USPS: Mail service to Cuba resumes

Customers in the United States can send the following types of mail to Cuba: First-Class Mail International items, such as postcards and letter-size envelopes; First-Class Package International Service items; Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes; and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Boxes. “The U.S. Postal Service is pleased to participate in the historic direct…

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Suspended Pittsburgh postmaster wants charges thrown out

By Paula Reed Ward – March 15, 2016 The suspended Pittsburgh postmaster charged with intimidating his employees has asked a judge to throw out the charges against him, claiming that county prosecutors are trying to prove a federal crime. Daniel Davis, 50, of Canonsburg is charged with obstruction, intimidation of witnesses or victims, criminal coercion…

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USPS OIG Management Alert – Timeliness of Mail Processing – North Houston, TX, P&DC

This management alert presents the results of our self-initiated review of the Timeliness of Mail Processing at the North Houston, TX, Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). Our objective was to determine if the North Houston P&DC was processing mail on time. The U.S. Postal Service considers mail delayed when it is not processed in time…

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USPS OIG Management Advisory – Workers’ Compensation Compound Drug Costs

Background Enacted in 1916, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) provides medical, compensation, death, and vocational rehabilitation benefits to civilian federal employees who sustain injuries or disease. In fiscal years (FYs) 2014 and 2015, FECA provided over $1 billion in annual workers’ compensation benefits to U.S. Postal Service workers. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)…

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APWU: Staples Rings NASDAQ Bell, Protesters ‘Ruin Their Day’

Web News Article #: 058-2016 Holding Stop Staples posters, John Dennie, Dennis O’Neil, Delphine McRae, Pat Parrish, Carol Thomas and Kevin Walsh gathered outside the glass front of the building at 9:15, just before the ceremonial bell-ringing. Protesters could see in, and the Staples and NASDAQ executives could see out. After the executives saw the…

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Western PA Postal Workers Solidarity Committee Update – March 15, 2016

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU: “It is obvious that Staples cannot prevent our demonstrations from occurring, despite their many efforts of police intimidation, which has failed. We urge our members and their families that are able to join us on the line as we continue the effort…

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USPS OIG Report: Access Controls Over Mail Imaging Systems

Background The U.S. Postal Service has over 270 mail processing centers across the nation with more than 6,600 pieces of mail processing equipment that capture mailpiece images. The mail processing equipment maintains these images for between 4 seconds and 120 days depending on the type of processing equipment. These images enable the tracking of mailpieces…

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USPS OIG Management Alert – Capital and Northern Virginia District Courier Service

Summary The Brentwood and Merrifield post offices and the Curseen-Morris and Merrifield P&DCs left remittance mail unattended and did not supervise courier pick-ups, did not maintain courier logs, and had no caller service standard operating procedures (SOP) for local couriers. These conditions occurred because management did not implement sufficient controls to adequately safeguard and ensure…

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