USPS OIG Report: Prohibited Inbound International Mailings

Background Inbound international mail originates in foreign countries for delivery in the U.S. This mail typically arrives at one of the five U.S. Postal Service International Service Centers (ISC), the Honolulu Processing and Distribution Center, or the New Jersey International Network Distribution Center. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the Postal Service recorded inbound international mail…

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USPS OIG Report: Registered Mail

Background The U.S. Postal Service offers Registered Mail for customers sending valuable or irreplaceable items through the mail. Registered Mail provides added protection for valuable and important customer and internal mail with evidence of mailing and delivery. Tracking service begins from the time the sender presents the mail to the Postal Service to the point…

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Working conditions at post office in Richmond being addressed

By Vernon Freeman Jr. – July 25, 2017 RICHMOND, Va. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into the working conditions at the Westhampton Station Post Office in Richmond after a CBS 6 investigation. During that Problem Solvers investigation, CBS 6 reported that several mail carriers walked off the job…

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Group protests lack of help for the blind at downtown Portland post office

By Bob Heye – July 25, 2017 PORTLAND, Ore. — David Bouchard says his frustration with the Waterfront U.S. Post Office at the corner of Southwest 1st and Madison in downtown Portland started at the end of last summer. “I came here last August to try to send a package off. I got turned away….

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USPS: Chicago squad handles range of repairs

When Chicago’s summer heat is on but the air conditioning at a local USPS facility goes off, the call goes out to a unique group of employees. The crew, known as the Outside Facility Building Equipment Mechanics squad, responds to a host of emergencies — including malfunctioning air conditioners, broken carts and burst drain pipes….

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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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