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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Patrick Donahoe has crusaded for comprehensive postal reform.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Step Down

November 14, 2014 First ever female PMG will replace embattled USPS leader Feb. 1.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe defended USPS' decision to delay informing employees their personal data had been breached.

Hacked Employees File Charges Against Postal Service

November 11, 2014 Union, lawmakers, unhappy with USPS secrecy.

Snail Mail Gets Slower: Why USPS Is Missing Its Own Mail Delivery Goals

October 28, 2014 Disagreement abounds as the Postal Service blames bad weather, not job cuts and plant closures, for slower mail.

The Postal Service Wants to Deliver Your Groceries Each Morning

September 24, 2014 USPS submits proposal to market test early morning grocery delivery in certain cities.

Will Congress Save the U.S. Postal Service?

September 12, 2014 A behind-the-scenes look at lawmakers’ inability to move forward on a desperately-needed overhaul.

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

September 8, 2014 A majority of senators, including leader Harry Reid, now support delaying plant closures.

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

August 28, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 Benjamin F. Bailar says Harry Potter and similar stamps lack 'gravitas.'

Senators Seek to Protect 15,000 Postal Jobs

August 4, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 Postmasters can receive one-time $10,000 payment.

USPS Employees Used Travel Cards for Grocery Shopping, Eating Out

July 3, 2014 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, 2014 Employees could be reassigned to new locations.