USPS: Healing PTSD semipostal stamp sells 7 million

More than 7 million Healing PTSD stamps have been sold since its release last year, raising $717,000 to fund research about post-traumatic stress disorder. The funding is being disbursed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Thanks to the millions of Americans who purchased the Healing PTSD stamp, VA will continue to study, create awareness,…

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USPS to handle historic census mailing

The Postal Service will handle one of the largest mailings in its history when it delivers 590 million mailpieces from the Census Bureau, beginning in March. The pieces will include questionnaires, letters and postcards regarding the 2020 census, the constitutionally mandated survey that seeks to count every resident of the United States. USPS will deliver…

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USPS OIG Report: Service Performance of 2018 Election and Political Mail

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the U.S. Postal Service’s performance in processing Election and Political Mail for the 2018 midterm and special elections. The Postmaster General requested this audit. We previously reviewed the Processing Readiness for Election and Political Mail for the 2018 Midterm Elections and issued a report in June 2018. Midterm and…

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Transactional Mail: Implications for the Postal Service

April 16, 2018 (RARC-WP-18-007) First-Class Mail remains the Postal Service’s biggest provider of revenue and contribution, despite its portion of overall postal revenues having fallen from more than 60 percent in the late 1970s to just 40 percent in 2016. Depending on whether key historical trends continue, intensify, or weaken, the future of transactional mail…

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A New Reality: Correspondence Mail in the Digital Age

RARC-WP-18-004 – March 5, 2018 First-Class Mail is the Postal Service’s biggest provider of revenue and contribution. However, its portion of overall postal revenues has fallen from over 60 percent in the late 1970s to just 40 percent in 2016. Depending on whether key historical trends continue, intensify, or weaken, the future of correspondence mail…

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USPS: Nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail to be delivered this week

USPS Press Release – December 18, 2017 WASHINGTON — This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The organization expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards this week alone. The Postal Service also expects to…

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OIG Asks: What’s your experience with First-Class Mail in the Northeast Area?

Project Title: First-Class Mail Service Performance Measurement – Northeast Area Start Date: Monday, August 14, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: February 2018 First-Class Mail on-time service performance scores have declined since the Postal Service began consolidating mail processing facilities in June 2012. The Northeast Area, which spans from New York to Maine and includes Puerto…

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OIG Report: Examining Changes in Postal Product Costs

March 13, 2017 (RARC-WP–17-005) The OIG worked with an expert in postal costing and economics to analyze product cost changes in four traditional USPS products: First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services. The analysis compares costs from fiscal year (FY) 2006 to FY 2015. Four external factors drove product cost changes: inflation, change in…

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