Historic post office in Auburn CA may close

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CBS Sacramento: The oldest post office west of the Mississippi may be shutting its doors.  Known as “Station A,” the post office opened in Old Town Auburn, a small town outside of Sacramento, Calif., back in the late 1870s. Its wooden doors may soon close permanently since the U.S Postal Service isn’t renewing its contract. Some residents are saying the city should … Read More

House committee holds session on Postal Service

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The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform is holding a meeting today on “Reforming The Postal Service: Finding A Viable Solution.” The purpose of the session is to examine the need for timely and comprehensive postal reform legislation and to hear from key stakeholders to better understand the specific provisions necessary for a comprehensive solution. The video is here, … Read More

USPS on-time delivery performance for Q2 2016 improves but still below targets

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Yesterday the Postal Service released its service performance reports for the second quarter of FY 2016 (January – March). Overall, the reports show that on-time delivery has been improving — after dropping precipitously in January 2015, when phase 2 of Network Rationalization began — but the numbers continue to fall short of the Postal Service’s targets. For example, in Q2 2016, 93.9 … Read More

Delivery Drones: Coming to the Sky Near You?

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Congressional Research Service: Can you prevent a drone from flying over your house to deliver a package to your neighbor? Until now, that question has been of purely theoretical interest. However, the Senate recently passed a bill that could significantly change the operational landscape for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) and make these kinds of hypothetical delivery drones a … Read More

DOJ threatens lawsuit over Berkeley post office

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Berkeleyside: In a strongly worded letter, the U.S. Department of Justice has warned the city of Berkeley that a lawsuit could be coming over the city’s “interference” with USPS plans to sell its downtown post office on Allston Way. The DOJ’s Civil Division sent the letter — stamped April 28 — to Mayor Tom Bates, and asked for a response by … Read More

Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service to Hold Field Hearing in NYC

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The Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service will hold a field hearing in the Bronx, New York, to discuss how to ensure that our public post offices are able to provide dependable and trusted services for generations to come.  Field hearing officers will include: Minister Deirdre Fisher-Kemp, New Light Baptist Church; Michelle Holder, Assistant Professor of Economics, John … Read More

PRC report finds USPS did not meet key performance goals in 2015

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has issued a new report entitled “Analysis of the Postal Service’s FY 2015 Annual Performance Report and FY 2016 Performance Plan.” The report finds that the Postal Service did not meet several of the performance goals that the Commission is required to review. The Postal Service did not fulfill the goal of delivering “high-quality services” because of its poor … Read More

GAO questions USPS cost savings on POStPlan, USPS questions GAO’s tone

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The Government Accountability Office has just issued a report about the cost savings the Postal Service may have achieved with POStPlan, the initiative that reduced hours at 13,000 small post offices and eliminated their postmaster positions.  As the report makes clear, the plan has not saved the $500 million a year that the Postal Service had projected.  It’s hard to say, … Read More

Trump backed out of big promises for old post office in DC

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Bisnow: Donald Trump has some big plans in the works at the site of the Old Post Office building, but a new reports says the presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee made some big promises to set those plans in motion—and then failed to deliver. The real estate mogul’s team is busy with a $200M renovation that will see a 263-room … Read More