Star Trek™ Forever Stamps to be Dedicated Sept. 2 in NYC – Postal Employee Network

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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PostalOne!-Business Customer Support System Availability

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From the Office of Inspector General –

Our objective was to determine the effectiveness of support for PostalOne!-BCSS operational availability.

What the OIG Found

Management is not effectively supporting and managing PostalOne!-BCSS availability and needs to improve the process for notifying all users of PostalOne!-BCSS outages. Based on reported outages, the Postal Service also does not maintain consistent records to track outages and the unavailability of PostalOne!-BCSS.

PostalOne!-BCSS did not consistently meet its daily 99.95 percent availability goal during FY 2015. We identified 22 reported instances where the daily average availability percentage ranged from 76.03 to 99.92 percent.

Additionally, the CIO scorecard did not accurately reflect actual system availability status because it excluded blackout maintenance hours, which should have been included according to best practices.

Full report at link

Source: PostalOne!-Business Customer Support System Availability | USPS Office of Inspector General

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 18th, 2016 at 11:15 am

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Inspection Service Kids TV Show Spending

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Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, the USPIS told Deadline: “In reference to your request for how much money the USPIS has spent on the The Inspectors in direct financing, you are informed that the United States Postal Service has contracted with Litton Syndications Inc. to develop, write, produce, and air a consumer awareness and crime prevention 30-minute campaign titled, The Inspectors. The contract was awarded for $5.4 million and the period of performance is 9/15/2014 to 9/14/2016, with potential to extend the contract for an additional two one-year option periods.”

Source:  Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers Facebook post

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 16th, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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Flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

Flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi

Post Office Closures/Relocations/Service Impacts

The US Postal Service is monitoring the flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi. Due to severe flooding, the following offices have been closed and relocated to alternate sites as noted:

Louisiana Offices

Impacted Office Impacted Office Zip Alternate Office Alternate Office Zip
Greenwell Springs P.O. 70739 Zachary 70791
Robert P.O. 70455 Hammond 70401
Springfield P.O. 70462 Ponchatoula 70454
Tangipahoa P.O. 70465 Kentwood 70444
Cade P.O. 70519 Broussard 70518
Abbeville P.O. 70510 Broussard 70518
Delcambre P.O. 70528 Broussard 70518
Erath P.O. 70533 Broussard 70518
Baton Rouge Central Finance Station 70818 Scotlandville 70807
Watson P.O. 70786 Baton Rouge P&DC – 8101 Bluebonnet Rd 70810
Denham Springs P.O. 70726 Baton Rouge P&DC – 8101 Bluebonnet Rd 70810

Livingston P.O. 70754 – Delivery and acceptance is impacted due to flooding and road closures. The Post Office is open and offering retail and P.O. Box service only.

Prairieville P.O. 70769 – Delivery and acceptance is impacted due to flooding and road closures. The Post Office is open and offering retail and P.O. Box service only.

Mississippi Offices

The Postal Service has temporarily suspended operations at the Crosby P.O. 39633. Recent flooding caused water damage to the building, requiring the temporary suspension. The repairs are expected to take approximately three weeks for completion. Notices have been placed at the Post Office. During the suspension, Post Office Box customers will receive mail service at the Gloster P.O., located at 200 E. Main Street, Gloster, MS, 39638. Customers may also pick up packages and mail at the Gloster Post Office.

The Gloster P.O. offers retail services Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am to Noon and 1:00pm to 4:00pm; and Saturday 9:00am to 11:00am

We will continue to monitor the situation. As more information is made available and updates are made, we will continue to notify you about the impacts of this situation.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 15th, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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PRC Hosts Technical Conference on USPS Performance Measurement Data

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Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission will host an off-the-record technical conference on August 26, 2016, at 10:00 am in the hearing room at Commission offices, 901 New York Ave. NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20268, to discuss data represented in the Postal Service’s first two quarterly reports on its service performance measurement systems proposals for Market Dominant products. Representatives from the Postal Service will discuss the quarterly service performance reports and be available to answer questions relating to the data.

Source: PRC Hosts Technical Conference on USPS Performance Measurement Data – Postal Employee Network

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 14th, 2016 at 10:27 pm

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Video: Postmaster General visits Bismarck to address mail volume issues

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 12th, 2016 at 1:54 pm

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Patriotic spiral Forever stamp

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 4th, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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Dead Tree Edition: Adrift for 19 Months: The U.S. Postal Service

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The “Emergency Board” never seems to end, and the Board of Governor should be more than one guy.  Common sense out the window, just another day for Congress…

Source: Dead Tree Edition: Adrift for 19 Months: The U.S. Postal Service

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 25th, 2016 at 12:54 pm

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4 keystones of USPS’ reform wish list – Postal Times

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>Integrating USPS’ retiree health care with Medicare.
>Reforming pensions to reflect USPS’ demographics.
>Allowing USPS control over the pricing component.
>Allowing additional service flexibilities.

Source: 4 keystones of USPS’ reform wish list – Postal Times

The last two points equal higher cost for lesser service.  No thanks.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 22nd, 2016 at 5:38 pm

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The Majority of U.S. Consumers Value Paper and Disagree with Digital-Only Communications

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Results of a new survey conducted by Toluna Inc. show that a majority of Americans want to retain a choice for paper options rather than be forced into “digital-only” communications.

Chicago, July 21, 2016 – A new survey commissioned by Two Sides and conducted by Toluna Inc. reveals how U.S. consumers view corporate initiatives forcing people into digital-only communication by eliminating paper-based options.  The survey also provides insight into consumer opinions on the environmental impacts of digital versus paper-based communications.

Source: The Majority of U.S. Consumers Value Paper and Disagree with Digital-Only Communications

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 22nd, 2016 at 11:19 am

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