USPS OIG Report: Network Operations Continuous Improvement Processes

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the U.S. Postal Service Greensboro District’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) Priority Air/Surface continuous improvement process project. We will also summarize our prior continuous improvement audit work. What the OIG Found Greensboro District management did not comply with DMAIC process requirements or meet its…

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Pink solidarity – USPS promotes breast cancer awareness

The Postal Service is inviting employees to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink Friday, Oct. 20. Wear Pink Day aims to raise awareness of the disease and honor survivors and those who have died. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women, according to the National Cancer Institute….

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USPS: Employees can volunteer to help rebuild Puerto Rico

USPS is accepting requests from employees who want to volunteer to work in Puerto Rico to help restore service following hurricanes Irma and Maria. If you wish to participate, you must submit a letter of intent no later than Friday, Oct. 20. Career and non-career employees are needed. Those selected will work in their assigned…

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Federal Register: Data Enhancements and Reporting Requirements for Flats

A Proposed Rule by the Postal Regulatory Commission on 10/11/2017 AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking. SUMMARY: The Commission is initiating a proceeding to explore enhancements to the Postal Service’s data systems and to facilitate the development of consistent reporting requirements. This document informs the public of the filing, invites public…

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2018 SS COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums

The Social Security Administration announced Friday that next year’s Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0%. That means an increase of $25 per month for the average beneficiary. According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Foundation, however, this will not be enough to offset the rise in Medicare Part B premium costs for 2018….

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USPS responds to California wildfires

The Postal Service is continuing to move the mail in Northern California, where wildfires have claimed more than 20 lives and damaged approximately 2,000 homes and businesses. No USPS facilities have been damaged, although service at 15 Post Offices has been affected due to road closures and power outages. Some offices have suspended retail operations,…

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USPS OIG Report: HCR Contracting Practices and Conflicts of Interest

Objective Our objective was to determine if the U.S. Postal Service’s Highway Contract Route (HCR) contracting practices, including avoidance of conflicts of interest, are in compliance with Postal Service policies and procedures and in line with industry practices. What the OIG Found We found that the Postal Service’s HCR contracting practices were not always in…

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ELM Revision: Whistleblower Protection

Effective October 12, 2017, the Postal Service is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), section 666.32, to update how the Office of Inspector General handles allegations of reprisal for the release of infomation. Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 6 Employee Relations 666 Prohibited Personnel Practices 666.3 Whistleblower Protection [Revise the text of…

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