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USPS plans for workforce cuts as Senate expected to take up reform bill

This week the Senate is expected to take up legislation to reform the Postal Service. The bill could close post offices, end Saturday deliveries and return funds the Postal Service as pre-paid for retiree health benefits. USPS already has started considering how it would operate with a slimmed-down workforce.

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 10:05am EDT
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What's new at the U.S. Postal Service?

Bill Doucette, head of Federal Sector Sales at the U.S. Postal Service, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about some of the agency's programs and services.
April 3, 2012

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 12:34am EDT
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OSC initiative zeroes in on worst vet discriminator - the government

The Office of Personnel Management recently reminded federal agencies that the White House has "zero tolerance" for discriminating against veterans in hiring and promotions. But the federal government is still one of the biggest offenders. Patrick Boulay from the Office of Special Counsel told the Federal Drive about a new pilot program aimed at streamlining the complaint process for veterans in the federal government.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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CBO: House postal reform bill to save $20B in decade

The bill introduced last summer by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) would eliminate Saturday mail delivery, close mail processing facilities, require postal employees to pay the same percentage in their health and life insurance premiums as federal employees do, and allow the Postal Service to use nearly $11 billion in surplus retirement contributions.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 11:52am EDT

USPS plan to set up own health plan faces lawmakers' skepticism

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testified today before a House subcommittee saying a USPS-sponsored plan would save $7 billion a year. Such a plan, Donahoe said, would offer equal or better coverage to current employees and retirees.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 12:57pm EDT

Union objects to Postal Service plan to withdraw from FEHBP

The Postal Service is on Capitol Hill today pitching its strategy to withdraw employees from the federal health insurance program.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 10:53am EDT
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Senate debates future of Postal Service

The Senate will take a procedural vote today to start debating on bipartisan legislation, S.1789.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 10:13am EDT

USPS supporter in Senate criticizes postmaster general

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a staunch USPS supporter, takes Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to task for pursuing a plan to close thousands of postal facilities in order to save $7.1 billion annually.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 07:27am EDT
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SES mobility not 'musical chairs'

Host Mike Causey will talk career mobility with Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Service. Federal Times Senior Writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly will talk about how pending legislation in Congress will affect your pay and benefits.
March 14, 2012

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 11:19pm EDT
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Retirements, buyouts, and downsizing

NARFE's David Snell and Federal Times reporters Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly join host Mike Causey to talk about the issues affecting your job and retirement.
March 7, 2012

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 08:50pm EST
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OSHA suing Postal Service over whistleblower retaliation

Vincent Melehy, federal employment expert and an attorney with Melehy and Associates, joins The Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer his analysis of the case.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 10:41am EST
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Feds have become 'easy pickings' for Congress, FMA says

Host Mike Causey will discuss federal pay and benefits with Federal Times Senior Writer Stephen Losey and Federal Managers Association Legislative Director Jessica Klement.
February 29, 2012

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 09:23pm EST
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Cardin: Scaling back USPS service to save money 'counterproductive'

There are a number of proposals to put the cash-strapped Postal Service on firmer financial ground. But Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) says many of them would reduce the service levels the public has come to expect and further drive away business. He joined In Depth with Francis to discuss why he thinks maintaining service levels is the best framework for fixing the Postal Service's finances.

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 09:09pm EST
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USPS says piecemeal approach to cost-savings plan won't do

The Postal Service's revamped five-year business plan, which is aimed at putting the troubled agency on firmer financial ground, is made up of a number of elements. But Joe Corbett, the USPS chief financial officer, said that all of the changes the agency recommends need to be taken up in order to restore the Postal Service to financial stability.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 08:38pm EST
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USPS to shutter, consolidate more than half of mail-processing centers

The U.S. Postal Service recommends cutting its network of mail-processing centers in half, capping a five-month review of its facilities as part of a plan to restore it to financial stability. Of 264 facilities examined, 223 will be consolidated or closed. USPS officials projects the closures will affect 30,000 full-time employees.

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 04:47pm EST

Carper: USPS can take page from auto industry in fixing finances

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on federal financial management, told In Depth with Francis Rose the comparison between the Postal Service and Detroit auto-makers may seem "unlikely." But the plan that turned around the bailed-out auto industry could prevent having to bail out the Postal Service in the first place.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 09:15pm EST
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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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