From the PostalOne! Help Desk
Attention Business Customer Gateway Users
This morning the Intelligent Mail for Small Business (IMSB) system is down while additional updates are being performed to the system, many of these updates are specific to recent problems on the system. We will send an update when the system becomes available.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this update.
From the OIG,
Tea leaves, crystal balls, palm readings: There are lots of ways to try to predict the future . . . and most of them are useless. Still, careful examination of measurable indicators — and a little imagination — can yield some clues as to what may lie ahead. That’s good news for the U.S. Postal Service, because if there’s anything that faces an uncertain future right now, it’s the nearly 240-year-old institution that delivers your mail every day.
Secure Destruction is a part of the USPS® BlueEarth sustainability initiatives. The program securely shreds and recycles letter-size pieces of Undeliverable-As-Addressed UAA First-Class Mail® with personal protected information that would otherwise be returned to the sender RTS. Secure Destruction is an opt-in service that operates under the protection and supervision of the United States Postal Service.
The U.S. Postal Service uses highway contract routes (HCR) to transport mail between its facilities. An extra trip is an infrequent trip made in addition those that are outlined in the contract. The Postal Service must complete a Postal Service Form 5397 to authorize an extra trip and a Postal Service Form 5429 to certify the trip was performed and payment is due to the supplier. If a payment is not made timely, the Postal Service is charged interest on the amount owed.
We also determined procedures for authorizing and documenting extra trips were not always followed. Over 49 percent of PS Forms 5397 (or 3,163 of 6,342) were not completed properly. Local officials did not always review or authorize these forms and, in some cases, recorded incorrect miles for the trips. Consequently, the Greensboro District incurred $536,643 in costs that were not properly supported or authorized.
We also found that the Postal Service made 34 interest payments because Postal Service Forms 5397 were not submitted on time. Finally, we identified 120 instances where trip dates on Postal Service Forms 5429 did not match those on Forms 5397 because employees were not adequately trained and monitored.
“I would say that, you know, you have to be strong of heart to go through the NSA process, but it’s really not as long and as expensive as I believe people believe it. ”
NSA= Negotiated Service Agreement
September 26, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.
September 16, 2014 Announcement that the Federal Register published our interim rule to revise standards to change the total annual volume thresholds required for USPS™ Return Services.
September 15, 2014 Announcement of the 2014 Holiday Shipping Dates.
September 8, 2014 Summary of September DMM revisions.
September 4, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.
A new United States stamp issue celebrating the 75th anniversary of comic book crime fighter Batman will be issued Oct. 9 in New York City.
Additional details on the stamp issue were unavailable from the U.S. Postal Service.The stamp’s issue date coincides with the first day of the annual New York Comic Con convention, which is taking place Oct. 9 through Oct. 12 at the Jacob Javits Center.
The Batman issue, though reported previously by Linn’s, has not been formally announced by the Postal Service.