality of service for all products. Further, it reports whether revenue for…

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Congress Proposes Adding Parental Bereavement Leave to FMLA

By Heather Panick – March 22, 2017 On March 16th, a bipartisan group of Representatives, which included Paul Gosar, Don Beyer, Martha McSally, Brad Schneider, Tom Suozzi and Barbara Comstock, introduced the Parental Bereavement Act of 2017, also known as the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act. See H.R. 1560. This Act would add the “death of a…

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APWU: Motor Vehicle Service PSE Salary Exception Agreement Reached

Web News Article #: 30-2017 03/23/2017 – On March 10, the Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Postal Service that remedies the situation where Motor Vehicle Service Postal Support Employees (PSE) who had been granted a salary exception were converted to career status within the same craft but to a lower level…

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OIG: Has USPS established an effective Insider Threat program?

Project Title: Insider Threat Program Start Date: Monday, March 13, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: September 2017 Insider threat is the potential for a current or former employee, contractor, or business partner to accidentally or maliciously misuse their trusted access to harm the organization’s employees, customers, assets, reputation, or interests. An Insider threat program provides…

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Surge in Drug Deals Conducted Through Postal Service

By Scott MacFarlane – March 22, 2017 Federal agents have asked to seize more than 100 mail parcels in the Washington, D.C.-area since October, suspecting each was being used by drug traffickers to ship narcotics, the News4 I-Team learned in an investigation into illegal mail shipments of marijuana. The cases are a fraction of a…

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USPS: Tray label system to get upgrade

USPS is improving the system it uses to produce and assign tray and sack labels. The system, Web Automated Tray Label Assignment System version 3.0 (WebATLAS3), will now feature a more user-friendly interface. The improved system will be available to employees who use ACE workstations and plant kiosks to create and print 24-digit Intelligent Mail…

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