Archive for January 3rd, 2013

Carper and Issa Issue Statement on USPS and Postal Legislation

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WASHINGTON- Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today offered the following joint statement on the future of postal legislation in the 113th Congress:

“The Postal Service has a presence in every community in our nation. Since its establishment, we’ve taken it for granted that our mail would arrive and that important business and personal correspondence would reach its destination. In addition, businesses large and small have come to rely on the mail to reach new customers and communicate effectively with existing customers. Although the 112th Congress did not come to a consensus around a package of reforms that can update the Postal Service’s network and business model to reflect the reality that it faces today, we remain committed to working with our colleagues in both the House and the Senate to reform the Postal Service so it can survive and thrive in the 21st century. While our approaches have differed in the past, we made significant progress in narrowing our differences in recent months, and our commitment to restoring this American institution to long-term solvency is unwavering.”

via Press Releases – Newsroom – Tom Carper, U.S. Senator for Delaware.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 3rd, 2013 at 8:06 pm

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Donations Desperately Needed To Provide Assistance

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(This article by first appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

Donations to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF) are desperately needed to provide assistance to postal families who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters that occurred this past year.

link to full article below…

Text PERF to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Must be 18 years old. Message and data rates may apply. Check or money order donations can also be sent to: Postal Employees’ Relief Fund, PO Box 7630, Woodbridge, VA, 22195-7630.

Charitable donations to PERF are tax deductible. To learn more, apply for assistance, or make an online donation by credit card, visit www.postalrelief.com.

via Donations Desperately Needed To Provide Assistance.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 3rd, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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PMG Statement on Congressional Inaction

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Statement from Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe:

Congressional Inaction Heightens Postal Service Financial Crisis;

More Aggressive Cost Cutting and Revenue Generating Measures will be Considered

 

“The 112th Congress adjourned without having passed postal legislation. Such legislation could quickly restore the Postal Service to profitability and put the organization on a stable, long-term financial footing. This lack of action is disappointing.The Postal Service has worked closely with the Congress over the past two years to advance a framework for a viable business model that will allow us to quickly respond to the evolving needs of our customers. As a result of frequent communication with Congressional leaders, we have modified important parts of our five-year comprehensive business plan, including the pace of consolidation of mail processing facilities, to give Congress maximum flexibility to make needed legislative changes. Unfortunately, Congress has not enacted these changes. As we sought to provide solutions to enable legislative change, we pursued cost-reducing and revenue-generating activities. Over the past two years we have reduced head count by approximately 60,000 career employees. We have consolidated 70 of our mail processing facilities. We moved to reduce hours at many of our Post Offices. We also have worked to substantially increase our package volume along with introducing a same-day delivery service.

As we look to the coming year, we are on an unsustainable financial path. We are currently losing $25 million per day, we have defaulted on $11.1 billion in Treasury payments and exhausted our borrowing authority. The Postal Service should not have to do business this way, which has undermined the confidence of our customer base and the $800 billion mailing industry we serve. We will be discussing with our Board of Governors a range of accelerated cost cutting and revenue generating measures designed to provide us some financial breathing room.

We encourage the new 113th Congress to make postal reform an urgent priority, and to work steadily toward the quick passage of reform legislation. We will continue to work with leaders of our House and Senate oversight committees and all members of Congress to help make this happen.”

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 3rd, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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Dennis Ross out as postal oversight chair

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Congressman Dennis Ross has lost his job as chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy. The Florida Republican was one of a number of Tea Party backed freshman who had received plum assignments after the GOP took control of the House in 2010.

While there seems to be a purge of Tea Party types from some prized assignments in the 113th Congress, it’s not likely to change the direction of the postal subcommittee. The newly renamed “Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census” subcommittee will be chaired by Blake Farenthold (R-TX). Farenthold, who was also elected to Congress for the first time in 2010, is, like Ross, a member of the extremist Tea Party Caucus and Republican Study Committee.

For better or worse, expect more of the same from the GOP House in the 113th Congress!

via Dennis Ross out as postal oversight chair – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

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