U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building
AGENDA Continue reading ‘Senate Hearing on USPS Board Of Governors Nominees July 30th’ »
A U.S. supervisory postal inspector facing new charges
SAN JOSE, California — A once-renowned U.S. postal inspector has been indicted on charges he rifled through damaged mail and stole valuable items over a two-year span, and also for a separate count of marijuana trafficking, according to federal authorities.
While the mail-theft allegations against Quan Pham Howard, 52, surfaced after his arrest in late June, the charge of possession with intent to distribute 8 kilograms of marijuana was not widely known.
Howard was also formally indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing stolen U.S. mail and the delay and destruction of U.S. mail. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and potential fines of up to $750,000.
According to the criminal affidavit submitted by the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General, between April 2012 and last month, Howard instructed employees at the U.S. Postal Service’s San Jose Processing and Distribution Center to call his office or cellphone whenever valuable items were found loose in the mail. He reportedly told these employees that he was going to reunite the items with their owners. Continue reading ‘California Postal Inspector Indicted on Mail Theft also facing drug trafficking charge’ »
WBI will provide 10,000 shelving units for installation in Postal Service vehicles under initial delivery order
Alexandria, Virginia (July 23, 2014) –VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) subsidiary, Wheeler Bros., Inc. (WBI) was awarded a delivery order to supply 10,000 engineered shelving kits to the United States Postal Service for use in the Long Life Delivery Vehicles (LLV). This delivery order has a value of $2.9 million, with an option to purchase up to 40,000 additional kits following the initial delivery.
WBI submitted a design concept for purpose-built shelving units to address an increase in package deliveries by the Postal Service. Continue reading ‘VSE’s Wheeler Bros. Awarded $2.9 Million USPS Shelving Kits Contract for use in LLVs’ »
ELWOOD — The plan to reduce operating hours for the Elwood Post Office was challenged by several Elwood residents Monday afternoon.
The estimated 150 people filled the Gosper County Senior Center listened quietly as Todd Case of Grand Island explain why the U.S. Postal Service is struggling to balance revenues and costs.
Carlton Clark, a lifelong resident of Elwood, rose to say, “I question the criteria used for the 68937 ZIP code in reducing our service.”
He named federal and state offices that are in Elwood and pointed out that the village is a county seat. Continue reading ‘Elwood residents put up fight about postal hours changing’ »
Shock probation is the policy by which a judge orders a convicted offender to prison for a short time then suspends the remainder of the sentence in favor of probation. It is hoped that the initial experience of prison will provide an effective deterrent from recidivism. In shock probation, someone is sentenced to prison and starts serving the sentence. After three to six months, the judge resentences the prisoner to probation, and the prisoner is released under supervision. Shock probation is usually considered when a prisoner is a first time offender and a judge believes, given the circumstances of the case, that the prisoner has a chance at reform which may be enhanced by being released. Shock probation is not commonly used in all states. In states where it is used, shock probation may be at the discretion of the judge. source: Wikipedia Continue reading ‘Shock probation granted for former Kentucky postmaster’ »
Election season is here so it’s important to be aware of Election Mail and Political Campaign Mail regulations. From now until the mid-term election Nov. 4, both Election and Political Campaign Mail will be entering the mailstream.
The 2014 Postal Bulletin Election Mail kit contains the following new items for this year’s election cycle:
- The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) section 703.8, Balloting Materials, was revised effective Oct. 7, 2013.
- An Election Mail checkbox was added to PostalOne! and Postage Statements 3602R, 3602N, 3600PM, and 3600FCM, effective Jan. 26, 2014. This change helps provide visibility of all official Election Mail entered into the mailstream.
- A change that enabled cancellation of all mail processed on USPS letter automation-compatible postage cancellation systems was effective March 20, 2014. This change, among other uses, will allow identifying the cancellation date of ballot materials, voter registration cards, absentee applications and polling place notifications.
Continue reading ‘USPS: Election and Political Campaign Mail regulations’ »
Reports of smoke in a Center City hotel forced hundreds of people outside in the dark around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Guests stood outside the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel at 201 N. 17th St. while firefighters investigated smoke coming from the building’s basement, according to officials.
An ambulance transported two people to Hahnemann University Hospital, but it is unclear why. Continue reading ‘Smoke forces hundreds to evacuate hotel hosting NALC Convention’ »
WAUSAU – Wausau postal customers recently received a survey form from the U.S. Postal Service recently asking for their input into a process that is currently reviewing the Wausau post office.
The results of that survey were to be discussed at a meeting scheduled by the USPS for Thursday, July 17, at Wausau Town Hall.
About 25 local residents kept the date, only to find themselves stood up by the federal agency.
Since then, USPS communications representative Dionne Montague responded to the News’ request for an interview, asking for her apologies to be extended to the community.
July 23, 2014 – Thousands of convention delegates and postal supporters, including leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, protested the privatization of the USPS at a Staples store in the Chicago Loop on Tuesday.
The delegates traveled by bus from the McCormick Convention Center, after a spirited speech by American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President J. David Cox, in which he reiterated AFGE’s support for postal workers and the boycott of Staples.
“We will never shop at Staples until they stop what they’re doing to the post office,” he shouted to thunderous applause. Continue reading ‘APWU Delegates Take It to the Streets: ‘The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale’’ »