USPS OIG Report: Compensation, Benefit, and Bonus Authority in 2016

Background The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) amended 39 U.S.C. by revising the limits on salary and total compensation paid to U.S. Postal Service employees. For calendar year (CY) 2016, basic annual salary for each employee was limited to $205,700. Under a bonus or reward program approved by the U.S. Postal Service…

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Medicare cannot afford a reckless USPS bailout

By Ross Marchand – August 8, 2017 Medicare’s breaking point is nigh, with the program’s trustees projecting that solvency will only last until 2029. For American adults that will be dependent on the program in twelve short years, the trustee’s grave prognosis is a cause for alarm. But, at a time when program expenses need…

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GAO Report: Key Considerations for Potential Changes to USPS’s Monopolies

GAO-17-543, Published: Jun 22, 2017 Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2017 What GAO Found The value of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) letter delivery and mailbox monopolies was $5.45 billion in fiscal year 2015, according to the most recent estimate prepared by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the regulator of USPS. This figure suggests that USPS’s…

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The Postal Service’s Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season: Implications for the Hatch Act

Member Statements Chairman Ron Johnson, R (WI) Opening Statement-Johnson-2017-07-19 (30.1 KB) Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, D (MO) Opening Statement McCaskill 2017-07-19 (141 KB) Witnesses Timm Kopp Letter Carrier U.S. Postal Service Testimony-Kopp-2017-07-19 (57.2 KB) William Siemer Acting Deputy Inspector General Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service Testimony-Siemer-2017-07-19 (63.4 KB) Background-USPS OIG Audit Report-2017-07-05…

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Wisconsin letter carrier to testify Wednesday on political campaigning by postal workers

By Bill Glauber – July 19, 2017 Timm Kopp is a letter carrier from Marshfield and a whistle-blower who will take center stage Wednesday in Washington, D.C., at a hearing on political campaigning by postal workers. Kopp complained that certain postal workers were taking leave without pay to work for union political campaigns and that…

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Powerful former chair of federal workforce committee leaves Congress on Friday

By Joe Davidson – June 27, 2017 Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), now the former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will leave a legacy when he quits Congress at 10 a.m. Friday, but we might not have his mug to remind us. If incoming Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) does as Chaffetz did,…

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Unions Prevail in National Level Decision on Voting Rights

In a decision issued on June 21, 2017, Arbitrator Shyam Das, concluded that postal employees including mail handlers are entitled to administrative leave (voting) under ELM 519.32 when they participate in presidential caucuses. The case was filed by the NALC, and the NPMHU and the APWU intervened. Notably, fifteen states and several territories held party…

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Congressional Research Service Issues Summary of H.R. 756, Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 TITLE I–POSTAL SERVICE BENEFITS REFORM This bill requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish a Postal Service Health Benefits Program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to offer health benefits plans for U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees, annuitant retirees, and their families at rates that reflect…

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