Video: Taxpayers Protection Alliance tells the U.S. Postal Service “stick to delivering our letters” in new video |
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) today released a damning video calling on the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to immediately halt expanded offerings it cannot afford and return to its government-chartered mission to dependably deliver First Class mail.
There are more United States Postal Service trucks on the streets on Sundays this holiday season, and many of them are delivering packages from Amazon, the online retailing giant.
A Dec. 5 report by the Postal Service’s inspector general raises questions about whether the agency is getting all the bang it should from these Amazon deliveries.
The USPS agreed to a special discount for Amazon under a 2013 negotiated service agreement with the Seattle-based company.
Auditors said they found “operational inefficiencies” in the Sunday parcel program in 40 of the 134 postal hubs in the Sunday delivery program.
The report, titled “Sunday Parcel Delivery Service,” blamed management, saying that supervisors “did not always enforce policies and procedures and supervision was inconsistent at some hubs.”
The auditors said the result was that the Postal Service could have saved $356,736 at the 134 hubs if the operations had been run by the book.
When the effort to tie postal reform to the spending bill failed, Carper attempted to pass it late last week using a procedural move called unanimous consent, which allows legislation to move quickly so long as no senator objects. However, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., scuttled that strategy by refusing to give her consent.
Thank you, Senator Baldwin! As a Chicago Bear fan, you are one of the only things I like about Wisconsin
Taking pictures of post offices is a passion of many photographers, and for good reason. Our country has are over 32,000 post offices, and they come in all shapes and sizes and vintages. Many of them may seem rather modest and nondescript at first glance, but in the eye of a collector, there’s always something interesting to see.
Many post offices are worth a photo because they are historic buildings. Over 2,500 post offices owned by the Postal Service are on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and many others are leased in historic buildings.
A viewpoint from a rural carrier. It’s good to look at things from different perspectives, and to take a walk in someone else’s shoes.
Former PRC Chair Goldway was horribly disrespected by the lame, factually-challenged write up in the Washington Post. The Post “article” was awful. I did not repost it here, but I will repost Ruth Goldway’s rebuttal. Must read.
Earlier this year I took issue with a Post headline, and had a brief correspondence with the author. Much to my surprise — did you know the author of the article is not the same person that writes the headline? Left me shaking my head in disbelief.
PostalOne!® Release 39.0 Issue – An issue was discovered with Release 39.0 that affects Full-Service mailers using ACS. Specifically, the system was not populating the new city field in Full-Service ACS reports returned to mailers between November 30, 2014 and December 4, 2014.
This issue was resolved on December 5 and complete records will be resent to affected mailers between December 11 and 16, 2014.
Address Correction data instability and the lack of timely communication on issues is starting to become a real issue – especially when mailers are facing Move Update compliance penalties in 2015. In order to charge, the data has to be good, – and reliable – consistently.
The U.S. Postal Service says it can overcome rain, sleet and heat, but that apparently doesn’t account for Senate gridlock.
The agency’s board of governors lost its quorum this week, with the Senate so far not taking action on six separate nominees to the body that oversees USPS’s budget and makes long-term plans for the service.
Lawmakers and aides say they hope that the Senate will confirm at least some of the nominees before Congress breaks for the year in the coming days. But both aides and lawmakers say there’s no guarantee that will happen, and business interests are also worried that the lack of a quorum could be disruptive for an agency that has lost billions of dollars in recent years.