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7:37 pm, October 1, 2014

USPS News

Time to privatize your job?

What if you could sign up for Social Security at Sears or file your taxes at Walmart? That hasn't yet but the Postal Service has a plan to open up offices in Staples stores nationwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. People employed by Staples, not the U.S. government, would sell stamps, handle package, sort mail, etc. So, what could go wrong?

Friday - 05/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

10 USPS workers charged with workers' compensation fraud

Ten Postal Service employees and one former civilian firefighter for the Navy are charged with allegedly exaggerating the injuries they received on the job.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 04:01pm EDT

Lorie Nelson, Director, Postal Service Office of Inspector General's Office of Audit

An aging workforce and how to backfill retirements is a common issue for agencies across government. The Postal Service has developed the Corporate Succession Planning Program to cultivate executives who can move into the leadership positions that open when employees retire. Lori Nelson, director in the Postal Service Office of Inspector General' Office of Audit, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the demographic problem the Postal Service faces.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:38pm EDT
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The OPM budget memo, RIFs, and buyouts

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss OMB's budget guidance memo, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will give us an update on Public Service Recognition Week.
May 7, 2014

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:26pm EDT
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Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

The federal workforce is filled with success stories. Those range from a physicist at the Commerce Department who won the Nobel Prize in 2012 to the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration who rose through the OIG ranks after serving 26 years in the Secret Service. Janet Kopenhaven, Washington representative of Federally Employed Women, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about how the Federal-Postal Coalition is starting a new campaign to specifically highlight women and their success stories.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:06pm EDT
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The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Andy Medici and Amber Corrin of the Federal Times will discuss, among other things, Public Service Recognition Week and the recently passed DATA Act.
April 30, 2014

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

The Federal-Postal Coalition is launching a campaign to attract new federal employees that are still in elementary school. Janet Kopenhaver, the Washington representative for Federally Employed Women, explains to In Depth with Francis Rose how the Coalition is marketing agency positions that people dream of having starting when they're little kids.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:27pm EDT
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Issa embraces White House plan for postal reform

The Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is starting over on postal reform legislation and taking as its template a surprising source the White House's fiscal 2015 budget request. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told members of the committee and the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget that he intends to "embrace to the greatest extent possible" the entire slate of legislative proposals for overhauling the Postal Service included in the President's budget request.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 03:32pm EDT

Jim Cochrane, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Postal Service

Nearly 250,000 letter carriers will get handheld devices that let them track packages in real time. It's part of a major technology upgrade at the Postal Service that the agency hopes will give it an edge over competitors like UPS and FedEx. Chief Information Officer Jim Cochrane has called the deal a "billion-dollar bet on the future of the shipping business." He joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain the new device that enhances delivery infrastructure.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 09:43am EDT
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The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Nicole Blake Johnson and Andy Medici of the Federal Times will discuss a possible downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service.
March 26, 2014

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

The Postal Service's financial problems are the subject of several bills on Capitol Hill to give them more flexibility for making benefits payments, changing their benefits structures, changing their business model and obligations and other options. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose at his office on Capitol Hill yesterday about the problems the Postal Service is facing. In our Congressional Spotlight, Francis Rose asked him what he thinks the Postal Service's business operation looks like several years in the future.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:49pm EDT
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Pete Nowacki, spokesman, U.S. Postal Service based in Twin Cities

The Twin Cities area of Western North Dakota has a lot in common with mid-town Manhattan.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 11:11am EDT
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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

What's ahead for feds in 2014?

Federal Times writers Andy Medici and Sean Reilly and NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement will talk about some of the issues affecting feds in 2014.
February 26, 2014

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 05:48pm EST
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Even as postal losses shrink, USPS continues call for agency overhaul

The U.S. Postal Service announced Friday its quarterly losses fell sharply in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, boosted by revenue growth in package delivery and agency cost-cutting. Still, the agency's $354 million loss for the quarter ending Dec. 31, marked the 19th of the last 21 quarters that USPS posted a loss.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 12:45pm EST

Postal reform bill heading to Senate floor

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave its stamp of approval Thursday to a sweeping overhaul of the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. In a bipartisan 9-1 vote, the committee approved the 2014 Postal Reform Act and sent the measure to the Senate floor. The bill, which is the brainchild of Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), presents a laundry list of proposals to revamp the financially troubled Postal Service.

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:51pm EST

Latest postal reform bill includes USPS-only health plan

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee debated an updated version of postal reform legislation Wednesday that would allow the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to restructure its health benefits program. Included in the revised postal reform bill from Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is a proposal that would create a new postal-only health plan within the broader Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 10:48am EST

USPS falling behind in upkeep of postal facilities, auditors say

The U.S. Postal Service's financial woes are forcing the agency to put off vital maintenance and repair work of facilities across the country, according to a recent inspector general report. Between 2009 and 2012, the Postal Service's budget for capital improvements and facility repairs fell by $382 million, and some 19,000 planned repairs were left uncompleted.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 04:03pm EST

How the spending bill affects the federal workforce

After a month of negotiations, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill this week funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. From federal pay and benefits to a further decline in the Internal Revenue Service's budget, read about three key takeaways of the bill.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:43pm EST

Issa bill would repeal military COLA cuts, allow USPS to move to 5-day delivery

A new bill would repeal reductions in military pensions approved by Congress late last month as part of the bipartisan budget deal and allow the U.S. Postal Service to reduce regular mail delivery to five days a week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced the legislation Dec. 19, shortly before Congress decamped for the holidays.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:10pm EST
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