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No more mail at your door? Delivery changes eyed

Door-to-door mail delivery would be phased out under plan approved by House committee

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 07:14am EDT

House committee moves forward on postal reform

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved major postal reform legislation Wednesday. The 22-17 party-line vote moves the 2013 Postal Reform Act, introduced by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), to the full House for consideration.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 10:53pm EDT

Issa releases long-awaited postal reform legislation

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released long-anticipated legislation Friday aiming to reform the finances of the ailing U.S. Postal Service. Issa updated an earlier discussion draft of his bill with several proposals originally floated by Democrats.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 07:40pm EDT

Postal Service reform making significant progress in House

In the past few weeks, competing draft proposals have been circulating on Capitol Hill. But at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took a step toward compromise. Issa agreed to make changes to his draft plan, including adopting several measures proposed by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in postal reform legislation he separately introduced Wednesday.

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 09:01pm EDT

USPS settles OSHA case, agrees to improve worker protections

After an OSHA investigation found USPS electrical work violations, USPS agreed to agencywide changes in electrical work safety and training.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 01:07pm EDT

Postal Service needs centralized system to manage public-private partnerships

Public policy specialist Michael Kubayanda said the Postal Service would improve its partnerships with the private sector by creating a central office. USPS has a number of partnerships in different areas, including merchandise and real estate.

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 02:54pm EDT

Postal Service closing Capitol Hill post offices in 'symbolic' move

USPS issued final determinations Wednesday to close three Capitol Hill post offices by July 21, which is expected to save about $2 million over the next 10 years. That's only a drop in the bucket in the agency's stretched-thin budget, but top House Republicans on the Administration and Oversight and Government Reform Committees hailed the move for sending a strong message.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 04:57pm EDT

USPS reaches energy reduction goal ahead of schedule

USPS Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas Day said the service is on target to reach many of its sustainability goals for 2015. USPS said the decline in mail volume led to the consolidation of mail distribution centers.

Monday - 06/17/2013, 05:24pm EDT
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Issa's postal reform proposal OKs 5-day delivery, modifies prefunding

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a draft postal reform bill that supports ending Saturday mail delivery and would modify how the agency pre-funds retiree health-care payments that now threaten to sink the agency into financial insolvency. Congressional postal reform efforts have remained dormant so far this year, even as the Postal Service's financial outlook has worsened.

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 07:37pm EDT

Postal Service cost-saving initiatives fast-tracked under new rule

The cash-strapped Postal Service has proposed a number of service and delivery changes to right its financial ship and says it needs more timely decisions from the commission to implement them. The commission has been criticized in the past for taking too long to issue its opinions. Of the five major cases brought before the commission since 2006, three took more than eight months to complete and one took nearly a year, according to PRC.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:21pm EDT

Post office posts $1.9 billion second quarter loss

The U.S. Postal Service said Friday it lost $1.9 billion over the last three months and warned that losses would continue to mount without help from Congress. The loss for the financial quarter ending March 31 was narrower than a $3.2 billion loss for the same period last year, thanks to slightly higher revenues and lower payments towards health benefits for workers who will retire in the future.

Friday - 05/10/2013, 03:10pm EDT

Donahoe: Postal Service bailout looms if Congress doesn't act quickly

If Congress doesn't pass comprehensive postal reform legislation soon, it could find itself forced to bail out the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service to the tune of billions of dollars, said Postmaster General Pat Donahoe. The postmaster general said in a speech at the National Press Club he's optimistic Congress will pass postal reform legislation this year.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 10:13pm EDT
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Postal Service's 'broken business model' under fire but solutions scarce

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday that the Postal Service is operating under a "broken business model." But cost-saving efforts, such as ending Saturday delivery and modifying a multibillion dollar requirement to prefund future retirees health care costs, garnered little agreement among lawmakers.

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 07:50pm EDT

Postal Service backs down on ending Saturday mail

The U.S. Postal Service has reversed its decision to end Saturday mail delivery service, saying Congress gave it no choice when it passed a 2013 appropriations bill last month that continued a ban on five-day delivery.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:04pm EDT

Feds helping furloughed feds

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund Executive Director Steve Bauer, and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times, will discuss furloughs, and their impact on feds.
April 3, 2013

Wednesday - 04/03/2013, 07:38pm EDT
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PRC to analyze impact of changing Saturday mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service continues to insist changes are necessary to help deal with budget woes in the face of congressional resistance. The Postal Service also is accelerating the closure of 53 mail processing plants.

Monday - 04/01/2013, 06:04pm EDT

Furloughs, sequestration, and five day delivery

AFGE's J. David Cox, and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly will talk about the impact of sequestration and the possiblity that federal workers will be furloughed.
March 27, 2013

Wednesday - 03/27/2013, 06:52pm EDT
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Debate rages over USPS delivery changes

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced last month it would end Saturday delivery of first-class mail. But a new legal decision from the Government Accountability Office seemed to offer more questions than answers.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 07:14pm EDT

Postal Service reform finds new life on Capitol Hill

Real reform for the U.S. Postal Service may be gaining some steam in Congress. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), the new chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, tells Federal News Radio, House leadership sees room for compromise with Democrats when it comes to figuring out ways to get USPS back in the black. Farenthold supports the Postal Service's plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

Tuesday - 03/19/2013, 05:15am EDT
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House puts damper on USPS plan for 5-day delivery

The fiscal 2013 spending bill doesn't remove the requirement for the Postal Service to deliver first-class mail six days a week. Other provisions in the bill povide a boost in funding DHS cyber, DoD acquisition and VA IT spending.

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 04:15pm EST
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