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 HutkinsBlog, News

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

Trump-Appointed USPS Postmaster General Draws Republican Rebuke

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

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 HutkinsBlog, News

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 HutkinsBlog, News

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 HutkinsBlog, News

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 HutkinsBlog, News

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

Postal regulator directs USPS to request an advisory opinion on DFA or to show cause why it won’t

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured

Tensions between the Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission are intensifying. On Friday, the Commission issued an order directing the Postal Service to file a request for an advisory opinion on Delivering for America or to show cause as to why an advisory opinion is not warranted. (The order can be found on the PRC website here.) It’s been … Read More

Senators call on postal board to abandon DeJoy’s USPS reforms

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service’s governing board should stop implementing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plan to overhaul the mailing agency’s operations, according to a group of Democratic senators who said the 10-year blueprint to improve USPS finances and efficiency is failing. (Their letter is here.) While postal leadership has repeatedly defended its Delivering for America plan and said it … Read More

US Senate to hold hearing over USPS delays at metro Atlanta distribution center

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

WSBTV: The United States Senate will hold a hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday regarding oversight of the U.S. Postal Service. Channel 2 Action News has been reporting for months about customers’ frustrations in metro Atlanta, particularly with a distribution center in Palmetto. There have been repeated calls for oversight of USPS from members of the U.S. House and Senate to … Read More