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6:59 am, July 29, 2014

USPS News

Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Postal Service inspector indicted on theft, drug charges

Quan Pham Howard is charged with stealing valuable loose items found in the mail, like Playboy magazines and a Joan Rivers collector's box.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:40am EDT

Charlie Crum, Director, Office of Inspector General, USPS

3D printing can help the Postal Service save a lot money, gas, and time, according to its Inspector General. 3D printers can make things like screws and containers using plastics and powders. Charlie Crum is a director at the Postal Service OIG. His office has a plan to help the agency jump into the 3D printing business, and he shared that plan on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:51pm EDT
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Proposed Senate USPS reforms could save $17 billion

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.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:54pm EDT

USPS offers buyouts to 3,000-plus postmasters

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.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 10:16am EDT

Postal Service searches for solutions to its gas-guzzler problem

The U.S. Postal Service is looking at greener, more efficient vehicle options while waiting for funds to replace its outdated fleet.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:02pm EDT
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Tom Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service

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.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 10:26am EDT
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House panel votes to preserve USPS Saturday mail delivery

The House Appropriations Committee voted to restore a longstanding congressional mandate requiring the Postal Service to deliver mail on Saturdays.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 07:11pm EDT

USPS lacks funds to replace aging mail delivery trucks

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.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 10:58am EDT

Fredric Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers

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.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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IG encourages USPS to follow private sector lead for benefit programs

The Postal Service Inspector General recommended that USPS make changes to its decades-old benefit programs that cost the agency millions.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:11am EDT

Postal service had $1.9 billion quarterly loss

Postal service had $1.9 billion quarterly loss despite cost cutting; asks again for reform law

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:01pm EDT

Time to privatize your job?

What if you could sign up for Social Security at Sears or file your taxes at Walmart? That hasn't yet but the Postal Service has a plan to open up offices in Staples stores nationwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. People employed by Staples, not the U.S. government, would sell stamps, handle package, sort mail, etc. So, what could go wrong?

Friday - 05/09/2014, 02:00am EDT

10 USPS workers charged with workers' compensation fraud

Ten Postal Service employees and one former civilian firefighter for the Navy are charged with allegedly exaggerating the injuries they received on the job.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 04:01pm EDT

Lorie Nelson, Director, Postal Service Office of Inspector General's Office of Audit

An aging workforce and how to backfill retirements is a common issue for agencies across government. The Postal Service has developed the Corporate Succession Planning Program to cultivate executives who can move into the leadership positions that open when employees retire. Lori Nelson, director in the Postal Service Office of Inspector General' Office of Audit, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the demographic problem the Postal Service faces.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:38pm EDT
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The OPM budget memo, RIFs, and buyouts

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss OMB's budget guidance memo, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will give us an update on Public Service Recognition Week.
May 7, 2014

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:26pm EDT
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Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

The federal workforce is filled with success stories. Those range from a physicist at the Commerce Department who won the Nobel Prize in 2012 to the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration who rose through the OIG ranks after serving 26 years in the Secret Service. Janet Kopenhaven, Washington representative of Federally Employed Women, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about how the Federal-Postal Coalition is starting a new campaign to specifically highlight women and their success stories.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:06pm EDT
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The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Andy Medici and Amber Corrin of the Federal Times will discuss, among other things, Public Service Recognition Week and the recently passed DATA Act.
April 30, 2014

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

The Federal-Postal Coalition is launching a campaign to attract new federal employees that are still in elementary school. Janet Kopenhaver, the Washington representative for Federally Employed Women, explains to In Depth with Francis Rose how the Coalition is marketing agency positions that people dream of having starting when they're little kids.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:27pm EDT
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Issa embraces White House plan for postal reform

The Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is starting over on postal reform legislation and taking as its template a surprising source the White House's fiscal 2015 budget request. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told members of the committee and the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget that he intends to "embrace to the greatest extent possible" the entire slate of legislative proposals for overhauling the Postal Service included in the President's budget request.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 03:32pm EDT
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