USPS is still on GAO’s High Risk List for 2015

USPS has ‘partially’ met all five of the criteria for removal from the High Risk List. GAO suggests reducing mail delivery from 6 to 5 days  will improve USPS financial condition; GAO released its High Risk List report on agencies and as predicted USPS is still on the list. GAO: Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service […]

How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

12.16.14 Senator Carper’s office disputes story that he tried to attach U.S. Postal Service overhaul to budget bill But what is most interesting – from this account in GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE magazine on line – is for all Carper’s talk about the need to compromise, the senator resisted compromise on his own vision for USPS, and […]

Senator Tester to Postal Service: Stop digging your own grave

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) spoke on the Senate floor today in support of preserving the Postal Service and of a moratorium on postal facility closures. December 4, 2014 – (U.S. Senate) – With the Postal Service and some members of Congress giving the green light to […]

Senator Bernie Sanders: Don’t Destroy the U.S. Postal Service – Protect Our Postal Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 – Warning that the future of the U.S. Postal Service is at stake, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today called on managers of the mail system to back off plans to slow deliveries and eliminate as many as 15,000 jobs. Despite big increases in revenue, Postal Service managers are forging ahead with a […]

Congress Could Soon Deliver the Postal Service Its Biggest Blow Yet

Does this postal chairman’s lobbying history pose a conflict of interest? The U.S. Postal Service has the potential to earn billions of dollars a year by entering the payday-loan business, but former banking lobbyist Mickey Barnett could block its path. Barnett now chairs the USPS Board of Governors. Previously, he represented the interests of payday lenders, who stand to lose out […]

Issa Statement on Retirement of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today made the following statement on the retirement of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe:  “During his 39 year long tenure at the Postal Service, Donahoe saw firsthand the changing landscape of the industry and was able to uniquely understand how USPS would need to evolve to […]

Michigan State Senator urges Congress to stop closure of Lansing mail processing center

(November 13, 2014) LANSING—A resolution sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones formally requests Congress to prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from closing or consolidating the mail processing and distribution center on Collins Road in Lansing. “It is long overdue that Congress and President Obama come together and finally fix the postal service,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. […]

Obama Nominates Former Aide of GOP Congressman To PRC

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Robert G. Taub, Nominee for Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Robert G. Taub is currently the Special Assistant to Secretary of the Army John McHugh.  Prior to this, Mr. Taub spent significant time working in the U.S. House of Representatives, including serving for a decade as […]

Video: USPS Needs Systemic Changes to Efficiently Manage Operating Costs

Video from today’s Oversight hearing on USPS and APWU Contract Agreement Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, delivers his opening statement explaining the need for the United States Postal Service to bring its operating costs in line with its declining revenues.   [youtube][/youtube]

Republicans Introduce Bill To Eliminate FERS Retirement For New Hires

Republican Senators Richard Burr, (R-NC) and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), on Thursday introduced a bill (S. 644) that would eliminate the pension portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) for all new federal employees hired after 2012. The legislation would not affect Thrift Savings Plan benefits and agency-matching contributions. It also will not affect FERS […]