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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Republicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reform

April 8 Hearing showcases progress on ever-elusive USPS overhaul, though many hurdles remain.

USPS Workers Went Bowling, Gambling Using Agency Credit Cards

March 28 Postal Service employees spent tens of thousands of dollars for personal expenses on the agency’s dime.

USPS Denies It’s Making Letter Carriers Return Early to Avoid Paying Overtime

February 21 D.C.-area employees say mail is piling up as they are unable to finish their routes.

Women: Hot Guys Don’t Drive Mail Trucks

February 18 In poll, postal vehicles come in last in ratings of driver attractiveness.

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Postal Service Shows Improvement, But Still Loses $350 million in First Quarter of Fiscal 2014

February 7 Increases in package delivery and workforce cuts have helped the agency's bottom line.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee

Senate Panel Approves Postal Service Overhaul

February 6 After debating pricing structure and guns in post offices, committee finally advances landmark reform bill.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

After Contentious Debate, Senate Panel Delays Postal Reform Vote

January 29 Senators appear close to reaching a deal, but still are sorting through final details.

Parcels are automatically sorted at the United States Postal Service Leslie N. Shaw Sr. Processing and Distribution Center in Los Angeles.

Postal Service Delays New Wave of Mail Processing Closures

January 24 Decision maintains current delivery standards, potentially avoiding more workforce reductions.

USPS Ends Pay Freeze for Nonunion Employees

January 24 1 percent pay raise will apply mostly to supervisors and managers.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday proposed legislation that would restore full cost-of-living adjustments for young military retirees

Lawmaker Looks to Postal Service to Restore Military Pension Cut

January 2 Bill would reinstate full COLAs to working-age military retirees by ending Saturday mail delivery.

The Price of Postage Is Going Up Again -- Temporarily

December 26, 2013 Cost of first-class stamps will rise 3 cents in late January to help recoup 2008-2011 losses.

Postal Reform Isn’t Happening in 2013

December 18, 2013 For the third time in two months, Senate committee cancels plans to move forward with USPS overhaul.

Postal Groups Call for End to After-Dark Mail Deliveries

December 2, 2013 In light of letter carrier’s murder, unions and activists say nighttime mail distribution is too dangerous.

Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe

Postal Service Rebounds in Fiscal 2013, Still Loses $5 Billion

November 15, 2013 USPS saw continued growth in packages, but requires congressional action to get back in the black.

Congress Wasn't Going to Save the Postal Service Anytime Soon

November 13, 2013 Under current law, the federal agency has few tools for financial innovation. Enter Amazon.

USPS Is Converting Part-Time Workers Into Full-Time Employees

November 11, 2013 Over the past two months, more than 1,500 people landed career positions.

“We’re really just robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Future of Postal Employees’ Health Care Uncertain as Senate Moves Forward With Reform

September 26, 2013 Removing postal workers from FEHBP could lead to a 2 percent increase in health care costs for other federal employees.

Postal Service Asks for Emergency Price Increase

September 25, 2013 Cash-strapped agency says it needs higher rates to compensate for lost volume.

The Korean War Memorial is located in Washington, DC.

U.S. Postal Service Owes Nearly $685,000 in Lawsuit Over Stamp

September 25, 2013 Is a stamp featuring the Korean War Memorial worth that much? One court thinks so.

Mailing Industry Denounces Proposal to Give USPS More Control Over Pricing

September 19, 2013 Senators, postal officials defend need to let the cash-strapped agency run independently.