A New Tool for Exploring America’s Historic Post Offices, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has published a digital tool that shares stories of how America’s post offices have been adapted for community-serving uses. “SOLD: America’s Historic Post Offices” is a GIS-enabled story map that documents 20 historic post office buildings from coast to coast that have been offered for sale. Buildings are categorized across five themes: whether they have … Read More

Postal Service interested in moving downtown location in East Liverpool, OH

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The Review: The U.S. Postal Service is interested in moving the downtown post office in East Liverpool, Ohio. An email, received Thursday, announces a public meeting about the move will take place 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in council chambers at East Liverpool City Hall. The postal service will discuss with attendees a proposal to move its retail operations and delivery … Read More

Post office closed for emergency suspension in Scranton, Iowa

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Racoon Valley Radio: Postal services have been temporarily suspended in Scranton, Iowa. According to a press release from the United States Postal Service, due to safety concerns, the decision was made to “emergency suspend” all postal services at the Scranton Post Office. The press release states that “in a cautious effort to protect the safety of our customers and employees, … Read More

Resources on mail bombs

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U.S. Postal Inspectors: Mail Bombs https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/bombs.htm U.S. Postal Inspectors: History of Mail Bombs https://postalmuseum.si.edu/behindthebadge/bombs.html USPS: Protect Your Business from Package Bombs and Bomb Threats http://about.usps.com/publications/pub166/pub166fm_012.htm USPS: Letter or Package Bombs and Bomb Threats https://about.usps.com/publications/pub166/pub166_tech_013.htm USPS: Handling and Processing Mail Safely https://about.usps.com/publications/pub166/pub166_tech_015.htm USPS: Suspicious Mail or Packages poster https://about.usps.com/posters/pos84.pdf “The Ease of The Postal Service Makes It a Vector for Violence: A … Read More

Threats to withdraw from the UPU are counterproductive and could make it challenging for Americans

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Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement that it would begin the year-long process of withdrawing from the Universal Postal Union (UPU): “The U.S. was previously a net-earner from the Universal Postal Union system, but the rise of e-commerce has changed the economic equation. While the policy to renegotiate the current … Read More

Trump to pull U.S. from UPU’s terminal dues system

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NY Times: Trump Opens New Front in His Battle With China: International Shipping President Trump plans to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty that has allowed Chinese companies to ship small packages to the United States at a steeply discounted rate, undercutting American competitors and flooding the market with cheap consumer goods. The withdrawal is part of a concerted push by … Read More

USPS OIG reports on Emergency Suspension Process

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Personnel did not consistently comply with policies and procedures to ensure suspension decisions had an independent review, customers were appropriately notified, required approvals were obtained, or action plans were developed.