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  • Trump Is Right About Amazon

    04/12/2018 9:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | April 12, 2018 | Brian McNicoll
    Critics might be right that President Trump is more interested in attacking the Washington Post than the Amazon/U.S. Postal Service shipping deal. But Trump is right that the deal is a bad one for the Postal Service and for U.S. taxpayers.As I wrote last September, Amazon has a deal with the Postal Service to handle the last mile of delivery for its packages. Even though Amazon presorts most of the packages and prepares them for delivery at its depots, the Postal Service has continued to improperly allocate its costs, which has resulted in undercharging Amazon for delivery of those packages by...
  • Low Volume, Tough Competitive Environment No Time To Raise Prices … Unless You’re USPS

    10/28/2017 5:19:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | October 28, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    So, let’s get this straight: The Postal Service’s most profitable product is delivering first-class mail to our mailboxes. But demand is down because we stopped reading magazines, started paying our bills online and now write emails instead of letters, etc.What should the Postal Service do? Lower prices and use the advantages conferred by its huge volume and vast delivery network to win back some customers? Or raise prices on captive customers to cover losses elsewhere?If you guessed No. 1, your faith in the wisdom of government is touching if not realistic. If you guessed No. 2, you’re understanding of postal...
  • USPS broke law in allowing workers to boost Clinton campaign, watchdog says

    07/19/2017 4:54:49 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 31 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | July 19, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    The United States Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency, according to an Office of Special Counsel report obtained by Fox News. The OSC determined the USPS "engaged in systemic violations" of the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. While employees are allowed to do some political work on leave, the report said the Postal Service showed a "bias" favoring the union's 2016 campaign operation. The investigation was launched months ago after Senate Committee on...
  • Postal Reform Bill Doesn't Address USPS Problems

    07/27/2016 7:44:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | July 27, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    Despite a packed legislative agenda and shortened calendar, postal reform legislation has advanced in Congress. Both of the Senate bills shepherded by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., have stalled, but the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2016” passed unanimously through the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform barely a month after it was introduced.The legislation, offered by Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and others, includes a variety of measures members hope will shore up the Postal Service’s financial position. Unfortunately, the legislation fails to address either the financial situation or the need for the Postal Service...
  • For USPS, How About Efficiency Before Exploration?

    06/20/2016 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | June 20, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    U.S. Postal Service executives are looking into what is known as blockchain technology, and, after a cursory examination conducted with the help of a consultant, they have decided to look further.Blockchain’s main function is to serve as a way to transfer value … or pay for things. It would support bitcoin, the new super currency that could come in handy with global wire transfers, a substantial side business for the Postal Service.But it also could be used to block identity theft, verify and sign small contracts and assist with inventory management and other business functions. A recent inspector general’s report...
  • Postage prices set to go down, and the USPS isn't happy

    04/08/2016 5:30:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 8, 2016: 11:02 AM ET | Chris Isidore
    The price of mailing a letter will fall for the first time in nearly a century this Sunday. And the U.S. Postal Service, which was ordered to cut the price by its regulator, is not happy about that. USPS said the decline in the cost of a postage stamp, from 49˘ to 47˘, will cost it $2 billion this year, and make it more difficult for it to compete and provide the service its customers demand. […] The Postal Regulatory Commission, the independent government agency which oversees the USPS and its pricing, acknowledges the Postal Service will lose $2 billion...
  • If Trump Loses, Maybe He Can Help the Postal Service Make Better Deals

    04/08/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | April 8, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    From a public policy standpoint, most people know two things about the precarious financial situation of the Postal Service: The payments it is required to make to prefund benefits are hurting the bottom line, and it operates with no tax dollars.The first is true only if one discounts the fact the Postal Service hasnÂ’t actually made any of those payments since 2011 and would have lost nearly $30 billion in the last eight years without them. And the second is true only if you ignore the $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury it has plowed through, the...
  • Whatever Reform Brings, USPS Still Has to Fund Benefits

    02/20/2016 6:50:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | February 20, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    It's far too early to say what will or won't make it to the final draft of Sen. Tom Carper's legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service. But it is a safe bet the Postal Service's huge and growing deficit in funding for employee pensions and medical benefits will be addressed. Ask any casual observer of the Postal Service's increasingly dire fiscal situation, and they will say the "prefunding requirements" are a big part of the problem. This may be true, but removing this obligation would not come close to addressing the Postal Service's need for reform and cannot be...
  • U.S. Postal Service Wasting Billions on New Mail Trucks, Sticking Its Customers with the Bill

    12/04/2015 10:44:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | December 4, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Political satirist P.J. O'Rourke makes an oft-missed point when he says, "It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money." Taking a page straight from the government playbook, the United States Postal Service's upcoming $6.3 billion procurement of new mail delivery trucks echoes this sentiment perfectly. Few people would credit the USPS with being a portrait of modernity, but its recent decision to revive a decades-old procurement process to build its new fleet is especially appalling. Soliciting plans from a...
  • Who to Blame if Your Holiday Mail Doesn't Arrive on Time

    11/14/2015 10:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | November 14, 2015 | Brian McNicoll
    Postal reform may not be mentioned much in the presidential debates. But if the Postal Service continues to struggle with on-time delivery through the holiday season, we will hear much more about this during the new year – both because it is becoming urgent and because it is one of the few issues Congress can make progress on during an election year. With that in mind, here are five lines of argument likely to emerge during those debates and why it is best if Congress does not accept the conventional wisdom. To wit: --The Postal Service is not a government...
  • Postal Service's 'Priority' Should Be Delivering Mail

    11/07/2015 5:27:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | November 7. 2015 | Brian McNicoll
    Is the Postal Service taking its captive customers those who have no choice but to do business with it for granted? That's one of the suggestions of a recent report from the Tax Foundation. It is clear the Postal Service thinks one way about its commercial products and another about the delivery of regular mail on which it has a monopoly. For instance, the Postal Service's approach to its package delivery business has been to add seven-day-a-week delivery in 650 cities. According to a press release, "Sunday delivery serves the needs of valued customers in today's busy online world while...
  • NYC Mailman Accused Of Stealing More Than $1M In Tax Refunds In Years-Long Scheme

    07/02/2015 5:11:51 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 2, 2015
    Is there some kind of greedy bug sweeping through the New York City mail system? Okay, probably not, but for the second time in two months a postal employee has been charged by federal prosecutors with taking part in a scheme to pad their own pockets. The most recent case involves a mail carrier who allegedly stole more than $1 million in tax refunds. The Associated Press reports that a 36-year-old Brooklyn man was charged with conspiracy and theft of government funds for his part in “delivering” bogus tax refunds to himself.
  • USPS reports $1.5B loss

    05/09/2015 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2015 2:06 PM EDT
    The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during the first three months of this year, noting that while more people are using its shipping and package services, it’s costly to do and revenues from other products have declined. The Postal Service is an independent agency that receives no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control. It has asked to end most Saturday deliveries, a request that was blocked by Congress amid opposition by postal unions and others. …
  • A chance to advance to US Postal Inspection Service, and where to move?

    02/12/2015 3:48:01 AM PST · by Crazieman · 64 replies
    Selfie | 2/12/2014 | Selfie
    I have a chance to apply internally for a position as US Postal Police Officer. I find the opportunity fascinating and exciting. Right now I have a steady schedule as a postal clerk in Wichita, Kansas, after downgrading from supervisor not long ago. Recently divorced, I have few ties other than immediate family. None of the positions available are anywhere near Wichita, and looking at the vast, truth-telling population of Free Republic, I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to change positions and move to any of the following locations that have opened up. San Francisco, CA Los Angeles, CA...
  • Mail carrier investigated over allegations of dumping GOP political mailers (WI)

    11/03/2014 6:01:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    MADISON, Wis. — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night may keep postal carriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But partisan politics, now that may be another matter altogether. An investigation has been launched into a Neenah postal carrier who allegedly dumped into a recycling bin hundreds of political advertisement mailers from the campaign of Mike Rorhkaste, Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 55th Assembly District, Rorhkaste tells Wisconsin Reporter. Neenah Postmaster Brian Smoot, who was alerted to the incident on Thursday, confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into the matter, and referred Wisconsin Reporter to...
  • USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last

    09/22/2014 4:42:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Bang! Lee looked up from addressing a package while she waited in line for service at the post office. Despite a lobby packed with customers—without notice—a postal worker slammed down the service window gate and went to lunch, leaving Lee and the other patrons to fend for themselves. The U.S. Postal Service excels at treating customers poorly. My friend Lee’s story is but one of many nightmares of churlish postal workers and deficient USPS customer service. Many government workers get away with behavior that would get them fired if they worked at a private company like McDonald’s or Apple. There...
  • On Paper: We choose not between Marx and Adam Smith but between the DMV and the Apple store.

    05/11/2014 3:55:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 11, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    I am preparing to renew my driver’s license, a process requiring some considerable preparation. My last trip to a driver’s-license bureau, in Norwalk, Conn., ended with my giving very serious thought to returning later in the evening and burning the place down, the process having been so backward and the people so hateful. I have in my life had a number of unpleasant encounters with government agencies — handcuffed in Texas, terrorized by Mexican federales, assets seized by the IRS, chased about by India’s immigration authorities, etc. Frankly, I’d rather be pepper-sprayed than pay another visit to the Norwalk DMV....
  • Going Postal: The Post Office wants ammunition after Senator’s proposal

    02/06/2014 3:37:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | February 5, 2014 | James Smith
    Going postal, in American English slang, means becoming extremely and uncontrollably angry, often to the point of violence, and usually in a workplace environment. In the oddest solicitation to date, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has submitted a pre-solicitation notice for ammunition to add to its inventory of government supplies. Never, in the last ten years, has the USPS posted solicitations for ammunition of any kind via the government’s Federal Business Online website. Other agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service have made unusually large purchases of .40 caliber S&W ammunition, and agencies...
  • U.S. Postal Service reports $5-billion yearly loss

    11/15/2013 10:18:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 15, 2013 | Ricardo Lopez
    The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a $5-billion loss in the last fiscal year and again urged Congress to take legislative action that would help the agency shore up its finances. [Snip] It's the seventh-straight yearly net loss for the agency. [Snip] Since 2006, the agency has cut its expenses by $15 billion annually, but first-class mail volume has continued to drop.
  • Amazon and the United States Postal Service Now Delivering Packages on Sunday

    11/12/2013 7:33:07 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 17 replies
    24/7 Supply Chain ^ | 12 November 2013 | 24/7 Staff
    Amazon is trying to do something the United States Government refuses to do: Save the U.S. Post Office. In a press release early Monday morning, Amazon announced it would be using the United States Postal Service to help deliver packages in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas on Sundays. Amazon and the Postal Service said the service would be rolled out further in the U.S., going to major metropolitan cities in 2014 including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix. “As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option...