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August 2014 News

September 24, 2014
USPS To Test Customized Delivery of Groceries - PEN

Congressman Huffman Slams USPS for Lack of Transparency on Proposed Petaluma, Eureka Postal Facility Closures - PEN

Teachers Union to Staples CEO: We’re Not Buying - PEN

Postal Service wants to break into food delivery - Federal Times

Mobile technology can enhance direct mail, says Postal Service IG - Fierce Mobile Government

Postal officials resist upgrade to verify $22 million in repairs - Washington Examiner

USPS ability to remain self-funding “questionable” says Congressional report - Post & Parcel

Trial begins for ex-postal worker charged with embezzling $30K - Virgin Islands Daily News

UPS beats USPS with Stratasys 3D printers - Inside 3 DP

Filing Delay Leads to Loss of Federal Death Benefits - FedSmith

UPS worker goes postal, kills co-workers - krmg

President Signs Bill Requiring the U.S. Postal Service to Resume Selling Tiger Stamp - AmmoLand

September 23, 2014
NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process

Video: Issue With USPS Flat Rate Shipping - PEN

Judge upholds post office citation in death - Examiner

IG: USPS employees misclassify millions of dollars as training expenses - Fierce Government

Authorities: Bloomington, WI man charged after dispute with postal carrier - THonline

Somerset County Freeholders urge U.S. Postal Service to approve North Plainfield ZIP Code Request - NJ.com

Postal Rates in 2015 Could Rise or Fall -- or Do Both - Dead Tree Edition

Facilities Repair and Alteration Process (PDF) - OIG

Postal union wins arbitration; At least 9,000 jobs to become labor positions - Washington Post - Also see Postal service agrees to hire 9,000 clerks to staff post offices - Federal Times

Former postal employee sent racist threats to Tacoma mayor's Facebook - KOMO Crime Blotter - Seattle News

September 22, 2014
The former manager of a U.S. Postal Service maintenance garage has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for taking bribes from vendors - San Francisco Gate

NPMHU Challenges Planned Closures and Consolidations via National Level Grievance - PEN

APWU Wins Major Victory on Staffing ‘POStPlan’ Offices - 9,000 new jobs to be created - PEN

Decision is Reached on POStPlan Arbitration - NAPUS news via PEN

Members Make Decisive Changes to Ensure Viability of NAPUS - PEN

Ad Mail Goes High-Tech - Have you received ad mail with digital technology included? - Office of Inspector General

Overtime at the Iowa City Post Office (PDF) - OIG

Mail Innovations (PDF) - OIG

USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last - Townhall

Postman gets six years for child molestation - Victorville Daily Press

Wish we could return this Bronx post office sale to the sender - NY Daily News

Poised to drive off into the sunset, mail trucks face uncertainty - The Day

September 21, 2014
NAPS Endorsement of HR 5229, "Wounded Warrior Leave Act"

Bountiful, UT postal employee honored by postmaster general - The Davis Clipper

Rep. Bill Flores confirms closure of Downtown Bryan Post Office; Postal officials insist otherwise - The Eagle

F.Y.I.: Video: Second security breach at White House - PEN

Maintenance Craft Defeats Improper Excessing - APWU news via PEN

September 20, 2014
McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with Postmaster General

Unions protest Postal Service processing plant relocation from Industry to Santa Ana - San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Video: Postal worker rescued from flood waters in Houston - PEN

Video: Scammers claim to be with Postal Service to install malware on your computer - PEN

Canada: Delivering bad news super mailboxes - Appraisal says they'll put dent in house prices

September 19, 2014
Video: USPS found to be at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death from 2012

BB gun shooter accused of hitting postal truck - Times Union

Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why - West Seattle Blog

Through Rain and Snow and Sleet, Should Nonprofits Back Up the USPS? - Nonprofit Quarterly

Postal Service cancels Lead-Deadwood change to cluster box delivery - Study to continue on switch to centralized mail stations - Kota TV - See related: Postal Employee Injuries Lead To Cluster Box Mail Delivery - PEN

Senators Lobby Against Blocking Postal Closures - Fedweek

Goodbye home address, hello 'lazy.trouser.snake'? - CNN

F.Y.I. News:
Air Force: 'So help me God' in oath is optional
- Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession - Reuters

September 18, 2014
Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier from The Ellen Show

Video: Mailman caught on camera sideswiping car, driving off - Everett, WA - PEN

What will be the mail truck of the future? - The Washington Post

Greenville, SC, Letter Carrier Chris Brown To Be Guest On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Today - PEN

USPS recruiting more city carrier assistants - PEN

Louisiana postal employee faces drug charges - Shreveport Times

Italy to privatize postal service in early 2015 - Reuters

Wisconsin man upset about postage due faces disorderly conduct charge - Channel 3000

FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs - The Columbian

F.Y.I.: When Rulers Can't Understand the Ruled - Johns Hopkins University - Johns Hopkins University political scientists wanted to know if America's unelected officials have enough in common with the people they govern to understand them. The answer: Not really.

September 17, 2014
Postal Employee Injuries Lead To Cluster Box Mail Delivery
- PEN - Also discuss the cost of workers' comp to USPS.

Man That Gunned Down a Letter Carrier Walks Out of Court a Free Man - PEN

Video: Postal Inspectors: Be Careful Who You Trust - PEN

NAPUS: USPS Strives to be Dominant Player in the Package Business - PEN

Bill to Avoid Shutdown on Track for Passage This Week - Oversight - Gov Exec - "The measure avoids more controversial provisions, such as addressing the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to close 82 facilities nationwide in 2015."

Chairman Carper Holds Hearing to Examine Department of Homeland Security - Also references nomination of Mickey Barnett to postal board of governors - Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. Related: Statement of Mickey Barnett (PDF)

September 16, 2014
Consolidation Battle Takes Shape
- APWU news via PEN

APWU: $686 Cost-of-Living Raise in Paychecks Dated Sept. 26 - PEN

Postal worker testifies firefighter (FDNY) called him the 'N-word' during assault - New York Post

The U.S. Postal Service will discontinue home delivery service to 533 addresses in Lead, SD and 218 in Deadwood next month in favor of delivering to multiple centralized locations due to employee safety concerns. - Black Hills Pioneer

Amazon Does Its Bit to Help Save the U.S. Postal Service - The Motley Fool

Mailman Accused of Making Death Threats within KY Community - Tristate

Agencies Are Increasingly Dismissing Discrimination Claims for the Wrong Reasons - GovExec.com - Guess whose in the top 5? that's correct, USPS.

Prodded by citation issued by city, Postal Service cleans up outside of Farmington post office

NAPUS Works to Adjust to a Changing Postal Environment - PEN

APWU: Orlando Selected as Site of 2016 National Convention - PEN

(PRC) Protecting the public's interest: a model - Federal Times

Oops! Suez Canal stamps showcase Panama Canal - Gulf News

USPS Commissions Brain Research on Direct Mail - Direct Marketing News

September 15, 2014
Dispute on Custodial Staffing Settled; More Than 3,150 PSEs Converted
- APWU news via PEN

USPS IG: Competition Advocate’s Impact Unclear - Fedweek

Opportunity Knocks - Office of Inspector General

APWU: House Members Urge USPS to Stop Consolidations - PEN


Residents say non-career postal carriers deliver more panic than mail - The Santa Fe New Mexican

Deputy Postmaster General delivers some answers about the postal service - bnd.com

Video: Linns Monday Morning Brief for September 15, 2014 - Linns

Companies looking to same-day shipping to gain market share - LA Daily News

USPS denial of FOIA request overturned; Linn’s given initial $2 Jenny sales figures - Linns Stamp News

September 14, 2014
Man accused of flashing mail carrier in New Orleans City Park

Letter carrier honored for rescuing truck driver in Leicester crash - Worcester Telegram

Spencer bans curbside mailboxes in historic district - Salisbury Post

Tucson mail processing operations to shut down - Arizona Daily Star

September 13, 2014
Rate Cut Has Shippers Switching To USPS
- Dead Tree Edition

Boca Raton, FL Letter Carrier Charged With Molesting Child - Boca News Now

'Hooded Bandit' bank robbery suspect embezzled $122K from Postal Service as a window clerk - Chicago Tribune

Woman shoots at ex-boyfriend in Palestine post office - KYTX CBS

Alert postal carrier credited with saving woman's life - Journal Inquirer

Update: Post office finds woman's sister's remains - First Coast News

Monitoring Post Office Operational Risk in the Southern Area (PDF) - OIG

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September 12, 2014
PMG ‘Wanted’ in Salt Lake City - PEN

Video: Postal customer spent 8 months trying to get his claim for missing mail approved - PEN

Butler, PA: Postal Employee Charged with Stealing Cash, Gift Card from Mail Item - PEN

How the Postal Service Subsidizes Cheap Chinese Goods - Washington Post

USPS Slashes Rates, But Can it Handle the Surge? - Spend Matters

IRS Can Now Collect Back Taxes From Federal Employees’ TSP Accounts - FedSmith

APWU Faux-Pas - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

Reader: Postal service policy is a disservice to poor kids - The Tennessean

US Postal Service: Pit bull attacks, seriously injures mailman in Springfield's Liberty Heights neighborhood - Mass Live The Republican

'Where’s my stuff?’ ‘Where’s my stuff?’ Avoiding ‘No attempt/No delivery’ complaints - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

Why Isn’t September 11 a National Holiday? - Saving Advice

Will horrific 1965 dead 'baby in the post' case finally be solved? - Mail Online (UK)

September 11, 2014

Video: Florida postal worker charged with delaying mail - PEN

NAPUS: POStPlan – SOV Update - PEN

Postal Service Offering Reward After Armed Robbery In Hartford - FOX CT

Police: Drunk driver runs stop sign, hits postal carrier

IG: Cloud management missteps costing Postal Service $33.5M - Federal Times

Postal Problems in Bluffton, SC - WSAV-TV

Amazon Casts Its Vote With the Postal Service - Businessweek

USPS to maintain overnight delivery for 66% of current volumes next year - Post & Parcel

U.S. Postal Service agrees to resume delivery to homes with low mail slots - NY Daily News

Carper Condemns Moratorium on Postal Facility Closures - Direct Marketing News

Saving babies from fires, rescuing abducted children, and other heroic acts by USPS employees - Washington Post

The Dawn of Digital Détente? - Direct Marketing News

The path to privatization - Opinion - Post Register

Postal vehicle overturns on loose gravel - The Daily Telegram

Mail Theft by Postal Worker - Alton Daily News

Where have all the mailboxes gone? - Burlington Free Press

Revenue Plan and Sales Targets (PDF) - OIG

September 10, 2014
Video: Post Office Stops Some Deliveries in Brooklyn Due to Mail Slots Being Too Low On The Doors

APWU: Postal Workers, Teachers, Customers Take ‘Don’t Buy’ Campaign to Staples’ Home Turf - PEN

OPM: Recognizing Fallen Federal Employees - PEN

USPS: Sign up for new employee password - PEN

Post Offices receiving new equipment to track packages - PEN

Postal Fluff - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

A former Lee County, FL carrier has been indicted on federal charges related to tampering with hundreds of articles of mail - Wink News

Apple’s new payments system seems promising, but why is it limited only to the elite? The postal service can serve everyone - The Guardian

Cap Times Says Fight for Postal Service is a Progressive Fight

Carolyn Cosby’s alleged method of distributing campaign mailers is now the subject of an open investigation by the Postal Inspection Service - Cherokee Ledger-News

F.Y.I. - At $286K, Members of Congress Earn a Lot for How Little They Accomplish - The Daily Signal

September 09, 2014
Rural mail carrier jailed in Jefferson County, AL for delivering under the influence
- AL.com

Video: USPS Denies Insurance Claim For Damaged Package - PEN

Video: No Mail Boxes - PEN

Trouble in the air: USPS may sell rights over Old Chelsea post office - Save the Post Office

Post office trying to reinvent itself in the Internet age - Empire State News

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs - GovExec.com

US Senators call for colleagues to reject ban on USPS plant closures - Post & Parcel

September 08, 2014
NALC: 2014 Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year - PEN

USPS testing grocery deliveries in San Francisco - PEN

South Carolina Letter Carrier Saves Choking Child - PEN

Royal Mail Expands Its 'Click and Connect' Network - PEN

IG: USPS managers need to better monitor refunds in Eastern area - Fierce Government

The Postal Service rolls the delivery dice – DC Velocity

UPS and FedEx Rate Hikes Threaten Free Shipping and Lost Business - The Motley Fool

Calling All Revenue-Generation Ideas - Office of Inspector General

Senate leader joins effort to halt Postal Service closures, job cuts - Federal Times

Management of Cloud Computing Contracts and Environment (PDF) - Office of Inspector General

Senator Hoeven: Postal Service Commits to Maintain Service Hours at 30 Post Offices in the Bakken - PEN

Inside the Retirement Community for Mail Carriers - ABC News

Direct Mail Remains Impactful - DM News

Bring home the bacon! Amazon tests US Postal Service to deliver groceries - The Business Journal

Federal Employees Can Now Carry Over FSA Money - FedSmith

Congress’s plan to get nothing done - Washington Post

September 07, 2014
APWU: More than Half of Senate Now Backs Call to Stop Consolidations

USPS: No more home delivery for this guy - Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Postal Service's big delivery edge: no parking tickets - SF Gate

Save The Postal Service - Twin Falls Times-News

New OIG report faults USPS on post office relocations - Save the Post Office

September 06, 2014
NPMHU: Senate Majority Leader Backs Bid to Stop Postal Service Cuts

Letter carrier honored for saving burning man along route - The Columbus Dispatch

Carrier delivers more than mail - The Randolph Guide

EDITORIAL: Boycotting the boycotts - Washington Times

Meet the Bosses: Big Labor's Top 100 - Watchdog.org

September 05, 2014
Man arrested following attempted robbery of Newport post office -
Carolina Coast Online

Video: Mailman Parks In Handicap Spot - PEN

Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty In USPS Contracts Scheme - CBS

The Postal Service's Biggest Advantage Over FedEx: Free Parking - Businessweek

IG: USPS not following proper process for post office relocation - Fierce Government

Amazon, U.S. mail test grocery deliveries around San Francisco - Yahoo Finance

Long traditions for the American Amateur Press Association and the Postal Service - PEN

US Postal Service to maintain service hours at 30 offices in North Dakota's oil country - The Republic

Reid joins effort to stop postal closures - The Hill

A pair of sisters (both PMR's) who admitted stealing postal service funds will not spend any time behind bars

Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show - Greer Today

U.S. Mail Cutting Rates to Win E-Commerce Business - Yahoo News

September 04, 2014
Video: Frustrated for years by mail carrier, woman posts video to Facebook and gets results

Video: Armed robbery investigated at Lake Mary Central Florida Postal Credit Union - PEN

Video: USPS addresses mail mystery in Arlington’s Douglas Park neighborhood - PEN

NALC: True cause of Postal Service challenges - PEN

OIG Report on Toledo, OH, Processing and Distribution Center Mail Consolidation - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

Postal Service will deliver Amazon packages on Sundays in Northern California - Merced Sun-Star

Trial postponed for man accused of mailing bomb to Sheriff Joe Arpaio - AZ Central

Can Sellers Afford Not to Offer Free Shipping on Amazon? - eCommerce Bytes

Developer Youngwoo & Associates buys historic Bronx General Post Office building - NY Daily News - Also see: CBRE arranges sale of Bronx GPO to one of its clients - Save the Post Office

September 03, 2014
Postal Service to reduce N.D. hours: Senator Heitkamp says it is breaking promise
- Jamestown Sun

Misguided At Best - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

Top postal executive’s visit to Vancouver draws protest - NW Labor Press

Beware! 8 sinister consequences of Google and Amazon drones - CNET

Postal Workers Union, education organizations supporting ‘Stop Staples’ boycott - Kinston Free Press

September 02, 2014
Paper With That Statement?
- Office of Inspector General

Delaware Senator Says The Time Is Now For Action On Postal Reform - CBS Philly

Will USPS Lose Your Direct Mail Files? - Target Marketing

USPS Employment Levels Have Stabilized - Dead Tree Edition

No rain on their parade but labor worries remain

Rural Alaska Community Suffering from US Post Office Closure - KTUU

September 01, 2014
Labor Day - What It Means

APWU: Labor Day: Activism and Remembrance - via PEN

Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the history - NY Daily News

USPS Has New Rules for Testing Experimental Products - eCommerce Bytes

Postal cutbacks deliver harsh blow to little Nemo - Rapid City Journal


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