Social Security Announces 1.6 Percent COLA for 2020

Press Release – October 10, 2019 Social Security Announces 1.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2020 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 63…

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Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019

Press Release Thursday, October 11, 2018 Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than…

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USPS OIG Report: Refunds and Voids – Bluebonnet Station, Austin, TX

Objective The objective of this audit is to determine whether refunds and voids for spoiled/unused customer meter stamps were valid and properly supported at the Bluebonnet Station, Austin, TX. The OIG’s data analytics identified that Bluebonnet Station had a 202 percent increase in dollars for stamp and meter revenue refunds from July 1 to December…

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OIG Report: Single Drawer Accountability – Lacona, IA, Post Office

Background U.S. Postal Service management reported a shortage at a remotely managed post office (RMPO) located in Lacona, IA, on August 17, 2016. The reported shortage was $4,658, or 93 percent of the office’s total authorized limit for cash and stamp stock. An RMPO offers part-time window service hours and is staffed by Postal Service…

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USPS OIG Blog: Social Security Administration is again pulling back on mailed statements

Goodbye paper statements…again. Two years after reinstating paper statements amid a firestorm of criticism for having ended them, the Social Security Administration is again pulling back on mailed statements. In a recent news article about a Social Security Administration blog post, the agency announced it would mail fewer statements this year to reduce costs by…

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USPS: Online accounts help retirement planning

The Social Security Administration is encouraging federal employees to set up free online accounts to view and manage their Social Security records. The secure accounts provide estimates for future benefits and show how much you’ll need from other sources, such as a Thrift Savings Plan, to meet your retirement goals. Each account also allows you…

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NLRB Public Hearing of APWU charges against USPS-Staples Deal

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, APWU and NLRB took on USPS and Staples in the first day of the Hearing. NLRB Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas, presided over the court. The proceedings were open to the public and attended by APWU staff and Stop Staples activists from New York City, Philadelphia and the DC –…

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The USPS “Retail Channel Strategy” – A Blueprint for Privatization of the Postal Service

The following is from a November 24, 2015 update of Docket activity from the National Labor Relations Board relative to USPS Case Number: 05-CA-140963. APWU is barred from sharing this information by an earlier NLRB Motion but, because it is freely available in the public domain at NLRB.gov, the 21st Century Postal Worker will reshare…

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