Congress members urge USPS to use air-conditioned mail trucks

By Brenda Gazzar – November 6, 2018 More than two dozen U.S. Congress members have urged the U.S. Postal Service to “strongly consider” implementing climate-control units in all their mail trucks after a postal carrier died in Woodland Hills over the summer from overheating. U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas, D- Panorama City, spearheaded the call “for…

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USPS: New fleet fuel cards on the way

Some Postal Service facilities will soon receive new fleet fuel payment cards through GSA SmartPay, a federal program that provides charge cards to U.S. government agencies. The new GSA SmartPay 3 Voyager cards will replace the current SmartPay 2 Voyager cards. Vehicle maintenance facility (VMF) managers will begin to receive the new cards around Nov….

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USPS OIG Report: Highway Contract Routes – Extra Trips in Mid-Carolinas District

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service’s extra trip process for Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) in the Mid-Carolinas District. The Postal Service uses contracted supplier operated routes, or HCRs, to transport mail and equipment between plants, post offices, or other designated points that receive or dispatch mail. An extra trip…

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APWU: Major Win for the MVS Craft – POM 1995 Language Restored

09/13/2018 – When the USPS made changes to Chapters 5 and 7 of the Postal Operations Manual (POM) in 1995, APWU challenged the changes as not fair, reasonable, and equitable. While USPS agreed to restore the language in 2007 and again in 2012, they never did. APWU never stopped fighting. On August 28, we reached…

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APWU: MVS Holiday Peak Exception Period Terms Reached

09/13/2018 – APWU MVS teams reached an agreement for the Holiday Peak Season Exception Periods. The previous Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for MVS was signed as part of the 2015-2018 CBA, and will expire September 20 with the CBA. A new MOU was necessary to ensure our full rights are upheld during the holiday season….

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USPS OIG Report: Review of Mixed Delivery and Collection Vehicles Acquisition

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Service’s mixed delivery and collection vehicles acquisition achieved the performance metrics, expected costs, and savings. The mixed delivery and collection vehicle fleet primarily supports Postal Service operations such as mail collection, mixed package delivery routes, and relay drop-offs for city carriers. However, the existing fleet of…

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USPS OIG Report: Management of VMF Undistributed Labor – Capital Metro and Great Lakes

Objective Our objective was to assess the controls over the management of mechanic undistributed labor in the Capital Metro and Great Lakes Areas. The Postal Service defines undistributed labor as mechanic and garagemen work order hours that are less than the actual paid hours. The target variance between these metrics is +/- 3 percent of…

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