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USPS News

Could USPS make money off of truck sensors?

A radical new plan would outfit postal service trucks "with sensors to collect and transmit information about weather or air pollutants," including radioactivity! We talk about it with the originator, the Postal Regulatory Commission's own Chief Counsel to the chairman, Michael Ravnitzky!

Wednesday - 03/30/2011, 09:31am EDT
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USPS cuts 7,500 jobs, offers $20,000 buyouts

The Postal Service will offer $20,000 early retirement incentives to administrative employees, who must make a decision on whether to leave USPS by late April. RIF notices will be issued on May 25 to any affected employees who do not voluntarily retire or move to a lower grade.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 03:53pm EDT
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COLA For Retirees/Pay Raise for Postals!

Just when it looked like federal workers have hit rock bottom, it turns out that two big chunks of the government family may be in for some good news. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says there may be pay raises for some postal workers and the return of the COLA for retirees.

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 04:00am EDT

How feds help feds survive the worst

The Federal Employees Education and Assistance fund survives on the kindness of federal employees to help federal employees survive disasters from furloughs to floods. We talk with Executive Director Steve Bauer. We also get an update on the latest furlough developments from Federal Times editor, Steve Watkins.

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 12:00pm EDT
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USPS to reduce workforce by up to 30,000 in 2011

The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its workforce by up to 30,000 employees this year. Up to 7,500 of those positions would be eliminated as part of a redesign that USPS will announce March 25, an agency spokeswoman said.

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 12:59pm EST
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USPS financial rescue may not stop 'death spiral'

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said he's ready to announce more RIFs and without legislative help USPS will face insolvency this year. Sen. Susan Collins introduced a bill to help solve some of the challenges the Postal Services faces.

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 07:00am EST
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There's light at end of the USPS budget tunnel

The Postal Service is encouraged by the President's recognition of the Postal Service's financial situation. For why, and what's next, we talk with USPS CFO, Joseph Corbett.

Wednesday - 02/23/2011, 09:41am EST
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USPS, DHS, DoD contribute to 'dire' finances

Last week the International Monetary Fund cautioned the government on spending. So how bad are federal finances? We ask GAO's Jeanette Franzel

Monday - 02/21/2011, 10:08am EST
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'More intense' high-risk oversight planned

GAO's biannual list includes 30 programs that are in trouble. House and Senate members promise to focus more of their attention on the initiatives most at risk. Members plan to use the model that worked for DoD and personnel security clearances in other problematic areas.

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 07:25am EST
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The budget, new and old, and your agency

On this week's show, host Mike Causey talks with NTEU president Colleen Kelley and Federal Times' Steve Watkins about different budget plans being considered and how they might hit you, or your agency, in the wallet.

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 12:00pm EST
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Sen. Collins tries to curb workers' comp abuses

Postal workers have been collecting workers' comp after retirement. A bill introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) would put an end to it.

Thursday - 02/03/2011, 04:11pm EST

Postal Service greening saving millions

The Postal Service's sustainability measures are cutting energy usage across the board, and resulting in lower costs.

Wednesday - 01/26/2011, 01:05pm EST

Postal Service beefs up financial monitoring

Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 requires federal agencies to adhere to more stringent financial reporting criteria, and the USPS goes even beyond that. We get details from the USPS's Linda Libician-Welch.

Monday - 01/24/2011, 10:08am EST
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USPS Postmaster: delivery day must be cut

The first step USPS plans to make to address its financial crisis is reduce operating costs by reducing its workforce. Postmaster Patrick Donahoe gives us some details about what comes after that.

Friday - 01/21/2011, 09:31am EST
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Downsizing, Relocations, Benefit Reductions Up Next?

If you want a preview of coming attractions in your own agency, check out what is happening in the giant US Postal Service. It is looking at a major cutback of administrative personnel, consolidating post offices and relocating employees, not to mention possible pay and benefit changes. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you could be next.

Wednesday - 01/19/2011, 04:00am EST

USPS shrinks workforce, changes pension

Patrick Donahoe became the 73rd Postmaster General Friday, assuming control of the Postal Service in the midst of a fiscal crisis. Donahoe said USPS will reduce its workforce by another 7,500 people in 2011. Still, he's optimistic about the future. In the short term, however, the reality is that postal workers are likely to suffer while the agency tries to balance its books.

Monday - 01/17/2011, 07:03am EST
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Former Postmaster Potter reviews 32-year career

Best of interview with John Potter.

Thursday - 12/30/2010, 10:18am EST
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OIG: sustainability at USPS is possible

Prefunding USPS pension plans, says the Postal Service, is breaking them. Lorie Nelson, with the USPS OIG, has some surprising findings.

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 10:08am EST
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GAO reports on how to rightsize the Postal Service

The recession and changes in the use of mail as transactions and messages go more and more electronic. How can the USPS keep up? The GAO's Phil Herr has details.

Friday - 12/10/2010, 10:41am EST
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USPS Inspector General follows the money

The USPS OIG has completed a new report to determined if contracting officers issued letters to contracting officer's representatives detailing their responsibilities and limitations and if invoices were properly certified. To explain what the means for us is the Postal Service's Judy Leonhardt.

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 10:08am EST
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