SPECIAL REPORT

Postal Service Woes

The Postal Service has been losing money for quite some time, with Congress threatening to cut funding and the service itself suggesting cuts to rural branches.
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SPECIAL REPORT

The Postal Service Paid $287K for Trailers It Either Lost or Never Received

August 28 USPS is losing lots of money - and vehicles.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., urged comprehensive reform "before it's too late."

Battle Over Postal-Service Cuts Looms in September

August 20 Squabble erupted after USPS announced plans to cut 15,000 jobs and consolidate 82 mail-processing centers in 2015.

How Federal Agencies Can Solve Skyrocketing Workers' Comp Costs

August 19 The Postal Service inspector general has recommended a slew of changes to 100-year-old law, including benefits cuts.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is urging Congress to give USPS more flexibility.

Despite Revenue Gains, Postal Service Loses Another $2 Billion

August 11 Congressionally mandated obligations are keeping USPS from getting back into the black.

Gone are the days of simple stamp design. Or eight-cent postage.

Former Postmaster General: Stop 'Prostituting' the Stamp Program

August 7 Benjamin F. Bailar says Harry Potter and similar stamps lack 'gravitas.'

Senators Seek to Protect 15,000 Postal Jobs

August 4 Lawmakers, unions and managers disagree on service impacts of consolidations.

Postal worker Daryl Ha delivers mail in the North Beach area of San Francisco in 2011.

Consolidations Have Led to More Nighttime Mail Deliveries, Putting Letter Carriers in Danger

July 25 Some say expanding services, rather than just cutting costs, is key to saving the Postal Service.

Issa's Last Ditch Effort to Eliminate Saturday Mail Delivery Falls Short

July 10 House oversight leader argued he and only he could make postal policy.

USPS Tightens Purse Strings on Official Agency Credit Cards, Following Abuse

July 10 Postal Service aims to rein in employee improper use of travel cards.

U.S. Postal employee Susan Barry changes the lock on one of the over 8,000 post office boxes at the University of Mississippi Post Office.

Your P.O. Box Just Got More Expensive

July 9 Price hike has not attracted wide attention amid the outcry over the agency's push to close or downsize more than 80 mail-processing facilities nationwide after January.

How 3D Printing Could Save the Postal Service

July 8 USPS could harness young technology into new business opportunities.

A postal worker in New Hampshire sorts mail in 2011.

USPS Will Shed 3,000 Employees by 2015, Through Retirements or Layoffs

July 3 Postmasters can receive one-time $10,000 payment.

USPS Employees Used Travel Cards for Grocery Shopping, Eating Out

July 3 Better oversight of employees’ use of the cards can reduce bad publicity, report says.

USPS to Shutter 82 More Processing Plants in 2015

July 1 Employees could be reassigned to new locations.

Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa

House Committee Requires USPS to Keep Saturday Mail Delivery

June 25 Maintaining six-day delivery wins bipartisan support after subcommittee supported a potential reduction.

House Oversight Committee member Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.

House Panel Moves Postal Service Closer to Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery

June 23 Appropriations subcommittee removes longstanding legislative language requiring six-day schedule.

Cantor Plans to 'Clarify' Postal Service-Highway Fund Plan for Republicans Next Week

June 6 The House majority leader says 'a lot of misinformation' is circulating.

You May Soon Have a Longer Walk to Get Your Mail

May 21 With comprehensive postal reform stuck in neutral, House panel passes piecemeal legislation.

Jamesa Euler, delivers mail in the rain in Atlanta in 2013.

The 10 U.S. Cities Where Dogs Are Most Likely to Attack Mail Carriers

May 16 Houston, Los Angeles and Cleveland top the list.

USPS Loses $1.9 Billion in Second Quarter Despite Operating Profits

May 9 Retiree health benefits and other liabilities continue to drive the Postal Service into the red.