USPS comments on recent Washington Post story about delayed mail

October 02, 2017 We consider any allegations of the mishandling of mail very seriously. We take issue that the OIG subjectively selected eight plants out of our postal network of more than 250. It also mischaracterized our plants as rural or urban entities. The OIG’s flawed methodology results in conclusions that are both inaccurate and…

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Heitkamp: New PO in Watford City is Needed Step toward Improving ND Mail Service

Senator First Announced Postal Service’s Intention to Build Facility in July 2016 – Just Three Months after Receiving a Commitment from Postmaster General to Quickly Improve Chronic Mail Issues in Watford City and Across the State Press Release – Sep 25, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following her continued efforts to improve mail delivery and service…

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Heitkamp, McCaskill Call for Immediate Action Following Inaccurate Postal Service Reporting of an Estimated Two Billion Pieces of Delayed Mail

Press Release – Sep 19 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) called on U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Megan Brennan to take immediate action to remedy a significant lack of training requirements that led to inaccurate Postal Service reporting of an estimated two billion pieces of delayed…

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Public Perception of Self-Driving Technology for Long-Haul Trucking and Last-Mile Delivery

September 5, 2017 (2017RARC003) A large majority of Americans say they believe self-driving cars will be used for delivery and transportation within the next 10 years, but they are split over whether they like the idea — many are concerned about the concept’s safety. The more people know about self-driving vehicles, the more they tend…

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U.S. Rep. Flores: Postal Service should have been better prepared for disaster

By Aimee Breaux – September 1, 2017 Some mail service resumed in ZIP codes that begin with 778 Thursday, but U.S. Rep. Bill Flores of Bryan says that the inconvenience to businesses and residents should have been rerouted in the first place. Aside from calls from constituents looking for ways to help the Harvey-ravaged coast,…

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Update on the Advanced Letter Processing System (ALPS) pilot program

There are now two vendors Solystic and Siemens. These vendors have developed machines to be installed in Richmond, VA and Oklahoma City, OK. The Solystic prototype is currently being installed in Richmond, VA and tentatively scheduled to be running in November, 2017. The Siemens prototype is scheduled to be running in Oklahoma City, OK tentatively…

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OIG Asks: What’s your experience with First-Class Mail in the Northeast Area?

Project Title: First-Class Mail Service Performance Measurement – Northeast Area Start Date: Monday, August 14, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: February 2018 First-Class Mail on-time service performance scores have declined since the Postal Service began consolidating mail processing facilities in June 2012. The Northeast Area, which spans from New York to Maine and includes Puerto…

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USPS OIG Audit Report: Delayed Mail Validation

Background The U.S. Postal Service considers mail to be delayed when it is not processed in time to meet the established delivery day. Mail processing facilities are required to complete daily counts and self-report on-hand mail, delayed mail, late arriving mail, and mail processed after the processing cut-off time. Mail processing personnel are to complete…

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