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More USPS red ink to lead to bloodletting

The U.S. Postal Service has promised one approach to shrinking its continuing losses: Keep cutting jobs. Postal's 2011 financial plan calls for elimination of 50 million work hours, or about 25,000 jobs.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , US Postal Service , job cuts , post office

Monday - 11/15/2010, 07:05am EST

Getting USPS back to black

If the OIG's proposals were placed in effect, the Postal Service could potentially recover $142.4 billion. Details from USPS's Lorie Nelson.

Tags: Federal Drive , OIG , Lorie Nelson , management , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 10/13/2010, 10:41am EDT
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Reusable Materials Help Post Office Meet Green Goals

The U.S. Postal Service is now the only mailing and shipping company worldwide that provides packaging supplies that are "Cradle to Cradle Certified." This means that all 175 materials used by its 58 suppliers to make stamps and stamped products have been assessed, and meet requirements for, their impact on human and environmental health, recyclability and compostability.

The Postal Service says in 2009 it provided one billion eco-friendly mailing and shipping supplies to customers.

Technology used to create biodegradable or recyclable materials have allowed the agency's sustainability initiatives to cut greenhouse gas production and to save money and resources. Specific achievements include a 10.8 trillion dollar reduction in British Thermal Units in energy use at their facilities since 2005, and $400 million dollars worth of savings in energy costs since 2007.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology , Scott Carr

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 01:00pm EDT

Cybersecurity and telework make an interesting team

Tight security measures both tighten the leashes of executives, while driving them out of the office.

Tags: technology , Telework Ceter , cybersecurity , telework , DHS , Army , Treasury , Polycom , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 10/04/2010, 11:30am EDT

USPS puts green on the road

The first electric vehicle joined the Postal Service fleet in 1899, more than 100 years ago, after proving to be more efficient than a horse and buggy. USPS's Sam Pulcrano tells us how that tradition carries on today.

Tags: Federal Drive , Greening of Government: transportation , innovation , sustainability , Sam Pulcrano , management

Monday - 10/04/2010, 09:08am EDT
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USPS seeks innovative, legislative relief for financial woes

The Postal Service is reeling from the decision by the Postal Rate Commission not to increase the price to mail a letter. USPS was hoping to use the rate hike to help close the $7 billion deficit it faces this year. The service continues to face reduced volume, more people using the Internet and legal barriers to changing key parts of its business mode.

Tags: management , John Potter , Tom Carper , Postal Regulatory Commission , Ruth Goldway , Max Cacas

Monday - 10/04/2010, 06:39am EDT
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What if the Postal Service runs out of money?

The financially collapsing USPS must pay $5.5 billion each year to prefund its retiree health benefits. There is no penalty if USPS doesn't pay, Washington Post reports. But as the nation's second largest employer, if USPS can't make the $5.5 billion payment, who can?

Tags: Must Reads , Dorobek Insider , budget , Washington Post

Wednesday - 09/29/2010, 03:34pm EDT

Carper bill allows USPS to recoup billions

A bill by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) aims to save the Postal Service from mounting debt with the POST Act.

Tags: Tom Carper , Congress , Senate , POST Act , retirement , pay and benefits , management

Friday - 09/24/2010, 12:10pm EDT

Attendance Derby: Congress vs. Feds

Congress is back in town today after an extended summer break. What it'll find, in addition to a stack of unfinished business, is the career federal workforce which has been toiling away keeping things running.

Tags: Mike Causey's Federal Report , Labor Day , Tom Glennon , unions , TSP

Friday - 09/03/2010, 04:39pm EDT

USPS tries for more service with fewer offices

A flexible, agile Postal Service will be needed to adapt to changing mailing preferences and to increase the opportunity to consolidate redundant retail facilities. Details from USPS's Mike Magalski, Director of Network Optimization.

Tags: management , Mike Magalski , OIG , Federal Drive , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 08/26/2010, 10:31am EDT
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