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Here's a sobering thought: Will the federal worker of the future be a hybridized version of his or her counterpart in the U.S. Postal Service?
Defenders of the General Schedule are hard to find, if you can find them at all. All the stakeholders agree the GS setup doesn't work for the federal government in the 21st century. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey said even the names of the slots on the schedule don't really work right any more.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's postal reform plan would save just under $17 billion. Changes to the agency would include maintaining increased postal rates and cutting delivery to five days per week.
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs, the Postal Service will offer early-outs and buyouts to more than 3,000 postmasters. Those who accept will leave the agency Sept. 30 -- the last day of fiscal 2014.
The U.S. Postal Service is looking at greener, more efficient vehicle options while waiting for funds to replace its outdated fleet.
The Postal Service's financial crunch means that it is delivering mail with some very old trucks. Nearly all of its 190,000 vehicles are gas guzzlers from the 1990s. This is the type of problem that keeps Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Day up at night. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the problems with the service's delivery fleet.
The House Appropriations Committee voted to restore a longstanding congressional mandate requiring the Postal Service to deliver mail on Saturdays.
The Postal Service's mail delivery vehicles are in dire need of replacement, but the agency doesn't have enough money to buy a new fleet. In a new report, the USPS Inspector General said the agency's current fleet will only allow it to sustain delivery operations through fiscal 2017.
The Postal Service's latest financial results are no better than any of their recent numbers. But they might not be as bad as they look. Different interpretations of those numbers cause some leaders to think the Postal Service has a faster route back to profitability than Congress does. Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, told In Depth with Francis Rose nobody argues about the numbers themselves. It's more about how you read them.
The Postal Service Inspector General recommended that USPS make changes to its decades-old benefit programs that cost the agency millions.