A compelling documentary about the USPS, “The Great Postal Heist," is now available for streaming and DVD at https://cinemalibrestudio.com/the-great-postal-heist/index.html
Over a decade in the making, the film couldn't be more timely.
Check out the trailer. https://vimeo.com/640176387

#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 27, 2014: USPS OIG issues white paper on "Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved." One in four U.S. households have needs that aren't being met by the traditional financial sector. The post office could help.
https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2015/rarc-wp-14-007_0.pdf

In what may be a first, the USPS is doing "fulfillment" work (packing & labeling) to prepare the covid tests for mailing. Is this a pilot for the USPS expanding into fulfillment services—an idea examined by the OIG in 2014 and 2015?
https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2015/ms-wp-14-003_0_0.pdf
https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2015/ft-wp-15-002_0.pdf

#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 26, 1802, Gideon Granger becomes PMG. He prioritized postal service in the West, offered cheaper rates for newspapers, sub-contracted out rural routes — and pushed a ban prohibiting African-Americans from carrying the mail.
https://todayincthistory.com/2019/01/26/january-26-the-provocative-postmaster-general/

In the film, The Great Postal Heist, Historian Gray Brechin underscores how by mandate the USPS must deliver to addresses (inner city, rural) that the "for-profit" delivery businesses won't, even when it isn’t profitable for the institution.

http://www.TheGreatPostalHeist.com

USPS Connect, a new product being used to deliver at least some of the government's covid tests, is a price category of Parcel Select. The discounted rate is probably about $2 per package (like PS Lightweight), and delivery can be as fast as 1 or 2 days.
https://www.prc.gov/docs/120/120190/Notice%20CP2022-22.pdf

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Service Performance Update

Service Performance for First Class Mail has improved significantly since December 2020 but not much, if at all, since October 1, 2021, when the new, slower service standards went into effect. Scores have been well below the 95 percent target that the Postal Service told the PRC it would achieve upon implementation of the new standards.

The weekly performance scores are being submitted as evidence in Pennsylvania v. DeJoy. The most recent report is here. For more performance data, check out our dashboard.

Service Performance Update

Service Performance for First Class Mail has improved significantly since December 2020 but only slightly since October 1, 2021, when the new, slower service standards went into effect. Scores of 89-90 percent are well below the 95 percent target that the Postal Service told the PRC it would achieve upon implementation of the new standards.

The weekly performance scores are being submitted as evidence in Pennsylvania v. DeJoy. The most recent report is here. For more performance data, check out our dashboard.

The Year in Review

First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat, the new book by historian Christopher Shaw, is hot off the presses. The book should have a profound impact on shaping the postal narrative.

Listen to interviews with Christopher Shaw on Wisconsin NPR here, WBAI's Leonard Lopate show here, and Sam Seder's Majority Report here. And check out the podcast of Chris talking with Ralph Nader in a City Lights event here. Learn more about the book here.

From the Foreword by Ralph Nader

“The preventable plight of our U.S. Postal Service is an important issue for all Americans. When President Donald J. Trump’s donor and henchman Louis DeJoy became postmaster general in 2020 and proceeded to dismantle the agency, millions of citizens participated in demonstrations that revealed a deep civic commitment to preserving the people’s post office. While DeJoy triggered a crisis that immediately threatened the presidential election process, attacks on the Postal Service have been an ongoing problem for decades. The anti-postal campaigns of corporate interests have remained a continuing source of frustration to those of us who have observed the Postal Service’s decline due to unimaginative management, a deck stacked to favor profit-driven entities such as FedEx and UPS, and unfair financial obligations imposed by Congress.” Read more.

First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat, the new book by historian Christopher Shaw, is hot off the presses. The book should have a profound impact on shaping the postal narrative.

Listen to interviews with Christopher Shaw on Wisconsin NPR here, WBAI's Leonard Lopate show here, and Sam Seder's Majority Report here. Learn more about the book here.

From the Foreword by Ralph Nader

“The preventable plight of our U.S. Postal Service is an important issue for all Americans. When President Donald J. Trump’s donor and henchman Louis DeJoy became postmaster general in 2020 and proceeded to dismantle the agency, millions of citizens participated in demonstrations that revealed a deep civic commitment to preserving the people’s post office. While DeJoy triggered a crisis that immediately threatened the presidential election process, attacks on the Postal Service have been an ongoing problem for decades. The anti-postal campaigns of corporate interests have remained a continuing source of frustration to those of us who have observed the Postal Service’s decline due to unimaginative management, a deck stacked to favor profit-driven entities such as FedEx and UPS, and unfair financial obligations imposed by Congress.” Read more.

The Year in Review

On this Day in Postal History

#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 27, 2014: USPS OIG issues white paper on "Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved." One in four U.S. households have needs that aren't being met by the traditional financial sector. The post office could help.
https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2015/rarc-wp-14-007_0.pdf

On this Day in Postal History

#OTD #OTDPostal Jan. 27, 2014: USPS OIG issues white paper on "Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved." One in four U.S. households have needs that aren't being met by the traditional financial sector. The post office could help.
https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2015/rarc-wp-14-007_0.pdf