Postal Bulletin: November is HAZMAT Awareness Month

To protect the health and safety of our employees and the general public, the Postal Service™ has developed specific procedures for safeguarding, identifying, handling, and delivering hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Since there have been several recent incidents of non-mailable HAZMAT in the mailstream, November has been designated “HAZMAT Awareness Month” to highlight these issues. Incidents, including…

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Postal Inspection Service’s Oversight of Mail Suspected of Containing Illicit Drugs

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s controls for handling mail suspected of containing illicit drugs at U.S. Postal Service facilities. The Postal Inspection Service established the Proper Handling of Suspected Marijuana Parcels Mandatory Stand-Up Talk in FY 2019 as guidance for postal employees on how to handle mail suspected of…

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USPS OIG: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

While many of you may have experienced going to your local post office and picking up some free packaging — a box, envelope, or tube, maybe — you may not know that you can order the same supplies and have them delivered to your front door. Through its Expedited Packaging Supplies (EPS) Program, the U.S….

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USPS: Understanding health coverage types

Do you understand the different types of health plans available to Postal Service employees? You can enroll in four types of plans during the annual open season benefits enrollment period: Health maintenance organizations, which provide care from in-network plan physicians and hospitals located in particular geographic or service areas Preferred provider organizations, which offer fee-for-service…

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USPS: Ordering, reporting COVID-19 supplies

The Postal Service is reminding facilities to have sufficient coronavirus pandemic-related supplies on hand — and to accurately and regularly report their inventories in the organization’s field surveys. Each facility should have a 30-to-45-day supply of COVID-19 materials, including face coverings and gloves; cleaning and disinfectant products; and hand soaps, sanitizer and paper towels. Having…

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USPS announces additional price changes for 2021

The Postal Service has announced additional price changes for next year. If reviewed favorably by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the changes would take effect Jan. 24, 2021. Here’s a list of current and planned prices: Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $8.30 (current), $8.45 (planned) Priority Mail medium flat-rate box: $15.05 (current), $15.50 (planned) Priority…

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PMG DeJoy’s remarks from Nov. 13, 2020 open session meeting of Board of Governors

“During the past year – and especially over the last several months – the women and men of the United States Postal Service have been actively engaged in supporting the nation in its electoral process. We took on the challenge of coordinating with thousands of election officials around the country about how to work with…

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