ELM Revision: Postal Service Health Benefits Education Program

On March 31, 2024, the Postal Service will revise the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), part 520, by adding new section 521.8 to reflect the Postal Service establishing the Postal Service Health Benefits Education Program (PSHBEP), as required under the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. Although the Postal Service will not publish these revisions…

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USPS BOG Unanimously Approves Adjusted FY 2024 Budget for Postal Regulatory Commission

September 11, 2023 WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service Board of Governors today announced its unanimous approval of an adjusted Fiscal Year 2024 budget for the Postal Regulatory Commission. The approved budget of $21.124 million, when combined with the PRC’s other resources, results in a spending plan for FY 2024 totaling $27.202 million….

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USPS Retiree E-Newsletter: Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (PSRA) was signed into law in April 2022. Since then, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in conjunction with the Postal Service, has been working to implement the new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program, as required under the new law. PSHB is a new, separate program within…

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Postal Service is soliciting comments on its Draft Flats Plan

August 16, 2023 Notice of Availability of Draft Plan for Flat-Shaped Mail Section 206 of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (PSRA), Public Law 117–108, 206, 136 stat. 1127 (2022), required the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission), in consultation with the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service, to conduct a Flats Operations Study…

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USPS releases Delivering for America: Second-Year Progress Report

April 27, 2023 The Postal Service has released Delivering for America: Second-Year Progress Report, an update on the organization’s 10-year plan to achieve financial stability and service excellence. Since the plan was published in March 2021, USPS has achieved significant milestones, including: • Aligning for operational excellence. The Postal Service is focused on becoming a…

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OPM: Interim final rule on Establishment of Postal Service Health Benefits Program; request for comments

AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Interim final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing an interim final rule with comment period to establish and administer the Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program pursuant to the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (PSRA). Under the statute, OPM must establish…

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USPS OIG: Spring 2022 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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USPS OIG: Role of the Postal Service in Identity Verification

Verifying identity credentials that individuals provide online, such as name, address, and Social Security Number (SSN), is increasingly important as government experiences higher identity fraud levels. Several potential roles exist for the Postal Service to contribute to government efforts to create and implement more secure identity verification systems. The emergency disbursement of trillions of dollars…

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