Sources of change: The Postal Service breaks down the mail volumes for the PRC

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The news media are busy this weekend reporting on the Postal Service’s financial report for fiscal year 2013, which shows a $5 billion loss.  If Congress weren’t requiring the Postal Service to pay $5.5 billion into the retiree health benefits fund, the Postal Service would have made a profit of over a half billion dollars.  Not that this could stop … Read More

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association weighs in on sale of Berkeley PO

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The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) has written a letter to the Postal Service challenging the USPS finding of no significant impact with regard to the disposal of the historic Berkeley post office.  BAHA reiterates the Berkeley City Council’s request that any action concerning the proposed sale of the Post Office be deferred for a one-year term in order to … Read More

Post Office Collaborate opts in on NHPA review of sale of Berkeley PO

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The National Post Office Collaborate, a Berkeley-based group fighting the sale of historic post offices across the country, has written to the California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), requesting permission to participate in the Section 106 consultation process for the sale of the Berkeley post office.  The Postal Service has generally argued that it isn't required to follow the National … Read More

The next chapter in postal privatization: Post Offices inside of Staples

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The Postal Service has rather quietly announced a pilot program to put post offices inside of Staples.  It’s part of what the USPS is calling the Retail Partner Expansion Program, and the first Staples to host a post office will be located in San Francisco and San Jose. According to an article in the Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch, which was apparently based on … Read More

Tribal Lore: Whistleblower lawsuit claims Northrop Grumman gave USPS false FSS performance reports

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A former subcontractor and employee of Northrop Grumman named Beau Michaud has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Virginia against Grumman.  The Complaint claims that Grumman repeatedly gave “false reports and certifications to the USPS that materially misrepresent the speed, reliability, accuracy and efficiency of the FSS machines and that materially misrepresent the conformity of the machines … Read More

PRC Public Rep lays into Postal Service on Stamford closing

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The Public Representative of the Postal Regulatory Commission has filed comments responding to the Postal Service's Motion to Dismiss the appeal on the closing of the post office in Stamford, Conn.  The comments are worth reading.   The Postal Service initially said it closed the post office because the sale of the buildig was proceeding, but then it changed the … Read More

USPS to look into complaints about mail delays in Texas after plant closure

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The Postal Service says it will look into complaints from hundreds of Central Texas residents about late mail delivery and carrier errors, problems that seem to have worsened since mail-processing was moved from Waco to facilities in Coppell and Fort Worth.  Some residents have complained that their mail is being delivered as much as six hours later than normal and … Read More