Worker Goes Postal In Memphis Leaving 3 Dead. Two U.S. Postal Service workers were fatally shot Tuesday at a
postal facility in Memphis and a third employee identified as the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot, authorities
said. It was the third high-profile shooting in or near that west Tennessee city in weeks. U.S. Postal Inspector
Susan Link said the three postal workers were found dead after the shooting at the East Lamar Carrier Annex in a prominent
Memphis neighborhood. FBI spokeswoman Lisa-Anne Culp said the shooting was carried out by a third postal service
worker, who shot him or herself. [Video clip]
USPS mail service to begin Friday as part of cost-cutting plan. Post offices nationwide will begin to see some
delays in mail service beginning on Friday as part of the postmaster general's new plan to cut costs and save money.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced the 10-year plan in the spring, which outlined new investments in technology,
training and fleets of delivery vehicles. The USPS will implement the new service standards Friday, which could lead to
longer transit times for some long-distance first-class mail and first-class packages. Shorter post office hours will
also affect delivery times under the new plan.
Officials Don't Know What Happened to 15 Million Mail Ballots in 2020 Election. As any casual observer could
tell, the 2020 election was a mess. Now we have real data — from a federal agency, no less — that
proves it. Based on data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an analysis by the Public Interest Legal
Foundation shows almost 15 million mail ballots effectively disappeared after election officials gave them to the U.S. Postal
Service to deliver to voters. Gone, like the Bermuda Triangle of the election. Some of the mail ballots may have
ended up on the floors of apartment complexes. Some were sent to deceased registrants. Some went to addresses
where the registrant no longer lives. Some may have gone to vacant lots and businesses. Some, having never been
requested by the voter, were never returned. In 2020, we put the election in the hands of the people who regularly
deliver you your neighbor's mail. The data also shows that an additional 1.1 million ballots were sent to the wrong
addresses in 2020 — the U.S. Postal Service saying they were "undeliverable." Think on that. One million
ballots went to the wrong house or apartment.
Can the Post
Office Be Trusted With Mail-In Ballots? As I write this on Sunday afternoon [9/12/2021], a Thursday
Washington Post article headlined, "Postal Service workers not included in President Biden's mandatory vaccination
order, source says," remains on the Post website uncorrected. According to Post reporter Jacob Bogage,
"postal workers would be strongly encouraged to comply with the mandate," but they would not be forced to get
vaccinated. To his humble credit, Bogage noted the paradox of Biden exempting "a massive chunk of the federal workforce
... that interacts daily with an equally large swath of the public." Upon reading Bogage's initial report, I was stunned
that the Biden White House would coddle the USPS so conspicuously just a week before the California recall election.
The "quid" in this case struck me as much too obvious a down payment on the "quo," namely USPS cooperation in the mail-in
voting. Given that ballots have been automatically mailed to every registered voter, the USPS has a major role to play
in the election. All pundits seem to agree that Gov. Gavin Newsom's future hinges on the mail-in vote.
The Editor says...
The Democrats don't even have to hide their nefarious schemes, because they now realize that only one voter in a thousand
is paying attention to anything that contradicts (or bypasses) the mainstream news media.
workers will be subject to Biden vaccine mandate, contrary to initial confused reports. Employees of the United
States Postal Service will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine or be tested under President Joe Biden's new vaccine
initiative, contrary to confused early reporting after the administration rolled out the mandate Thursday evening. The
Washington Post initially reported that the Postal Service would not be covered by Biden's vaccine mandate, quoting an
administration official who said employees would still be strongly encouraged to comply.
Pro Joe, Postal Workers Use Leverage from 2020 Mail-in Ballot Fraud to Gain Exemption From Vaccine Mandate. The
United States Postal Service (USPS) workers will be exempt from the mandatory vaccine requirements of all federal
workers. The most logical reason for the Biden carve-out is the blackmail and leverage carried by the USPS for their
role in the 2020 mail-in ballot fraud. [...] On a positive note, this unilateral exemption provides massive support for any
lawsuit against the Biden administration over the forced vaccination order. The DOJ cannot claim 'public health' as a
reason for the mandate and simultaneously claim the USPS carve-out is unrelated.
Service crash problem: It's having a lot of accidents, and isn't reporting them. The U.S. Postal Service
had more than 144,000 vehicle crashes and more than 300,000 industrial accidents over the last five years, but most were not
properly reported in the required tracking systems, according to a new investigative report by the service's internal
watchdog. The report last week by the inspector general laid bare the extent of accidents — there were
nearly $130 million in repairs since 2016 — as well as a laissez faire culture inside the Postal Service for
ensuring required documentation for crashes and workplace accidents in the Employee Health and Safety and Solution for
Enterprise Asset Management (SEAM) systems. "Of the 147,192 nationwide accident repair-related work orders completed in
SEAM, 108,126 (73 percent) did not have corresponding accident reports in EHS," the report said. "Also, there were
23,301 (14 percent) accidents not reported in EHS within 24 hours of notification of the accident/injury."
The Role Of The Federal Government': Postal Workers Union With Nearly 217,000 Members Slams Biden Vaccine
Mandate. One of the largest labor unions representing federal workers, strongly criticized President Joe
Biden's reported plans to soon issue a vaccine mandate. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU), which represents
216,797 federal workers, announced its opposition to a mandate forcing its members to get the coronavirus vaccine. The
APWU also demanded that Biden's administration negotiates with union leadership before issuing any mandate. "While the
APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal
government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent," the union said in a statement. "At this time the
APWU opposes the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations in relation to U.S. postal workers," the statement continued.
Member American Postal Workers Union Releases Statement Against Mandatory Vaccinations for Federal Employees.
One of the reasons why the federal mandate for vaccinations will fail will be the backlash and refusal compliance by the
blue-collar workforce. While the U.S. ideological media will downplay the scale of power within the middle-class and
blue-collar workforce, they know the true power exists. The team behind Biden might poke this bear to test a reaction,
but they will not dare confront it directly. They know that. WE know that. The 220,000 members of the
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) released a statement saying the federal government has no business attempting to force
vaccinate the workforce. This union will not be the only one.
The Post Office
Pension Ponzi Scheme. Like many other government entities, the USPS has overpromised and undersaved for its
employees' retirements. The pension system for retired postal workers has a $50 billion unfunded liability —
that's an accounting term for the gap between what actuaries expect the system to owe current workers and retirees for the
rest of their lives and the revenue it's expected to take in from paychecks and investment earnings. Meanwhile, the
USPS fund that's supposed to cover health care expenses for retired workers is facing a $70 billion unfunded liability, and
it has less than half the assets necessary to cover expected future costs.
Worker [says] Staffing Issues Due To Federal Leave, Prioritization Of Package Delivery Are In Part To Blame For Persistent
Mail Problems. Through fall, winter, spring, and now summer, mail delivery issues continue to plague the
Chicago area. "It's ridiculous how they let this go on," the postal worker said. And, he said, it is for reasons
most customers don't even realize. "Eighteen routes — five people come to work," he said. The carrier,
who wants to remain anonymous, believes the severe USPS staffing shortage is partially due to the emergency federal employee
leave enacted this year — which gives postal workers up to 600 hours of paid leave for COVID-related reasons.
That's right, 600 hours — roughly four months of paid time off if employees qualify. "There's rumors that
people that's using that COVID leave don't need it," the carrier said. And that's not all. The carrier said
his supervisor told him package delivery is now a priority over first-class mail.
unsettling story of stamps versus yuans. I just read that the cost of a first-class postage stamp will increase
to 58¢ on August 29. Seems like yesterday the stamp cost only 5¢. In fact, though, 1967 was the last year
the stamp cost 5¢. Ah, LBJ and the Great Society! In the 54 years since then, the stamp's cost has increased
1,060%. That's an inflation rate of almost 20% per year. Yet the U.S. Postal Services' net operating loss during its
latest fiscal year was $9.2 billion. And the net present value of its debt plus its future unfunded liabilities today
totals $188 billion.
Service raises stamps to 58 cents as part of restructuring plan. The U.S. Postal Service on Friday [5/28/2021]
announced plans to raise the price of first-class stamps from 55 to 58 cents, the latest step in Postmaster General Louis
DeJoy's 10-year plan to make up for billions in financial losses within the agency. The Postal Service said in a press
release that it had filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission requesting the price changes, which are set to take
effect Aug. 29. Under new commission rules adopted in November, the Postal Service is allowed to continue its annual
inflation-based price increases, as well as additional rises in rates based on the increasing number of delivery points mail
carriers must reach each week, The Washington Post reported.
Postal Service Proceeds with Request for Postal Rate Change. As part of "Delivering for America," its 10-year
plan to achieve financial sustainability and service excellence, the United States Postal Service filed notice today with the
Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) requesting price changes to take effect Aug. 29, 2021 that are in accordance with
approvals provided by the PRC last year. The proposed price changes would raise overall Market Dominant product and
service prices by approximately 6.9 percent.
Democrat, Republican leaders demand investigation of Postal Service spying. The House Oversight Committee on
Tuesday [5/25/2021] urged an inspector general to investigate the extent of the U.S. Postal Service's surveillance of
Americans' social media accounts. The Postal Service's law enforcement arm previously confirmed to lawmakers' staffs
that the agency's Internet Covert Operations Program or iCOP had monitored social media for "inflammatory" posts and shared
details about the accounts and posts with other federal law enforcement agencies, according to lawmakers. "These
activities raise serious questions about the scope of the program, the extent of sharing of information among law enforcement
agencies, and whether [U.S. Postal Inspection Service] has the authority to conduct such an operation," the committee's top
Democratic and Republican wrote in a letter to Postal Service Inspector General Tammy L. Whitcomb.
USPS 'Internet Covert Operations Program' Is 'Much Broader in Scope Than Previously Known'. Last month, Yahoo
News ripped the lid off of a government surveillance program run by a division of the USPS. The program monitors, scans, and
collects information on social media postings considered "inflammatory" enough to pass along to other government
agencies. It includes posts promoting the coordination and planning of upcoming political demonstrations. The
program's existence came out after the news outlet obtained a copy of a March USPS bulletin that was "distributed through the
Department of Homeland Security's fusion centers." It warned of the possibility of violence at upcoming protests though
they acknowledged they had no reliable intelligence to suggest any alleged threats were legitimate.
Uses Facial Recognition and Other High-Tech Tools To Monitor Social Media. Is every federal agency a
surveillance unit now? With a plethora of law enforcement and intelligence agencies deputized to monitor American
communications, it seems insane to think that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) would also be enlisted for this task. But
indeed it has been, as Yahoo News revealed earlier this year. Now, new details have emerged about the postal
service's Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), including the fact that the agency has been using facial recognition
software from Clearview AI and has a specific program to monitor people posting about protests. As part of the iCOP
program, postal service employees have been monitoring Americans' social media posts and sharing things they deem suspicious
with law enforcement agencies. "Yet the program is much broader in scope than previously known and includes analysts
who assume fake identities online, use sophisticated intelligence tools and employ facial recognition software," writes
Yahoo News' Jana Winter.
recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office's covert internet operations
program. The post office's law enforcement arm has faced intense congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over
its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), which tracks social media posts of Americans and shares that information with
other law enforcement agencies. Yet the program is much broader in scope than previously known and includes analysts
who assume fake identities online, use sophisticated intelligence tools and employ facial recognition software, according to
interviews and documents reviewed by Yahoo News. Among the tools used by the analysts is Clearview AI, a facial
recognition software that scrapes images off public websites, a practice that has raised the ire of privacy advocates.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service uses Clearview's facial recognition database of over 3 billion images from arrest photos
collected from across social media "to help identify unknown targets in an investigation or locate additional social media
accounts for known individuals," according to materials reviewed by Yahoo News.
is the Postal Service running a spy operation? The Postal Service was created by our founders in the
Constitution. This same document guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. They literally fought the
revolution over this goal, to be free from unreasonable search by the government. They would roll in their graves to
learn that the Postal Service of all government agencies has transformed into an arm of the "deep state," a kind of thought
police with its own "covert" surveillance agency to monitor the social media activities of the public for "inflammatory"
content. The Postal Service can't even deliver our mail on time, but it thinks it's appropriate to run a sophisticated
domestic spy program targeting its customers?
'Postal Banking' Proposal: A Solution in Search of a Problem. While the idea of offering banking services
at post offices continues to excite progressives in Congress, it probably will not appeal very much to its intended customer
base if implemented. It is hard to imagine unbanked millennials flocking to their local post office to check their balances
and cash checks in today's digital world. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), along
with three House members, are hoping to include postal-banking pilots in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.
mail thief in West Seattle arrested seven times, released from jail each time. There's a suspected mail thief
operating in West Seattle. The victims know his name. So do the police, the post office and prosecutors.
He's been arrested seven times since Jan. 7 and each time, he was released from jail, sometimes within 48 hours after
his arrest. His name is Jason Turner and his case is another example of a suspected repeat offender falling through the
cracks of the criminal justice system, leaving everyone who touches his case frustrated.
Seattle Crime Watch: Police alert about mail-theft suspect. Southwest Precinct police have sent an alert
about a mail-theft suspect who they say is active in North Delridge, 37-year-old Jason A. Turner: [...] ["]Turner has
3 arrests for mail theft since 2020. Turner's most-recent arrest was Feb. 3. He was released the following day and returned
to the area, where additional mail was stolen. Residents are fed up with his actions. Turner has been witnessed
following USPS and UPS drivers and stealing mail and packages that were just delivered. He does this in broad daylight,
often in the morning hours before noon, showing no concern for being witnessed.["]
House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program. Rep. Matt Gaetz
(R-Fla.) and a group of other House Republicans on Friday introduced legislation to end funding for an arm of the U.S. Postal
Service that carries out online surveillance. The legislation was rolled out in response to a March bulletin, reported
by Yahoo News earlier this month, distributed by the Postal Service's Inspection Service's Internet Covert Operations Program
(iCOP). The bulletin cited iCOP concerns about potential "significant" protests planned for March 20 based on "online
inflammatory material" and posts on social media platforms Parler and Telegram. "iCOP analysts are currently monitoring
these social media channels for any potential threats stemming from the scheduled protests and will disseminate intelligence
updates if needed," the agency wrote in the bulletin.
admits it IS spying on Americans: Law enforcement arm is snooping on social media posts and 'working with other
agencies'. The U.S. Postal Service admitted during a Wednesday meeting to spying on citizens with its law
enforcement arm, claiming it worked with other agencies to track Americans' social media posts. Chief Postal Inspector
Gary Barksdale briefed lawmakers on the Oversight Committee regarding the program known as iCOP, or Internet Covert
Operations Program, but could not provide a date for when it was initiated. 'The Chief Postal Inspector was wildly
unprepared for this briefing,' GOP Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina told DailyMail.com following the meeting with
Barksdale. The inspector was called for a briefing after iCOP was first made public in a report last week.
Service 'wildly unprepared' to answer allegations it spied on Americans: Rep. Nancy Mace. The U.S.
Postal Service failed to answer lawmakers' questions in a Wednesday briefing about its alleged spying on Americans, according
to Rep. Nancy Mace, South Carolina Republican. Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale briefed lawmakers on
Wednesday about its "Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP)" that allegedly monitored Americans' social media posts.
Mr. Barksdale could not give a date for when the program started and denied that it was even a program but said an
'executive' was overseeing it, according to Ms. Mace's office. "The Chief Postal Inspector was wildly unprepared
for this briefing," said Ms. Mace in a statement to The Washington Times.
The Postal Service
Is a Spy-Op Now. Why is the U.S. Postal Service (USPIS) reading Americans' social media posts? Now
there's a question for someone to ask Biden administration Press Secretary Jen Psaki. The news broke this week when
someone leaked a "Situational Awareness Bulletin" to Yahoo News. Dated March 16, 2021, this two-page "intelligence
summary" reported that USPIS's Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) had monitored "multiple social media platforms"
including Facebook, Parler, Twitter, and Telegram. What caught their eye? Postings and conversations related to
possible March 20 protests at state capitals and in Washington, D.C., against Biden's election, 5G cellular, and
tyranny. The agency did not say it was investigating any of the individuals surveilled. Rather, the USPIS
document said iCOP had shared the "inflammatory" postings with the Department of Homeland Security's fusion centers, which
merge intelligence across a variety of federal and state agencies.
If you really think somebody is reading your email,
some handy tips about low-level encryption can be found here.
US Postal Service Surveillance Scandal is Targeting Trump Supporters, Not All Americans. Journalist Lee Smith
hits the sweet spot in his discussion of the U.S. Postal Service conducting surveillance on Americans. As Smith notes
the targeting is not to identify the political ideology of "all Americans", rather the objective is surveillance of people
who likely did not vote for Joe Biden. [Video clip] Again it is important to repeat, this type of activity
is one long continuum. The IRS was previously used; federal contractors for the FBI have previously been used; allied
Big Tech companies have been used; and now the United States Postal Service is running a covert surveillance program against
Americans that sounds suspiciously like the prior DHS announcement.
Presses Postal Service After Report Agents Are Monitoring American Social Media Accounts. Members of Congress
on Thursday [4/22/2021] asked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide information about an alleged group in the U.S. Postal
Service (USPS) that has been monitoring Americans' social media accounts. The United States Postal Inspection Service
is the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service. The inspection service has a group called the Internet Covert
Operations Program (iCOP) that has been monitoring activity on social media, including posts on Parler and Telegram,
according to Yahoo News, which says it obtained a March government bulletin on the matter. "If the reporting is accurate,
iCOP raises serious questions about the federal government's ongoing surveillance of, and encroachment upon, Americans'
private lives and discourse," House Oversight Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and House Judiciary Ranking Member Jim
Jordan (R-Ohio), along with 30 other Republican lawmakers, wrote to DeJoy.
Discovered Where the Post Office Likely Got Their List of Conservatives to Spy On. Today we found out that the
US Postal Service is spying on Americans who just happen to be conservative. We noted that the law enforcement arm of
the US Postal Service, the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), is secretly monitoring and collecting Americans' social
media posts, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News. The spying program is known as iCOP, or Internet Covert
Operations Program, and involves goons trolling through social media sites to look for "inflammatory" posts — and
then sharing the information with other government agencies. Last we checked, "inflammatory" language was covered by
the First Amendment.
Postal Service is running a 'covert operations program' that monitors Americans' social media posts. The law
enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans' social
media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News. The details of the
surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The
work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as "inflammatory"
postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.
group says 'independent' postal board nominee is really a Democrat. A group that conducts "non-partisan
conservative research and fact-checking" is calling into question the claim that one of Biden's nominees to the Board of
Governors of the United States Postal Service is a true independent and has produced online evidence she is a Democrat.
Amber McReynolds's nomination will be considered at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on
Thursday. President Joe Biden nominated McReynolds to serve as the only independent governor on the nine-member board,
which would make her a crucial tiebreaker on the panel. The American Accountability Foundation believes McReynolds is a
Democrat, and her confirmation to the board as an independent could allow Democrats to fill a vacancy later with another
Democrat, illegally stacking the board in their favor.
Postal Worker Viciously Beaten in Flint, Michigan Over Delayed Stimulus Checks. A female postal service worker was brutally beaten in broad daylight in Flint,
Michigan by several women over delayed stimulus checks. The women are filmed pummeling the woman and pulling her hair. Police say the woman is in good condition
and an arrest was made in the beating. According to the video, the white female is a USPS postal worker and she is attacked by multiple African American women regarding
new sleek looking mail trucks. The US Postal Service on Tuesday unveiled a modern replacement for the iconic
Grumman LLV mail truck that has been in use since the late 1980s. The new design consists of a waste-high [sic] front hood
that resembles the front beak of a duck in front of an extra-high windshield. Oshkosh Defense has been contracted to
build between 50,000 and 165,000 of the new trucks over the next 10 years — replacing vehicles that have been in
service for as long as three decades, USPS said in a statement. Oshkosh's design is not completely finalized, USPS
said. The initial order of trucks will cost $482 million, with the first vehicles expected to hit the roads in 2023.
Office Purchase of Gasoline [Powered] Trucks Seems to Defy Biden Order. The U.S. Postal Service currently plans
for only 10% of its new truck fleet to be electric, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Wednesday [2/24/2021], angering environmentalists
who say the move flies in the face of a White House executive order to electrify the government's vehicles. DeJoy's
revelation in a hearing before a House panel comes the day after the Postal Service announced that Wisconsin-based maker of
military trucks, Oshkosh Corp., had won a long-delayed $6 billion contract to replace the service's fleet of gas-guzzling
The Editor says...
This is good news. I hope it means Joe Biden's unilateral edicts are being ignored.
Jesse Morgan Interrogated by FBI Instead of Investigated, His Family Harassed. Steve Bannon: Are
authorities coming to you and saying, "Hey we need to sit down and interview you?" What is going on with where these ballots
are and what they are used for? Jesse Morgan: You know, it is really funny that you say that. I've been
interviewed, so I had a meeting with the FBI. Somebody, the OGI or some agency from the post office and a few other
people. So basically the interview, so here I am the witness basically gets kind of like interrogated I guess, you'd
say. Which is cool I understand that they're doing their job. So I give them what I saw what happened to me, what
I'd done. And what they wanted to do instead of focusing on the picture they wanted to focus over here and try to
figure out how I came on TV. [Video clip]
drivers report waiting more than 15 hours at [Cleveland] post office. Dozens of trucks lined the streets
outside the United States Postal Service facility on Orange Avenue and Broadway Avenue over the weekend. Truck drivers
attempted to drop off and pick up shipments to USPS all weekend. Miz Azamkloe had been waiting in his truck for 15 hours
when he spoke to News 5 Sunday [12/6/2020]. "I came yesterday at like 7 o'clock," Azamkloe said. "6 or 7 o'clock I
was here. I sit here and nobody is answering." Azamkloe works for a Pennsylvania-based company and said he lost out
on a significant amount of pay while waiting.
Greenwood residents outraged over slow service, mail piling up outside post office. There is outrage at a South
Side post office after stacks of mail were found outside and complaints were voiced from residents, even the alderman,
regarding slow service. "Everyone knows it's a problem, what [...] are they doing about it?" said 19th Ward Alderman
Matt O'Shea. At 119th and Homan, boxes and boxes of residents' mail is piling up on a loading dock. "Some weeks
we get it and then they're weeks at a time we don't get anything," said Mount Greenwood resident Douglas Ball. Alderman
O'Shea says he has tried for months to investigate the issues, but says his calls to management are never returned.
claiming USPS threw out, backdated ballots before election. A conservative law firm says that several
whistleblowers from the United States Postal Service have come forward, alleging that thousands of ballots in some states
were backdated, tampered with, or tossed out ahead of the 2020 election, to the disservice of President Trump, despite the
Justice Department announcing Tuesday it has found no proof of widespread voter fraud. The Amistad Project of the
Thomas More Society, which has forged ahead with an independent investigation of alleged voter fraud in several key
battleground states that Trump lost, has claimed that the FBI asked them to turn over their findings to their Los Angeles
Field Office. The FBI told Fox News that it's their "standard practice to neither confirm nor deny the existence of
investigations. As such, we will decline further comment."
Attorney Phil Kline: Two Trailers Full of Completed Ballots Were Delivered to Pennsylvania from NY — One on
November 4th! Attorney Phillip Kline with the Amistad Project joined Lou Dobbs on Tuesday [12/1/2020] following
the explosive hearing this afternoon in Arlington, Virginia. Kline earlier at his press conference introduced two
different USPS contract truck drivers who went public after they found it "unusual" and were concerned when they realized
that had transferred completed ballots and fraudulent ballots to stops in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. On Tuesday night
Kline described one load that was delivered to Pennsylvania in October and a second load of completed ballots that were
delivered to Pennsylvania on November 4th to Delaware County.
Postal Service labeled Trump mail 'Undeliverable,' 388,000 ballots backdated, 'disappear'. Several
whistleblowers on Tuesday [12/1/2020] cast new uncertainty on the 2020 election process, claiming up to 288,000 ballots
disappeared, another 100,000 were improperly backdated, and mail promoting President Trump was junked while mail for Joe
Biden was delivered. In the most extraordinary report, a U.S. Postal Service contractor said his trailer full of
144,000 [to] 288,000 completed mail-in ballots, which he drove between New York and Pennsylvania, disappeared after he
delivered it to a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, depot. Another claimed that ballots were backdated by postal workers, and in
Traverse City, Michigan, Trump campaign mail was put in bins labeled "Undeliverable Bulk Business Mail" while the same type
of mail for Joe Biden was ordered to be delivered on time. And a third raised new issues about the integrity of
Dominion voting machines.
As The Feds Threaten Postal Whistleblower After Exposing Penn Election Fraud Using Backdating. A USPS employee
named Richard Hopkins signed a sworn affidavit alleging ballot tampering and fraud. In the affidavit, the postal worker
alleged that postal supervisory officials hatched a plan to backdate ballots mailed after the election. Lindsey Graham
received a copy of the affidavit and called for an investigation into the matter. The Oversight Committee Democrats
said Hopkins was interviewed by investigators Friday and Monday recanted the allegations without saying why he signed a false
affidavit. There is no word if Hopkins will face perjury charges. Mr. Hopkins later said the feds
intimidated him into watering down the story, but he did not recant. [Video clip]
USPS Whistleblower Says Supervisor Told Employees Not to Deliver Republican Mailings. James O'Keefe and Project
Veritas continue to expose disturbing allegations of political bias perpetrated by employees of the United States Postal
Service (USPS). On Thursday [11/12/2020], Project Veritas revealed another whistleblower complaint from a USPS employee
from Elkins Parks, a suburb of Philadelphia, who alleges that a supervisor instructed employees not to deliver Republican and
pro-Trump mailings on Nov. 9, even as the results of the election remain in dispute. According to the whistleblower,
who identified himself as a letter carrier in Elkins Parks, a USPS supervisor instructed employees on Monday to discontinue
delivery of mailings from Republicans and pro-Trump groups.
of Thousands of Pennsylvania Ballots Returned Earlier Than Sent Date: Researcher. More than 20,000
absentee ballots in Pennsylvania have impossible return dates and another more than 80,000 have return dates that raise
questions, according to a researcher's analysis of the state's voter database. Over 51,000 ballots were marked as
returned just a day after they were sent out — an extraordinary speed, given U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delivery
times, while nearly 35,000 were returned on the same day they were mailed out. Another more than 23,000 have a return
date earlier than the sent date. More than 9,000 have no sent date. [...] The researcher, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said he consulted about the matter with several USPS field engineers, who said the return dates shown in the
database are "impossible."
mailman says he was ordered to collect late ballots. A Pennsylvania mailman has said in a sworn affidavit that
he was ordered by supervisors to collect and submit late ballots, which he said supervisors then backdated so that they
appeared to have been mailed in time. Richard Hopkins, who works in Erie, said he overheard a supervisor talking about
the backdating operation, and letter carriers were told to pick up ballots through Friday, even though under Pennsylvania's
current rules ballots were supposed to have been mailed by Tuesday, though they could be delivered to election officials
through Friday and still be counted. "Postmaster Rob Weisenbach directed my co-workers and I to pick up ballots after
Election Day and provide them to him," Mr. Hopkins said in an affidavit. "As discussed more fully below, I heard
Weisenbach tell a supervisor at my office that Weisenbach was back-dating the postmarks on the ballots to make it appear as
though the ballots had been collected on November 3, 2020 despite them in fact being collected on November 4 and possibly later."
city worker blows whistle, claims ballots were ordered backdated, FBI probing. The FBI is investigating
allegations of election fraud in Detroit after a city worker stepped forward and claimed election workers were asked to
backdate ballots that had come in after the election deadline had passed, multiple officials said. A senior law
enforcement official in Washington confirmed that an investigation was opened after the whistleblower's concerns were
forwarded from the Michigan Republican Party. "The FBI is investigating," the official said. GOP officials in
Michigan said the whistleblower was identified and assisted by Phill Kline, the head of the Thomas More Society's Amistad
Project, which has been litigating voting disputes and irregularities across the country for months.
The Editor says...
What a relief! The FBI is investigating. I'm sure we all have the utmost confidence in
USPS Whistleblower Richard Hopkins Comes Forward & Agrees to Testify. The U.S. Postal Service whistleblowers
assigned to the General Mail Facility here agreed today [11/6/2020] to come forward to go on the record using his real
name. "He is going to testify about the backdating of ballots in Erie, Pennsylvania, in a battleground state," said
James O'Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas. "He's scared," O'Keefe said. "He's afraid he's going to
lose his job." The Erie, Pennsylvania-based postal service whistleblower is named: Richard Hopkins, he said.
Hopkins said, "I'm nervous. I am nervous because this is a big deal." Some people at his work surmised that he was
the one to talk to Project Veritas about the scheme to postmark late ballots with 'Nov. 3,' which was Election Day, he
said. "I did not witness them backdating, I witnessed them talking about backdating," he said.
The USPS can't account
for 300,000 absentee ballots, but that's probably not as bad as it sounds. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan
was furious Wednesday that the U.S. Postal Service had defied his order to sweep postal processing facilities in 15 states
Tuesday to find missing absentee ballots and deliver them on time. The USPS had said in a court document that 300,000
ballots had been scanned into facilities but not scanned out, suggesting they were misplaced. Instead of complying with
Sullivan's order, the USPS kept to its own schedule, raising concerns that tens of thousands of ballots would not be
delivered in time to be counted. "It just leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth for the clock to run out —
game's over — and then to find out there was no compliance with a very important court order," Sullivan
said. He suggested he would demand a deposition from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
Service delivers 40,000 more ballots after court-ordered sweep. Approximately 40,000 mail-in ballots were
delivered by the United States Postal Service on Thursday as it continued court-ordered sweeps of postal centers across the
country, Reuters reports. The Postal Service reported early Friday that it found 1,076 ballots at its Philadelphia
Processing and Distribution Center, about 300 at a Pittsburgh processing center and more at other centers across the
state. Ballots in Pennsylvania must be postmarked by Election Day but can be received by Friday evening and still
count. It is one of more than a dozen states with deadlines to receive ballots stretching into next week.
says huge amount of mail-in ballots were not delivered. Significant percentages of mail-in ballots in
battleground states were not delivered to election offices Nov. 3, according to US Postal Service data filed in federal court
on Wednesday [11/4/2020]. In Philadelphia, 33.7 percent of mail-in ballots were not delivered to election offices
on Election Day, the data shows. In Atlanta, the same goes for 17.9 percent of mail-in ballots, and in Detroit for
21.1 percent, the filing states. For Greensboro, NC, 27.1 percent were not delivered, and in Lakeland, Wis.,
the figure is 23.2 percent, according to the filing. The data also shows that 6.7 percent of mail-in ballots
were received by Nov. 3 but not processed.
USPS Whistleblower Exposes Anti-Trump Postmaster's Illegal Order to Back-Date Ballots. Project Veritas released
an undercover bombshell video of a Pennsylvania USPS whistleblower exposing his anti-Trump Postmaster's order to illegally
back-date ballots. "The fraud is happening as we speak... they are going to be collecting and back-dating ballots in
Pennsylvania TOMORROW according to our whistleblower," O'Keefe said. "Ballots that are coming in today, tomorrow,
yesterday, are all supposed to be postmarked the 3rd" the whistleblower said.
Carrier in PA Claims Higher-Ups Instructed Workers to Backdate Ballots. Watchdog group Project Veritas on
Thursday [11/5/2020] released their third video of alleged voter fraud. A United States Postal Service carrier in Erie,
Pennsylvania claims to have overheard a conversation earlier in the day where his postmaster instructed carriers to allegedly
backdate newly-received ballots. "This morning I was casing my route, and I saw the postmaster pull one of our
supervisors to the side and as he was — and it was really close to where my new case was so I was able to hear,
listen in and I heard him say to the supervisor that they messed up yesterday," the whistleblower explained. "... And
he told the supervisor they had postmarked one of the ballots the 4th instead of the 3rd, because they were supposed to put them
for the 3rd." According to the whistleblower, the postmaster was upset because he's a "Trump hater."
USPS Whistleblower: Late Mail-In-Ballots Are Being Stamped As Received on November 3rd. A mail carrier
who works for a post office in Traverse City, Michigan blew the whistle Wednesday on what he called a "sketchy" directive
from his supervisor. "We were issued a directive this morning to collect any ballots we find in mail boxes, collection
boxes — just outgoing mail in general — separate them at the end of the day so they could hand stamp
them with the previous day's date," the whistleblower told Project Veritas' James O'Keefe. "Today is November 4th, for
clarification," he added. All states require mail-in ballots to be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 to be accepted.
The worker said he worked at the Barlow Branch Post Office in Traverse City, and his supervisor is named Jonathan Clarke.
Employee of the month: USPS
worker arrested at Canadian border with bin of mail, undelivered ballots. An upstate USPS employee was arrested
Tuesday [11/3/2020] while crossing the US-Canada border with hundreds of envelopes and other undelivered mail —
including several absentee ballots. The Buffalo mailman, who was caught with over 800 pieces of mail inside his trunk
that he had failed to deliver, said he had ended up on a bridge between the US and its neighbor to the north by accident, the
Buffalo News reported. Customs and Border Protection found a huge bin of mail spanning several zip codes in the vehicle.
Among them were three absentee ballots from the Erie County Board of Elections, authorities told the newspaper. Wilson told
CBP agents he was in the wrong lane while traveling on Interstate 190 and accidentally wound up on the bridge.
When pressed, Willson claimed that the mail was for his mother, though he was unable to explain why the names on the packages
did not match.
Mail Worker Caught on Tape Suggesting Voter Fraud to Remove Trump. The latest undercover footage from Project
Veritas and James O'Keefe reportedly shows a USPS worker in Nevada hinting he may commit voter fraud in order to help remove
President Trump from office. "I'm gonna see if I can get you some (ballots), like a nice little handful..." the tape
shows. [Video clip]
Postal Service blows court-ordered deadline to check for missing ballots. About 300,000 can't be traced.
The U.S. Postal Service blew a court-ordered deadline Tuesday to sweep mail-processing facilities in more than a dozen states
for missing election ballots that could number in the hundreds of thousands. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan
in Washington ordered the sweep Tuesday morning after the Postal Service said its delivery performance had dropped over the
past five days and could not say whether more than 300,000 ballots received in its facilities had been delivered. The
sweep was to happen in 12 postal districts, including in battleground states Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas
Attorney wants USPS ballot audit after backlog found at Miami-Dade mail facility. Miami-Dade State Attorney
Katherine Fernández Rundle wants every mail distribution center in the county to be searched for undelivered ballots,
and for those ballots to be brought immediately to the Miami-Dade Elections Department ahead of the Nov. 3
election. In a statement Friday night, the county's top prosecutor called for action from the U.S. Postal Service after
the Miami Herald reported a backlog of mail at the Princeton post office in South Miami-Dade County near Homestead.
Fernández Rundle said she was working with the elections department and the USPS inspector general's office "to make
sure that all ballots are accounted for and all votes are counted."
Massive Florida mail pile-up
believed to include ballots. A Post Office in Florida's largest county is inundated with a mail backlog, which
could reportedly contain ballots. The Minority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives, Kionne Mcghee, posted
undated footage to his Twitter account on Friday that allegedly showed USPS Inspection Service officials arriving at a
Florida Post Office location in Miami-Dade County to look into a massive mail pile-up, which is said to include mail-in
ballots. One local resident told McGhee he or she hadn't received mail in five days, while a source told McGhee that
sorting was expected to go on past Tuesday.
orders USPS to reverse mail collection limits now. A federal judge on Tuesday night [10/27/2020] ordered the
U.S. Postal Service to reverse limitations on mail collection imposed by Trump-backed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, giving
the agency until Wednesday morning to inform workers of the court's changes as more mail-in ballots continue to flood
in. In a highly detailed order, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District Court for the District of Columbia granted an
emergency motion by plaintiffs against President Donald Trump to enforce and monitor compliance with Sullivan's previous
injunction tied to USPS services.
The Editor says...
Hmmm... Judge Emmet Sullivan. That name sounds familiar.
Hundreds of mail-in ballots
were found tossed in New Jersey dumpster. Overall, election officials and experts seem to agree for the most
part that voting by mail is a totally viable alternative to voting in person, especially since many states have allowed it
for decades without issue. Now, a story out of New Jersey is shaking things up a bit, as 200 blank ballots were found
among a pile of mail that was discarded near a dumpster. The ballots — which were on their way to voters'
homes — actually made up a small percentage of the 300 pounds of mail that had been discarded next to the trash bin.
Postal Worker Charged for Allegedly Tossing Absentee Ballots in Dumpster. A former United States Postal Service
(USPS) worker faces federal charges for allegedly throwing away mail that included over 100 absentee ballots in Jefferson
County, Kentucky. "DeShawn Bojgere, 30, of, Louisville, Kentucky, has been charged with the delay or destruction of
mail, a federal crime under 18 United States Code 1703," the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Kentucky said
in a press release Monday [10/26/2020].
U.S. Postal Employee 'No Longer Employed' After 112 Ballots Found in Dumpster. A U.S. Postal Service employee
is out of a job amid an investigation into over 100 absentee ballots discarded in a dumpster in Louisville, Kentucky. A
contractor found the unopened 112 ballots while renovating a home in Jefferson County on Thursday 10/22/2020].
Additionally, two political flyers were discovered by special agents with the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General.
USPS Worker Accused of Stealing Mail-in Ballots. A Florida US Postal Service worker is accused of stealing a
mail-in ballot, dozens of political flyers and 4 prepaid debit cards in a scheme that may have started nearly two years ago,
federal authorities said Monday, the The New York Post reports. Crystal Nicole Myrie, "embezzled letters, postal cards,
and mail which came into her possession intended to be carried or delivered by her," according to a criminal complaint.
Myrie appeared in federal court Monday on charges she stole the Miami-Dade County ballot, as well as 36 political flyers and
150 other pieces of mail, according to the Miami Herald. The 31-year-old suspect admitted to two postal inspector
agents Friday that she stole the debit cards to use at stores and has been "stealing mail sporadically for almost two years,"
postal worker on leave after bags of undelivered mail found outside home. Several bags of undelivered mail were
found awaiting trash pickup outside the home of a US Postal Service worker in Pennsylvania, a report said. The
discovery, which was made Sunday at the home in Baldwin, Pennsylvania, is under investigation by the US Postal Service Office
of Inspector General, WPXI reported. The unidentified employee has been placed on leave without pay.
Agents Discover Bags of Undelivered Mail in Pennsylvania. Special agents from the United States Postal Service
raided the home of a USPS carrier in Baldwin, PA on Sunday night, confiscating eight large garbage bags of suspected
undelivered mail, according to neighbors. From inside his house on Meadowcrest Lane, mail carrier Sean Troesch had
little to say on Monday, after agents rolled up in an unmarked van in front of his house and gathered bags of undelivered
mail. In a statement, the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General confirmed that its agents had acted on a
tip and had vowed to carry out a detailed inventory of such bags, ensuring that each package would meet its intended recipient.
mail discovered in Virginia Beach dumpster, USPS investigating. Police in Virginia Beach are investigating
after undelivered mail was found in a dumpster Thursday afternoon [10/8/2020]. According to police, a citizen called
in the report at 1:34 p.m. for the mail, which was found in the 3200 block of Colechester Road. Witnesses said at least
80 pounds of mail were in the dumpster. According to the United States Postal Service, no election ballots were in the
mail, but some advertisement election mail was included. Most of the mail was ad mail, the USPS said.
Ballots, Discarded Mail Found In Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree. Discarded mail, including voter ballots, were
discovered Wednesday in Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree, according to San Bernardino County sheriff's officials. A
citizen told San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies with the Morongo Basin Station that they found the discarded incoming
mail, including voter ballots, in the 6500 block of Winters Road in Joshua Tree. More discarded mail was found in the
6500 block of Encelia Avenue in neighboring Twentynine Palms.
investigating discarded mail-in ballots cast for Trump in Pennsylvania. The Justice Department and FBI are
investigating potential mail-in ballot irregularities in Pennsylvania, a crucial swing state for the 2020 presidential
election. On Thursday [9/24/2020], the Justice Department said it discovered ballots cast for President Trump in
Luzerne County were discarded. Mr. Trump won the northern Pennsylvania county in 2016, despite it being a
Democratic stronghold that voted for Democratic presidential candidates for several decades.
Citizen finds stolen mail, including ballots, discarded in the High Desert. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's
Department revealed that a citizen found stolen mail, including voter ballots, that was discarded in Joshua Tree and
Twentynine Palms Wednesday morning. According to the Sheriff's Department, all the recovered mail was found to have
been stolen from a cluster of mailboxes within the 56200 block of Reche Road in Landers.
into 'discarded' mail-in military ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel. The news release from a U.S. attorney
in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been "discarded" by the local election office in a
swing county of one of the most important presidential battleground states. All of them were marked for President
Donald Trump, it said. Then came another news release with key details changed — the presidential choice was
unknown on two of the ballots because they had been resealed — but still little explanation of what had happened
and whether investigators believed a criminal act had occurred.
Mail-In Voting Trouble in New Jersey, as Mailman Arrested for Throwing out Mail. As the time is ticking down to
the election, we keep hearing more and more questionable stories about problems with mail-in voting. We've already
heard about horror stories including the mail, including ballots found in a ditch, and over 100,000 people in New York
getting the wrong ballot envelopes with different names on them. But New Jersey, which had fraud and mail-in problems
in the 2020 primary, just had a report now of another problem related to the general election. According to the NY
Post, a postal service worker just got busted for throwing out mail into dumpsters on October 2 and October 5
in Bergen County, NJ.
Worker in NJ Arrested for Allegedly Dumping Mail, Including Election Ballots. A U.S. Postal Service mail
carrier from Hudson County, New Jersey, was arrested for discarding mail, including 99 general election ballots sent from the
County Board of Elections that were intended to be delivered to West Orange residents, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito
announced. Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, is charged by complaint with one count of delay, secretion, or detention
of mail and one count of obstruction of mail. The delay of mail charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years
in prison and a $250,000 fine. The obstruction of mail charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of six months in
prison and a $5,000 fine.
collection boxes broken into in multiple Virginia counties, sparking fears of missing ballots. Virginia
election officials have issued an alert to voters who submitted mail-in ballots at United States Postal Service outdoor mail
collection boxes after officials discovered six receptacles spanning multiple counties in the central part of the state were
broken into in recent days. The Virginia Department of Elections sent out a news release Monday [10/5/2020] warning
that "six outdoor mail collection boxes were broken into sometime between Saturday afternoon and this morning." WWBT-TV
reported that "several post offices" called law enforcement to report that the door latches on the busted mail boxes had been
"pried open with a tool or force."
Don't send money through the mail, and don't send winning lottery tickets! Florida
woman forced to forfeit lotto prize after USPS loses ticket. A Florida woman says she was forced to forfeit her
lotto prize after the US Postal Service lost her winning ticket in the mail. Sue Burgess, of Hernando County, said she
was thrilled to discover earlier this summer that she snagged $1,000 in the state's Second Chance Lottery game, news station
WFLA. "I was elated. It was like winning a million dollars to me," Burgess told the outlet. But at the time,
she couldn't claim her winnings at any of the local lottery offices since they were closed due to the pandemic.
We Have No Idea How Much Mail Theft Is Going On. With all of the discussions taking place on the subject of
mass mail-in voting this year and concerns over the potential for ballots being stolen and fraudulently submitted (not that
Democrats or most of the media want to discuss it), one obvious issue is coming under increasing scrutiny. Exactly how
much mail theft is really going on in the United States? NBC News recently submitted FOIA requests and conducted
interviews with postal inspectors to find out. They received a couple of different answers, beginning with a report
saying there had been a huge spike in thefts over the past few years. That was then modified to say that the numbers
were significantly "overstated." And finally, the USPS threw up their hands and admitted that they really have no idea
how much mail theft is going on.
police investigating mail, absentee ballots found in ditch. Authorities in Wisconsin are investigating why
three trays of mail and absentee ballots were found in a ditch, Fox News is reporting. "The United States Postal
Inspection Service immediately began investigating and we reserve further comment on this matter until that is complete,"
USPS spokesman Bob Sheehan said in a statement, according to the report.
of mail, including absentee ballots, found in a ditch in Wisconsin. Police in Greenville, Wisconsin, found
three trays of mail, including absentee ballots, in a ditch. The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office discovered the trays
in a ditch on Tuesday morning, near Appleton International Airport, according to WLUK. The mail was returned to the U.S.
Postal Service, and an investigation is underway. "The United States Postal Inspection Service immediately began
investigating, and we reserve further comment on this matter until that is complete," USPS spokesman Bob Sheehan told WLUK.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service told the Washington Examiner that it is aware of the mail, including absentee
ballots, found in a ditch and is investigating the incident. The department declined to comment further.
postal workers threaten to stop delivering mail after multiple employees [were] shot on the job. United States
Postal workers who deliver mail in some of Chicago's more violent neighborhoods are threatening to halt their services after
a mail carrier was shot in the city's South Side earlier this month. The carrier, a 24-year-old woman, was left critically
and injured after being shot multiple times at 91st Street and Ellis Avenue while delivering mail on September 10.
Police said the worker did not appear to be the target and had been caught in the crossfire during a drive-by.
mailed 100 letters to test the Postal Service. The verdict: Spotty at best, dismal at worst. The
letter — filled with stickers for a 5-year-old boy named William — was mailed at the post office in the
Los Angeles community of Sylmar on Aug. 22. It was sent first class, at a cost of 55 cents, and with a promise,
according to the U.S. Postal Service website, of "delivery in 1-3 business days." The plain white envelope arrived at
its destination, a ranch-style house in Austin, Texas, 11 days later. Another letter, mailed from Malibu to the
San Francisco suburb of Millbrae, sat in a Los Angeles processing center for three days and wasn't delivered for an
additional four days after that. And a letter sent from the Alhambra post office to a residence in Washington, D.C.,
took four days to get to the mail processing center in the capital, and three more days elapsed before it reached its final
Stupid. Remember how the Post Office was news? "It's a threat to our democracy!" they cried. That
was just two weeks ago, not a lifetime. It was all the left could talk about — how President Trump was going
to "steal the election" by "defunding" the Post Office. Whatever happened to that? It was the scandal that was
going to take down Trump. Now it's gone.
threatens legal action against USPS over pre-election mailers. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) is
threatening to sue the U.S Postal Service over pre-election mailers the agency sent out nationally that could potentially
confuse voters. The mailers include general information about mail-in voting and encourage voters to request mail-in
ballots and submit them with ample time. Colorado is one of five states in the U.S. that conducts elections
predominantly by mail, sending ballots to all registered voters without voters having to request them.
carrier argues policy forbidding Donald Trump face mask. A mail carrier began arguing with co-workers at the
post office Sept. 2 after he was asked to remove his Donald Trump face shield. Management said there is a policy
forbidding political attire to be worn. The man said other workers have worn politically phrased masks and have not
been asked to remove them. He said he is being singled out and will file a grievance.
Check: Debunking 10 Myths About the U.S. Postal Service. In 2020, we're used to seeing falsehoods and
misinformation spreading like wildfire online. Typically, they're linked to breaking news, hot-button social issues, or
scandals. The biggest focal point for online political drama today is an unlikely one; namely, the U.S. Postal
Service. Representatives from both parties, conspiracy theorists, and even singer Taylor Swift are weighing in on the
unsexy subject of mail. Make no mistake: The Postal Service faces real challenges that require congressional
action to solve. Yet, while genuine differences exist between the left and the right about how best to address the
problems, that's not an excuse for melodramatic rumor-mongering.
of Mail Dumped in California. Piles of mail were dumped last week in two separate locations in Glendale,
California — and the American Postal Workers Union says that its members were not involved.
[was] dumped at two separate USPS locations in Glendale; [an] investigation [is] underway. Piles of unopened
United State Postal Service mail and packages were discovered dumped at two separate locations this week in Glendale,
authorities said Friday. Police responded to a call about 8 a.m. Thursday from the USPS, asking police to assist
with a situation involving "possible stolen mail or whatever was dumped in an alleyway," said Glendale Police Sgt. Christian
Hauptmann. The second call came about two hours later from a business owner who witnessed a similar incident in a store
parking lot not far from the alley.
The Editor says...
There goes my absentee ballot — and the one for my dog.
Is 'Investigating' an Alarming Mail Issue in SoCal. Over the last few months President Donald Trump and
Republicans have wondered how the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be able to handle the influx of mail this fall
with the election in November, especially as more states move to voting by mail. The concerns seem valid, especially
considering the USPS is now launching an investigation into bags of mail being dumped in two different locations in Glendale,
California, a suburb of Los Angeles. One of the instances was caught on a surveillance camera outside of a spa. A
Budget rental truck can be seen backing up before a man jumps out and unloads the bags of mail and boxes. It was
completely unusual. If they're taking for their personal use, basically, why'd they have to drop off all the unopened
packages somewhere," Lilia Serobian, the co-owner of 7Q salon told CBS Los Angeles. "Of course it's suspicious.
You start thinking, 'OK, something is going on,' because no one has access to all those boxes and packages."
USPS lost veteran's
remains for 12 days, family alleges. The remains of a deceased U.S. Army veteran that were sent through the
mail were lost in transit for nearly two weeks, according to the soldier's family, which says blame for the mishap goes all
the way to the top. The veteran, Scot Egan, died last month in St. Louis, and his remains were mailed to his
sister in Maryland. His other sister, Dr. Jean Egan, told WTNH that his remains were supposed to be delivered
within two days of being shipped but were lost for 12 days. She claimed that the USPS did not provide the family
with a reason for the delay.
on Recent Results the USPS Is Only Part of the Problem with Mail-in Voting. Between the two conventions this
month there has been a curious dose of dissonance emerging on the left and in the press. At once there has been the
effort made to declare Qanon a toxic conspiracy mill, with the intent of making anyone who can be accused of connection or
being supportive poisoned as a result. At the same time these sources have been willing to push the narrative that
President Trump is attempting to shut down the US Postal Service ahead of the proposed nationwide mail-in voting
effort. It is a marvel of obliviousness that those who are decrying conspiracy theories are circulating "proof" of the
President's alleged efforts. A brokedown mail vehicle on a tow truck was said to have been stolen, with votes
inside. Mailboxes with locks on them, and those taken off the streets in a years-in-the-process refurbishment program
were said to be done to block votes. Then there was the sorting machine outrage. Old and decommissioned machines
that had been upgraded and replaced were said to be shut down on Trump's order, absent anything approaching evidence.
The US Postal "Service"
is Badly Run Business. The normally mundane post office has suddenly become a hot-button item, filled with
emotion and viewed entirely through a political lens. But, from an economic point of view: the United States
Postal Service is a government "service" that is much too costly... and, as a "business?" Forget about it. Arriving
home the other night after a week away in the Live Free or Die State of New Hampshire, I opened my mailbox and a sea of paper
fell out. Carrying the mail up the driveway, I thought, "Here we go, again." After managing to free one hand long
enough to open the door, I sat down, spilling the mail onto the kitchen counter. Then, piece by piece, I combed through
my pile in search of anything, anything at all, that may have been remotely important.
& Myths about the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (2006). If you follow social media, you will
probably have seen the claims that the postal service is in trouble because of unfair mandates placed upon them by
Republicans in 2006 when the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was passed. [...] FACT #1: The Act was
sponsored by two Republicans and co-sponsored by 2 Democrats — Henry Waxman of CA and Danny Davis of IL. The
myth-makers use the term "Republican-led Congress" to insinuate that it was only Republicans who supported the Act.
FACT #2: 201 Democrats in the House voted for the bill, along with the 208 Republicans. Clearly not a
Republican only bill. Mike Pence voted against it. In fact the 20 NO votes were all Republicans.
Cold, Hard Truth about the Post Office. I do know a little about the Postal Service — my dad was a
"letter carrier" for over thirty years. Back then, we called him a "mailman" because, well, he delivered mail, and he
was man. But today... Anyway, let's take a dive into some numbers and see if all the hoopla is really accurate.
Last year, fiscal 2019, the USPS lost almost $9 billion on operations. Let that sink in. It's about $27 for
every man, woman, child, and non-binary person in the country. That means, in addition to paying to mail stuff or have it
mailed to you, you also paid an extra $27. That's about a hundred bucks a year for an average family of four. And by
the way, last year was the thirteenth consecutive year the USPS lost money. Clearly, the Post Office needs fixing.
It loses money — tons of money — and something has to change.
$25B in 'emergency' Post Office funding, White House threatens veto. The House of Representatives on Saturday
passed a $25 billion funding infusion to the U.S. Postal Service in a bill that also would reverse new cost-cutting measures
and ban any efforts to slow down the mail until at least next year. The vote was 257-150 with 26 Republicans joining
the Democrats. Democrats called the rare "emergency" session in the middle of the summer recess because they contend
President Trump and new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are trying to sabotage the 2020 election by delaying service that
could compromise mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
lunatic 'postal' conspiracy theory. At this rate, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will be lucky if he isn't
arrested and tried for treason before a people's tribunal. DeJoy has quickly replaced Vladimir Putin as the man that
progressive opinion will hold responsible if Trump wins a second term in November. According to House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, DeJoy is a "complicit crony" aiding Trump's effort to sabotage American democracy. She believes the two have
hatched a plot to delay mail-in voting and disenfranchise countless Americans prior to the election.
Threw Away Millions in Custom Stamp Program Out of Protest of Religious Stamps. The United States Postal
Service allegedly shut down its recent "custom stamp" initiative over the fact that multiple customers attempted to create
stamps featuring Jesus Christ and other religious imagery, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon. The
agency, which has been struggling with funding for years, turned to the custom stamp program in an effort to generate
revenue. The initiative allowed for Americans to create their own stamps for a price, which ultimately created millions
of dollars for the notoriously inefficient bureaucracy. However, the program was scrapped in June after too many stamp
designs were requested that featured religious symbolism.
10 Myths About the US Postal Service. The Postal Service faces real challenges that require congressional
action to solve. Yet, while genuine differences exist between the left and the right about how best to address the
problems, that's not an excuse for melodramatic rumor-mongering. With the House convening a special session
specifically to address issues involving the Postal Service, it's important to separate myths from reality.
Post Office Conspiracy Is First Class Stupidity. If you believe the mainstream media, Donald Trump is involved
in a nefarious scheme to somehow make the USPS into something inefficient and incompetent, which comes close on the heels of
his plot to make the sun start setting in the West. If that's his plan, he already pulled it off decades before he
first hit the cover of the New York Post. [...] The mainstream media is gobbling up and regurgitating this conspiracy theory
all over its audience. The members of blue check Twitter, who last used the mail 10 years ago when Aunt Edna sent
them a $10 check on their 13th birthday, is absolutely aghast.
Myths About U.S. Postal Service And The Election Debunked. Questions about the U.S. Postal Service operations
and leadership during the November election are rising, but it can be hard to discern from corporate media coverage what is
actually happening. Many different networks have accused President Trump of disrupting USPS operations for political
gain, even going so far as to claim he wants to "rewrite history" in a "crusade" against postal services. On Sunday
[8/16/2020], Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats called for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
and the USPS Board of Governors to testify in Congress about some of these myths and the "operational changes at the Postal
Service that are slowing the mail and jeopardizing the integrity of the election."
Mailboxes? Don't Fall for Dems' Latest Conspiracy Theory. Democrats and the media are meddling in our
elections again. But this is getting absurd. Joe Biden peddles fake stories of "tractor trailers picking up
mailboxes." Members of Congress threaten to throw the postmaster general in jail. Soviet-style propaganda posters of
mailboxes propagate on social media. Prominent Democrats share grainy photos tweeted by has-been actresses with
crackpot theories of MAGA-hat wearing postmen out to steal the election.
Postal worker caught throwing Sheriff's
campaign mailers in a dumpster. A US Postal worker was caught on video in June throwing a stack of a Sheriff's
campaign mailers in a dumpster. Some patriots nearby heard a noise when she tossed them in & went to investigate.
They found a stack of them and called the Sheriff. No wonder people are skeptical of mail in voting.
general to testify before Congress on service changes, mail-in ballots. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has
agreed to testify before Congress next week amid allegations from Democrats that he is undermining the cash-strapped US
Postal Service ahead of the November election. House Oversight Committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney wrote to
DeJoy on Sunday calling for an "urgent" hearing on cost-cutting changes at the USPS, sparking fears it could slow delivery
and impinge on Americans' ability to cast postal votes. DeJoy, a Trump appointee who came into the role in May this
year, agreed to appear before the committee on Monday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.
Navarro: Dems Want USPS to Be 'Ballot-Harvesting Service'. Sunday [8/16/2020] on Fox News Channel's "Fox
& Friends Weekend," White House trade and manufacturing adviser Peter Navarro accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
(D-NY) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of trying to turn the U.S. Postal Service into a "ballot
harvesting service." Navarro said, "Let's think about it. First, the irony of what's getting Chuck and Nancy back to
Washington; it's not concern about the working men and women of America, who really need our help right now. They want
to come back so they can rename the post office the United States ballot harvesting service. So it's unfortunate we get
these — in the middle of the election — we get all these new cycle things going on that they seize upon."
Manufactured Hysteria Over Mail Delivery. That dastardly Donald Trump is at it again. He is either the
evilest man ever to hold the office of president or the dumbest. He is either a Machiavellian genius manipulating the
media and his hypnotized followers or a bumbling know-nothing idiot. Trump is being accused of sabotaging the November
elections because he won't give the postal unions and incompetent managers in the postal service $25 billion to play
with. The money will stave off catastrophe for about a year at the rate the USPS is burning through cash. Without
that money, we're informed by those in the know, thousands — no, tens of thousands — no, millions
of voters who wait until the last minute to mail in an absentee ballot might not have their votes counted because, well,
Trump. The procrastinators in America are up in arms and plan a demonstration to show their outrage. But it
probably won't happen until after the election since that's when they'll eventually get around to it.
Coronavirus is a long-lasting, all-purpose crisis, and the perfect excuse for all kinds of legislative mischief. Pelosi
calls members back to Capitol Hill to consider USPS legislation, calls post office 'Election Central' amid coronavirus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested members could be brought back from August recess to address issues regarding the
U.S. Postal Service, while urging Democrats to appear at their local post offices amid the battle to protect mail-in
ballots for the 2020 presidential election. Pelosi, D-Calif., on Sunday said the post office has become "Election
Central" due to the coronavirus pandemic even as President Trump and Republicans have warned for months that universal
mail-in ballots would cause widespread voter fraud in the election.
Dems: Take a Look at What Happened to the USPS Under Obama. Democrats have been repeatedly hammering the
Trump administration over the need to expand the United States Postal Service, especially as the majority of states are
moving to voting by mail for the November presidential election. President Trump has pushed back, saying there are
flaws with the USPS. We have repeatedly seen issues, like not all ballots showing up or being postmarked. In fact, the
Left was upset that USPS would stop picking up mail from letter collection boxes in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New
Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Alaska, Nebraska and small parts
of Wisconsin and Missouri. According to a spokesperson for the western region of USPS, this won't be done until after
the election. Collection boxes were removed in New York, Oregon, Montana and Indiana last week. Post office hours
in West Virginia, Florida and Missouri are being reduced as well, CNN reported. Of course, Democrats think this is some
conspiracy theory to undermine the election. But, as our friends at PJ Media noted, the removal of collection boxes is
nothing new: [...]
Go Postal with Busted Mailbox Conspiracy Theory. Democrats have spent several days flogging the false "mailbox
conspiracy" theory that President Donald Trump is deliberately crippling the U.S. Postal Service so that it cannot handle
votes by mail in November — even forcing it to remove mailboxes. The truth is that the mailboxes were
removed because mailboxes are always being removed. At least 14,000 were removed during the Obama-Biden
administration. Democrats are creating a new hysteria to cast Trump as a tyrant and motivate their
reality-based look at Trump and the Post Office. The news is filled with reports of President Trump's "assault"
on the U.S. Postal Service. The president, Democrats and some in the media say, is deliberately slowing mail delivery
and crippling the Postal Service so that it cannot handle an anticipated flood of voting by mail in the presidential
election. Former President Barack Obama said Trump is trying to "actively kneecap" the Postal Service to suppress the
vote. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the House back into session this week and has set an "urgent hearing" for Aug. 24,
demanding Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the head of the Postal Service Board of Governors testify "to address the sabotage
of the Postal Service." Some of the accusations have grown so frantic that they resemble the frenzy of a couple of years
ago over the allegation, from many of the same people, that Trump had conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election.
Now, it's the Postal Service. But what actually is going on?
US postal workers union endorses Biden for president. The National Association of Letter Carriers, which
represents 300,000 current and retired workers, said Thursday [8/13/2020] that [President] Trump has long been hostile to the
Post Office. His administration has called for an end to collective bargaining rights, proposed service cuts and has
eyed the possibility of privatizing the functions of the agency.
Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead Of Election. Ahead of what will likely be the largest mail-in ballot
filled election in November, the United States Postal Service is making some questionable decisions: retiring essential
sorting machines right before ballots start pouring in their mailboxes. A new report from Vice finds the USPS is
struggling with budget issues and low mail volume — and now removing sorting machines from their facilities across
the country without an official explanation.
Flashback to 2017: Report:
USPS improperly enabled workers who helped Clinton campaign. A government investigation concluded that the
United States Postal Service "improperly coordinated" with a postal workers union that supported Hillary Clinton's
campaign. The investigation, as documented in a report from the Office of Special Counsel, said the USPS granted
employees union leave time off, at the request of the union, to do political activity — which OSC concluded
was a "systematic violation" of a law regarding the political activity of federal employees.
Found Their Scapegoat If Biden Loses — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. he postmaster general is
rarely a household name. Expect that to change should the Democrats lose in November. If that happens, they will
try to turn Louis DeJoy into the Vladimir Putin of the 2020 elections. DeJoy took the helm of the postal office in
June, and since then the former head of New Breed Logistics has been trying to bring some semblance of fiscal order to an
operation that has been losing billions of dollars for years. "Without dramatic change, there is no end in sight, and
we face an impending liquidity crisis," DeJoy told the U.S. Postal Service's governing board last week. So far,
the changes have been relatively modest. He's done some reorganizing and took steps to cut back the excessive amount of
overtime pay that postal carriers rack up.
Service to award $6.3B contract for new mail truck this year. Their delivery may be a little late, but the new
mail trucks are almost here. The U.S. Postal Service has confirmed that it plans to award one or multiple contracts for
the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle by the end of this year. The Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) will replace
the long-serving Grumman Long Life Vehicle, which went out of production in 1994, but has soldiered on at great maintenance
cost all these years. Approximately 180,000 vehicles will be purchased over five to seven years at a cost of
Sent More Than 200K Mail-In Primary Ballots to Wrong Addresses. More than one-sixth of the mail-in ballots sent
to voters in Nevada's largest county during the 2020 primary went to outdated addresses, according to a new watchdog
report. The Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group, reviewed the 1.3 million mail-in ballots
Nevada's Clark County sent during the June primary. It found that more than 223,000 of the ballots were sent to
outdated addresses, leading the postal service to designate them as "undeliverable." The undeliverable ballots accounted for
17 percent of all ballots mailed to registered voters. Nearly 75 percent of Nevada's total population resides
in the county, which includes Las Vegas.
Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist. The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the
three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic —
piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. "Our financial position is dire,
stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, a broken business model and a management strategy that has not adequately
addressed these issues," Louis DeJoy, the new postmaster general, said Friday [8/7/2020] in his first public remarks since
taking the job in June.
delays are frustrating Philly residents. Neighborhoods across the Philadelphia region are experiencing
significant delays in receiving their mail, with some residents going upwards of three weeks without packages and letters,
leaving them without medication, paychecks, and bills. The delays come at a time when the U.S. Postal Service is
experiencing significant changes. The new Postmaster General's policies eliminate overtime, order carriers to leave
mail behind to speed up their workdays, and slash office hours, which — coupled with staffing shortages amid
previous budget cuts and coronavirus absences — are causing extensive delivery delays.
Schumer Send Urgent Letter to Postmaster General Demanding Reversal of Operational Changes to USPS Ahead of
Election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday
[8/6/2020] sent an urgent letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding he reverse the recent operational changes to the
USPS that "threaten the timely delivery of mail" ahead of the 2020 election. The Democrat-media complex exploded last
week and accused President Trump of "destroying" the US Postal Service after the President's newly appointed postmaster
general made structural changes. New changes made by Louis DeJoy have reportedly 'slowed down' the mail deliveries,
prompting the left to accuse President Trump of corrupting the US Postal Service in order to deter people from using mail-in
ballots for the November election.
News Experiment With Mail-In Ballots Ends In Disaster: "I Just Don't Trust The Mail". How long might it
take for your mail-in ballot to actually arrive and be counted? CBS News decided to test it, sending 100 mock ballots
simulating a hundred voters in locations all across Philadelphia to a post office box. After some delays, 97
arrived. In a close election, 3% could be pivotal, especially in what's expected to be a record year for
mail-in-voting. [Video clip]
Mounts That Mail-In Voting Will Bring Only Fraud And Chaos. For months we've heard reassurances from Democrats
that the nation can, and should, vote by mail this November. It won't, we've been told, result in an increase in voter
fraud, and we can count on the Postal Service to handle the workload. And, of course, voting by mail is vital to
prevent more coronavirus deaths. It's becoming painfully obvious that none of that is true, and that the Democrats'
only real motivation is to swing key elections in their favor.
Fails Mail-In Ballot Test. CBS News decided to test the system upon which the government will entrust the
sanctity of the ballot this November. And the U.S. Postal Service flubbed it. This is not about gaming the
system, or voter fraud, or stuffing the mail with fake ballots from illegal aliens. This is about the competency of the
USPS to deliver official ballots sent through the mail on time, and to the right people. They proved that the
100 million or more Americans who plan to mail in their ballots should not expect their vote to be counted unless they mail it
weeks prior to the election deadlines in each state. And even then there's no guarantee it will be processed and counted.
by Mail fails when postal workers are corrupt, look at Washington State. Washington State has been entirely
vote by mail since 2011, but most of the 39 counties started vote by mail in 2005, which was different than the absentee
voter process, which had been allowed for some voters. The 2005 transition to vote by mail became legal due to changes
enacted by the legislature after the 2004 Rossi/Gregoire voting fiasco and multiple recounts which were originally won by
Republican Dino Rossi until a final "misplaced" box of ballots was discovered in King County and suddenly Democrat Christine
Gregoire won and then re-counting was stopped, of course. Washington State's primary election this year is held on
August 4th. However, since the state is entirely vote by mail, the ballots were mailed last week to all registered
voters weeks in advance (in King County, sometimes voters get 3 or more bonus ballots — but nobody knows why).
Virginia mail carrier admits attempted election fraud. A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday
to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots. Thomas Cooper entered the plea in federal court in Elkins to
attempted election fraud and injury to the mail, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a statement. Cooper was charged in
May after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party affiliations altered.
Virginia mail carrier admits to attempted election fraud, changing political affiliation on mail-in ballots. A
mail carrier in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to election fraud after admitting he altered requests for absentee voter
ballots. The 47-year-old postal carrier, Thomas Cooper, is facing prison after being charged in May for reportedly
changing the political affiliation on several mail-in ballots. He pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of "Attempt to
Defraud the Residents of West Virginia of a Fair Election" and one count of "Injury to the Mail," according to the Department
Sheriff Troy Nehls Tweet.
A US Postal worker was just caught on video throwing a stack of my campaign mailers in a dumpster. Some patriots nearby
heard a noise when she tossed them in & went to investigate. They found a stack of them and called me. No wonder
people are skeptical of mail in voting. [Video clip]
Postal Worker Seen Tossing Campaign Mailers Into Dumpster; And We Should Trust Them With Ballots? Ft. Bend
County (Texas) Sheriff and Republican candidate for Congress Troy Nehls received a phone call from people who heard a noise
and saw a U.S. postal worker walking away from a dumpster. The postal worker drove away. When the people looked
into the dumpster, they saw a stack of Nehls' campaign mailers on top. I am not a lawyer, but if I recall correctly,
tampering with the mail is a federal crime. A large photo of a person in a jail cell is shown on the U.S. Post Office's
website, with the caption, "Tampering with mail will get you a new home, new friends and a new job." Interfering with an
election is also a crime (18 U.S. Code § 595. Interference by administrative employees of Federal, State,
or Territorial Governments). Over and above tampering with the mail and interfering with an election is the statement
this makes about mail-in voting. This video of a postal worker taking it upon himself or herself to throw the campaign
material of a candidate they oppose into a dumpster just reinforces the case against it. Mail-in voting provides
tremendous leeway for fraud. What if this individual had tossed a stack of ballots into the dumpster rather than
campaign material? And what if this particular election had been close? A postal worker could, in effect, decide
Service Revenue Topped Projections During Pandemic, Lawmakers Say. U.S. Postal Service revenue rose by hundreds
of millions of dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic, undercutting warnings the agency would collapse if not given federal
funding, a group of lawmakers said. The post office should revise its projections, given that revenue during the first
11 weeks of the pandemic was $330 million higher than the same period in 2019, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jody Hice
(R-Ga.) said in a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan. [...] Brennan warned lawmakers in April that Postal Service
(USPS) revenue might decline by $13 billion because of economic lockdowns implemented across the country to try to slow the
spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19. Brennan said the USPS would run out of
money by September.
ballots in New Jersey 'may have been destroyed' in delivery vehicle fire, Postal Service says. New Jersey
officials have sent residents an "urgent notice" that their mail-in ballots "may have been destroyed" in a postal vehicle
fire, adding to existing concerns over the validity of voting without having to show up at a polling station. That is
especially true in the Garden State, where there have been a number of issues related to mail-in voting, including
allegations of fraud. According to NJ.com, mail-in ballots could have been aboard a U.S. Postal Service truck that
caught fire and burned a week ago in Morris Township, spokesperson George Flood said.
says Post Office 'unsustainable,' urges congressional action. The United States Postal Service has lost $78 billion
since 2007 and its current business model is unsustainable unless Congress intervenes, according to a scathing report Thursday [5/7/2020]
by the Government Accountability Office. And the crisis could get even worse because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the report said.
Postmaster General Megan Brennan told Congress earlier this year that the USPS could lose as much as $13 billion in 2020 because of
the virus. The GAO said the Postal Service's financial viability has progressively worsened since it was first labeled a "high risk"
for insolvency in 2009.
elections? Postal worker busted for mail-in ballot fraud. Just as the left attempts to sell us on the
idea of solid mail-in voting for all future elections in the wake of the coronavirus, out comes the first arrest for mail-in
ballot fraud. [...] And Trump was right all along about the potential for problems. He's still tweeting about this,
and Twitter is attempting to censor him, but facts are facts: mail-in ballots open up a humongous door to fraud. Start
with the fact that mail-in elections break the chain of custody that normal in-person voting has. Does anyone think
postal workers are better custodians of voting ballots than trained election workers with observers from two parties watching
them from both sides of the fence?
group of lawmakers warn Postal Service could 'cease to function' by summer. A bipartisan group of lawmakers
warned Thursday [4/30/2020] that the U.S. Postal Service "could cease to function by this summer" if it doesn't receive
immediate help. [...] The authors include Democrats Carolyn Maloney of New York and Gerald Connolly of Virginia and
Republicans Pete King of New York and Mark Amodei of Nevada. The volume of packages and mail being delivered has
dropped over 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The Postal Service is expected to lose $13 billion this
fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, and $10 billion during the next fiscal year.
requests $75B amid pandemic to recover from 'steep' drop in mail volume. Postmaster General Megan Brennan
warned the House Oversight and Reform Committee last year the Postal Service would run out of cash by 2024 without
legislative and regulatory reform. But with a sharp drop in mail volume during the coronavirus pandemic, Brennan told
committee members in a virtual briefing Thursday that USPS will "run out of cash this fiscal year" without further financial
assistance. Brennan said that USPS now expects a $13 billion revenue loss tied "directly to COVID-19" this fiscal
year. Over the next 18 months, that loss would approach $22 billion and would exceed $54 billion within
the next decade, "threatening our ability to operate."
Postal Service investigating issues with absentee ballots in Wisconsin that went undelivered. The United States
Postal Service is conducting an investigation into issues that were reported with the delivery of absentee ballots in
Wisconsin, which held its primary election this week despite concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The
investigation comes after Wisconsin Sens. Ron Johnson, a Republican, and Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, called on the USPS
to look into claims absentee ballots that were requested ahead of the election but were never delivered or arrived only after the
election had passed. Johnson and Baldwin sent a letter to the USPS Thursday [4/10/2020] urging a probe into missing ballots.
Postal Workers Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) endorsed
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination for president on Thursday [1/30/2020].
The financially troubled United States Postal Service (USPS) has an estimated 500,000 full-time employees, almost all of whom
are members of a union. There are seven different unions that represent USPS employees.
postal worker in Virginia hid undelivered mail in storage unit: reports. A United States postal worker in
Virginia hid nearly 5,000 pieces of mail inside a storage unit he rented because he felt too overwhelmed to deliver it on
time, reports said Thursday [1/30/2020]. Jason Delacruz pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft or delay of mail
matter by an officer or employee, according to court documents obtained by local news outlets. His sentencing is
scheduled for Feb. 12.
Navarro Outlines Changes in USPS Mail Subsidy for Chinese Shipments. During an interview with Fox Business
Maria Bartiromo White House Trade and Manufacturing Advisor Peter Navarro outliness how the USPS, the postal system, has been
heavily subsidizing "incoming mail of a number of countries to the tune of hundreds of million dollars a year." Navarro
notes he is meeting with foreign ambassadors and representatives of the State Department at the Blair House in Washington,
D.C., to work on changes to the current mail system.
US Postal Service in Action.
[Short video clip of the rough delivery of a package. Amusing, but there is no indication of the location, and no real
proof it involved the US Postal Service.]
Service Board Of Governors Need To Embrace Innovative Reforms. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of
Governors has reached a quorum for the first time since 2014. Finally, USPS can take much-needed action to stem
multi-billion-dollar annual losses, which threatens the very future of USPS mail delivery. However, the board should
not seek more revenue by forcing USPS to raise rates on its package delivery customers. If done, this could cripple the
growing e-commerce sector and would probably not actually bring in more revenue. In other words, USPS should consider
more innovative methods so it can meet the many challenges that lie ahead.
The fantasy of online privacy.
[Scroll down] Very few people remember now that the post office once attempted to get into the email business and made various attempts
to keep digital commerce within the purview of the government rather than in the hands of private corporations. These efforts failed
time and again, often due to Silicon Valley lobbying efforts. (Internal incompetence was also an issue: imagine paying $1.70
per email in 2002.)
post office faces fiscal doom, though it's the most popular federal agency. The unofficial motto of the U.S.
Postal Service does not say anything about persevering through a profound agency financial crisis. But according to
recent congressional testimony by Postmaster General Megan Brennan, the agency will run out of money within five years.
Don't hold your breath on even Band-aid fixes from Congress, at least until that deadline looms much closer.
Delivery Limits Taxpayer Subsidies. The United States Postal Service has delivered small packages since the
founding of the Republic, and in 1912 Congress specifically authorized and directed the USPS to deliver all sorts of packages
to our homes and our offices. Unfortunately, thanks to recent proposals in Washington, Americans might find fewer
packages coming in the mail and more coming from private companies. More importantly, if that happens, expect shipping
prices to jump across the board.
and Bernie Sanders want to turn post offices into banks — Uh, no thanks, comrades. In the view of
self-proclaimed democratic socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Democratic presidential hopeful
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Big Government is never big enough. The problem is that government is too small, your
taxes are too low, and government isn't spending enough of your money on cradle-to-grave social programs. The latest
Big Government proposal from Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders calls for dramatically expanding the financial services provided by
the U.S. Postal Service. Under the plan, local post offices would provide the public access to financial services such
as ATMs, paycheck-cashing, low-interest loans, savings and checking accounts, bill payment, electronic money transfers, and a
The Editor says...
[#1] The line is long enough at the Post Office already. [#2] If they can lose an important letter, they can lose your deposit slip, too.
is Swallowing Up the Social Order. Do we really need the vast apparatus known as the U.S. Postal Service?
Literally 90-95% of the mail delivered to my home is in the category of "junk mail." I have to buy trash bags in order to
regularly get rid of it in the biweekly sanitation department pickups. Is the cost and delivery of all this mail worth
paying all those mail carrier salaries, and buying and maintaining all the sorting equipment that is used in its
mailman, 91, retires with perfect record after 69 years on job. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of
night stayed this Utah courier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds. Jack Lund, 91, of Richfield, retired
from the U.S. Postal Service after a perfect 69 years on the job. He began his storied career in 1949 when he was 21
Is US Postal
Service The New Big Brother? Cutting-edge technology has made fears of a surveillance state more palpable to
civil libertarians. Yet the U.S. Postal Office at this very moment is helping police agencies engage in a simple,
old-fashioned form of monitoring citizen activity, and few Americans realize it is actually happening. Former CIA
whistleblower John Kiriakou has written a column for MintPress News that sheds light on the little-known "mail covers"
program. Kiriakou served 23 months in prison for his efforts to expose the CIA's torture program for terrorism
suspects. While incarcerated, he sent his wife a birthday card in the mail. It was returned to him with an
"Address Not Known" sticker attached to it. However, another sticker on the card, which he was not meant to see, read,
"Do Not Deliver. Hold For Supervisor. Cover Program." This was how Kiriakou discovered that he was under law
enforcement surveillance. Any citizen can be similarly tracked by police, who do not even need to request a court order
to do so. The U.S. Post Office photographs the front and back of every piece of mail it sends out, some 150 billion
items per year. A police agency can simply request mail cover tracking from the post office and wait for approval.
Police cannot open the mail but can take note of all information to be gleaned from the envelope.
Forcing U.S. Postal Service to Subsidize Chinese Mail. The e-commerce revolution that is transforming the
American (and global) economy was "Made in the USA" by American entrepreneurs. However, it is being undercut by
antiquated regulations from an international organization: the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which forces the U.S. Postal
Service (USPS) to subsidize packages from Chinese merchants mailed to the United States. Unfortunately, this subjects
American companies to unfair competition and adds to the enormous fiscal woes of the USPS.
Too Cold For the Post Office. When I was a kid, everyone knew the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service,
which was inscribed on the principal New York City post office: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night
stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." I think it was true, once, too. But not
The Editor says...
That's just a slogan, not a law. In reality, your mail won't get delivered if there is a car parked in
front of your mailbox. It doesn't take much to prevent "completion of their appointed rounds."
Loses Billions Per Year, But Not Because Of Amazon. I've written before about the Postal Service's financial
difficulties, and it's clear that their problems are largely unrelated to the fact that they have a bulk delivery contract
with Amazon. One of the primary factors, of course, is the aforementioned federal law that requires the Postal Service
to pre-fund all of its retired employee obligations, including both pension and health care obligations, rather than
operating under a pay-as-you-go system as most business entities do. This regulation is due, of course, to the lobbying
power of the unions for postal workers who wanted to ensure that their employee's benefits would be guaranteed notwithstanding
the fact that the USPS was separating itself from the Federal Government. This has added billions of dollars per year to
USPS obligations at a time when its revenues are being squeezed due to other factors.
Secret Service Warns ID Thieves are Abusing USPS's Mail Scanning Service. A year ago, KrebsOnSecurity warned
that "Informed Delivery," a new offering from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that lets residents view scanned images of all
incoming mail, was likely to be abused by identity thieves and other fraudsters unless the USPS beefed up security around the
program and made it easier for people to opt out. This week, the U.S. Secret Service issued an internal alert warning
that many of its field offices have reported crooks are indeed using Informed Delivery to commit various identity theft and
credit card fraud schemes.
carrier accused of swiping thousands in social services checks. A Brooklyn postal worker and three accomplices targeted
the city's neediest — plucking social services checks from the mail. Making matters worse, since-canned letter carrier
Vanessa Bandie, 29, and her co-defendants allegedly carried out the scam during the holiday season — from Oct. 25, 2016
to Dec. 27, 2016 — stealing nearly $30,000 in benefits checks from 66 people, according to Brooklyn prosecutors.
The group even allegedly swiped nearly $4,000 from residents of a homeless shelter, prosecutors said.
Mailman puts the 'pee'
in USPS. Scott Anderson was horrified when he discovered footage of a postal worker urinating all over the
porch of his house in Memphis, Tennessee. The local USPS office issued an apology to Anderson and has opened an
investigation into the incident. Anderson, meanwhile, claims he still hasn't retrieved his letters because he's afraid
of what might be on them.
carrier leaves mail on side of New Jersey road; quits job. A U.S. Postal Service worker abandoned bins of mail
on the side of a road in south New Jersey before quitting, authorities said — and an image of the dumped
deliveries has gone viral. The piles of trashed mail date back to Aug. 8, but were discovered on Sunday in
Pennsauken, NJ.com reported.
US postal worker admits
stealing money from 6,000+ cards to feed 4 children. A mother-of-four who worked for the US postal service has
admitted stealing more than 6,000 gift and greeting cards containing cash and checks in Wisconsin. She said she needed
money to pay bills and take care of her children. The residents of Wauwatosa in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin started
complaining about not receiving their graduation, wedding, birthday and sympathy cards as early as last summer. The US
Postal Inspection Service soon found out that the affected ZIP codes were assigned to one mail carrier, Ebony Lavonne Smith,
20. However, they failed to catch the thief for around six months.
worker admits to stealing more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with cash and checks in Wauwatosa. Under a plea
deal, a U.S. postal worker admitted to stealing more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with cash and checks in
Wauwatosa. As part of the deal, Ebony Lavonne Smith, 20, of Milwaukee pleaded guilty to theft or receipt of stolen mail
on Sept.12 and will be sentenced at a later date. Last summer, Wauwatosa residents complained to the U.S. Postal
Service that they were not receiving graduation, wedding, birthday and sympathy cards in the ZIP codes of 53213 and 53226.
of the United States Postal Service. Postal service has been absolutely central to the history and development
of the United States, and the USPS continues to provide fast and efficient service despite being beset by enormous problems.
If everything worked as well as the Post Office — and there's certainly room for improvement — this country
would be a much better place. The Post Office is by far the oldest federal agency in America, and the only one explicitly
authorized in the Constitution.
Won't Believe How Much China Cheats The U.S. Post Office On Shipping Costs. As the trade war between the United
States and China continues unabated, President Trump assures the American people that China's "unfair" treatment by will soon
end. While eliminating tariffs is a good start to solving the problems facing American businesses, focusing on another
sort of tariff may also prove useful. Thanks to convoluted international postage regulations, it is cheaper for Chinese
businesses to ship goods to American consumers than for American businesses to ship to American consumers. While this
is just one of many factors contributing to China's massive export edge over the United States, it is one of few that defy
Post Office to pay $3.5M for using wrong Statue of Liberty on stamp. The U.S. Postal Service was ordered last
week to pay $3.5 million for mistakenly featuring Las Vegas' Statue of Liberty replica on a "forever" stamp instead of the
original New York statue. In a copyright infringement lawsuit, Las Vegas sculptor Robert Davidson sued the Postal Service
five years ago over its 2011 forever stamp design. Davidson created the replica Lady Liberty in the façade at the
New-York-New-York casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
must pay Statue of Liberty replica sculptor $3.5M. They knocked off a knockoff — and now the US
Postal Service must fork over $3.5 million to a sculptor who built the famously tacky Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas,
a judge has ruled. In an embarrassing and now costly move, the money-losing USPS used an image of Robert Davidson's
"sexier" and "more fresh faced" faux Lady Liberty — instead of the majestic original in New York Harbor —
on a popular patriotic stamp without permission, according to court records. "We are satisfied that plaintiff succeeded
in making the statue his own creation, particularly the face," Judge Eric G. Bruggink, of the US Court of Federal Claims,
said last week. "We find that defendant's use was infringing."
Service reports $1.3B net loss after Trump's Amazon criticisms. The U.S. Postal Service reported a total net loss of $1.3 billion
for its fiscal second-quarter on Friday [5/11/2018], one month after President Donald Trump ordered a review of the agency's operations and
following years of revenue decline. These hefty losses come despite the fact that revenue from shipping and packages grew by $445 million,
or 9.5%. Revenue from first-class mail and marketing mail, on the other hand, declined by $181 million.
worker disposed of, hid thousands of pieces of mail, authorities say. A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is
accused of paying a man to throw away 11,000 pieces of mail and hiding another 6,000 pieces at his home, reports said
Wednesday. "Looks like I'm going to jail," suspect Kristopher Block, 39, reportedly said when first confronted by
police. Block was charged in LaPorte Circuit Court in Indiana with a felony for official misconduct and a misdemeanor
for theft, the Indianapolis Star reported, citing online court documents.
scam moved UPS corporate headquarters to tiny Rogers Park apartment, feds say. The timeworn apartment building
in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood hardly looks like the corporate headquarters of one of the world's largest shipping
companies. But for a few recent months, that's essentially what it became — at least as far as the U.S.
Postal Service was concerned. Federal court papers unsealed last week revealed an astonishing but ultimately bungled
scheme to file a change-of-address form claiming that shipping giant United Parcel Service had moved its headquarters from a
bustling business park in Atlanta to a tiny garden apartment.
That You Mention It, Why Does The Postal Service Charge Amazon So Little For Shipping? [Scroll down] Right,
but as a simple fact the USPS *does* charge well below what it might given the success of its package delivery service. The agency
is still hemorrhaging money each year but that's because its main business, letter delivery, is dying right along with the older Americans
who grew up with it as their main conduit of written correspondence. Package delivery is where the money's at now, with USPS
package revenue up 44 percent since 2014 as letter delivery declines.
Service berated by Trump posts $540 million quarterly loss. The U.S. Postal Service, blasted by President Trump
for enriching e-commerce giant Amazon at its own expense, posted a loss of $540 million in the last three months of the year,
a period that's typically its best quarter. The loss in the three months through December, which compared with profit
of $1.44 billion a year earlier, was driven by declines in first-class mail volume, higher costs for retiree healthcare and
increasing transportation expenses, the Postal Service said in a statement. The Christmas holiday period, which is the
service's first fiscal quarter, is usually buoyed by families and friends mailing cards and packages.
postal worker's double slayings stuns victims' family, friends. Relatives and friends of two Ohio postal workers slain
by a disgruntled co-worker were at a loss to explain the violence that occurred Saturday morning [12/23/2017]. Police said
DeShaune Stewart, 24, of Columbus, was charged with killing his supervisor at a post office in Dublin, Ohio, and then killing the
Dublin postmaster outside the Columbus apartment complex where she lived.
slams Amazon, says USPS should raise rates. Fresh off the nation's biggest holiday shopping season in years,
President Trump went postal on Amazon, suggesting on Twitter the online retailer is taking advantage of the federal
government's beleaguered mail service. Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, have been the targets of Trump's tweets in
the past, but his Friday morning barrage did collateral damage to the U.S. Postal Service, which Trump said ought to charge
more to deliver the online giant's packages.
Volume, Tough Competitive Environment No Time To Raise Prices — Unless You're USPS. 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
leadership's thinking is up to date.
does it take DACA to draw any attention to post office incompetence? At first glance, it looked like another
activist dance from the lawyers lobby representing some sad-sacks who just can't quite follow the rules. Thirty-three
applicants out of 122,000 did not have their mailed applications into the hands of the immigration authorities on time.
But the New York Times story does show that the DACA recipients' complaints have merit. The DREAMers they cited really
did mail their renewal applications in on time, sometimes three weeks ahead of time. They had tracking and certified
mail evidence. They followed the procedures they were asked to follow, in good faith, using a U.S. government
service. The fact is, they did get stiffed by the post office which never bothered to deliver their paperwork in the
time needed to fulfill the bureaucratic requirement. [...] As anyone who sells eBay or uses the postal service frequently
knows, the post office not only delays packages, it loses them, and sometimes steals them.
Service: More red ink, missed payments as mail slumps. The U.S. Postal Service warned Thursday that it
will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health and pension benefits for the fifth straight
year, citing a coming cash crunch that could disrupt day-to-day mail delivery.
dig deeper after Postal Service cited for workers' Clinton campaign aid. Republican lawmakers are casting a
wider net in their search for wrongdoing at federal agencies in past election cycles, after learning the Postal Service
violated the law by allowing employees to do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton's campaign while on leave. The
lawmakers blasted out letters on Monday [8/21/2017] to 10 other federal government agencies questioning their unpaid
leave policy for union-related political work.
Service broke federal law and showed 'institutional bias' by letting workers help Clinton campaign:
Watchdog. The United States Postal Service broke federal law by allowing its employees to participate in
union-funded work to help elect Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates while on "union official" leave without pay
and demonstrated an "institutional bias" toward union-backed candidates, according to an investigation. The Office of
Special Counsel determined USPS engaged in a "systemic violation" of the Hatch Act, which places limitations on the political
activities of federal employees dating back to the 1990s.
Blackout Report Showing Postal Service Broke Law to Support Hillary/Dems. In a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill
Wednesday [7/19/2017], the United States Postal Service felt the heat bipartisan scorn for decades of violations of federal
election laws. "A new report tonight states that Postal Service employees were allowed to take leave from their jobs
and still get paid as they campaigned for Hillary Clinton last year," announced Fox News Channel Anchor Bret Baier during
Special Report. Evening in light of the report by Postal Service's oversight office, ABC, CBS, and NBC failed to
inform their viewers. The systemic disregard for federal election law wasn't just the concern of Fox News. Even
the liberal Washington Post found the need to report it to their readers.
Office Employees Were Given Paid Leave to Campaign for Hillary Clinton. Clinton had so many people doing her
dirty work, it's shocking that Trump won. Take the postal employees for example. They could have kept Trump
campaign mailers from reaching their destination. After all, the post office is one of the biggest employers of blacks,
ergo Democrats in the country. And why wouldn't they not deliver Trump's mailers, given their other support of crooked
Hillary Clinton in the way of campaigning. According to Heat Street, the USPS covered time off for employees who wanted
to go campaign for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Who wouldn't want to get out of that job?'
broke law in allowing workers to boost Clinton campaign, watchdog says. 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.
Investigation "Will Likely Find" USPS Activity Violated Hatch Act. Media Trackers has learned that the Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will hold a hearing Wednesday on leaves granted to postal workers to
engage in campaign activity during the 2016 election. A letter to a witness from committee chairman, Senator Ron
Johnson (R)-Wisconsin, and ranking Member Claire McCaskill, (D)-Missouri, obtained by Media Trackers, says: "We
understand that the Office of Special Counsel will likely find that some of USPS's practices related to granting LWOP
(Leave Without Pay) for union activities constituted an institutional violation of the Hatch Act."
Brilliant business strategy: The
U.S. Postal Service has helped turn Amazon into a giant by undercharging them by $1.46 a package on postage.
There's a reason Amazon packages have become a common sight on front steps around the country, and that's because the U.S.
Postal Service practically subsidizes postage for the internet giant. As Josh Sandbulte, co-president of money
management firm Greenhaven Associates, pointed out in the Wall Street Journal, the Postal Service has a legal monopoly to
deliver first-class mail in the U.S. — in other words, non-urgent letters. In exchange, the Postal Service is required
to deliver, if needed, mail to every address in America, six days a week. Since the invention of email, the amount of
physical mail being sent has dramatically declined, so the Postal Service has supplemented that business with package delivery.
employees accused of hoarding parcels, stealing veterans' medication. Federal authorities have charged dozens
of Southern California postal workers and their associates with mail theft, embezzlement and an array of other crimes as part
of a sweeping investigation into criminal activity at the U.S. Postal Service. A total of 33 defendants were charged in
28 cases, including one individual who was found to have had tens of thousands of pieces of mail in her possession, according
to a statement released Friday [8/26/2016] by the United States attorney's office for the Central District of California.
Arrest warrants were issued for six of the 33 defendants, officials said.
of mail dumped in woods; USPS investigating. The United States Postal Service has launched an investigation
after residents in DeKalb County reported to [WSB-TV] seeing a worker dumping several bins of mail in the woods. A [WSB]
viewer sent Tyisha Fernandes video and photos of the mail in the woods behind a subdivision in Decatur. After seeing the
mail for ourselves, we contacted the USPS. They sent investigators to the scene and they filled more than a dozen bins
with dumped mail.
Nor Rain Nor Billion-Dollar Losses. Making a profit by selling goods and services that consumers want to buy at
given prices is the first goal of any business. If consumers aren't interested and the business doesn't adapt, it will
go under. That's unless you are the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service is a major business enterprise
operated by the federal government. Thanks to Congress, it has something many business owners would love to
have — protection from competition. Its monopoly on access to mailboxes and the delivery of first-class and
standard mail means it doesn't have to worry about someone offering a better service at a lower price. But that's not
all. In a new Cato Institute study, Chris Edwards explains that unlike private businesses, the Postal Service has
access to low-rate loans from the Department of the Treasury, effectively pays no income or property taxes, is exempt from
local zoning rules and even has the power of eminent domain.
the Postal Service Handle Your Loans as Well as Your Mail? Elizabeth Warren Thinks So. The Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau is inching closer to eliminating private payday lending with restrictive new rules and, some
advocates hope, paving the way for the U.S. Postal Service to take over these banking services. The agency's liberal
supporters, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., long have wanted to replace the payday lending industry with a
government-run alternative. Now, they are pushing to include language in the Democratic Party platform to add banking
to the line of services provided by the U.S. Postal Service. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act granted authority to the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau to regulate and restrict short-term credit providers and payday lenders.
Debate Post Office Entitlement Changes, Reorganization. In fiscal year 2015, USPS spent $5.1 billion more than
it collected in revenue, and it has continued to default on entitlement payments for retired employees. The U.S. Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, chaired by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), heard testimony on January 21,
about legislation that would reform USPS, Senate Bill 2051, by shifting retirees' health care entitlement programs into
taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicaid. SB 2051 would also change the process through which underutilized post
offices are closed or reorganized.
The Real Reason
The Postal Service Failed. Postal prices are going down and the United States Postal Service isn't happy.
Ordered to cut price by its regulator — 49 cents to 47 cents — it's going to cost the USPS
$2 billion this year and make it more difficult for them to compete, provide the services customers demand. They
are asking for a change in the rate setting process that would allow it to allow steeper rate hikes in the future.
Disaster: USPS Survey Shows That The Entire Workforce Is Abjectly Miserable. We all have cracked jokes
about the United States Postal Service, especially about their workers "going postal." Most postal workers you've encountered
are probably lethargic, short-tempered, half-asleep, or just plain rude. Well, that could be due to their work environment.
These people are miserable, which is what the USPS painfully discovered when they gave Gallup to conduct this survey at the cost of
Postal Service Is Delivering Itself Into Bankruptcy, Audit Shows. Declining business and rising expenses are not exactly a
recipe for long-term business success, but that is exactly what's going on at the U.S. Postal Service right now, the Government Accountability
Office told a congressional panel on Thursday [1/21/2016]. The GAO found that the volume of mail, particularly First Class, continues to
drop as people increasingly migrate to texts and email, paying bills online and going paper-free for bank statements and the like.
But it also noted, "Key USPS expenses continue to grow." The expenses include raises for unionized workers that will add almost
$1.1 billion in costs this year.
Postal Service Faces Massive Unfunded Liabilities
for Retiree Benefits. The U.S. Postal Service is incurring unsustainable deficits and its financial condition has been classified as high-risk,
according to a Government Accountability Office report. [...] The report finds that the agency's financial condition continues to worsen because of two major
factors: declining mail volume and rising expenses. The volume of First-Class Mail, a major source of revenue for the service, is expected to
decline as electronic alternatives are available for communication and payment of bills. In addition, the agency's expenses, including salary and
benefits, are increasing at an unsustainable rate.
postal workers busted for stealing gift cards in the mail, throwing out letters. Federal agents busted two U.S.
postal workers who are getting crossed off Santa's list for being naughty, authorities said Tuesday [12/29/2015]. Daniel
Darby is charged with throwing out an estimated 1,000 pieces of mail in garbage bags in Ozone Park, Queens, according to a
complaint unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court. A second corrupt carrier, James Hayden, is charged with stealing giftcards
over the past year from his route in Brooklyn.
USPS's Latest Billion Dollar
Boondoggle. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is set to start off the New Year with a financially
ill-advised bang, by announcing plans to purchase a fleet of new vehicles with a price tag of up to $6.3 billion.
At first glance one might assume this fleet to be a to be a beneficial new asset to the USPS, however the multi-billion
dollar purchase comes at a time when the financially beleaguered Postal Service is struggling to keep its head above water.
There are two issues with the Postal Service's purchase of the new fleet that raise concerns. First, the purchase comes on
the heels of the USPS's posting of $5.1 billion dollars in losses for fiscal year 2015. Additionally, studies show that
there are alternative options the Postal Service could use instead of purchasing an entire new fleet of vehicles that would be
fiscally advantageous and save billions. As mentioned, the Postal Service's decision to spend $6.3 billion dollars on
the new fleet comes at a time when the USPS should be looking to cut costs instead of creating new financial challenges.
Philly postal worker took 22,500 pieces of mail. A Philadelphia mail carrier is
accused of failing to deliver about 22,500 letters and packages that were later found in his
personal vehicle and home. Federal prosecutors said 48-year-old Patrick D'Ambrosio has
been charged with obstruction of mail.
Postal Service worker pleads guilty to stealing gifts intended for underprivileged kids. A Secret Santa swindler has
pleaded guilty to stealing gifts intended for underprivileged kids while she worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Mahogany
Strickland, 23, copped to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling the mail Friday [10/23/2015] in Manhattan Federal Court, papers show.
She had faced up to 20 years for more serious charges of mail fraud and receipt of stolen mail.
N.J. postal workers charged with stealing
unemployment benefits. State authorities have charged nine current and former U.S. Postal Service workers with each stealing $2,000 to $9,000
through fraudulent unemployment insurance claims. [...] According to the Attorney General's Office, the nine workers "purposely misrepresented their unemployment
status, or their hours worked and income earned" to the state labor department. Between 2010 and 2015, they collected a combined $49,564 in unemployment
benefits, authorities said.
sues government for spying from USPS network. Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS investigative
reporter who published her claims of government intimidation, electronic surveillance, and cyber-attacks
in a book last fall, has begun the process of taking the government to court over the hacking of her personal
and work computers, as well as her home network. In the process, Attkisson's attorneys have begun to
reveal the details of forensic investigations by computer security experts. In legal filings against
the government, the attorneys disclosed which government agency's network was the source of at least some
of the hacks: the US Postal Service.
Of The Year'. CAGW, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating government waste, gives the
award annually to the lawmaker, government official, or political candidate who has shown the most
"blatant disregard" for taxpayers that year. [Senator Elizabeth] Warren won over six other
candidates with 34 percent of the vote in a public online poll. She won the award because in 2014
she suggested the USPS fix its financial troubles by rebranding itself as a bank. If USPS offered
basic bill paying, check cashing and small loans, it could make enough money to provide those services and
shape up its finances.
carrier hoarded 40,000 pieces of undelivered mail. A troubled Brooklyn mailman took
his depression and booze addiction out on his postal customers by failing to deliver some 40,000
pieces of mail and hoarding the massive stash in his home, car and post office locker. Joseph
Brucato, a Vietnam War vet, admitted hiding a ton of mail meant for customers in Flatbush since
2005, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint.
blasts ex-postal worker for stealing pot from the mail. A Brooklyn federal judge whose
late dad was a mailman blasted a former postal worker Wednesday [11/19/2014] for stealing pot from
packages and selling it off through a drug dealer. "I take postal responsibilities very
seriously!" Judge William Kuntz boomed Thursday [11/20/2014] after nailing Coretta Womack, 46, with
18 months in prison.
'fitness' stamps lie waiting in Postal Service warehouse. The US Postal Service is
going to take another shot at developing stamps promoting Michelle Obama's fitness campaign after
White House officials vetoed the ones they came up with last year. The stamps, costing $146,250
to print and worth more than $22 million if sold, were never distributed. Now, officials at the
money-losing agency are getting ready to try again.
mail moves much slower in San Francisco than anywhere else. U.S. Postal Service
employees in San Francisco move 32 percent less mail per hour than the typical processing and
distribution center for the rest of the nation, according to a watchdog report. "While the San
Francisco P&DC has increased efficiency, there are more opportunities for improvement. We found it
did not attain the efficiency achieved by similarly sized P&DCs," said the USPS inspector general in
a report made public Thursday [11/20/2014].
project loses mail delivery over broken lock. The postal service hasn't delivered mail
to a Lower East Side housing project in two weeks because someone broke the sorting-room
lock — and NYCHA and the USPS are blaming each other. Residents of the Gompers Houses
on Pitt Street now have to make a half-mile trek to get mail at the East Broadway post office, which
is particularly tough for the elderly, disabled and pregnant. "I have to walk 10 blocks to get my
mail and I'm nine months pregnant," seethed Shakenna Pender, 34, who goes every other day.
NYCHA = New York City Housing Authority.
suspected of breaching U.S. Postal Service computer networks. Chinese government
hackers are suspected of breaching the computer networks of the United States Postal Service,
compromising the data of more than 800,000 employees. The intrusion was discovered in
mid-September, said officials, who declined to comment on who was thought to be responsible.
General Donahoe to retire in February. Postmaster General and U.S. Postal Service CEO
Patrick R. Donahoe will retire Feb. 1 after four years in the agency's top post. He has been with
the Postal Service for 39 years. Megan J. Brennan, the current chief operating officer of the
Postal Service, will take over then, making her the first female Postmaster General and CEO.
and milk: Struggling Postal Service wants to deliver groceries. After nearly six years of multibillion-dollar
losses, the U.S. Postal Service has developed a new plan to help turn its finances around: Daily grocery deliveries.
The Postal Service sent its proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday [9/23/2014], seeking approval from the
panel. The agency wants to begin testing on Oct. 24, with the process lasting up to two years, although it could
choose to make the program permanent at a sooner date. Under the plan, USPS would work with retail partners to deliver
"groceries and other prepackaged goods" to homes between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. at locations designated by consumers.
carrier investigated after GOP fliers dumped. Postmaster Brian Smoot told
Post-Crescent Media on Monday [11/3/2014] that an investigation is underway into whether a city mail
carrier dumped hundreds of pieces of Republican campaign fliers into a recycling bin. The post
office recovered nearly 880 pieces of political mailings Thursday [10/30/2014] from a dumpster at a Neenah
apartment complex, said Bob Rukes, special agent for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.
"We have an ongoing investigation on this here," Rukes said. "If it's determined that there is wrong doing
by a postal employee, the end result can be all the way up to removal and/or criminal prosecution."
US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing
Mail to Israel. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US
Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been
refusing to accept mail to Israel. In the last several days ADL reports that it has received
complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly
told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in
Gaza. "The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail
to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National
Mail Fail? USPS lost $2 Billion last quarter. In another not-so-stunning display of
government agency ineptness, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) saw a $2 billion loss in the second
quarter of the year 2014. As Reuters said, the agency "continued to bleed money... despite an
increase in package revenues and an emergency price hike that took effect in January." So, from
April to June, the postal service saw a net loss of $740 million during the same quarter last year.
Postal Service losing tens of millions annually subsidizing shipments to Alaska.
Under a federal program exclusive to Alaska, the Postal Service is responsible for shipping more
than 100 million pounds a year of apples, frozen meat, dog food, diapers and countless other
consumer items to off-road villages in the sparsely populated outposts known as the bush. Over
three decades acting as freight forwarder, the agency has lost $2.5 billion. In many ways,
the Alaska Bypass, as it's called, keeps Hooper Bay and 100 other isolated villages in rural
'prostituting' its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general
says. A former postmaster general and prominent stamp collector is accusing the U.S.
Postal Service of "prostituting" its stamp program, sacrificing cultural icons for pop culture in a
wrongheaded search for "illusory profits." Benjamin F. Bailar made these comments to Postmaster
General Patrick Donahoe in a recent letter of resignation from the secretive committee of eminent
Americans that decides the faces and images that should go on postage stamps. Bailar's
resignation has re-exposed a rift within the stamp community over whether the cash-poor Postal
Service should pursue commercial subjects to chase new collectors and revenue at the expense of
traditional cultural images.
postman accused in theft of 20K pieces of mail. A Catonsville letter carrier who
worked for the postal service for more than two decades stole more than 20,000 pieces of mail,
according to federal authorities. Jeffrey L. Shipley is accused of pilfering checks and money
orders. He is accused of filching passports and prescription medication. He is accused of pilfering
credit cards and Mother's Day cards. He is even accused of stealing furniture from the United
States Postal Service. Shipley was charged in federal court last week with one count each of mail
theft and delaying the mail.
Office Reform Is Real - And It's From Darrell Issa. Darrell Issa has been waging an
under-the-radar campaign to save the Postal Service for years now. The most recent iteration of his
plan, the Postal Reform Act, would save $17 billion over the next ten years for the USPS. The major
changes would be giving the USPS the ability to eliminate Saturday delivery and encouraging curbside rather
than doorstep drop-offs. Additionally, it would eliminate what the postal workers' union has claimed
is the major deficit on the USPS budget: a requirement that the USPS pre-fund retirement benefits
to the tune of over $6 billion per year.
Harvey Milk stamp's debut
celebrated in S.F., D.C.. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin looked out at the crowd of politicians, federal officials and gay activists
who had been invited to the White House on what would have been Harvey Milk's 84th birthday. The occasion was the U.S. Postal
Service's first day of issue Thursday [5/22/2014] for a stamp honoring the slain San Francisco supervisor and gay rights leader.
But as the venue would suggest, this was about a lot more than a stamp.
Found Dumped in North Park Trash, Inspector General Investigating. The U.S. Postal Service says
it is investigating how hundreds of pieces of mail ended up in the trash last week. "The whole
neighborhood's mail was in the dumpster," including scores of city sticker renewal notices and "a lot of
private mail," said Samuel Tenenbaum of the 60659 ZIP code, who made the discovery on Thursday [5/22/2014].
'Postal Service...Being Used to Facilitate Drug Dealing'. "The postal service — the mails —
are being used to facilitate drug dealing," Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Appropriations Committee on
Thursday. "And we need to work with the Postal Service to come up with ways in which we get at that problem.
It is shocking to see the amount of drugs that get pumped into communities all around this country through our mail
system. "And we have to deal with it — that's a major problem we have to deal with." Holder
was responding to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who told the committee that the only way to get heroin and other
drugs into Alaska's very remote communities "is through the mails."
worker claimed $300k in disability checks for five years while fishing in Alaska. A
former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at
least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The
U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was
indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. They claim
every summer between 2009 and 2013, he went dipnetting and fishing on multiple occasions despite
being on disability.
workers plan protest uptown. U.S. Postal Service workers are planning a protest uptown Thursday [4/24/2014],
as they rally against a plan to sell more postal services at Staples without postal service employees. The
220,000-member American Postal Workers Union has been fighting the USPS for months over the Staples plan. In
November, the postal service began placing counters selling stamps and offering services such as sending packages
and priority and certified mail in more than 80 Staples stores.
Faces $100B in Debts and Unfunded Benefits. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) currently owes $99.8 billion in benefit
payments to its current and retired workers but does not have the money, and if Congress does not act to fix the problem, the Postal
Service may have to "implement contingency plans to ensure that mail delivery continues," according to a new report by the Government
Accountability Office (GAO). "At the end of fiscal year 2013," said the GAO, "USPS had about $100 billion in unfunded
liabilities: $85 billion in unfunded liabilities for benefits, including retiree-health, pension, and workers' compensation
liabilities, and $15 billion in outstanding debt to the U.S. Treasury — the statutory limit."
service employees use travel cards to gamble, pay bills and go bowling. Postal employees
have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a
series of reports by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. Federal employees may use government
credit cards for official travel expenses, but some used theirs to withdraw cash before hitting casinos.
Nearly a dozen reports on closed travel card theft investigations were obtained by the Washington
Examiner in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The Editor says...
Brilliant. Maybe the Post Office could sell gasoline, cigarettes and lottery tickets, too.
Aren't the lines at the P.O. slow enough already? Transforming Post Offices into
banks. The U.S. postal service inspector general put out a report last week suggesting an intriguing way to shore up
the ailing institution's finances: Let the mailman double as a bank teller. [...] The post office would offer services designed to
appeal to America's unbanked and under-banked — the more than 50 million adults who either have no checking or savings
account, or use high-cost, predatory services like payday loans to supplement traditional banking needs.
Former NRA president Charlton Heston
to get US Post Office stamp. The United States Postal Service has announced that former NRA President Charlton Heston will be honored with
his own stamp. The stamp is part of their "Legends of Hollywood" series, and while the specific issue date has not yet been determined, it will be
issued sometime in 2014. Heston was a five term president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.
USPS IG finds sex on the job,
stalkers and slashed tires. Letter carriers stalking customers and postal employees getting personal in the back room while on duty were among the
stranger incidents involving U.S. Postal Service employees in recent years, according to the agency's inspector general. The USPS IG investigated multiple
assault cases last year, which were released to the Washington Examiner through a Freedom of Information Act request. Personal information was redacted
from the reports.
Staples might save Post Office, unless unions get their
way. We all know the Post Office is hemorrhaging money. So cutting costs is now Job One. And what better way
to cut costs, and enhance service in the process, than by outsourcing their retail operations? Naturally, the unionistas are teed off.
USPS ad for 'holiday stamps' omits
Christmas — includes Kwanzaa, Hanukkah. Where's Christmas? As one social media commentator rapidly noticed, a
recent U.S. Postal Service advertisement to sell "holiday stamps" curiously omitted a Christmas or Christian-themed message, yet included
portrayals of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The ad reported by The Blaze contained the text: "Don't forget your holiday stamps.
You'll find them at your nearest post office or on eBay." And below the text were pictures of three stamps: One showed a candle
holder with nine lighted candles, emblazoned with the word "Hanukkah." Another showed an colorful symbol over an open book, above the
block-type word "Kwanzaa."
The Editor says...
Kwanzaa is a religion, and the postal service is endorsing it.
Councilman Wants Billions in Email Taxes — to Fund Post Office. Yes, Leftists are talking about taxing emails. Again.
Ponder for but a moment the monumental government overreach necessary to monitor and count every email every American sends. Network Neutrality and
President Barack Obama's Cyber Security Executive Order are [huge] government Web data grabs. They pale in comparison to this.
Canada Post to end home delivery in five years. Canada Post
will phase out home delivery in urban areas over the next five years as the postal service struggles to rein in persistent losses. Under
a five-year plan released on Wednesday [12/11/2013], the cost of stamps will also rise and as many as 8,000 jobs will be eliminated.
Post Office begins selling Harry Potter stamps
Tuesday. The first U.S. postage stamps to feature images from Harry Potter movies go on advance sale Tuesday at usps.com/stamps. The
U.S. Postal Service will produce 5 million booklets of 20 First-Class Forever Harry Potter stamps, says Susan McGowan, executive director of
stamp services for the postal service. [...] McGowan notes that Harry's adventure into magic begins when he receives a letter inviting him to the
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Editor says...
Witchcraft is a religion, and the Postal Service is a vestigial branch of the federal government, which is now promoting that religion.
The people who usually whine about the separation of church and state are remarkably silent.
Harry Potter postage stamps go on sale
Tuesday. The United States Postal Service started selling Tuesday [11/12/2013] a limited run of Harry Potter-themed postage stamps, and
officials are expect a high demand for the rare postage.
Potter stamp riles Postal Service panel, traditional stamp collectors. For more than half a century, a committee of
cultural heavyweights has met behind closed doors, its deliberations kept secret, weighing the faces and images of
Americana worthy of gracing U.S. postage stamps. While its rulings have been advisory, they long carried the weight of writ.
Now comes a youngster from across the seas. He isn't what these leading lights from the fields of arts and letters, athletics,
and philately had in mind. For one, he seems kind of crass to some. And worse, he isn't even American.
deliver on Sundays in LA and New York after deal is struck with struggling Postal Service. Retail giant Amazon is to start offering
Sunday delivery to all its customers after striking a deal with the US Postal Service (USPS). From November 17 shoppers in the New York
and LA areas will be able to select Sunday as a delivery day at the checkout. While the offer will be free for Prime subscribers, regular
customers will still have access to the service as long as they pay for business day delivery.
A Peek at Amazon's Contract
with the Postal Service. Amazon.com recently unveiled an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages in
some markets on Sunday, the latest initiative by the e-commerce giant to be consumers' first and final shopping destination.
Amazon will deliver packages from its warehouses to Postal Service sites late Saturday or Sunday, and, under the terms of the deal,
the agency will truck them to consumers' doorsteps. Outside of some Sunday delivery during the Christmas holiday season, the deal
marks the first broad Sunday delivery initiative for the Postal Service and could be a model for other retailers.
Post Office $5.6 Billion Default Raises Urgency of
Reforms. With Congress and the media focused on the government shutdown and how to avoid default on the national debt, little attention was
directed toward the U.S. Postal Service which earlier this month defaulted on a required $5.6 billion payment for the healthcare of its future
retirees. The third default on the down-payment in just over a year underscores the necessity of much-needed reforms for the beleaguered Postal
Sexual Predator Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp.
Harvey Milk's only claim to fame is that he was the first openly homosexual candidate to be elected to public office (San Francisco city commissioner).
His chief cause was to do away with the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic. [...] While most sexual predators get time in prison and a dishonorable mention on the
registry of sex offenders, Harvey Milk got his own California state holiday ("Harvey Milk Day") and, more recently, his own commemorative postage stamp,
awarded by the Obama administration's USPS.
to deliver on Sundays using Postal Service fleet. The Internet has been blamed for the death of the mail, but now it's offering hope to the
beleaguered U.S. Postal Service. Amazon announced Monday [11/11/2013] that it will begin Sunday deliveries using the government agency's fleet of
foot soldiers, office workers and truck drivers to bring packages to homes seven days a week.
the pond, an example of how to do postal reform right. The contrast between the two headlines couldn't have been more stark. On the same day
the U.S. Postal Service proposed a price increase that its chairman described as a "last resort," Britain's Royal Mail was preparing to raise as much as
$5.3 billion in an IPO. Both venerable institutions are coping with lower mail volume. Email and online bill paying are just as popular across
the pond as they are here, but Royal Mail turned a $650 million profit last year while the Postal Service was racking up a $15.9 billion loss.
Shirley Chisholm Gets a Stamp of Approval.
A stamp honoring Shirley A. Chisholm, the former congresswoman from New York, may soon grace your mail. The United States Postal Service announced
Thursday [10/10/2013] that it would print a stamp recognizing Ms. Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic
presidential nomination, in its Black Heritage stamp series next year.
The Post Office is Sitting on a Gold Mine.
The United States Postal Service is operating according to a paradigm set up 100 years ago. [...] So far this year I've written only 3 checks to
providers of goods or services. Almost everything can be paid on line or via bank bill pay services or credit cards. About 95% of the mail I
receive I never open or look at. [...] I hate actually going to the post office. Usually, in Chicago or Miami where I live, I have to wait in line
for 30 minutes simply to be served. That is not good service.
When money is tight, lower your standards. It's the American way. USPS could start shipping
booze as money maker. Some U.S. senators have proposed an inventive plan for the cash-strapped Postal Service to raise cash: lifting a
century-old ban on the agency shipping alcohol. The two Republican and Democratic senators late on Thursday [8/1/2013] introduced legislation
to change a 1909 law that prohibits the Postal Service from shipping alcoholic beverages. The ban started a decade before prohibition-era laws
made producing, selling and transporting alcohol illegal across the country.
Britain set to privatize its Royal Mail postal service.
Britain is privatizing its Royal Mail postal service through a public stock offering within the next nine months. The step was expected as the
British government has been giving the Royal Mail a big overhaul in preparation for going public, including paying its whopping $6.9 billion
pension fund deficit and bolstering its profit.
Guns OK in post office parking lots, federal judge rules. Citizens can
legally carry firearms in post office parking lots, a federal judge has ruled. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by Tab Bonidy, a resident of
rural Avon, Colorado, who was prohibited by U.S. Postal Service regulations from carrying his gun on postal service property. In the town of
Avon, the post office doesn't deliver mail to residents but does provide free post office boxes.
Goodbye, mail carrier; hello, cluster mailboxes.
Door-to-door mail delivery appears to be a luxury that the U.S. Postal Service no longer can afford. It's no secret that the Postal Service
is in terrible financial trouble; last year the agency lost $16 billion. No business can afford to go on that way without making dramatic
Feds: Postal Service photographs every piece of mail it processes. Ricin Suspect Was Tracked Via Mail
Scanners. [Scroll down] According to FBI Agent James Spiropoulos, investigators accessed a Postal Service computer system that
incorporates a Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT) program which photographs and captures an image of every mail piece that is processed."
Agents were able to obtain front and back images of about 20 mail pieces that had been processed "immediately before the mail piece addressed
to Mayor Bloomberg."
The Editor says...
This might explain why the Postal Service is kept afloat, even though it loses money: The postal service is being used for domestic surveillance.
U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement.
Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: a handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for
postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home. "Show all mail to supv" — supervisor —
"for copying prior to going out on the street," read the card. It included Mr. Pickering's name, address and the type of mail that needed to be
monitored. The word "confidential" was highlighted in green.
Gov't Collects Logs Of Every
Piece Of Mail Sent in The United States, NYT Reports. If the government collecting tons of metadata on phone and online communications
has made you consider sticking with the Postal Service, then you may want to read this first. The New York Times reports today [7/3/2013] on
how government law enforcement agencies are collecting logs on every single piece of mail sent within the United States. USPS computers take photos
of the outside of every piece of mail (they need a warrant to actually read the contents) and send them to the agencies that request the information.
U.S. government tracks your snail mail, too.
The United States Postal Service photographs and records the information on the outside of every piece of mail sent in America — 160 billion
every year — the New York Times reported Wednesday [7/3/2013]. Under the auspices of a program called Mail Isolation Control and Tracking,
the USPS stores the details of physical correspondences in a way that some have characterized as analogous to the National Security Agency's collection
of telephone "metadata." Unlike the details of the much-publicized NSA program, however, many aspects of the USPS system, called "mail covers,"
Government tracking all snail-mail, no warrant
required. The United States Postal Service photographs every piece of mail it processes under a program that started after the anthrax attacks of 2001,
according to a report Wednesday in the New York Times. That's 160 billion purchases, letters, bills, gifts — everything you've ever mailed or
had mailed to you in the past decade or more is on record somewhere with the government under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, The Times reports.
Should a government agency losing $25 million a day be running a gargantuan photography studio? Operation Total Polaroid. Last April Postmaster
General Patrick R. Donahoe provided the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform testimony at turns both apocalyptic and
utopian — a perfect specimen, really, of the peculiar mix of preening self-congratulations and accountability-shirking martyrdom
that currently characterizes our metastasizing bureaucratic class. [...] One "service" Donahoe predictably failed to nominate for streamlining
is the Postal Service's taxpayer-funded program to turn every man, woman, and child who sends or receives mail in this country into a potential
suspect to be tracked and observed at all times.
Takes Photos of all Mail. The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail
processed in the United States — 160 billion last year — and keeps them
on hand for up to a month.
A Post-Post Office World.
The post office lost $16 billion last year, despite having all sorts of advantages that most private businesses don't have.
They have a near monopoly on first-class mail delivery. You want to deliver something to someone? You better not put it in
their mailbox — that's illegal. The U.S. Postal Service doesn't pay sales tax or property tax. They don't even pay
parking tickets. With advantages like that, how do they lose money?
Postal Service 'welcome
kit' raises questions; White House now cites Privacy Act. The federal Privacy Act bars agencies from selling or renting
personal information, including names and addresses. Through Imagitas, the Postal Service uses information it collects from
people who filled out change-of-address forms to send an official-looking MoversGuide welcome kit filled mostly with advertising and
coupons from companies selling cellphones, insurance, home security, mattresses and lots of other move-related products and services.
The Postal Service and Imagitas split the ad revenue. Both say their arrangement is perfectly legal.
Six Pounds of Junk Mail, Or, A Case Against the U.S.
Postal Service. Yesterday I returned home from the office to find an enormous packet, wrapped in plastic, on the front porch — a set of
catalogs from Restoration Hardware so big that, as the postman had apparently discovered, it wouldn't fit inside our mailbox. This made me angry.
I didn't ask for these catalogs. [...] If a teenager had dropped six pounds of garbage on my front yard, he would have committed an act of vandalism
and I could have called the police.
Congress — not
email — destroyed the Postal Service. [I]t's certainly true that the Postal Service faces serious
problems. Mail volume is falling. The organization's annual deficits are rising. The postal system is slowly
circling the drain. If you pay any attention to postal issues, you're familiar with some of the proximate causes of these
problems: Email is eroding first-class mail volume; Congress forces the Postal Service to prefund retirement benefits for
employees it hasn't even hired yet; etc. But the deeper source of the Postal Services woes is the U.S. Congress, not some
imagined incompetence on the part of its managers and executives.
the Postal Service: Save Money, Improve Service. In addition to — and because of — the fact that
the existence of the Postal Service violates the rights of Americans by forbidding them to act and contract in accordance with their
judgment, the service provided by the Postal Service is pathetic. When private businesses such as UPS and FedEx have been permitted
to compete with the monopoly for just a portion of services (package delivery), they have profitably provided more guaranteed delivery
options and much better service at comparable rates. Privatizing the US Postal Service would be good on multiple counts and bad
Postal Service Ghost Protocol.
Is there a better tutorial in government failure than a monopoly that loses about $25 million every day, like the U.S. Postal
Service now? This is an outfit that is proposing to cut what it does by roughly one-sixth and only solve about one-eighth of its
financial problem. This isn't to disparage Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and his plan to stop delivering mail on Saturdays,
which is really a cheeky ultimatum to his political and union masters.
Time to Stamp 'Cancelled' On Postal
Reform? After lots of effort it looked like 2012 might finally be the year Congress passed legislation making major reforms at the U.S.
Postal Service, a quasi-private corporation owned by the U.S. government that has been burning through money faster than a clean-energy company
with a grant from the Obama Administration.
General: Postal Service Will 'Cease to Exist' Without Bailout. Inspector general David Williams, described as the "chief
postal watchdog," said the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will go out of business this year unless Congress bails it out. In an
interview with the Guardian, Williams said the postal service lost nearly $16 billion the last fiscal year, nearly
$41 billion over the last five years, and has reached its $15 billion credit limit.
U.S. Postal Service on
a 'Tightrope' Lost $15.9 Billion. The U.S. Postal Service said its net loss last year widened to $15.9 billion, more
than the $15 billion it had projected, as mail volume continued to drop, falling 5 percent. [...] The service, whose fiscal
year ends Sept. 30, lost $5.1 billion a year earlier. It announced the 2012 net loss at a meeting at its Washington
Is the Postal Service Like Greece?
[Scroll down] The U.S. Postal Service and the Greek government both have too many workers and provide above-market compensation
packages, leading to excess labor costs. That hurts the Service, but Greece's labor problems are worse. [...] Labor costs remain
a huge problem, however. No-layoff provisions in union contracts have hampered the Service's efforts to trim its workforce in line
with plunging mail demand. Postal workers' fringe benefits are extremely generous and expensive compared to those of comparable
workers in the private sector. Rigid labor rules hamper the Service's efforts to put its workers to the best use.
The U.S. Postal Service vs. Greece. The
"good" news for the USPS is that its fiscal situation isn't as bad as what the Greeks are dealing with — at least
not yet. Whereas previous Greek governments intentionally understated deficits and debt until it caught up to the country in 2009,
the USPS hasn't tried to hide the fact that its prospects are bleak.
50 Examples of Government Waste.
In one extraordinary example, the Postal Service spent $13,500 on one dinner at a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, including "over 200 appetizers
and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as
Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnny Walker Gold." The 81 guests consumed an average of $167 worth of food and drink apiece.
2012": The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) wastes $2 million in printing and manufacturing costs annually producing
commemorative stamps that must later be destroyed. Several stamps series have been printed so excessively that had every
person in the nation sent a piece of mail using them, there still would have been leftovers.
stuck with 682M unsold 'Simpsons' stamps. The U.S. Postal Service wasted $1.2 million in printing costs by selling less
than a one-third of the 1 billion commemorative stamps of The Simpsons, Bloomberg news reports. Bloomberg's Angela Greiling Keane
writes that the inspector general of the money-losing USPS singled out overproduction of commemorative stamps as one example of not properly
gauging the needs of customers.
The Editor says...
Why does everything in this country have to be shallow and insipid? There was a time when postage
stamps reflected a level of dignity and decorum, with artwork generally confined to innocuous patriotic
symbols and portraits of great American leaders. There are certain types of letters, and certain
destinations for which Homer Simpson stamps would be wildly inappropriate, and most people would have other styles of postage stamps
on hand. But it seems to me that the bulk of today's casual communications are handled through text messages and email, most
businesses use postage meters to send out invoices and such, and the majority of first-class (paper/snail) mail sent through the postal
system with stamps manually affixed is either serious business or highly personal. Some overpaid bureaucrat evidently thought
Homer Simpson stamps were a good idea, and that person's job is probably in no danger.
Postal Service Losing $42,335,766 Per Day.
The U.S. Postal Service has been losing an average of $42,335,766 per day in fiscal 2012. On Thursday, the service reported a third
quarter (April 1-June 30) net loss of $5.2 billion, bringing its fiscal year-to-date net loss to $11.6 billion.
There were 274 days in the first three quarters of fiscal 2012. Thus the Postal Service has lost, on average, $42,335,766 per
day in this fiscal year.
Postal Workers Deliver A Message, Not
Mail. Postal unions want the American public to know that their employer is profitable. While mail volume has
dropped by 22 percent since 2006, the agency made $226 million in the first quarter of this year, funded entirely through
stamps, not taxpayer money. The reason for the deficit, they say, is a 2006 mandate that the postal service pre-fund 75-years
of pension in a 10-year window, at a rate of $5.5 billion annually. Two independent actuaries have said that the post
office has overpaid $50 billion into this fund.
The Truth About The Post Office's Financial
Mess: The financial woes of the U.S. Postal System have become a point of contention on Capitol Hill. The Postal
Service is supposed to make a $5.5 billion payment to its retiree health care fund by November 18th... but doesn't have the
money. US Postal Service workers have a retiree health care benefit in addition to their pension. Before Congress passed the
Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, the USPS operated under a pay-as-you-go model for retiree health care funding.
The new law requires the Postal Service to pre-fund its benefit obligations.
MontCo police charge man in post-office stabbing. Ray Alfred Young, 67, of
Silver Spring, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and concealing a dangerous weapon.
Young allegedly stabbed and seriously injured another man in a Colesville post office Thursday [7/26/2012] after he believed his 58-year-old victim
had cut in line at the counter, police said.
U.S. Postal Service nears historic default on $5B payment.
The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about
the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink.
Can America survive without
the U.S. Postal Service? USPS officials have said they will miss two benefit payments mandated by Congress, which has caused a whirlwind of
speculation about the future of the Postal Service. The United States Postal Service is one of the few current government institutions spelled out in
Post Office Nears First Default in Its
History. While lawmakers continue to fight over how to fix the ailing U.S. Postal Service, the agency's money problems
are only growing worse. The Postal Service repeated on Wednesday that without congressional action, it will default — a
first in its long history, a spokesman said — on a legally required annual $5.5 billion payment, due Aug. 1,
into a health-benefits fund for future retirees. Action in Congress isn't likely, as the House prepares to leave for its
Time again to tame the postal monopoly. The
USPS has regulatory authority that it has used against legitimate competitors like private mailbox outlets and express delivery companies.
The Postal Service, unlike private companies, pays no taxes and is exempt from many government regulations. And while it is supposed to be
self-financing, in a pinch it can go to the government for lines of credit and taxpayer bailouts. But the Postal Service is in a death spiral
and desperate for cash. Because more people now communicate, pay bills, and transact business through electronic media, mail volume has
fallen by 30 percent over the past decade.
Congress just mails it in, according to UPS.
UPS has delivered a stark warning to the White House and Congress that U.S. economic growth will fall to an anemic annual rate of 1 percent by
Election Day. The company's leaders on Tuesday [7/24/2012] said U.S. businesses are in danger of going over the fiscal cliff because of
Washington's inability to get anything done. The packaging company is often seen as a useful barometer for the broader business community.
Historic post offices in danger of extinction,
advocacy group says. Historic post offices — architecturally distinct and centrally located within their
communities — are in danger of extinction, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which last month
included them among its annual list of 11 endangered places.
hail 4 baseball greats, with one unforced error. Yes, yes, the Postal Service has an unnecessary multi-billion dollar
default looming Aug. 1. But this morning let us let it enjoy its greatest pre-order sale of stamps in history.
Nearly two million pre-orders of a special four-stamp sport series.
Postal Pension "Refund"
Is a Disguised Taxpayer Bailout. Calls to refund "overpayments" by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to the retirement of postal
workers are misguided. The estimates of overpayments are inflated by overly optimistic assumptions, as recent years have demonstrated.
A refund would leave taxpayers on the hook for future shortfalls in USPS retirement funding. The better choice is to follow the
private-sector practice of using the current surplus — whatever it is — to defray future retirement payments.
Instead of giving the USPS a questionable refund, Congress should require it to make comprehensive reforms that recognize new realities
and enable it to restructure its operations accordingly.
Obama Goes Postal, Lands in Dead-Letter Office.
No institution has been the butt of more government-inefficiency jokes than the U.S. Postal Service. Maybe the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The only way the post office can stay in business is its government subsidy. The USPS lost $2.4 billion in the quarter ended in June
and projects a net loss of $7 billion in fiscal 2009, outstanding debt of more than $10 billion and a cash shortfall of $1 billion.
It was moved to intensive care — the Government Accountability Office's list of "high risk" cases — last month and told
to shape up.
10 postal workers launch hunger strike.
Ten current and former postal workers launched a more than 3-day hunger strike Monday to protest looming cuts and closures at the U.S. Postal
50-Cent Stamp, Other Postal Changes Coming. The
U.S. Post Office, facing financial losses of up to $18.2 billion a year by 2015, wants to charge more for postage, more for services, and to suspend Saturday
delivery. The 50-cent stamp would represent an 11 percent increase in postal rates.
An interview with Postmaster General and U.S. Postal Service CEO Patrick Donahoe: Post Office decides to keep small posts running.
The U.S. Postal service is scrapping a plan to close hundreds of rural post offices. It was part of a money saving measure for the nearly bankrupt agency.
postal worker says mystery package made him ill. A postal worker says a mysterious leaking package from Yemen has left him
seriously ill, and while some of his colleagues confirm his account of what happened at an Orlando sorting facility 15 months ago, the
U.S. Postal Service denies the package ever existed.
The Senate's Dead-Letter Postal
Plan. This week the Senate passed a postal bill that throws billions at the beleaguered monopoly but does nothing to fix it. If
Congress can't even manage to get this reform right, the country is doomed.
Taxpayers may be on hook for US Postal Service losses.
The U.S. Postal Service is often the butt of jokes, but there's nothing funny about the agency's bottom line. The USPS is losing up to $25 million dollars a
day. Until now, taxpayers have not been on the hook for its mounting losses, but that could be about to change. A bailout recently approved by the Senate would
appropriate $34 billion in federal money.
Plan Calls for 50-Cent First-Class Stamp. The U.S. Postal
Service proposed drastic changes to its operations Thursday [2/16/2012], including cutting more than 150,000 jobs from its payroll, raising the price of a first-class
stamp to 50 cents and extending delivery time for long-distance mail, as part of a plan to save $22 billion annually.
The USPS Is About To Go
Out Like The Pony Express. The volume of mail has plummeted in the last few years, falling from a high of
213 billion pieces in 2006 to 168 billion last year. And things are only expected to get worse. Part
of this can be blamed on the recession, but most of it is a result of changes in the market, changes in the way Americans
communicate, share photos, send invites and pay bills.
Senate OKs bill to slow cutbacks closings at
Postal Service. Saturday postal delivery could continue for at least two years. And the closing of post offices in smaller
communities may not happen as quickly as advertised. The Senate on Wednesday [4/25/2012] approved legislation that would slow the U.S.
Postal Service's effort to make such changes.
Service Spent $717 Million on Unauthorized Overtime Pay. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) allowed its employees to earn
more than $700 million in unauthorized overtime over the past two years. Postal workers received overtime without approval from
supervisors totaling $294 million in 2010 and $423 million in 2011, according to a report by the Postal Service's inspector general.
Management accepted most of the criticism, including the finding that "some city letter carriers clocked in before their scheduled tour of duty
resulting in significant unauthorized overtime workhours."
bill could bring hike in health premiums for federal workers. Thousands of federal workers could
see a double-digit jump in their healthcare premiums under a postal reform bill that is moving through the Senate.
The bill would change the way postal workers get their health benefits and could have a ripple effect across the
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which provides coverage for the federal workforce.
Federal Spending Goes Postal. The Senate is expected to
vote Tuesday [4/24/2012] on postal reform legislation that one leading Republican argues would violate the terms of last year's Budget
Control Act. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, raised a point of order on Monday
against the 21st Century Postal Service Act. The bill aims to reform the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which is teetering on the
brink of insolvency.
history stamp honorees include ex-Paterson mayor convicted for tax evasion. When Paterson's former mayor,
Martin G. Barnes, was sent off to prison for three years on tax evasion and mail fraud offenses, it might have seemed
far-fetched to see his face turn up on a postage stamp. But there it was Tuesday night [2/28/2012], when he was one
of 13 current and former elected officials, judges, clergy and others honored by Passaic County as part of a Black
History Month commemoration.
The Incredible Shrinking Postal
Service. Last year the USPS lost approximately $5 billion. It has announced drastic cuts that
it hopes will result in $20 billion savings by 2015. It was once profitable, but the explosion of internet
traffic (especially in correspondence and bill-paying) has sharply reduced the volume of First Class mail. They
have picked an odd way to try to turn this around: Close 700 or more offices, cut Saturday mail deliveries,
systematically jack up the price of a First Class stamp and, now, the piàce de résistance, "consolidate"
And Now for a Postal Bailout.
It's another week in Washington, and it's yet another bailout. This time, taxpayers will be tapped for another $41 billion
to subsidize the healthcare retirement benefits of postal workers — benefits that are quite scarce in the private
sector. ... If the USPS were a private entity, it would trim its workforce and operations to the amount of revenue they can
produce until they are eventually forced to go out of business. That's how creative destruction and supply and demand
work in the real world. That is not how it works in Washington.
Service to push retirements hard. More than a quarter-million U.S. Postal Service workers are
eligible for retirement, and a restructuring plan proposed Thursday [2/23/2012] relies heavily on getting
many of them to quit. Joseph Corbett, chief financial officer for the Postal Service, told reporters
in a conference call the agency needs to reduce its workforce by 155,000 employees by 2016.
Service seeks to cut processing centers. With no financial relief in sight, the U.S. Postal Service
is pushing ahead with planned cuts to more than 260 mail-processing centers around the nation, part of a
billion-dollar cost-cutting effort that will slow delivery of first-class mail.
loses $3 billion. The U.S. Postal Service lost more than $3 billion during the last three
months of 2011 as continued declines in volume of first-class mail wiped out good news about the shipping
and packaging business.
Service jobs on the chopping block. The U.S. Postal Service announced on Thursday new plans to
consolidate or close 223 mail processing plants, putting 35,000 jobs at stake starting in late May or
June. The move would save $2.1 billion and is part of the agency's broader effort to save
$20 billion in the next three years.
watchdog: Alaska subsidy costs millions. A program that began nearly 40 years ago as a way
to get crucial goods to remote Alaskan communities now delivers big profits to airlines and private merchants
while costing the U.S. Postal Service tens of millions of dollars, according to a postal watchdog. Citing
more than $70 million in losses last year alone, the U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General
this week issued a white paper calling for major reforms to the so-called "Alaska Bypass" program.
Postal Service plans to close, consolidate 223 processing centers. The U.S. Postal Service announced
Thursday [2/23/2012] that at least 223 mail processing facilities could close or be consolidated in the coming year
as part of a three-year, $15 billion cost-savings plan. The locations, in some cases employing hundreds of
workers who sort mail and prepare it for delivery, stretch from Eastern Maine to the Los Angeles suburbs and
dozens of Midwestern communities. In some cases, mail intended for one state will be sorted in another.
Spare That Post Office.
The list of those due to be executed is long and ominous. There were 179 names on it just here in
Arkansas — names like Carthage. Casscoe. Columbus, New Hope, Witts Springs.... Those are just
some of the post offices to be closed down as the U.S. Postal Service prepares to cut its budget — and its
service. The smallest post offices have become an endangered species. And when they go, the sense
of identity and community they gave America's smallest towns will go with them.
Privatizing the U.S. Postal Service: While
the USPS is structured like a business, Congress often prevents it from actually operating like a private company,
such as taking actions to reduce costs, improve efficiency, or innovate in other ways. The agency is also
obligated by statute to provide mail services to all Americans, irrespective of where they live and the cost of
serving them. Furthermore, it is required to deliver first-class mail at a uniform price throughout the nation.
While Congress imposes various costs and obligations on the USPS, it also protects it from competition. The
USPS has a legal monopoly over first-class mail and standard mail (formerly called third-class mail). Thus,
we have a postal system that encourages high costs and inefficiency, while preventing entrepreneurs from trying to
improve postal services for Americans.
"The check is in the mail" would carry a lot more meaning. USPS
fallout: Dems seek to treat bills as paid once they are postmarked. Eight House Democrats on
Thursday [2/9/2012] proposed legislation that would require companies to consider bills as "paid" once they are postmarked,
an idea meant to help consumers stay current on their bills given the likelihood of service cutbacks at the U.S.
Postal Service (USPS). Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), the lead sponsor of the bill, said USPS has announced
service cutbacks that would eliminate the chance of next-day mail service for letters dropped in home mailboxes
and would slow down all first-class mail.
Kodak and the Post
Office. The news that Eastman Kodak is preparing to file for bankruptcy, after being the leading
photographic company in the world for more than a hundred years, truly marks the end of an era. ... Great names
of companies in other fields have likewise vanished as new technology brought new rivals to the forefront, or
else made the whole product obsolete, as happened with typewriters, slide rules and other products now remembered
only by an older generation. That is what happens in a market economy and we all benefit from it as
consumers. Unfortunately, that is not what happens in government. The post office is a classic example.
Presidential nonsense: [Scroll
down] If the means of communication become cheaper through fax machines, the Internet and telephones,
should subsidies be expended to help the U.S. Postal Service survive? Years ago, typing was done on
a mechanical typewriter; milk was delivered to doorsteps via horse and wagon; slide rules were used to make
calculations. Should any of these products and practices have survived, or was it OK for natural selection
to consign them to the dustbin of history?
Postal Service Tells Carrier to Stop Dressing Like Santa. The U.S. Postal Service has ordered a letter carrier to
stop wearing a Santa Claus outfit after a co-worker complained. Bob McLean has been dressing up as Santa for the past decade,
donning a red suit to deliver the mail along his route in Bellevue, WA. He even has a snow white beard — that's real.
to accept the death of the Postal Service. The ubiquity of email and social-networking websites
has caused a steady decline in the number of people using the services of the 236-year-old U.S. Postal Service.
With the online presence of banks and credit card and utility companies, relying on the USPS to pay bills often
has become unnecessary. The result is a decrease in first-class mail volume from 104 billion in
2001 to 73.5 billion in 2010 and an estimated 47 percent drop expected over the next decade.
Post Office Bans Christmas Carolers. A group of Christmas carolers was thrown out of a U.S. Post
Office in Silver Spring, MD, after the post office manager told them they were not allowed to sing Christmas
carols on government property. A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service confirmed the incident occurred
Saturday [12/10/2011] at a branch office in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center. A trio of carolers walked
into the building dressed in attire reminiscent of Charles Dickens and began singing.
9 Things to Say Goodbye To:
[#1] The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in
financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just
about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is
junk mail and bills.
The Editor says...
I can only imagine what it's like in your neighborhood, but on my street the UPS and FedEx drivers
always seem to be in a big hurry, while the postman takes his sweet time.
isn't killing the Postal Service. It's Groundhog Day at the US Postal Service: time once
again for the familiar laments about how the agency's financial losses are surging, how demand for its services
is plummeting, and how officials have no choice but to close local facilities, raise the price of stamps, and
reduce delivery standards. Last week the Postal Service announced plans to cut $3 billion in costs
by slowing down first-class mail and eliminating about half of the country's 461 mail-processing centers.
workers behaving badly. Most of the 574,000 employees of the U.S. Postal Service complete their
appointed rounds and quickly move envelopes and packages to final destinations. But some postal workers
steal mail, burn it, hoard it or claim thousands of dollars in fraudulent workers compensation claims, according
to a new watchdog report.
Service to slow mail delivery, increase cost of stamps in 2012. Snail mail is expected to get
slower and more pricey in the new year. The U.S. Postal Service is cutting costs as more of its customers
switch to email or pay their bills online. Monday, the post office announced it is virtually eliminating
the chance for stamped mail to arrive the next day, and most customers will likely see delays of one to two
days for first class and bulk mail. The price of a first class stamp is also increasing from 44 to
45 cents beginning Jan. 22.
Postal Service wants to end next-day delivery.
The U.S. Postal Service wants to end next-day delivery and end mail processing operations in about half of
its 500 processing centers. It's just the latest in a series of the moves from the USPS to try
to avoid bankruptcy.
Privatize the Postal
Service. Sunday delivery ended in 1912, partly because some clergy considered it a desecration
of the Sabbath, and partly because people who the clergy thought should be in the pews on Sundays were instead
socializing at post offices. Two post offices still open for Sunday delivery are in Angwin, Calif., and
Collegedale, Tenn., where many people observe the Sabbath on Saturday.
to slow delivery of first-class mail. Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing
ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first
time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.
USPS wants to limit
next-day service. The U.S. Postal Service on Monday [12/5/2011] will announce a cost-savings
proposal that would no longer deliver first-class mail on the next day.
to Delay 1st-Class Mail. The Postal Service, which has been losing money for five years, said
Monday [12/5/2011] that it is shuttering more than 200 mail processing centers, adding at least a day's wait
for many first-class deliveries.
Poor Penmanship Spells
Job Security for Post Office's Scribble Specialists. A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter
that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting
made it look, anyhow. The letter was delivered the next day. Gary Oliver, a postal clerk 1,200 miles
away, got it there. Mr. Oliver works in the Salt Lake City "Remote Encoding Center" of the U.S. Postal
Service — a room where hundreds of clerks sit in silence, day and night, staring at America's worst-addressed
U.S. Postal Service still owes retired postmaster. In a year when the U.S. Postal Service lost
more than $5 billion, former Postmaster General John E. Potter still received more than a quarter-million
dollars thanks to a hefty deferred-compensation package, a "lifetime achievement award" and a severance deal, records
show. What's more, the cash-strapped Postal Service still owes more than $800,000 to Mr. Potter — the
result of years of incentive awards that were deferred to avoid running afoul of federal compensation caps.
Post Office faces insolvency, Congress misses the message. There was a time when the postman
(and he was a man) delivered mail to every home at least twice a day, Sundays too if you paid a little extra
for Special Delivery. But just as the telegraph and railroads killed the Pony Express, Americans now
have BlackBerries and all these i-things to communicate with anyone they please anywhere at all at any
time they please, instantly and at miniscule visible cost.
USPS Union Hires Obama Bailout
Insider. In the wake of the USPS' case for an $85 billion bailout being shot down by the GAO,
the USPS mail carriers' union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, announced that it was hiring Ron
Bloom. Bloom is a former Obama Administration official who, in his capacity as "Assistant to the President
for Manufacturing Policy," helped engineer the restructuring and bailout of General Motors. The Wall Street
Journal notes that this is a sign that the postal workers union is going on the offensive against plans to cut
funding and jobs as the USPS becomes less and less profitable.
Postal Service, Near Collapse, Wants to Lay Off 120,000 Workers. The U.S. Postal Service says
it may lay off 120,000 workers, remove collective bargaining restrictions, and rework health insurance and
pension programs for employees. The requests to Congress, made public August 11, come as the result
of billions of dollars of operating losses, including more than $3 billion of losses from April through
June of this year. The USPS estimates its losses for the full fiscal year ending September 30 will
top $8.3 billion. The USPS stated it might default on payments to the federal government for the
pension portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System. The postal service does not receive tax
dollars. Revenue comes from selling postal services.
Rescue Plan: Junk Mail. Many consumers are irked by the catalogs, credit-card pitches and other
"junk mail" they receive. But the U.S. Postal Service loves it -- and wants to deliver more.
The agency, beset by historic losses and a plummet in first-class mail, is running promotions, easing rules
and planning television and radio ads to encourage more businesses to send pitches by standard mail, the
official term for bulk mailings used by marketers to prospect for customers.
worker unions overload tea party group with more than 100 pounds of mail. In what appears to be
an attempt to overwhelm their critics, postal union members have sent more than 100 pounds of mail to a
tea party group advocating for United States Postal Service reform. Donna Wiesner Keene of
TheTeaParty.net told The Daily Caller the group receives its mail weekly, and that the onslaught so far has
spanned two weeks. The first week, she said the union workers sent approximately 700 letters and
delivered them in a box weighing 57 pounds.
Service Must Cut Workers. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has a plan to save the beleaguered U.S.
Postal Service — and cutting labor costs is a vital part of it, he says, according to The Hill.
Those costs amount to about 80 percent of USPS expenses, so that makes staff reductions urgent, the chairman
of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and other Republicans say.
Sioux City postal workers to earn millions. Tuesday [10/4/2011] was the first day that Scott
Tott was scheduled to become a standby employee at the Sioux City mail-processing facility that closed Friday.
Tott — and 39 of his workplace peers — might have nothing to do for the next 3½ years,
but will still get paid.
The Editor says...
I'll give you one guess who it will be.
Rally to Reform Postal Service Without Cutting Jobs. Letter carriers across the country
delivered more than mail today [9/27/2011], hoping to bring the "truth" about the Postal Service's financial crisis to the
public, Iowa State President of the American Postal Workers Union Bruce Clark said. Postal workers held
492 "Save America's Postal Service" rallies across the country. Members of four employee unions rallied
to support a bill that some say could save the Postal Service from certain economic disaster without cutting
jobs or shuttering post offices.
Post Office: It Was Fun While It Lasted. The US Postal Service seems to exist these days
to serve those few remaining people left who are still confused by the concept of email and electronic
bill paying. Its target demographic increasingly seems to be the same as the nightly television
network news and dead-tree newspapers, media that similarly exists largely for elderly people who've
never figured out how that newfangled "Internet" works.
No more mail?
What would Ben Franklin think?. The internet, along with the advent of online bill
paying, has contributed to a sharp decline in mail handled by the post office, from 207 billion
in 2001 to 171 billion last year.
out the Postal Service's future. It is no secret that the Postal Service is in need of overhaul
and modernization, and Congress must play a key part in addressing the problem immediately. But a
bailout costing taxpayers any money is wrong because it puts taxpayers on the hook for the Postal Service's
failures, just as they were in the case of General Motors, Fannie Mae and AIG.
Postal Service Nears Default. As the U.S. Postal Service begins shuttering offices across the
country to stem their ever-growing $9.2 billion deficit, the entire agency now faces default and could
shut down next summer, USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer told ABCNews.com today [9/5/2011].
The Obsolete 'Post Office President'. The US Postal Service is bankrupt. At its current
rate, it will have to shut down this winter because it will run out of cash to pay its bills. This has
been coming for a long time, and not just because of a bloated union payroll. First-class mail is the
core business of the Postal Service, and the Internet has simply made it unnecessary.
ticking on Postal Service default. The Postal Service, which delivers almost half the
world's mail and employs more than half a million Americans, is relying on relief from a Congress
absorbed by partisan fighting and a nasty debate on how to cut the federal deficit. The
agency lost $3.1 billion in the last quarter and has asked Congress to cut Saturday mail
delivery and allow it to dip into an estimated retirement fund surplus to pay other obligations.
Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount. The United States Postal Service has long lived on
the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low
on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down
entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.
Service may close entirely this winter. The U.S. Postal Service may be forced to close this
winter after being unable to make a $5.5 billion repayment, it has been claimed. The post office
has already been subject to painful cost-cutting measures during attempts to erase a deficit which will
reach $9.2 billion this fiscal year.
The Tea Party
Postmaster. Congress has imposed a smorgasbord of socialized fiscal policies on the Postal
Service, including price-fixing, wage-controls and tedious service regulation. "Universal service
obligations" require the Postal Service to deliver mail to every person, regardless of how remote their
abode, for the same cost and within the same timeframe. Labor wages account for fully 80% of the Postal
Service's budget, and it is mandated to pre-fund, 75 years in advance, extravagant employee pension
funds. And, as an agency of the executive branch, reform must emerge from a Congress packed with
Service paying fewer workers to do nothing. The U.S. Postal Service, expecting about $9 billion
in losses this year amid slumping mail volume, is still paying thousands of its workers millions of dollars
each year to do nothing. But it's paying tens of millions of dollars less for "standby time" than it
did just two years ago, according to a new report.
Service proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan. The financially
strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the
federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.
The layoffs would be achieved in part by breaking labor agreements, a proposal that drew swift fire from
to cut 120,000 jobs. The USPS is one of the most inefficient organizations in the US.
Lopping 20% of its workforce is a good start at changing that. But USPS management will have its hands
full trying to sell it to the union. And the downgrade in health benefits will also be a tough sell.
Service Loses $3.1 Billion in 2nd Quarter. The Postal Service said Friday [8/5/2011] it lost
$3.1 billion in the April through June period and could be forced to default on payments due to the
federal government when the fiscal year ends in September. Losses for the year come to $5.7 billion.
Give The Post
Office A Break. I come to defend the Post Office, the whipping boy of the Republic, the
symbolic repository of all that ails America. ... The poor Post Office never receives a compliment, only
criticism. The abuse is piled on, segueing into the malaise perceived in government. Yet
the Post Office has been a semi-private, independent agency as the United States Postal Service for
over 30 years. The USPS is the second largest civilian employer in the U.S. (behind
Walmart) with 596,000 people and 218,000 vehicles participating in the delivery of 177 billion
pieces of mail annually.
Postal Service warns it could default. The US Postal Service warned on Friday [8/5/2011] that
it could default on payments it owes the federal government, just days after the US government itself
narrowly averted a default.
Nearly 3,700 post offices slated
to close. Your little post office could be slated to close as the U.S. Postal Service tries to
find ways to cut red ink. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe released a long-awaited "post office study"
of nearly 3,700 potential closings in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
of Iconic Post Office Would Not Please Ben Franklin. The Ben Franklin post office in Philadelphia
was informed Tuesday [07/26/2011] that it will likely be shut down, as the U.S. Postal Service attempts to reel in spending
by closing thousands of locations across the country. The unassuming, three-story brick building, which
pre-dates the Revolutionary War, would lose a post office but potentially gain a pharmacy, a grocery store or
"other appropriate retailers," the Postal Service told MyFoxPhilly.com.
introduces bill to 'prevent bailout' of Postal Service. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the
congressional oversight committee, introduced legislation on Thursday [6/23/2011] to significantly reform
the United States Postal Service in order to prevent the need for a "taxpayer bailout." The legislation
follows USPS' announcement on Wednesday that it will no longer pay money into its Federal Employee
Retirement System in order to cut costs. Issa said that such a solution was not acceptable.
Those Christmas Cards to Our Troops! In a statement that could have been lifted from the website
of the embassy of Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Postal Service website uses sharia guidelines to list what is
forbidden in packages sent from America to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
calls on Postal Workers Union to stop running 'misleading ad'. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the
House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the American Postal Workers Union asking them to stop running an ad
that he calls "misleading" about the financial situation of the Postal Service. The ad, which began
running Monday on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX, talks about the volume of mail that postal workers handle each day, and
asks: "Ever wonder what this costs you as a taxpayer? Not a single cent."
Things You Should Know About The U.S. Postal Service Before It Goes Bankrupt. Facing a
projected $6.4 billion loss this year, the Postal Service is expected to hit its own debt ceiling by
the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30. The federal government will then have to choose between
letting the agency default on its massive pension obligations or bailing it out to the tune of more than
Department to review postal pension dispute. The money-losing U.S. Postal Service is hoping
the Justice Department will resolve a dispute with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) over the fate
of billions of dollars in overpaid retirement payments for postal workers.
The U.S. Postal Service Nears
Collapse. The USPS is a wondrous American creation. Six days a week it delivers an average
of 563 million pieces of mail — 40 percent of the entire world's volume. For the
price of a 44¢ stamp, you can mail a letter anywhere within the nation's borders. The service will
carry it by pack mule to the Havasupai Indian reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Mailmen on
snowmobiles take it to the wilds of Alaska. If your recipient can no longer be found, the USPS will
return it at no extra charge. It may be the greatest bargain on earth.
Does the Looming Collapse of the US Postal Service Tell Us? Incredibly, the White House wants to
offer yet another USPS bailout, under the assumption that giving the USPS more breathing room will somehow
encourage constructive change. [Devin] Leonard's article is a beautiful illustration of the fact that
while the U.S. is home to many innovative private sector firms, we lag far behind the rest of the rich world
in public sector innovation. And in many cases, ironically enough, it is because our European
counterparts have proven more likely to dismantle public sector monopolies and to impose rigorous
Postage stamps as subliminal propaganda tools: The U.S. Postal Service's
new 'forever' green stamps. U.S.P.S. created a whole new plate of "forever" stamps that will hold their value
even if the rates go up. But there's a problem with the placement of the word "forever" — it looks
like it's part of the green message. ... The ones that made me cringe the most were "turn off the lights... forever" and
"use public transportation... forever."
Is The Federal Government Investigating Lance Armstrong Anyway? Because from 1999 to 2004,
his team (owned by Tailwind, Inc.) received $40 million in sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service,
which is a government agency. If the team used that money to run an illegal doping operation, they would
liable for charges of "conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering, drug trafficking and defrauding
the U.S. government."
Mail carrier who defecated in yard gets to keep
job. A mail carrier who was caught using a yard as his personal toilet will not be fired.
The incident happened last month at a home in southeast Portland and a neighbor, Don Derfler, captured the man
in the act with his camera.
Service must cancel its Statue of Liberty stamps. The Postal Service has always taken a few
days to get the message — and that performance is holding true even with a mistake as epic as
printing a cheap forgery of the Statue of Liberty on more than a billion stamps. The USPS flubbed as
clearly as postal people can: They printed 1.5 billion Lady Liberty stamps in December alongside
1.5 billion flag stamps.
the internet finally killed the U.S. Postal Service? The Postal Service is continuing to
haemorrhage money — $2 billion over the first three months of 2011, to be exact. The
agency released the numbers yesterday [5/10/2011] amid warnings it could be forced to default on federal payments.
Such a default would not interrupt mail service to millions of Americans — but it could further
hobble an agency struggling with a sharp decline in mail because of the Internet and a tough economy.
reports billions in losses. The Postal Service is continuing to hemorrhage money, reporting a
loss Tuesday of more than $2 billion over the first three months of the year and warning it could be
forced to default on federal payments.
service wouldn't save much money after all. The decision whether to cut back U.S. mail
delivery to five from six days a week was complicated Thursday [3/24/2011] by a report that suggested the
U.S. Postal Service had overstated the savings to be gained by the change. The U.S. Postal Regulatory
Commission on Thursday said it found only $1.7 billion in savings, compared to the Postal Service's
estimate of $3.1 billion.
set to grill postmaster general over finances, union contract. House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will probe into the deeply troubled finances of the U.S.
Postal Service Tuesday [4/5/2011] and will grill the postmaster general about a new tentative contract with the postal
workers union that increases wages and limits layoffs. The new three-year contract announced March 14
disappointed House Republicans, who think it is overly generous to mail carriers.
Saturday Delivery That's Hurting the Post Office. Facing mounting debt and a projected loss
this year of $7 billion, U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter said Tuesday morning [3/1/2011] that
mail delivery must be cut from six days to five for the U.S. Postal Service to survive. But critics
say eliminating Saturday deliveries won't be enough to cure what ails the Postal Service, and free-market
advocates are renewing their calls to privatize the struggling government entity.
largest union reach new 4½ year deal. The U.S. Postal Service and one of its largest labor
unions have reached agreement on a new 4½-year contract that would give raises to about 205,000 workers
but force them to pay more for their health insurance. The tentative deal with the American Postal Workers
Union would provide workers with a 3½ percent pay increase over the life of the contract, starting with
a 1 percent raise in November 2012, the union said Monday [3/14/2011]. Postal clerks, mechanics, truck
drivers and maintenance staff will vote in coming weeks on the contract, which would run through May 2015.
Post Office to
Cut 7,500 Jobs. Struggling with record losses, the United States Postal Service will cut
7,500 managers and close seven district offices, officials said. The cuts, which include postmasters,
supervisors and other administrators, will come as part of the agency's previously disclosed plan to close
as many as 2,000 post offices and consolidate regional mail-processing centers over the next 12 months.
exploring possibilities of digital postal mail. The US Postal Service is now exploring
possible opportunities for getting into digital forms of communications, including hybrid or digital
postal mail services. Two reports came out last month recommending that the USPS should look into
opportunities for revenues in new electronic forms of communication, one from the USPS inspector general
and one from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
gets short-term relief, but some call it a bailout. The United States Postal Service has fallen
on tough times, struggling to find both revenue and relevance in the digital age. President Obama's 2012
budget, released Monday [2/14/2011], attempts to help it accomplish the first of those, providing it with a
total of $4 billion of "temporary financial relief" this year.
work overtime on USPS bid to drop Saturday delivery. Regulators in the US are set to
provide an advisory opinion to Congress "shortly" concerning proposals by the US Postal Service to move to
a five-day delivery week. The chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, Ruth Goldway, said
today [3/2/2011] that her team had been "working overtime to resolve complex and technical policy
aspects" of the USPS request to drop Saturday deliveries.
Another bailout on
the way — Postal Service next in line. It won't be a large amount —
comparatively speaking. It will be hundreds of millions instead of billions. But that doesn't
alter the fact that we have to figure out what to do about mail delivery in the 21st century. Needless
to say, much of the shortfall for the Postal Service is in paying out massive pensions and health care benefits
to their retirees — sort of a mini-GM without the kewl cars. Private industry pensions are
also in trouble, and that problem may also end up at Congress's doorstep thanks to ERISA.
Postal Service warns
of default as losses mount. The U.S. Postal Service warned Wednesday [2/9/2011] that it may
default on some of its financial obligations later this year after reporting yet another quarterly loss.
The USPS, a self-supporting government agency that receives no tax dollars, said it suffered a loss of
$329 million in the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2011. That compared with a loss of
$297 million a year earlier.
Postal workers expensed private travel and 'adult entertainment'. If the cash-strapped
U.S. Postal Service wants to save money it should ensure that its workers aren't booking pricey hotel
rooms and airplane tickets or buying pornography, according to a new watchdog report. Over a
two-year period, some postal workers used credit cards meant for travel and lodging expenses to buy
family members flights to Spain and Italy, purchase Apple computers and make more than 50 purchases
at "adult entertainment" stores.
Service Eyes Closing Thousands of Post Offices. The U.S. Postal Service plays two
roles in America: an agency that keeps rural areas linked to the rest of the nation, and one
that loses a lot of money. Now, with the red ink showing no sign of stopping, the postal
service is hoping to ramp up a cost-cutting program that is already eliciting yelps of pain
around the country.
the Postal Service to prosper in the digital age. Postal workers overcome all sorts of
adversity to deliver the mail: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these
couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." But what about the Internet?
The United States Postal Service is having something of an identity crisis as it tries to figure out
how to survive in a digital age of dropping mail volume and battle its way out of an $8.5 billion
loss this year.
office should be about providing a service. Maybe there was a time when the government
needed to provide mail service, and maybe there was even a time when they were good at it. But
that time has long since passed. Companies such as FedEx or UPS are far more reliable than the
US Postal Service these days, providing better service, and with the added bonus of not costing the
taxpayer a dime. Yet these companies are constrained in how they operate their businesses.
Current law makes it a crime for any organization that is not the US Postal Service to ship mail.
Forever Stamps Tell Us Much. Over the past fifty years, the USPS has raised the rates on
first class postage 20 times. During that time the stamp prices have gone up more than 1,100%.
Given the increasing frequency of rate hikes (three in the last four years) the Post Office claims it made the
move to forever stamps to save money on printing costs and to increase customer convenience. The public
seems to appreciate the product and has snapped up a staggering 28 billion forever stamps since they
became available in 2007. But the real reason behind the permanent switch is that it allows the Post
Office to hide its insolvency behind phony accounting numbers, setting itself up for a massive taxpayer
financed bailout in the not too distant future.
workers caught dumping mail, stealing money. You ever had one of those days when you want
to throw your work in the trash? At least two postal letter carriers did it -- and got caught.
Most of the nation's almost 195,000 letter carriers this year swiftly completed their appointed rounds,
but a few bad actors discarded mail or stole thousands of dollars of tax refunds and medication.
the American Economy Is Broken: [Scroll down] The US Postal Service today [1/9/2011] announced
they are only going to sell forever stamps, which don't have a value printed on them. Immediately I know
this is a scam -- the post office is going to lose a fortune because they are selling all these stamps,
collecting all this revenue, and spending it now on current expenditures like salaries and rent and their
gasoline costs. But their costs are going up because of inflation, and they are going to have to
deliver all this mail and collect no money.
Post Office Bait and Switch: A new
initiative by the U.S Postal Service that appears on the surface to be a good deal for customers is in fact
setting the stage for bankruptcy and a future bailout of the Post Office with taxpayer money. This week,
U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue plans to announce that all future stamps sales will be so-called
"forever stamps," which can still be used even if postage rates go up. Anyone who has had to hunt
around for 1 or 2 cent stamps to add to their old stamps after an increase may consider this good
news. However, consider the implications of this action.
stamp to honor Reagan. If it was "morning in America" for former President Ronald Reagan, a
commemorative postage stamp due in February to mark the Gipper's birth centennial will forever view the
sunrise. The commemorative stamp, whose design was unveiled Monday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential
Library in Simi Valley, Calif., will always be valid for a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service
confirmed. It will be released officially at the library on Feb. 10, four days after the 100th
anniversary of Reagan's birth.
Momentum builds for Harvey Milk stamp.
An advisory panel tasked with determining whom, or what, to commemorate with U.S. postage stamps is considering
the late gay Supervisor Harvey Milk for such an honor, the Bay Area Reporter has learned.
The Proposed Harvey
Milk Stamp — and Some Others. The Postal Service has created a stamp of famous photo
of three firefighters raising a flag at Ground Zero, yet why not more? They are constantly looking for
new design ideas that appeal to people. How about stamps commemorating the heroism of the military in
rescuing people at the Pentagon attack site on 9/11? And how about a stamp commemorating Todd Beamer,
who lead the small group — including a gay man — that overpowered the hijackers on
United Airlines Flight 93 over the skies of Pennsylvania, thwarting an airborne attack on the Capitol
or the White House?
U.S. Postal Service
Lost Record $8.5 Billion in 2010. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) accrued a record loss of
$8.5 billion in fiscal year 2010, up $4.7 billion from 2009, highlighting financial pressures
that are not expected to improve in 2011 or in the "foreseeable future," according to the Government
Accountability Office (GAO).
workers caught dumping mail, stealing money. You ever had one of those days when you want to
throw your work in the trash? At least two postal letter carriers did it — and got caught.
Most of the nation's almost 195,000 letter carriers this year swiftly completed their appointed rounds, but a
few bad actors discarded mail or stole thousands of dollars of tax refunds and medication.
90-Year-Old Post Office Workers Still Getting
Workers Comp? Years after most Americans retire, in fact years after the federal retirement age
of 68, more than 100 U.S. Postal Workers in their 90s are still getting 75 percent of their salaries (tax
free, yet) of federal workers compensation payments instead of having been graduated to the cheaper retirement
payments at 60 percent of their salaries.
Ex-Postal Service workers return as private contractors, make more money. Who says you can't go
back? Apparently you can at the U.S. Postal Service. Dozens of former top executives and hundreds
of former employees have returned to the agency in recent years as private contractors, sometimes making double
the salaries they made as full-time workers, according to one of three watchdog audits released late last week.
reports $8 billion in losses. The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported more than $8 billion in
losses for the 2010 fiscal year while noting that mail volume continues to drop. The postal service's chief
financial officer, Joe Corbett, said despite $9 billion in cost savings over the past two years and the elimination
of more than 100,000 jobs, fundamental changes are needed in how the mail system works.
Rogues' Gallery Of Government. Over the long haul, Social Security is liable for paying out
$7.9 trillion more in benefits than it will receive in tax revenues. While digesting that grim
news, don't forget Thursday's report that the U.S. Postal Service lost $3.5 billion for the quarter
that ended June 30. Over the same quarter last year, the post office lost only $2.4 billion.
Three-fourths of the way through its current fiscal year, losses at the Postal Service have totaled $5.4 billion.
The post office's future is as dim, if not dimmer, than its past.
postal workers march to protest cost-cutting moves. Wearing blue shirts, thousands of American
Postal Workers Union members packed Campus Martius in downtown Detroit on Tuesday [8/24/2010] to protest the
U.S. Postal Service's proposal that Congress agree to eliminate Saturday mail service next year as a
The Perpetual Post Office.
The Postal Service must be immortal; it's a government program, though one in ill-fitting sheep's clothing like
Fannie Mae's before its camouflage was washed off by the bailout. The Service is also, like Fannie Mae,
dreadfully managed; any private sector CEO with that loss history would be unemployable anywhere but Congress.
But the Service lurches on, relying on its monopoly to raise postage whenever the union isn't happy with its wages.
found in Postal Service pact. When the U.S. Postal Service's top marketing officer agreed to
hire Goldman Sachs nearly two years ago without a written contract, top executives inside postal headquarters
scrambled to make the unauthorized deal square with postal procurement rules. But the no-bid contract
they eventually awarded to Goldman Sachs was backdated and was for the wrong kinds of services...
What Gov't Can't Do:
The post office, which has a government-protected monopoly on first-class mail delivery, could lose at least
$238 billion over the next decade. This is a government agency — its claims of independence
are not believable — that has no competitors, has raked in $27 billion in taxpayer's money
since 1970, is exempt from most taxes and can borrow from the U.S. Treasury at rates below market value.
Yet, it cannot break even, much less make a profit. There's something deeply amiss with how the USPS
Ship: The U.S. Postal Service. The Government Accountability Office issued a rather bleak
report on the state of the U.S. Postal Service this week. The opening sentence states, "USPS's business
model is not viable," and from there the picture only gets worse. The USPS, although no longer officially a
government agency, is a case study of the biggest problems with government programs and government agencies.
Unions Killing U.S. Post Office.
Union contracts are killing the U.S. Post Office, making it uncompetitive and driving costs through the roof
according to the Government Accountability Office. The U.S. Post Office lost $12 billion between
2007 and 2009 and has reached its borrowing limit of $15 billion already.
Cancel the post office.
The postman won't even ring once on weekends. In a desperate attempt to trim costs, the U.S. Postal Service
is cutting off your Saturday service. This move is too little, too late for one of the federal government's
most bloated and incompetent bureaucracies. Yesterday [3/30/2010], the Postal Service formally asked federal
regulators for permission to move to a five-day delivery schedule.
service chief: Our business model as outdated as the newspaper industry's. The head of
the U.S. Postal Service said Thursday [3/11/2010] that his organization's business model is as outdated as the newspaper
industry's. John Potter, United States Postmaster General, cited changes in technology and channels of
communication as justification for a revamp of the Postal Service's delivery schedule and pricing system.
The U.S. Postal Service, being immune to risk, cannot go out of business. What
Do Detroit, the Postal Service, and Health Care Reform Have in Common? That the U.S. Postal
Service is swimming in red ink isn't news. The nation's postal service, despite its first-class mail
monopoly, swims in red ink a lot. The important news to Americans as they follow Washington's three-ring
health care circus is that U.S. Postmaster General Joe E. Potter wants to drop Saturday mail delivery as
a cost-cutting measure.
Book: The Last
Monopoly: Privatizing the Postal Service for the Information Age: edited
by Edward L. Hudgins, Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 1996, 138 pp. "The
check is in the mail" was once an excuse you gave your creditors when your
bill was past due. In recent years, however, it's been more likely than ever to
be the truth. In an age where an hour can mean the difference between a closed
deal and a closed door, what once may have been an acceptable delivery time for
the post office just won't cut it anymore.
Service Seeks 5-day Delivery. The U.S. Postal Service will move this month toward reducing
mail delivery from six days a week to five, a change Postmaster General John Potter has said is critical
to reducing its massive debt. Potter said Monday [3/1/2010] he'll submit a formal request by the
end of this month to the Postal Regulatory Commission, which must issue an advisory opinion on any change
in mail service that would have national impact.
Stamp Out the Rate Hikes. Postal
regulators have accepted a proposal from media giant Time Warner that would stifle small and independent
publishers in America. The plan unfairly burdens smaller publishers with higher postage rates while
locking in special privileges for bigger media companies.
If you click on this graphic, you will be taken to a web page about resisting postage rate increases. If
you explore the rest of their web site, you will see that they disagree with me about everything else. Even
so, I'm willing to assist them on this one issue. As you may know, there is no paid advertising
Whenever you see a graphic like this, and it links to an external site, it is provided as a public service.
Monopoly: The big problem with the U.S. Postal Service is
that it is a monopoly and that the government keeps it a monopoly by law.
Postal Service fixes long waits by
removing clocks. The missing clock didn't stop postal customer Al Cunningham from noticing the
amount of time spent waiting for service. "It's always long here," said Cunningham, 49, an insurance
adjuster and former postal employee who was standing in line at the Watson Post Office in Fort Worth.
Atheist Group Blasts Postal Service for Mother
Teresa Stamp. An atheist organization is blasting the U.S. Postal Service for its plan to honor
Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp, saying it violates postal regulations against honoring "individuals
whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings."
The Editor asks...
Did they ever complain about stamps honoring Reverend Martin Luther King?
The Junk's in the Mail. The number of
pieces of first-class mail is steadily dropping, from 98 billion pieces in 2004 to 96 billion pieces in 2007.
Faced with a $1 billion operating deficit this year — the largest since 1995 — the Postal Service
is feeling the pinch. Now, one of the most lucrative sources of postal income, junk mail, is also under siege.
Postal Reform: The Postal Service has little oversight, and virtually no
accountability. It is an independent federal agency with commercial
responsibilities. It has an annual budget of over $68 billion
handling over 200 billion pieces of mail, yet it does not have to report
to the Securities and Exchange Commission, comply with the Federal Trade Commission's
truth-in-advertising rules, nor adhere to local government zoning and traffic
regulations. It defines the scope of its own monopoly and, in some respects,
regulates its competitors.
U.S. Postal Service offers
buyouts to 30,000 workers. The U.S. Postal Service will offer buyouts to 30,000 workers in
hopes of saving $500 million in costs next year, the agency reported Tuesday [8/25/2009]. According
to a news release, the USPS negotiated an agreement with two of its employee unions to offer select employees
a financial incentive to retire or resign before the end of this fiscal year.
[and] what it did to the post office. The present dilemma of the Postal Service,
which includes closing post offices and eliminating Saturday delivery, is a prime example of how Congress fixes
problems. In 1992, the Postal Service was facing a $1 billion deficit that would have resulted in a
rate increase above the rate of inflation. As a result, Congress grilled the postmaster general and told
him to fix it without closing any post offices or affecting service.
Postal Service Reducing
Workforce, Offices as Mail Volume Falls. The U.S. Postal Service said it will offer early retirement
to about 150,000 workers, close administrative offices and eliminate more than 3,000 jobs to help resolve a financial
crisis as the volume of mail declines. Stamped mail is down to 1964 levels, officials said, contributing to a
deficit that reached $2.8 billion in 2008 and is likely to be larger this year.
the Post Office will never make money: Could Federal Express or UPS survive, let alone make a
profit, if they had politicians breathing down their necks regarding essential business decisions? Could
any private business survive in a competitive marketplace under these circumstances? The likely answer
Not going postal.
Last-minute shoppers, beware. If you are running behind in mailing Christmas gifts to
loved ones, and you absolutely, positively need your packages to arrive on time, it's
safest to avoid the post office. The U.S. Postal Service is so slow that even a fruit
cake could decompose before making it to its intended recipient.
a Walk Through this Post Office. People who fear ObamaCare compare it to the US Postal
Service. And so does the president! Allow me to walk the president through my post office,
on West 83rd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam. What you'll notice first, Mr. President
is: long lines, always. Doesn't matter if it's rush hour or the quietest part of the afternoon,
there is always a lengthy wait to get to one of the windows. The lines have gotten even longer lately
because a couple of years ago the two machines selling stamps and other items were removed. I was
stunned. When was the last time you saw something de-automated?
The Editor says...
Maybe they're called "Forever stamps" because that's about how long you have to stand in line to get them.
being stamped out. If you're suddenly having trouble finding a neighborhood mailbox, you've got lots
of company. In recent weeks, one-quarter of the 3,700 collection boxes in the Los Angeles area have been
removed, said Joseph L. Harrison, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service's Los Angeles district.
So Long, Snail
Shells. For 43 years, in rain and shine, through the raising of seven children, the friendly
box they could see through their front window's lace curtains was always there. Until, one day at lunchtime a
week or so ago, it wasn't. [Andrew] Yankanich, 82, watched as postal workers hacked at the rusted bolts and
hauled the box away for good.
Maine town fights
phase-out of curbside mailbox. The folks of Otisfield are so fond of their lone public mailbox that they
blocked it with a snowplow and a backhoe to prevent the Postal Service from taking it away in the gloom of night.
Office to get hit with "high risk" rating as business keeps falling. The United States Postal Service will
get some bad but unsurprising news today [7/28/2009]. The Government Accountability Office is expected to add it to
its list of "high risk" government operations. The GAO publishes a biennial list of high risk agencies, which they
define as having "significant management challenges."
Postal Service in financial disarray. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is in financial
disarray, with plummeting levels of mail being sent and heathcare [sic] costs for retirees increasing, according
to a report released Thursday [8/6/2009] by an investigative arm of Congress. The Government Accountability
Office report comes on the heels of the GAO's decision to place the Postal Service on its high-risk list because
the agency "has not been able to cut costs fast enough to offset the accelerated decline in mail volume and
Can the Postal Service be
Saved? It's been an ugly few years for the United States Postal Service. The quasi-government
agency announced this week that it lost $3.8 billion in the most recent fiscal year, which ended September 30th.
It also delivered less mail — 26 billion fewer pieces less, a nearly 13 percent drop from
the previous year. The bad news follows losses totaling $7.8 billion in 2007 and 2008.
Report finds 'imprudent
spending' at Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service spent more than $792,000 "without
justification" on meals and events in one five-month period even as it reported losing $3.8 billion
this year, the agency's inspector general says in a report. Employees spent $792,022 on meals and
external events "without justification for food purchases, purchased alcohol without officer approval and
exceeded the dollar limit for meals," the report says.
U.S. Postal Service Faces
$7 Billion Net Loss in 2009. The U.S Postal Service faces a net loss of $7 billion in
fiscal year 2009 even if it succeeds in cutting its costs by $6 billion, according to testimony provided
to a Senate subcommittee last week by the Government Accountability Office. The Postal Service is expected
to end the year with $10.2 billion in outstanding debt. Meanwhile, USPS faces continuing high overhead
in the form of employee wages and benefits fixed by collective bargaining agreements, as well as declining use
of the service by its customers.
Bend postal worker admits $156,000 embezzlement.
June Marie Newburn, 50, of Joseph, Ore., appeared in United States District Court in Eugene Tuesday [9/15/2009] and pled
guilty to one count of theft of government property. Newburn was a U.S. Postal Service Sales and Service Associate in
Bend at the end of her 23-year career as a postal employee.
Postal Worker Stole 3,000 Netflix
DVDs. A former postal service employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 3,000 DVDs that
moved through a western Massachusetts post office. Myles Weathers, formerly of Springfield, took DVDs
that were mailed by Netflix to customers for a year beginning in January 2007.
Earlier versions of this story indicated that the postal worker had stolen 30,000 DVDs, but a correction
was published soon afterward.
Postal Worker Gets 5 Months for Taking Kids' Cash.
A Northern California postal worker has been sentenced to five months in federal prison for stealing money
from children's birthday cards. Twenty-nine-year-old Dean Hudson, of East Linda, was ordered to serve
five months of home detention after his release from prison. He also must pay nearly $3,000
Postage rates are headed up, and in rural Alaska,
it matters. Postal rates are scheduled to rise nationwide in May, and that means an increase in
the cost of shipping rates for bypass mail services to rural Alaska. Postal officials say the cost of
bypass mail shipping could see a 6 percent to 50 percent increase, depending on where the mail is
shipped from — and where it's going.
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