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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.

Tags: PRC , Ruth Goldway , workforce , Management , postal reform , Emily Kopp , budget

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.

Tags: workforce , 2011 and Beyond , Emily Kopp , pay and benefits , Congress , OPM , retirement , CHCO Council , buyouts

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

USPS IG pitches online mailbox concept

The Postal Service is considering expanding its mail delivery business into the digital realm. A new white paper from USPS's inspector general explores the idea of what it calls the eMailbox. Customers could choose what mail they want to receive the old fashioned way, or in a new, secure electronic format, coupled with a new data storage service the IG calls eLockbox. The Postal Service explored a similar idea in the late 1990s, but eventually abandoned the concept because it felt the market wasn't yet mature enough.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 11:41am 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.

Tags: budget , Associated Press , closing

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.

Tags: NALC , NPMHU , Pat Donahoe , Fred Rolando

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.

Tags: inspector general , Judy Leonhardt , Federal Drive , safety , employee safety

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 11:18am EST

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.

Tags: Postal Service , IG , budget , Management , technology , workforce

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?

Tags: Jessica Milcetich , GSA , challenge , Federal Drive , Gov 2.0 , technology

Monday - 12/05/2011, 10:35am EST

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."

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , SophosLabs

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

Wednesday morning federal headlines - Nov. 23

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , Federal Drive newscast , NIST , Cloud computing , cybersecurity , Evercore Partners , DARPA , DARPA shredder

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 08:10am EST
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