USPS OIG: Is the Fuel Price Index Program Effectively Managing Fuel Costs?

Project Title: Highway Contract Route Fuel Price Index Program Start Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Estimated Report Release Date: November 2016 The U. S. Postal Service uses highway contract routes (HCRs) to transport mail and equipment between plants, post offices, or other points where mail is received or dispatched, such as business mailers’ facilities. HCRs…

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USPS OIG Report: Approved Shippers Pricing and Customer Service

Background The Approved Shipper Program is a component of the Approved Postal Provider® Program, which gives U.S. Postal Service customers expanded access to Postal Service offerings, such as mailing packages and letters, at non-postal locations. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the Postal Service generated [redacted] from the Approved Shipper Program. As of October 2015, there…

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Western PA Postal Workers: A Change in Tactics – Staples Demonstrations End?

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU: “One thing is for sure, and that is the mass demonstrations may be ended by stretching or diverting resources, not by our desire, but from micro managing from above. Nevertheless, if you are interested in volunteering for this new initiative, contact me…

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NARFE to Congress: Retirees Should Not be Responsible for Fixing the Postal Service’s Finances

June 29, 2016 On June 15, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT; Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings, D-MD; and Reps. Mark Meadows, R-NC; Gerry Connolly, D-VA; and Stephen F. Lynch, D-MA, unveiled a bipartisan discussion draft of postal reform legislation. Although it is a notable improvement over previous postal reform efforts,…

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USPS: Cluster Box Unit program unlocks new efficiencies

The Postal Service is making it easier for customers to use Cluster Box Units (CBUs), the centralized collections of individually locked mailboxes that are common in apartment buildings and other residential communities. In Nevada-Sierra District, for example, USPS is using a database to automate, simplify and streamline CBU lock changes. This replaces an older system…

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NAPS Comments on House Postal Reform Bill

June 29, 2016 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently introduced a discussion draft on postal reform legislation, which addresses prefunding, health care benefits, and the MSPB rights of postal supervisors. National Association of Postal Supervisors President Louis Atkins issued a letter to Committee leadership addressing the Association’s concerns as well as the benefits…

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