OPM hack: Director Katherine Archuleta steps down

By Evan Perez and Wesley Bruer – July 10, 2015 Washington (CNN) – Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday, a day after revealing the recent data breach of government computers was vastly larger than originally thought. Archuleta confirmed her departure in an email to OPM staff. “I write to you this afternoon…

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Senators Call for Stronger, Expanded Protections for Millions Affected by Recent OPM Data Breaches

Press Release – July 9, 2015 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation to better protect federal workers and all those potentially affected by the recent cyberattacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data system. Outraged by the…

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USPS Dress Code Policy Change With Corrective Action – Western Pa District

Via John J. Phelan – District Manager, Western Pennsylvania District, US Postal Service: “One year ago, the Western Pennsylvania District provided notice to our bargaining unit and management organizations that I was considering Instituting a Dress Code Policy. The organizations were also provided with notice that I was considering a minor change to our disciplinary…

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APWU: PRC Documents Shed Light on Shady Staples Privatization Deal

Web News Article #: 143-2015 07/09/2015 – In response to a lawsuit filed by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has coughed up 231 documents that shed new light on the secretive deal between Staples and the Postal Service. Perhaps most jarring is the acknowledgement that the Staples’ deal was intended to serve as…

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NALC: Two national-level arbitration cases decided (APWU, NPMHU were Intervenors in one case)

July 09, 2015 C-31979: National Arbitrator Shyam Das issued an award on July 2, 2015, upholding the Postal Service’s position that former City Carrier Assistants must complete a 90-day qualifying period following their conversion to career status before they may be credited with or take annual leave. The Award interprets section 512.313(a) of the ELM,…

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Senate Dems seek to protect rural postal delivery

The Hill - Opinion

By Bernie Becker – July 9, 2015 A group of Senate Democrats is pushing new legislation to improve mail service for their rural residents they say have gotten the worst of cuts from the U.S. Postal Service. The bill from Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Gary Peters (Mich.) would…

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USPS OIG Issue Brief: Package Service Forum Recap

Executive Summary The explosive growth of e-commerce has led to a corresponding growth in the importance of package delivery. Recognizing how important this trend is to the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) has begun to examine the parcel market, issuing a number of reports assessing trends in the…

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USPS will not implement Phased Retirement

Postal Bulletin 22419 (7-9-2015) The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued its final rule for Phased Retirement on August 8, 2014. The final rule states that agency implementation of this program is not mandatory; rather, implementation is discretionary for each agency. Agencies choosing to implement the program decide whether phased retirement will be available to…

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