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