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October 2014 News

October 11, 2014
Video: Lafayette, LA postal worker found guilty of stealing $275,000 in gift cards - PEN

Money order madness - Philly.com

Postal workers union official (NALC) cleared of charges after arrest at post office - Chicago Tribune

October 10, 2014
PMG Expands Staples Dirty Deal – ‘Don’t Buy’ Movement Grows
- PEN

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings - Perryville News

Postal Service seeks permission to continue grocery delivery pilot - FedScoop

How Your Vote in November Could Harm or Help Children - PEN

Go Postal? - Why a job as a letter carrier may be the best you'd ever get - Psychology Today

Haz-mat investigating contents of suspicious package mailed to a business on East Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, TN - WRCB 3 Chattanooga

Feds Should Keep an Eye on the Race to Replace Darrell Issa - GovExec.com

Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days - abc13.com

Revenue Protection Rules (PDF) - OIG

Limited Edition Forever Stamps Celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th Anniversary - Batman Stamps Dedication New York Comic Con 2014 - PEN

NAPUS: VACANT PTPO 6-HOUR OFFICES TO BE POSTED - PEN

APWU POSTAL UNION PREZ TO POSTMASTER: ADIOS - Politico

APWU: Remedy for Violations of PSE Cap: Conversions, Not Terminations! - PEN

APWU: ‘Pecking Order’ Set for Filling New Positions in POStPlan Offices - PEN

Mail stolen from Pittsburgh letter carrier's vehicle - WTAE

Proposed 2015 USPS Promotions Calendar - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

October 09, 2014
Temple, TX Couple Sentenced To Federal Prison For Postal Theft Scheme Involving In Excess Of 50,000 Pieces Of United States Mail
- PEN

Report: Postal Service leaves areas in the dark on changes to 95 facilities - The Washington Post

USPS workers in Scranton hit with overdue city tax bills - The Times-Tribune

OPM Announces 2015 Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Premium Rates - PEN

The Biggest Drug Courier in America Is the U.S. Postal Service - Vocativ

Former Postal Service Employee Indicted For Scheme To Defraud The Workers Compensation Program - PEN

9 suspects snared in sticky-mailbox thefts - LoHud Journal News

The Post Office Wants to Gorge on Your Groceries - Motley Fool

Giant Eagle executive chairman nominated to Postal Service board of governors - TribLIVE

Lindenhurst man killed in repair shop accident at Hicksville post office - Newsday

USPS OIG: Lack of Service Standard Change Information in Area Mail Processing Feasibility Studies - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

Delayed upgrades cost Postal Service - Washington Examiner

McGowan replaced as stamp chief; Tackett acting manager - Linns.com

October 08, 2014
Video: $50K Reward Offered For Info On Miami Postal Carrier Robbery
- PEN

Video: Post office vehicle parked in handicap spot, obstructing ramp - PEN

"If You Don’t Ask, You DO Get" - Must An Employer Accommodate An Employee Even If She Does Not Ask For An Accommodation?

PRC rule lays out USPS unfair competition complaint process - Fierce Government

Postal clerks protest extending services to Staples stores - Philadelphia Daily News

Union Criminal Enforcement Actions - August-September 2014 - PEN

Postal Service data called at risk - Herald Tribune

USPS Preliminary Financial Information, August 2014 (PDF) - PRC

October 07, 2014
Video: Postal worker attacked by dogs in Schenectady - PEN

Postal inspectors looking for man in Seattle mail thefts - KIRO TV

Federal workers to see another rate increase for health coverage - The Washington Post

USPS mail carrier robbed at gunpoint in NW Miami-Dade

Vigil Planned for Boy Killed by U.S. Postal Service Truck - Breitbart News

NALC: The cause of a $1.6 billion swing - PEN

NAPS: STOP THE POSTAL SERVICE’S PLAN TO SLOW DOWN MAIL SERVICE and DELAY THE CLOSING OF MORE MAIL PROCESSING FACILITIES - PEN

Video: Hefty Back Tax Bill For Postal Workers - PEN

Video: Kansas City boy recounts crash with postal truck that killed his 13-year-old best friend - PEN

USPS Heroes’ Corner – October 2014 - PEN

Agencies show mixed results containing workers' comp costs - Federal Times - Read PEN's article covering this subject

Former postal employee admits she stole $55,363 over a nine-month period - Tribune-Review

HOUSTON, TX - Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against a Southeast Texas man charged with fatally shooting his neighborhood postal carrier last year. - Chron

Duluth postal employees, residents protest mail processing center closure planned for 2015 - Star Tribune

Our View: Amazon's special delivery - The Taunton Daily Gazette

A post office worker in Philadelphia has been charged with allegedly stealing nearly $29,000 intended for customer money orders - Philly.com

Postal carrier, neighbor save house from fire

Delivering the Holidays to Diplomatic and Military Service Members Worldwide - USPS news


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October 06, 2014
"Irate" Boynton post office customer throws box at worker, police say
- Sun Sentinel

Sanger, CA man pleads guilty to stealing 57 vehicle batteries from U.S. mail trucks - 23ABC News

IG: USPS needs to tailor business to customers of the future - Fierce Government

The New, Improved Generation of Instant Delivery Services - CityLab

You Have Mail a for-profit alternative to Canada Post home delivery - CBC

Canadian Union of Postal Workers Condemns "Vultures Circling" Over End Of Home Mail Delivery - The Street

IG Calls on USPS to Implement Transportation Route Tracking Technology - FEDweek

Video: Danville Woman Says Money Was Stolen Out Of Her Birthday Card She Got In The Mail - PEN

How the Postal Service put your change-of-address information at risk - The Washington Post

Future Uncertain as Minnesota Letter Carriers Rally Today - Public News Service

Camber of Fairfax won a contract worth up to $30 million from the U.S. Postal Service for professional, administrative and management support services.

Totes to Your Door: Do you currently use a grocery store delivery service (like Peapod, Instacart or Fresh Direct)? - Office of Inspector General

Mailboxes are Slowly Disappearing - Delta News Web

OPM: When is Open Season?

October 05, 2014
U.S. Postal Service denies curbside mail in Palmer, Bethlehem Township development
- Cluster boxes must be installed - Lehigh Valley Live

Postal worker has visited 244 baseball parks, 66 left - Telegraph Forum

Ocala, FL woman sends inmate boyfriend drug-laced love letter - First Coast News

Video: 13-year-old boy dies in accident with USPS truck - PEN

October 04, 2014
Police in Bellevue, Washington, say a female postal worker accused of striking a pedestrian three times with her marked postal service vehicle while "laughing hysterically" has been arrested for investigation of assault. - Bellingham Herald

Jury convicts ex-Lafayette postal worker on theft - Beaumont Enterprise

Economy helps the Postal Service continue to thrive - Rolando Special to The Desert Sun

Postal customers, workers protest proposed changes - The Columbian

NLRB Says FedEx Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors - Law 360 - Also see: Kansas Supreme Court: FedEx Ground Drivers Not Contractors - Forbes

Voyager Card Program – Capping Report (PDF) - Management Advisory Report - OIG

October 03, 2014
Congress's Research Arm Cites Retiree Fund as USPS's Undoing
- Direct Marketing News

Video - Jack Daniel Distillery Seeks Commemorative Stamp From USPS - PEN

APWU Backs Retirees’ Demand to Re-Open Social Security Offices - PEN

Video: USPS Mail Bins Crowd Sidewalks In NYC Financial District - PEN

Is Amazon Planning a Shipping Revolution? - Practical Ecommerce

Highway Contract Route Electronic Payment Process (PDF) - Management Advisory Report - OIG

Dormant Advance Deposit Permit Accounts (PDF) - Management Advisory Report - OIG

Voyager Card Program for Highway Contract Routes - Pooling Policy Concerns and Related Overpayments (PDF) - Management Advisory Report - OIG

Management Alert – Manual Package Counting and Conversion Factors (PDF) - Management Alert - OIG

October 02, 2014
PMG touts USPS network during TV interview
- PEN

NALC: City Delivery Route Alternative Adjustment Process - 2014-2015 - PEN

Those Damned Hippies. They Rezoned the Post Office - The Daily Kos

USPS to Maintain Current Product and Service Prices - PEN

Amazon's Deal With the United States Postal Service Could Hold the Key to the Mail Deliverer’s Future - The Motley Fool

USPS needs to compete better - Fosters

The Postal Service Giveth, and the Paper Market Taketh Away - Dead Tree Edition

October 01, 2014
Colorado man wants to bring gun into post office
- San Francisco Gate

Former postal worker sentenced for misappropriating funds - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How the USPS can embrace tech and keep physical mail relevant - FedScoop

Video: Secret Service Director Resigns - PEN Federal News

Security Controls for USPS Change of Address Program Are Insufficient - PEN

Video: USPS Amazon Fresh Delivery in San Francisco - PEN

Video: More than 200 attend US Postal Job Fair in downtown Tulsa - PEN

Rural post offices bracing for reduced hours, staffing - WMTW

Denver postal robbers get five years in federal prison - PEN

Missoulian Editorial: Postal Service needs real reform - The Missoulian

On the job: Postal worker - Cecil Daily

With Berkeley set to change civic center zoning, US Postal Service ponders lawsuit - Berkeleyside

Suitability of Rail Transportation - New Jersey Network Distribution Center (PDF) - OIG

National Change of Address Program (PDF) - Security controls over the COA manual processes and NCOALink data are not sufficient to protect the confidentiality and integrity of customer information. - OIG

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