Congressional leaders tell PRC the USPS is on a course that threatens its future

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Several members of Congress have written a letter to the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning the Commission’s review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products and in particular the rate hike proposed in April. The letter is signed by Rep. Jamie Raskin (Ranking Member of the House), and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (Ranking … Read More

Missing mail, delayed packages: How USPS woes could impact Georgia election

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Savannah Now: Systemic issues at the new U.S. Postal Service center in Palmetto, Georgia have left customers frustrated, with some waiting for weeks for their mail to be processed. The USPS center, which opened Feb. 24, has experienced problems from the start, from lost mail to packages that get rerouted right before arriving to their destination. Only 36% of its inbound mail … Read More

Take on Wall Street leader takes on Louis DeJoy and the Crisis at USPS

Steve HutkinsNews

Corporate Crime Reporter: Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s ten year plan for United States Postal Service (USPS) has resulted in slower mail, higher prices, and fewer hours at rural post offices. To help us understand what’s happening at the post office, we dialed up Porter McConnell of the Save the Post Office Coalition, which is hosted by Take on Wall Street. The … Read More

PRC chairman Kubayanda says USPS is in a ‘nosedive’

Steve HutkinsNews

Linn’s Stamp News: The productivity of the United States Postal Service is in a “nosedive … that’s stunning … and that cannot continue forever,” Michael Kubayanda, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), told Linn’s Stamp News May 2 in a wide-ranging interview at the PRC headquarters in Washington, D.C. A significant deterioration in service performance, even more than the twice-a-year … Read More

Trump-Appointed USPS Postmaster General Draws Republican Rebuke

Steve HutkinsNews

Newsweek: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump during his last year in office, is receiving rare backlash from Republican lawmakers for his handling of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). A group of 26 U.S. senators, including 13 Republicans representing states with large rural areas, sent DeJoy a letter this week demanding that he works to “improve service immediately” and … Read More

The landmark Bronx General Post Office is for sale again

Steve HutkinsNews

Welcome2TheBronx: The Bronx General Post Office is back on the market with hopes to sell the property for well over $70 million. Back in 2013, Welcome2TheBronx broke the story that the landmark Bronx General Post Office on the Grand Concourse at 149th Street was being sold off by the United States Postal Service. By the following year, developer Young Woo & Associates purchased … Read More

Rural Americans Are Losing Their Mail. You Could Be Next.

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

By Brooke Darrah Shuman, More Perfect Union Four years in, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has had one of the most controversial and high-profile tenures in the office’s history. DeJoy was put in place by a Trump appointee-led Board of Governors in 2020 while under scrutiny for securing lucrative contracts for his former transportation company XPO Logistics, as well as for his investments … Read More

A People’s Bank at the Post Office

Steve HutkinsNews

JSTOR Daily: Post offices in the United States used to host the Postal Savings System. It was a form of non-profit savings bank and existed from 1911 to 1966. Historian Christopher W. Shaw tracks the “life and death” of this public bank, which gave “a measure of financial security” to small depositors and allowed for a “reimagining of the basic … Read More

Dickinson County (MI) Board of Commissioners starts petition opposing facility consolidation

Steve HutkinsNews

Dickinson County, Michigan. Faced with the consolidation with the Green Bay processing center and reduction in local services in the Upper Peninsula’s only mail processing plant, the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners has begun a local and nationwide online petition campaign. The petition, which is available on change.org, is entitled ”Demand the USPS Board of Governors Abandon the “Delivering for … Read More

More Perfect Union: Where Is Your Mail?

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured

More Perfect Union: Postmaster DeJoy wants to make the USPS more efficient. So his solution is to take mail from this rural Wyoming town, send it to be sorted in Denver, and then ship it back to Wyoming again. It’s not just absurd. It’s also disastrous for postal workers and rural residents. It’s all part of DeJoy’s 10 year plan to … Read More

USPS sees mail delays amid network overhaul. Now lawmakers, regulator seek answers

Steve HutkinsNews

Federal News Network: The Postal Service is telling lawmakers in areas hardest hit by recent mail delays that the effects are temporary, and that on-time delivery will soon stabilize in areas where the agency is modernizing its facilities. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy met with members of the Virginia delegation on Monday — including Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), as … Read More

USPS regulator weighs intervening on DeJoy reforms

Steve HutkinsNews

Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service is facing pressure from its regulator to justify the major reforms the agency is implementing, with the watchdog suggesting the changes are having a larger impact than leaders had predicted. The Postal Regulatory Commission order comes as USPS leadership is facing pushback from lawmakers in both parties and a wide array of stakeholders over its overhaul … Read More