USPS seeks rate increase for January 2017

By Bill McAllister, Washington Correspondent Here’s an important stamp date: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. That’s when the United States Postal Service has told mailers it wants to implement its next rate change. But it’s unknown if the Postal Service will use its annual rate change to seek an end to the 47¢ first-class stamp. By…

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House committee approves postal reform, rejects presidential appointments

By Bill McAllister – July 12, 2016 Prospects for congressional approval of major postal reform legislation have sharply increased with the approval of a bill that would boost stamp prices and require postal retirees to depend on Medicare for most medical expenses. The action by the House Oversight Committee on July 12 does not assure…

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Fake stamp for gyrocopter pilot riles Washington

By Bill McAllister – May 27, 2015 When first-day cover collector Rollin Berger saw the announcement of a new United States forever stamp on what seemed like the website of a congressional committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, he was immediately skeptical.  “Is this legit or is someone pulling our leg?” he asked.  Sure,…

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Former PMG Bailar quits Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

Former postmaster general Benjamin F. Bailar has resigned from the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, questioning the value of continuing a panel that has guided United States stamp policy since 1957. In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, Bailar suggested that the committee has become overly concerned about trying to raise money for the…

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A tale of postal woes continues, PAEA author-turned-lobbyist defends the Act

The member of Congress who wrote the 2006 law that has been widely blamed for the United States Postal Service’s financial crisis is defending that act but warning that lawmakers are unlikely to come quickly to the agency’s rescue. Former House Committee on Government Reform chairman Tom Davis laid that forecast before a July 16…

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