USPS: Caring Letters Program curbs veteran suicides

Mail call has always been a morale-boosting military tradition, but it turns out that mail can do more than improve a service member’s disposition — it can also save their life. Last summer, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Caring Letters Program, which mails recurring messages to veterans enrolled in VA health…

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USPS: PMG discusses Delivering for America in new video

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy discusses the Postal Service’s new 10-year plan in his latest all-employee video message. The plan, called Delivering for America, aims to modernize the organization while increasing its role and relevance to the nation. USPS released the plan March 23. Delivering for America commits $40 billion to fund: • A new delivery…

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USPS OIG Report: Management of HCR Contractor Failures at the NJ International NDC

Background This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit to assess the management of Highway Contract Route (HCR) irregularities due to contractor failure at the New Jersey International (NJI) Network Distribution Center (NDC). Late trips occur when various conditions cause a delay in the arrival or departure of transportation beyond the scheduled times. When…

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USPS OIG Report: Impact of Pandemic on Postal Service Finances

Objective On March 13, 2020, the President of the U.S. issued the national emergency declaration concerning the COVID-19 pandemic (pandemic). During the ongoing pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service provided essential services as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure by continuing to process and deliver mail and packages. The pandemic continues to have an unpredictable impact…

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USPS: Limits on travel extended for business and training

The Postal Service has extended its restrictions on business travel, including travel for training, until at least June 7. Exceptions are permitted only in situations of critical importance and for which a physical presence is required and cannot be postponed. Officers should review all travel requests with this policy in mind. When travel is necessary,…

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USPS OIG Property Condition Reviews – South Carolina

Background The Postal Service is required to maintain a safe and healthy environment for both employees and customers in accordance with its internal policies and procedures and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our objective was to determine if Postal Service management is adhering to building maintenance, safety and security standards, and employee working condition…

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APWU, USPS sign extension of April 3, 2020 MOU, Re: Bulk Mail Tech and MRC Position Qualifications

On March 23, 2021, Clerk Craft Director Lamont Brooks signed an extension with the Postal Service of the April 3, 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Re: Bulk Mail Tech and Mailing Requirements Clerk (MRC) Position Qualification. This MOU was agreed to by the parties in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure…

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USPS: Delivery time changes, reclassification announced

The Postal Service has proposed changes for Priority Mail Express delivery times and the reclassification of Bound Printed Matter parcels. Currently, Priority Mail Express has three guaranteed delivery times within the 1-2 business-day service standards: 10:30 a.m. (in select locations, for an extra fee), noon or 3 p.m. The product will be simplified, and the…

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