Archive for January 14th, 2014

Great Expectations: Enriching Postal Information | Office of Inspector General

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What if the U.S. Postal Service tapped the vast array of available digital information technologies to enhance sales, operations, and new business development? The possibilities, it would seem, while not endless, are fairly extensive.

That’s the conclusion of a just-released white paper from the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG), which collaborated with IBM to take a high-level view of digital information gathering to see where the postal industry might benefit. The white paper, Enriching Postal Information: Applications for Tomorrow’s Technologies, identifies those opportunities most relevant to the postal industry. We found more than 50 potential postal applications where gathering digital information could enhance the Postal Service’s sales, operations, and new product development, as well as improve its internal safety and security controls. Such items include banking services, traffic information, and assistance to elderly citizens.

via Great Expectations: Enriching Postal Information | Office of Inspector General.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2014 at 11:47 am

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Compromise spending bill preserves Saturday mail delivery, rural post offices

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The New York Times reports that the compromise spending bill introduced in the House last night requires the USPS to continue Saturday mail delivery:   The bill also explicitly prohibits the Postal Service from cutting Saturday mail delivery or closing rural post offices.

The bill discards Congressman Darrell Issa’s bizarre proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and use the savings to fund an increase in military pensions. Issa has for years claimed that the USPS is desperately insolvent, and in danger of requiring a massive taxpayer bailout. Yet he recently suggested that simply cutting one delivery day would not only make the USPS solvent, but also allow it to help finance pensions for other agencies.

As with Issa’s other “reform” proposals, his plan failed to attract any support, even from within his own party.

via – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2014 at 11:28 am

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