Without Serious Reforms, USPS Could Be Next Bailout Recipient

By Ike Brannon – December 14, 2017 Delivering mail to every address in the country, the USPS has a nearly daily impact on every American’s life. With over $121 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities, it could have an even larger impact in every American’s life if it cannot begin cutting costs and paying its…

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APWU: PRC Proposes Changes to Ratemaking System

Web News Article #: 117-2017 12/07/2017 – The PRC just issued their long-awaited proposal to change how much the Postal Service can raise postage rates of market dominant products. (Market dominant products include first class letters and cards, periodicals, and Standard/Market Mail; but do not include most package products which are “competitive” products.) The 2006…

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APWU Clashes with Management on New 3971 Language

Web News Article #: 116-2017 12/01/2017 – The Postal Service’s Request for or Notification of Absence (Form 3971) has been amended to include a new section applicable to those going on leave without pay (LWOP) for official union business. This new section states: LWOP – Union Official (Required Certification) By signing this form, I certify…

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USPS OIG: Fall 2017 Semiannual Report to Congress

The Office of Inspector General is tasked with ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We also have the distinct mission of helping to maintain confidence in the mail and postal system, as well as to improve the Postal Service’s bottom line. We use audits and investigations to help protect the integrity…

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Competing internationally means fixing our mismanaged USPS

By George Landrith – Nov 30, 2017 As President Trump takes aim at some of his key campaign promises, the discussions around the potential renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have further emerged. From the president’s view, concerns persist about the nation’s propensity to import more goods that we export to a…

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USPS: Year-end financial results for FY 2017 reported

The Postal Service has reported its financial results for fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017). Here are some highlights: Total revenue. The organization reported total revenue of $69.6 billion, a decrease of $1.8 billion compared to the prior year. The lower revenues were driven largely by accelerated declines in First-Class Mail and Marketing Mail…

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Congress asks USPS why it charges foreign posts less than domestic shippers

November 8, 2017 Dear Secretary Tillerson and Postmaster General Brennan: We write you out of concerns related to the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) undercharging foreign posts, especially China Post, for parcel delivery due to the rate structure established under the Universal Postal Union (UPU). According to the most recent Annual Compliance Determination Report of…

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Postal board finally receives three nominees to fill vacant posts

Washington Postal Scene — By Bill McAllister October 27, 2017 President Donald Trump finally has come to the aid of the United States Postal Service by announcing he will soon nominate three individuals, including the agency’s former inspector general, to serve on the agency’s long vacant board of governors. The White House disclosed the three…

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