APWU requests PRC extend deadline to comment on USPS check cashing pilot

June 27, 2022 The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is examining the USPS check cashing pilot (buy a gift card with a paycheck) to see if it should be classified as a non-postal (prohibited) product. Comments are due 6/30. PRC Notice and Order issued May 16, 2022 “As a member of the public that has both…

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USPS Accelerates Delivery for Retail Ground, Parcel Select Ground Products

June 23, 2022 The Postal Service will upgrade service standards for its Retail Ground and Parcel Select Ground products, effective Aug. 1. Within the contiguous United States, service standards will be accelerated from two-to-eight days to two-to-five days for the same affordable price. Items containing hazardous materials or live animals are not eligible for the…

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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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To Be Discontinued: The Postal Service identifies 170 suspended post offices for permanent closure

Via Save The Post Office – May 19, 2022 Earlier this week the Postal Service shared a list with the Postal Regulatory Commission identifying 170 post offices that were “temporarily” suspended several years ago and that will soon be closed permanently. The list was submitted as part of the PRC’s Public Inquiry into what can…

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Coalition of labor unions ask PRC for access to what it believes is the USPS contract with Amazon

May 12, 2022 A coalition of labor unions has asked the Postal Regulatory Commission for access to what it believes is the USPS contract with Amazon. It plans to file a complaint alleging management is pressuring workers to illegally prioritize Amazon parcels. The motion cites the NSA contract in Docket CP2021–117. But this contract is for…

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USPS Announces New Prices for 2022 – Forever stamps to rise by 2 cents

April 6, 2022 USPS has notified the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that it intends to raise certain prices, effective July 10. The new pricing includes a 2-cent increase in First-Class Mail Forever stamps, which will rise to 60 cents from 58 cents. The proposed increases, already approved by the governors of the Postal Service, would…

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USPS: Shipping Services price adjustments announced

The Postal Service has announced Shipping Services price changes for next year. If reviewed favorably by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the changes would take effect Jan. 9. Here’s a list of current and planned prices: • Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $8.45 (current), $9.45 (planned) • Priority Mail medium flat-rate box: $15.50 (current), $16.10…

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President Biden nominates PRC Chairman Michael Kubayanda for a full 6-year term 

October 6, 2021 Michael Kubayanda, Nominee for Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission President Biden designated Michael Kubayanda chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission in January 2021. Chairman Kubayanda joined the Commission in January 2019, and served as its vice chairman from August 2019 through the end of 2020. Prior to joining the Commission, Chairman Kubayanda served…

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