The Year in Review: The Postal Service submits its Annual Compliance Report for FY 2015

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Earlier this week the Postal Service submitted its FY 2015 Annual Compliance Report (ACR) to the Postal Regulatory Commission.  Over the next few weeks, the Commission will review the report, request more information, give stakeholders an opportunity to comment, and then, sometime in March, issue its own Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) report.  The USPS ACR is on the PRC website here; last … Read More

Mankato MN post office listed for sale at $1.65 million

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Those private developers and groups with dreams of how to reuse the downtown Mankato, Minnesota, post office now know the price tag on the historic property.  The Postal Service has just listed it for $1.65 million on the USPS-CBRE webstie (uspspropertiesforsale.com). The two-story 61,555-square-foot building sits on 1.5 acres, taking up much of a city block. There is a large … Read More

USPS Launches Campaign to Coach Mail Carriers

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The Postal Service has announced a new campaign called #PostalProud. The new initiative is designed to emphasize USPS principles and convey the pride and dedication of its employees, particularly letter carriers.  The Postal Proud campaign will include workplace posters, stand-up talks and other communications that emphasize organizational principles, such as accurate scanning, delivering mail with care and treating customers with … Read More

A Bill of Rights for the Post Office

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Some people just love to complain about the Postal Service, but the vast majority of Americans are pretty happy with the service they receive at their post office.  In fact, several new surveys show once again that people think the post office is just fine. According to a new Gallup poll, Americans rank the customer service they receive at post … Read More

USPS OIG Taps Valbridge To Bring Transparency to USPS’ Real Estate Portfolio

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Earlier this month, Valbridge Property Advisors announced that it had been awarded a national contract to provide appraisal and due diligence services for the Postal Service’s real estate holdings of 32,150 facilities, which total more than 290 million square feet of owned and leased space.  The contract originated in the US Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General office, according to this December 2013 solicitation. The contract … Read More

Photographing the post offices of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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For over four years, from 2011 to 2015, Lucy and Lina Blair traveled through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula photographing each and every one of its 134 post offices.  It was a way to bring them to each town in the U.P. so they could get to know their region better. They’ve put together a book of the photos, and they’ve shared many … Read More

USPS Execs Get Pay Increase, Bonuses, Perks

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Postal Reporter has a good article about the compensation for USPS executives, which apparently is pretty nice, what with the salaries, bonuses, and perks.  Read more.

Measure to Measure: Data, management, and the reliability of the mail

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MARK JAMISON Reliable.  It seems like a simple and straightforward word.  It conveys, if not a very specific meaning, at least a pretty concrete sense of satisfying expectations.  In some contexts, like certain forms of statistics and technical applications, reliable and reliability refer to the overall consistency of a measurement or the accuracy of the data being measured. But when … Read More

Ralph Nader: For America’s Unbanked: Re-establishing the Postal Savings Bank

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Ralph Nader has a great piece on postal banking: "Fact: Tens of millions of Americans do not have a bank account. As a result, many of these Americans spend a reported $89 billion annually in interest and fees by using predatory services such as payday loan and check cashing services. It's a perpetuating cycle of poverty in which the poor … Read More

The Postal Service’s “Retail Channel Strategy”: A blueprint for privatizing the post office

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It’s been clear for a long time that the Postal Service is in the process of privatizing itself by shifting processing operations to companies like Pitney Bowes through the workshare system and contracting out billions of dollars of work to private corporations (over $12 billion in 2014).  The Postal Service has also been working to privatize its retail operations by … Read More

APWU endorses Bernie Sanders for President

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The APWU National Executive Board has voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. “Politics as usual has not worked,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Enough is enough!” The endorsement follows Sanders’ rousing speech before 2,000 activists at the union’s All-Craft Conference in late October. “We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what … Read More