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A House subcommittee markup of a bill to address the Postal Service's financial problems broke down along partisan lines. Democrats accused Republicans of using this legislation to weaken labor provisions. Republicans said Democrats would prefer bailing out the agency rather than making it sustainable. The bill now goes to the full House Oversight and Governmental Reforms Committee.
Federal Times Editor Steve Watkins and senior writer Sean Reilly will talk about the future of the U.S. postal service, and NARFE legislative director Daniel Adcock will discuss the changes that Congress wants to make to your retirement benefits.
September 21, 2011
A House subcommittee will markup legislation Wednesday to address the Postal Service's financial problems. President Obama unveiled his reform proposal earlier this week. Postal Service officials say, if enacted, it would give them the breathing room they need to make major network changes.
Virginia Democratic Re. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) joined the Federal Drive to discuss the latest on the debate over the continuing resolution and the future of the Postal Service.
The short-term spending bill will keep government funded through midnight Nov. 18.
On today's Federal Drive: some agencies have netted extra cash from governmentwide acquisition contracts and furloughed FAA workers won't receive back pay under the latest House FAA funding reauthorization.
If you are looking for good news you've come to the wrong place, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It seems that while Congress and the White House say that creating jobs is the nation's top priority, the second largest federal agency hopes to shed a third of its workforce and 70,000 federal contractors were sent on unpaid furloughs this year.
A bill introduced in the House would give the Postal Service a 90-day extension to the Sept. 30 deadline to make a $5.5 billion pre-payment to its retiree health benefit fund.
If the Postal Service were a business, it would be facing the equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. USPS lost $20 billion in last five years, and it is on track to lose more than $6 billion this year. GAO evaluates the state of the Postal Service and what needs to be done in the short-term by Congress.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama to act now to save the cash-strapped Postal Service. The administration said it would propose reforms in the $1.5 trillion deficit reduction package it sends to Congress.
Is the proposed reform of the US Postal Service the equivalent of dining on lobster or road kill, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey ponders. The battle is heating up and each side is warning that the end is near ...
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned senators that the Postal Service would stop delivering mail by next August unless Congress authorizes sweeping changes. After paying October's bills, Donahoe said the agency would have a week's worth of cash left. Meanwhile, the White House said it would propose reforms soon.
On today's Federal Drive, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has asked Congress for more flexibility in its finances to stave off an impending default and the chief designer of the General Services Administration's Networx telecommunications program announced he'll leave early next year.
On today's Federal Drive: Veterans Affairs announced it will release its open-source EHR code, SSA announces new rules on banned visitors and the USPS prepares to testify about its dire financial straits.
Ahead of a Senate hearing Tuesday on the Postal Service's financial woes, the National Association of Postal Supervisors is urging senators to change the USPS' payment schedule for retiree health care. The union said it would oppose the elimination of Saturday delivery and other legislative proposals.
On today's Federal Drive: The deadline to transition to GSA's Networx telecommunications contract is approaching, an assessment of DHS 10 years after 9/11 and a preview of upcoming legislative battles as Congress prepares to return from recess.
The Labor Department warns it won't be able to make workers' comp payments to federal employees if the Postal Service fails to make a $1.2 billion payment by October.
Unionized employees are entitled to be paid while in the facility during low-volume mail times, equipment breakdowns or other unexpected events.
On today's Federal Drive: OMB's budget guidance calls for cuts to agency spending, the SEC is hit by allegations of destroying documents and the USPS begins negotiating with two postal unions.
The Postal Service has begun contract negotiations with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. Last week USPS said it would ask Congress to let it break union contracts in order to lay off workers and take control of its health care and retirement plans.