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Postal Service plan proposes own health plan, workforce cuts

The Postal Service's strategic five-year plan proposes cutting the workforce by 155,000 by 2016 and creating its own health benefit program for employees and retirees to return to financial stability.

Friday - 02/17/2012, 10:27am EST

Post office: $18B loss without cuts, rate increase

In a letter to Congress, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe described an updated five-year cost-cutting plan put together in coordination with Wall Street adviser Evercore Partners Inc.

Friday - 02/17/2012, 07:53am EST
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Air Force, USPS team up to grab cyber crook

A hacker had stolen the credit card information of more the 16,000 users of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service website.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 08:33am EST

Postal Service posts $3.3B loss for the quarter

The Postal Service said large losses would continue until the agency can trim its workforce, close some facilities, and restructure its healthcare program. The Postal Service posted a total loss of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2011.

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 02:12pm EST
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Cool Jobs: The Mural Preservationist

Dallan Wordekemper, federal preservation officer with the Postal Service, restores New Deal-era murals at U.S. post offices across the country.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 08:29am EST

Postal Service offers reduced rate on commercial mailing

This week, Postal Service introduced "2nd Ounce Free" pricing for businesses mailing First-Class Mail automation, presort letters.

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 12:48pm EST

Postal Service, unions reach impasse in labor talks

Labor talks failed this weekend between the Postal Service and two postal unions the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Handlers Union.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 09:07am EST

Cummings: Fight ahead for federal pay raise

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, anticipates strong opposition to President Obama's promised 0.5 percent pay increase for federal employees.

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 11:29am EST
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USPS awards $168M communications contract to Verizon

Verizon will design and manage a private Internet protocol network for the Postal Service under a new six-year agreement. The New York-based telecom has provided IT services for the agency for two decades.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 02:49pm EST

Postal Service's plan to close post offices hits roadbumps

The Postal Regulatory Commission has criticized the Postal Service's proposal to consider closing more than 3,600 post offices as part of its plan to avoid a projected $14 billion loss this year. The plan is causing anxiety in communities that depend on their post offices and it would not save that much money, PRC Chairman Ruth Goldway told Federal News Radio. The commission will be watching the agency's cash flow closely in the coming months.

Wednesday - 01/04/2012, 07:47pm EST

Feds glad to bid adieu to 2011, but will 2012 be better?

Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp counts down the top federal workforce stories of 2011 and makes some predictions fo 2012.

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:42pm EST

Postal Service, unions to continue negotiating into January

Postal Service and the NALC and NPMHU extend talks through Jan. 20.

Monday - 12/19/2011, 07:04am EST

Postal Service to delay cutbacks until mid-May

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 08:33am EST

USPS, unions extend contract deadline again

The U.S. Postal Service and the two major Postal unions have agreed to extend the deadline for negotiating a new labor contract until Dec. 16. It is now the second extension agreed to by USPS and the two unions the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. The initial deadline for labor negotiations was Nov. 20, which was then extended until midnight Wednesday.

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 05:58pm EST

Postal Service addresses concerns uncovered by safety review

Judy Leonhardt, the acting deputy assistant inspector general for support operations in the Office of the Inspector General, says that Postal Service is putting safety first.

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 11:18am EST
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USPS reviews closing 252 processing plants, cutting workforce

The IG's report outlined several recommendations, some of which the Postal Service have already started implementing.

Monday - 12/05/2011, 02:37pm EST

Video contest inspires public to answer GSA's everyday questions

General Services Administration names winners in contest that challenged videographers to answer questions like how do you let the government know you're moving and how do you obtain a Social Security card?

Monday - 12/05/2011, 10:35am EST
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Spammers spoof USPS messages

SophosLabs reports spammers are targeting users and tricking them into clicking on and infecting their computers with a Trojan horse. The messages, sent from what appears to be the U.S. Postal Service use a variety of subject lines such as, "Track your parcel" and "Your package is available for pickup."

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:07pm EST

Postal Service seeks outside opinion on restructuring

The Postal Service has hired Evercore Partners, a New York-based investment bank, to evaluate proposed changes to its operations, compensation and benefits. Evercore has advised General Motors and other large, troubled companies. USPS said it needs to cut annual expenses by $20 billion by 2015.

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 07:47pm EST

Donahoe says bills 'do not come close' to saving the USPS

None of the legislation moving through Congress would provide the Postal Service the speed and flexibility it needs to cut annual costs by $20 billion, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said Monday. He said they would give USPS "a couple of years of profitability and at least many decades of steep losses." He argued for quicker resolution to the agency's cash crisis.

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 05:05am EST
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