Exigent Saga Continues

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Another USPS exigent appeal? http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/8555/1674785

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August 26th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

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USPS Fall Service Performance

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Outlook: USPS Fall Service Performance http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/8555/1674915

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August 26th, 2015 at 9:16 pm

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USPS Informed Visibility

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USPS Informed Visibility offers up-to-the-minute mailing data http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/8555/1663935

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August 24th, 2015 at 10:06 pm

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Politics paralyzes postal board  – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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Several ideas have surfaced to improve the postal service’s bottom line, but the board which oversees its operations is essentially paralyzed.

The problem is political. It turns out the man who now serves as the Chairman of the National Postal Service Board of Governors is a lifelong Las Vegan who says he is frustrated to see political squabbles interfere with mail delivery.

Jim Bilbray is no stranger to political tussles. He was a Nevada regent, state senator, and served four terms in Congress, but when this lifelong Democrat was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service, he may have thought he was entering a non-political arena.

But instead, he says he found that hyper-partisan political battles are being waged.“If we don’t get any new appointees by Dec. 6 of this year, I will be the only governor in the United States Postal System” explains Bilbray. He is currently one of only three appointed members for what should be a nine-person board.

The other six spots are vacant because congress has been unable, or unwilling, to approve nominees who could then be appointed by the President.This is not a trivial matter. The board sets policy for a gigantic operation. It has a $67 billion in annual revenue, and more than 500,000 employees working in 30,000 post offices.

Source: I-Team: Politics paralyzes postal board – Story | LASVEGASNOW

Link: Politics paralyzes postal board  – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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August 20th, 2015 at 6:24 pm

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August 2015 MTAC Presentations

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Presentations from last week’s Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee Meetings:

https://ribbs.usps.gov/mtac/documents/tech_guides/2015/presentations/Aug2015/

Source: Ribbs – File Listings

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August 20th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

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Erasing History at the USPS | JSTOR Daily

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When United States Post Office (USPS) Tries to Sell Off Historic New Deal Sites, Scholars and Communities Protest

Source: Erasing History at the USPS | JSTOR Daily

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August 19th, 2015 at 8:17 pm

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Despite Warning over Mail Delays, USPS Focuses on Same-Day

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The USPS received a warning from its Inspector General over a substantial increase in delivery delays, yet the Wall Street Journal reports that the Postal Service is ramping up same-day delivery services.

Source: Despite Warning over Mail Delays, USPS Focuses on Same-Day

Note:  Hope as a strategy is rarely successful. 

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August 19th, 2015 at 3:44 pm

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Lets End De Facto Rate Increases, Mailers Plead – Direct Marketing News

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Upset over Postal Service procedure in which operational changes translate into de facto rate increases for certain classes of mail, a coalition of mailer associations filed a petition with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to address the problem yesterday.

At the heart of the groups petition is a desire for the PRC to define the legal term de minimis, literally “trivial,” in relation to changes made in postal operations. Currently, the Commission defers to the Postal Services estimation of a de minimis increase in rates when instituting a change. Mailers argue, however, that attendant costs that go along with procedural alterations can be exorbitant, or even prohibitive.

Source: Lets End De Facto Rate Increases, Mailers Plead – Direct Marketing News

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August 19th, 2015 at 8:34 am

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PostalOne – Now Up – For Now

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From the Help Desk, in the never-ending saga of the week, go to contingency plan vs come off contingency plan:

Attention PostalOne! Users

Performance Issue or Outage:

The PostalOne!® system briefly experienced some performance issues.  There were some database contention issues that have been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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August 18th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

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PostalOne! Ups and Downs

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Issues persist.   From the PostalOne Help Desk, 5:14pm Eastern – Contingency again

Attention PostalOne! Users

Performance Issue or Outage:

The PostalOne!® system is experiencing Performance issues.  The issue is currently under investigation.  We will send another update as soon as an update is available.

In the interim, mailings will continue to be accepted using the PostalOne! Contingency plan which can be found on RIBBS at:  https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_latestnews/documents/tech_guides/PostalOneExternalContingencyPlan.pdf

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August 18th, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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