Archive for December 4th, 2013

OIG: USPS Budget constraints have affected the Postal Service’s ability to fund repairs

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 4th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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Found money – USPS Inspection Service recovers MTE worth millions of dollars

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The Postal Inspection Service seized more than $2.9 million worth of Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) in fiscal year (FY) 2013, including nearly 60,000 plastic pallets.

That’s about double the value seized by Inspectors in FY 2012.

A portion of the Mail Transport Equipment recovered by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Besides conducting reviews and following up on leads from employees and the public to recover MTE, Inspectors this past year revisited air cargo warehouses and recycling facilities where misappropriated equipment had previously been uncovered. They distributed awareness posters, in English and Spanish, to cargo handling and transport facilities, freight forwarders, commercial mail receiving agencies, airline warehouses, recycling facilities, pallet businesses and related locations.

Inspectors also partnered with postal groups to create a warning notice for new flat tubs.

An important element of the MTE recovery program included letters of warning to first-time violators. Postal Inspectors advised 124 offenders that continued action could result in prosecution. Inspectors issued an additional 39 voluntary discontinuances to multi-time offenders whose improper use of MTE was below prosecutorial levels.

The Inspection Service’s Equipment Recovery Program targets misuse and misappropriation of MTE to protect postal assets, prevent unauthorized equipment use and make sure misused equipment does not undermine air transportation or security protocols.

via USPS News Link Story – Found money.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 4th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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Saturation/High Density Standard Mail® Incentive Program

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Saturation/High Density Standard Mail® Incentive ProgramProgram runs January 2 – December 31, 2014

The United States Postal Service® has announced an incentive program for mailers of Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus letters and flats.

Qualified mailers will be eligible for a postage credit on volume that exceeds a pre-determined threshold.   The program will begin on January 2, 2014 and end on December 31, 2014.

To be eligible for participation, mailers must:

>Have mailed at least 6 Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus mailings, or a combination thereof, between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.

>To be eligible for discount mail in CY2014 that exceeds predetermined volume threshold. The threshold calculation is as follows: The total volume of letters and flats mailed during calendar year 2013, plus an additional 2.0%. In order to receive a rebate, therefore, 2013 volume must exceed 102.0% of the 2013 volume. Total Market – Mailers demonstrate increased volume of Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus letters and/or flats over the threshold for their total market.

>Be the mail owner and holder of a permit imprint advance deposit accounts at a Postal facility having Postal One! capability, or the owner of a qualifying mail volume entered through the permit imprint advance deposit account of a Mail Service Provider at a Postal facility having Postal One! capability. Mail Service Providers and customers supplying inserts, enclosures or other components included in the Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus mailings of another mailer are not eligible to participate in this program.

>Electronically submit postage statements and mailing documentation to the Postal One! system for the duration of the program period. Applicants choosing the Market Specific category must electronically submit postage statements and mailing documentation to Postal One! using Mail.dat® or Mail.XML. All other applicants may optionally submit postage statements via Postal Wizard.

Registration Closes January 31, 2014

via Saturation/High Density Standard Mail® Incentive Program.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 4th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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