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August 29, 2015
Alabama Resident and U.S. Postal Worker Indicted in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Claiming More than $1.5 Million in Refunds - PEN

Video: Richmond, CA Main Post Office Shut Down Due To Mold - PEN

Postal carrier claims dog's owner waved her onto property before attack, sues for $310,000 - OregonLive

Pharmacists say Postal Service closure delays medication - Idaho State Journal

New Jersey postal worker found with undelivered mail, drug paraphernalia: cops -  NY Daily News

Three-Alarm Fire at Dallas Bulk Mail Facility - NBC DFW

Postal Service truck slams into laundromat in Port Richmond - Staten Island Advance

The National Rural Letter Carriers' Association reports that there will be: No National Count of All Routes in September

How the Postal Service Managed a Remarkable Response During Katrina - GovExec.com


Letter carrier assaulted and pushed down flight of steps in Harrisburg, PA - Fox

August 28, 2015

Video: Missing vase has Chesterfield man, USPS at odds - PEN

Video: $10K reward offered in Bakersfield, CA stolen mail case - PEN

Video: Woman says post office didn't know her street exists - PEN

Homeowner Video shows US Postal Service worker in Fairfield tossing $1,000 package of video device bought on Amazon - PEN

Richmond, CA post office temporarily closed due to mold found in basement - KRON4

Hidden treasures: The New Deal post office art of Palm Beach County - Palm Beach Post

August 27, 2015
USPS Responds to UPS Article - PEN

Senator Bernie Sanders Sends Letter to Postmaster General - PEN

Hurricane Katrina led to lasting changes for USPS - PEN

APWU, Grand Alliance Urge House Members To Co-Sponsor Resolutions to Protect Mail Service - APWU News via PEN

Gyrocopter pilot’s new campaign: Push Congress to sign no-lobbying pledge - Washington Post

Police say heroin-using postal carrier had 1,000 undelivered pieces of mail in car - Cliff View Pilot

PRC denies USPS request to reclassify first class mail parcels - Post & Parcel - Also see:
PRC Denies USPS Request to Reclassify Parcel Service - eCommerce Bytes

NY Man Uses Jack To Lift Mail Truck Off Injured Brother - Associated Press

USPS: New online rules for overseas parcels - Fort Hood Sentinel

FEHB and the Five Year Requirement - FedSmith

APWU: Subcontractors Seek Exemption that Threatens Safety on the Roads

Sanders wants better overnight mail delivery - The Hill

USPS could help neighborhoods by using data for urban planning and checking on elderly residents, IG says - Fierce Government

Should USPS Open Your Mailbox to UPS and Others? - eCommerce Bytes

Retirement pre-funding puts Postal Service in red - Des Moines Register

Letter: A Few Bad Postal Workers Do Not Represent The Whole

Newspaper Death Spiral Made Plain in One Chart - Observer

NALC: USPS results through July 2015


August 26, 2015

Bernie Sanders to Postal Service: Relaxed mail standards ‘a disaster’ - Washington Post

USPS wants to go high-tech without losing jobs - FCW

Scandit Launches New Mobile Proof-Of-Delivery (POD) Solution For Logistics Providers, Express Couriers And Postal Carriers - Field Technologies Online

Motorist sues Postal Service, driver over alleged injuries after accident - Southeast Texas Record

Video: DeKalb County, GA development says they can't get their mail - PEN

Video: Mailman Caught on Video Using Pepper Spray on Small Dog - PEN

Video Update: North Carolina police work with USPS to investigate mail and parcel thefts - PEN

Oregon Postmaster threatened by callers - News Times

The mail keeps arriving late, and it isn’t even meeting the Postal Service’s lower standards - Washington Post

USPS Official: First Priority With Internet Of Things Is Cost Cutting - Nextgov

August 25, 2015
USPS: Packages up, mail down in latest household study - PEN

Video: Mail thefts in North Carolina lead to investigation - PEN

Ex-Employee of Postal Service Indicted for Workers Compensation Fraud - PEN

Yelping Uncle Sam - Online reviews of federal agencies will open them up to intense criticism. They should be prepared. SEE REVIEWS FOR USPS - WASHINGTON, DC

Update: Postal driver charged after hitting cop training for charity ride - New Jersey Online

Standing Up for Rural Postal Delivery - Recorder Online

Why Not Let Shipping Carriers Access Your Mailbox? - eCommerce Bytes

Video: Houston Post Office Holds Couple's Mail After Chihuahua Complaint - PEN

Video: Kurten, TX Residents Frustrated After Post Office Abruptly Closes - PEN

Wayne, NJ Cop Suffers Head, Neck Injuries After Being Hit By Postal Truck, Police Say - Wayne Patch

DHS, USPS Need Greater Controls on Cards, Reports Say - FEDweek

Video: Pecos Postmaster Accused of Racial Discrimination - PEN

August 24, 2015
USPS: Third-quarter report highlights new vehicles, equipment - USPS news via PEN

What’s in Store for Neighborhood Logistic Services? - OIG

APWU: APWU, USPS Resolve Dispute Over CDL Training - APWU news via PEN

USPS Proposes Accounting Change That May Effect The Financial Evaluation Of The Impact Associated With POStPLAN - PEN

'Elvis Presley Forever' CD goes postal: debuts at No. 11 - LA Times

$4,000 in cash found in package at Cleveland Post Office - WKYC

Federal workers who used Ashley Madison facing possible punishment - Fierce Government

Congressman Fortenberry takes complaints of slow mail delivery to U.S. postmaster - days later, his town hall invites get delayed - Omaha.com

Ridgefield, CT says post office property needs a cleanup - Ridgefield Press

Postal veteran helps shield families of the fallen - PEN

USPS looking to rent package-delivery vans - Post & Parcel

August 23, 2015
Former North Dakota oil industry manager finds job in post office - Bismarck Tribune

NY postal service stamped with rash of carrier crimes - The Buffalo News

Five shopping bags of mail containing 600 separate letters stolen from 200 different addresses in Clallam County were recovered early Friday after sheriff's deputies arrested a Sequim, WA man - Peninsula Daily News

August 22, 2015
Video: Golden Gate, FL mailboxes raided and checks stolen - PEN

Video: Postal Service to Review Email Use in Ashley Madison Data Dump - PEN

APWU: Big Enough to Win! - APWU

August 21, 2015
Heitkamp Urges Study of Rural Postal Service and High-Speed Internet Access - PEN

Michigan APWU Local 300 President Charged With One Count of Embezzling $6720 - PEN

Video: Man in Bucket Hat Calmly Points Gun at Postal Worker, Robs Northeast Philadelphia Post Office - PEN

USPS to sell National Day of Service cards - PEN

USPS restricts mail services in new neighborhood - Henry County Daily Herald

Former Fairbanks, AK NAPS President Charged With Embezzling $9541 - KTUU

Two Alaska postal employees accused of stealing post office money - Alaska Dispatch

Elba, AL man, 82, pulled gun on postal worker, used racial slur after road rage incident - Dothan Eagle

The U.S. Postal Service and its internal watchdog plan to review whether or not some of the agency's employees may have violated federal policies by using their government email on the infidelity website Ashley Madison - Reuters

The Internet of (Postal) Things Is Coming - Multichannel Merchant

Is the Postal Service's Active Directory Environment Secure? - OIG

Post office where brown recluse spiders found is reopening - WKYT 27

August 20, 2015
Video: Lessons learned from Kentucky mail carrier's tragic death - PEN

Video: This week’s first winner is the USPS - Delivering an estimated 40% of Amazon packages annually - PEN

Sharing scanning data helps customers, PMG says - PEN

Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor Gloom of Night Stays Amazon Deliveries - NY Times Blog

Business as Usual - ...everywhere I look are indicators that the need for mail hasn’t perished from the earth. Santa Fe Reporter

Mail haulers requesting exemption of 14-hour limit - Overdrive Magazine

USPS reviews 5,000 more post offices for reduced hours - Save the Post Office

Postal Carrier Required To Remove Rebel Flag From SUV After Foscoe Resident Complains - High Country Press

Handbook EL-312 Revision: Employment Eligibility and Suitability - Postal Bulletin 22422

Video: Politics paralyzes postal board - PEN

Video: USPS Impersonator and Accomplice Hold Up Family In Texas - PEN

Video: For Spartanburg Neighborhood, Getting Mail Is A Struggle - PEN

Video: NYC Postal Service Driver Spotted Texting Behind The Wheel In Rush Hour Traffic - PEN

Erasing History at USPS - JSTOR Daily

USPS plants receiving equipment to promote sustainability - USPS


August 19, 2015

NALC: 6th contract COLA: $0 - PEN

USPS responds to criticism of fiscal oversight - Fierce Government

Kansas postal worker indicted for mail theft - PEN

Mail Delays Spike After the Postal Service Consolidates Facilities - GovExec.com

Hearing on USPS-Staples Deal Dominated by Legal Wrangling - APWU news via PEN

Minnesota postal worker allegedly stealing mail - WDAZ

Fairbanks Mail Clerk Indicted for Stealing Mail - Alaska Native News

Despite Warning over Mail Delays, USPS Focuses on Same-Day - eCommerce Bytes

DeKalb Watershed says USPS glitch caused water bills not to be delivered - Decaturish

U.S. Postal Service proposing to eliminate three clerk positions at Decatur Post Office - Decatur Daily

Retired postal worker warns of scam - Jackson County Floridan

August 18, 2015
Video: Residents worried about mail thefts in North Las Vegas - PEN

Video: Heavy bags, long walks, high heat for letter carriers - PEN

Labaton Sucharow Files Class Action Against U.S. Office of Personnel Management for “Most Devastating” Cyber Attack - PEN

Who Stole 13,330 Postage Stamps And Why? - Orange County Weekly

Where did the principle of secrecy in correspondence go? - The Guardian

The U.S. Postal Service Is Open To Delivering Anything To Raise Cash - Consumerist

Postal Service Increasing Same-Day Delivery to Compete - Newsmax

Here’s how the Post Office is taking on UPS, FedEx, and Amazon - Fortune

'Let's End De Facto Rate Increases,' Mailers Plead - DM News

NPMHU: Agreement Reached on Procedures to Fill Residual Vacancies - PEN

Four charts explain the Postal Service’s financial struggles - R Street

New FEHB self plus one health insurance option available to employees this year - PEN

Substantial Increase in Delayed Mail (PDF) - OIG

Grand Alliance Delegation Meets with Postmaster General - APWU

Baltimore Teacher: 'Boycott Staples!' - APWU news via PEN

If you like your post office, can you keep your post office? - WatchDog.org (does that promise sound familar)

U.S. Mail Carrier Killed On The Job In Western Kentucky - LEX 18

USPS hits back over claims that it is “incapable of financial accountability” - Post & Parcel

Late Deliveries Raise Concerns of Mailers - DM News

The Mailbox Incident and Political Anger - Huff Post


August 17, 2015

Louisiana woman fights to get dogs back after attack on mail carrier - Daily Comet

OIG issues Management Alert over substantial increase in delayed mail - Post & Parcel


Junk mail: the bulk of it - Shelton Herald

USPS could boost revenue, voter turnout by promoting mail-in voting, IG says - Fierce Government

The relationship of USPS lease costs and lessor location - Save the Post Office

August 16, 2015
Bronx Post Office Remains Closed After Testing Positive For Legionella Bacteria

Nemacolin post office closing puzzles residents - Observer-Reporter

Postal Views Podcast #5 - Ron Williams

August 15, 2015
Report cites unusually slow mail delivery - USA Today

USPS thinks political candidates are first class, sees voters as bulk mail - Washington Examiner

When No Postal Rate Increase Is a Bad Thing - DM News

Social Security Is 80 Years Old - PEN

Video: Police conduct a drug bust at the Holyoke, MA post office - PEN

August 14, 2015
OIG recommends halt to Phase II Network Rationalization until USPS service performance improves - Save the Post Office

NPMHU Sues Postal Service Over SPSS Reversal - PEN

Video: Investigation: Postal workers play hooky, get paid - 36 postmasters on list - PEN

USPS employees can change benefits when circumstances change - PEN

CCA who stole money from greeting cards put on probation - Buffalo News

Video: Union protests postal worker's termination for being on active military duty too long - The employee has worked for USPS for 10 years - he has been on active duty 8 of those years. PEN

$50K reward offered in attack on Harrisburg mail carrier - ABC 27

Former postal supervisor heads to federal prison for theft - PEN

Copy of Postal Service Audit Shows Extent of Mail Surveillance - NY Times

Former Postman Redesigns USPS Uniforms and Launches Petition for Approval - DNA Info

Postal service needed in rural areas - The North Platte Bulletin

August 12-13, 2015
USPS $1.2B operating profit this year - NALC news via PEN

Video: Publisher Says Poor USPS Management Is the Apparent Reason Behind Mail Theft In West Hollywood - PEN

Mail Carrier Wedges Package in Box, Doesn’t Have To Leave Vehicle - The Consumerist

Video: Pedestrian killed in Kentucky may have deliberately dove in front of USPS truck - PEN

Video: USPS proposal includes mailmen checking on the elderly - PEN

Video: Military mom heartbroken after heirloom American flag goes missing in the mail - PEN

Postal Service finalizes new standards for curbside mailboxes - The Hill

Union Members Seem To Want Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton. Will Labor Leadership Follow Them?

Postal Service Sharply Reduces Loss in Most-Recent Quarter - NBC News

NPMHU Appeals SPSS Decision to Arbitration and National Labor Relations Board - PEN

NALC President Fredric Rolando statement on USPS quarterly report - PEN

Maine PMR pleads guilty to stealing money - Fosters

Man flown to hospital after mail truck wrecks in Trinity, AL - WSFA

Music Icons: Elvis Presley stamp debuts - PEN

DOJ Reviews Consolidation of Online Postage Services - eCommerce Bytes

New USPS Site Showcases Sophisticated Mailings - PEN

Curbing Workers’ Comp Abuses - OIG says "What suggestions do you have for preventing workers’ compensation fraud? And if you suspect fraud by either a Postal Service employee or provider, please contact our office at 888-877-7644."

Oversight of Expense Purchase Cards (PDF) - OIG

APWU: Young Postal Workers: Speaking Up, Speaking Out - APWU

APWU: Professor Gives Staples Campaign an A+ - PEN

Quarterly USPS financial statement shows growth in package shipping - Linns

USPS Third-quarter net loss reported - USPS


August 10, 2015
How Obama Hurts Clinton (and Helps Sanders) With Unions - NALC president Fredric Rolando, who says it was “very difficult” to get members excited about Obama’s 2012 re-election while fighting his plans to cut postal service, says he’s “really pretty comfortable” with Clinton, as well as with the rivals running to her left. - Bloomberg

Exhibition at National Postal Museum showcases more than 500 secrets submitted on postcards - ArtDaily.org

On August 10, 1977, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested and charged with being the “Son of Sam,” the serial killer who terrorized New York City for more than a year, killing six young people and wounding seven others with a .44-caliber revolver. History.com

Mail carrier’s intervention saved Berkeley County woman from scam - Charleston Post Courier

August 09, 2015
Mail Handlers: Postal Service Reneges on SPSS Craft Determination - PEN

Postal employee hospitalized after being run over by box truck - WTNH Connecticut News

Video: Unique partnership between USPS and QCA schools helps ensure that every student has school supplies - PEN

Video: Woman fought to get post office to recognize disability - The Morning Call

Post office does care - lost ring is back home - The Times Herald

August 08, 2015
Eight Defendants Sentenced In $24 Million Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Ring - Postal employees were recruited to participate in these crimes. - PEN

Video: Postal service sends out false notice to homeowners - PEN

Postal Service failing Ky., United States - Courier-Journal

Postal Service Salutes United States Coast Guard’s 225th - PEN

August 07, 2015
Former U.S. Postal Service Employee Sentenced To Federal Prison For Theft Of Postal Funds And Identity Theft - PEN

APWU Launches Petition Drive Against Staples-Office Depot Merger - PEN

USPS: Two Postal Pulse questions explained - USPS news via PEN

Elvis Presley Forever - Postal Service to sell CD along with stamp - PEN

Video: NY Postmaster Tells Customers Move Your Mailboxes Or No Longer Receive Mail - PEN

Video: Detroit mother grateful for those who helped her mail carrier daughter when she was hit by a car - PEN

Video: Ft. Worth postal employee refutes claims he made terroristic threat - PEN

OPM officials hindering scrutiny of hacked computer systems, watchdog says - Washington Post

NALC Branch Officers Training - NALC

USPS Bug May Have Caused eBay Tracking Problems - eCommerce Bytes

New Version of Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream,’ Accompany Elvis Presley Stamp Dedication Aug. 12 - PEN

The U.S. Postal Service's plan for profitability - Knoxville News Sentinel

Former Michigan postal worker guilty of destroying/delaying mail - Upper Michigans Source

Canadian Mail Carriers Told They Don’t Have To Deliver Anti-Abortion Propaganda They Find Objectionable - The Inquisitr

August 06, 2015
Jeweler says package of diamonds worth $50K has gone missing in the mail - PEN

Some federal employee life insurance rates to rise; others to see decrease - Washington Post

Video: Wanted parolee arrested on suspicion of package theft in Santa Ana - PEN

Rural carrier ejected from car in Iowa, flown for care - Spencer Daily

House Bill Would Leave USPS in Tough Position, CBO Says - Fedweek

Video: Meet ‘The Inspectors’ - Video offers sneak peek of new postal-themed TV series - PEN

Indiana Rural Carrier Recognized As Postal Hero - Newsbug

Gyrocopter Pilot Files for Food Stamps - wants crowdfund his defense for Capitol landing. Columbus Dispatch


August 05, 2015

Video: Eastpointe, MI postal employee critically injured when her USPS van is struck by car - PEN

Senators Johnson and Carper Release Bipartisan Staff Report on Gyrocopter Incident - PEN

Video: Pinoys, Filipinos, in Carson City cry foul over alleged mail dumping - PEN

Idaho woman sentenced for mailing loaded .357 Magnum

Video: 12-Year-Old Boy Gets Hundreds of Books After Mailman's Plea Goes Viral

Fredric Rolando: Reductions in Postal Service unnecessary 

Congressman Himes: I’d be stunned and really angry if New Canaan Post Office deal fizzles

Postal Employee Ron Williams Offers Free Podcasts (iTunes) - Also Avaliable Here (Soundcloud)


Gun accidentally fires at Springfield mail processing center - Mass Live The Republican

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s confirm roll-out of same-day delivery to additional markets - Post & Parcel

Birmingham, AL postal worker faces false insurance claim charge for stolen, burned BMW - Al.com

A connected mailbox? Announcing the Internet of Postal Things - Fedscoop

Audio: Women execs share experiences working at CBP, Postal Service - Federal News Radio

Post Office to Email 'Sneak Peek' at Mail Before It Arrives - Daily Finance


August 04, 2015
Maryland Letter Carrier Indicted in Disability Fraud Scheme - PEN

ATV-riding employee helps save stranded sisters
- USPS News Link via PEN

Remember Snail Mail? What Was That All About? - Newsweek

New stamp honors Coast Guard on its anniversary - USPS News Link via PEN

Video: Postal workers accused of drug trafficking in Tuscaloosa, AL - PEN

Video Update: Postal worker follows couple, assaulted over package - PEN

Video: The Real Deal - USPS Blue Boxes Targeted - PEN

Moving beyond the 'conventional wisdom' about the U.S. Postal Service - Rolando via The Washington Examiner

NALC: August 2015 transfer opportunities under M-01856

Postmaster General and CFO Host Web Call on U.S. Postal Service Quarter 3 Financial Results - Globe News Wire

Rolando Letter: U.S. Postal Service thrives in Internet age - Journal News Media Group

Arizona District strengthens training for CCAs - USPS News Link


August 03, 2015

Harrisburg, PA Police: Postal carrier thrown down stairs while trying to trace stolen package - Central Pennsylvania

What’s an Internet of Postal Things? - OIG


Representatives Huffman and Blumenauer Introduce Legislation to Modernize the U.S. Postal Service - PEN

High-Accuracy Mapping: An Opportunity for the Post Office? - Navigant Research

The National Postal Museum today opened PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard."

USPS Increasing its On-Demand Delivery Services - Watch List News

Video: Mail Truck Overturns, Shuts Down Indiana Highway for Hours - PEN

“Interconnecting postal network can provide endless opportunities,” says OIG - Post & Parcel

Disability Insurance: Actions Needed to Help Prevent Potential Overpayments to Individuals Receiving Concurrent Federal Workers' Compensation - GAO

USPS's Low Rates for Foreign Shippers - Real Clear Policy

Rise of the machines - New sorting equipment exceeds expectations - USPS News Link

August 02, 2015
Video: 12-Year-Old Boy Gets Hundreds of Books After Mailman's Plea Goes Viral - PEN

Fredric Rolando: Reductions in Postal Service unnecessary - Joplin Globe

Congressman Himes: I’d be stunned and really angry if New Canaan Post Office deal fizzles - NC Advertiser

August 01, 2015

Video: Dog maced by mail carrier, USPS condones employee's actions - PEN

Fredric Rolando: Washington politics have caused "crisis" in postal service - Morris Sun Tribune

Post office non-deliveries a hassle for veteran - Statesmen Journal

Video: Despite complaints, local post office still flew shredded U.S. flag
USPS spokesman calls it 'appalling' - promises speedy replacement - WPTZ

Postal Service red ink was created by politicians - Rolando via Concord Monitor

Getting the mail? Get ready to take a walk - WRAL

Rain damages Udall Post Office - The Winfield Daily Courier

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