Investing in USPS – PMG update on new vehicles, other projects

The Postal Service continues making investments for the future, including plans for new delivery vehicles, PMG Megan Brennan says in her latest video message. Fifteen companies are competing to build the vehicles, which are slated to debut in 2017. “These vehicles will be designed with increased cargo space and improved access to facilitate both the…

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USPS OIG: Vehicle Maintenance Facility Efficiency Nationwide – Capping Report

Audit Report – DR-AR-15-006 – 04/28/2015 Background The vehicles owned by the U.S. Postal Service represent a capital investment of nearly $3.6 billion. The fleet is maintained using 316 Postal Service vehicle maintenance facilities that service 211,264 vehicles. The Postal Service also contracts with commercial garages throughout the country for maintenance and repair. The vehicle…

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House passes budget without federal benefit cuts

By Andy Medici – May 1, 2015 Civilian agencies would see their budgets slashed while the Defense Department would get billions of dollars in additional funding, under a budget proposal passed by the House April 30. The House voted 226 to 197 to pass the budget, with all Democrats and 12 Republicans voting in opposition….

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Senate Opposes USPS Service Cuts, APWU Calls Vote ‘Significant Development’

Web News Article #: 090-2015 05/01/2015 – The Senate approved a motion on S. Con. Res. 11 introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that instructs budget conferees to insist on a deficit-neutral fund to halt mail processing center closures, restore overnight mail delivery, and protect rural services. A deficit-neutral amendment may not increase the nation’s…

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PRC Chief Tells What Will Keep the Postal Service Going

By Al Urbanski – May 1, 2015 Though he never clerked a Post Office or walked a carrier route, Robert Taub does have serious postal street cred, having helped craft the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. Periods did not customarily end the sentences of recently retired Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. Nearly every one of…

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Mail closure in Tucson could save postal service, but cost region millions

By Amelia Goe – April 30, 2015 A half dozen customers patiently wait in line at the Cherrybell post office in Tucson. It’s quiet on this weekday morning. But just through the double doors to the right and behind the security checkpoint, workers are processing millions of pieces of mail. It’s a scene that may…

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OIG recommends terminating the USPS-CBRE contract and refers cases for criminal investigation

April 30, 2015 The Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General has issued its fourth report criticizing the Postal Service’s oversight of the contract with its real estate broker, CBRE. It’s entitled “Postal Service Management of CBRE Real Estate Transactions.” The OIG finds fault with both the leasing deals and the sales of postal property, and…

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