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Postal Service reform making significant progress in House

In the past few weeks, competing draft proposals have been circulating on Capitol Hill. But at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took a step toward compromise. Issa agreed to make changes to his draft plan, including adopting several measures proposed by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in postal reform legislation he separately introduced Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , House , oversight , postal reform , Pat Donahoe , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Elijah Cummings , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 09:01pm EDT

USPS settles OSHA case, agrees to improve worker protections

After an OSHA investigation found USPS electrical work violations, USPS agreed to agencywide changes in electrical work safety and training.

Tags: workforce , OSHA , American Postal Workers Union , electrical safety , worker safety , Melissa Dawkins

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 01:07pm EDT

Postal Service needs centralized system to manage public-private partnerships

Public policy specialist Michael Kubayanda said the Postal Service would improve its partnerships with the private sector by creating a central office. USPS has a number of partnerships in different areas, including merchandise and real estate.

Tags: public-private partnerships , Michael Kubayanda , management , In Depth , Francis Rose , Cogan Schneier

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 02:54pm EDT

Postal Service closing Capitol Hill post offices in 'symbolic' move

USPS issued final determinations Wednesday to close three Capitol Hill post offices by July 21, which is expected to save about $2 million over the next 10 years. That's only a drop in the bucket in the agency's stretched-thin budget, but top House Republicans on the Administration and Oversight and Government Reform Committees hailed the move for sending a strong message.

Tags: Congress , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Candice Miller , Patrick Donahoe , post office closures , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 04:57pm EDT

USPS reaches energy reduction goal ahead of schedule

USPS Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas Day said the service is on target to reach many of its sustainability goals for 2015. USPS said the decline in mail volume led to the consolidation of mail distribution centers.

Tags: management , sustainability , Green government , In Depth , Francis Rose , Thomas Day , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 06/17/2013, 05:24pm EDT
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Issa's postal reform proposal OKs 5-day delivery, modifies prefunding

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a draft postal reform bill that supports ending Saturday mail delivery and would modify how the agency pre-funds retiree health-care payments that now threaten to sink the agency into financial insolvency. Congressional postal reform efforts have remained dormant so far this year, even as the Postal Service's financial outlook has worsened.

Tags: Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , postal reform , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 07:37pm EDT

Postal Service cost-saving initiatives fast-tracked under new rule

The cash-strapped Postal Service has proposed a number of service and delivery changes to right its financial ship and says it needs more timely decisions from the commission to implement them. The commission has been criticized in the past for taking too long to issue its opinions. Of the five major cases brought before the commission since 2006, three took more than eight months to complete and one took nearly a year, according to PRC.

Tags: PRC , Ruth Goldway , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:21pm EDT

Post office posts $1.9 billion second quarter loss

The U.S. Postal Service said Friday it lost $1.9 billion over the last three months and warned that losses would continue to mount without help from Congress. The loss for the financial quarter ending March 31 was narrower than a $3.2 billion loss for the same period last year, thanks to slightly higher revenues and lower payments towards health benefits for workers who will retire in the future.

Tags: Pat Donahoe , Joe Corbett

Friday - 05/10/2013, 03:10pm EDT

Donahoe: Postal Service bailout looms if Congress doesn't act quickly

If Congress doesn't pass comprehensive postal reform legislation soon, it could find itself forced to bail out the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service to the tune of billions of dollars, said Postmaster General Pat Donahoe. The postmaster general said in a speech at the National Press Club he's optimistic Congress will pass postal reform legislation this year.

Tags: Pat Donahoe , Congress , postal reform , Saturday delivery , Jack Moore

Friday - 04/19/2013, 10:13pm EDT
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Postal Service's 'broken business model' under fire but solutions scarce

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday that the Postal Service is operating under a "broken business model." But cost-saving efforts, such as ending Saturday delivery and modifying a multibillion dollar requirement to prefund future retirees health care costs, garnered little agreement among lawmakers.

Tags: Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Frederic Rolando , NALC , Pat Donahoe , Gene Dodaro , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 07:50pm EDT
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