Postal Bulletin highlights HAZMAT Awareness Month

November is HAZMAT Awareness Month To protect the health and safety of our employees and the general public, the Postal Service™ has developed specific procedures for safeguarding the identification, handling, and delivery of hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Nonmailable hazardous materials that enter the mail stream — because these materials are not intercepted at the time of…

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OIG Opinion on USPS’s FY 2017 Closing Package Financial Statements

In our opinion, the closing package financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Postal Service as of September 30, 2017, and its net costs and changes in net position for the year then ended in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principals.

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USPS updates PS Form 3971

Postal Service employees who plan to take leave should use only the October 2017 version of PS Form 3971, Request for or Notification of Absence. All earlier versions of this form are outdated and should be recycled. This change took effect Nov. 1. The current PS Form 3971 forms included updated Hatch Act and Privacy…

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USPS OIG Blog: ‘Tis the Scan Season

November 13, 2017 It’s the week before Thanksgiving, when attention turns to travel, favorite family recipes, overeating, and, of course, package delivery. That’s right. Cyber Monday is right around the corner and predictions put this year’s spend at roughly $3.8 billion in sales. And with an expected jump in online sales of 18-21 percent over…

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USPS: 6 facts about women letter carriers

November marks the 100th anniversary of women letter carriers in cities. Here are six facts about their contributions to mail delivery. Women began delivering mail in cities during World War I. Women had been rural carriers since at least 1899, but they didn’t deliver in urban areas until the nation experienced wartime workforce shortages. Washington,…

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USPS: Year-end financial results for FY 2017 reported

The Postal Service has reported its financial results for fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017). Here are some highlights: Total revenue. The organization reported total revenue of $69.6 billion, a decrease of $1.8 billion compared to the prior year. The lower revenues were driven largely by accelerated declines in First-Class Mail and Marketing Mail…

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