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
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.

Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa

House Committee Requires USPS to Keep Saturday Mail Delivery

June 25, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 The House majority leader says 'a lot of misinformation' is circulating.

You May Soon Have a Longer Walk to Get Your Mail

May 21, 2014 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, 2014 Houston, Los Angeles and Cleveland top the list.

USPS Loses $1.9 Billion in Second Quarter Despite Operating Profits

May 9, 2014 Retiree health benefits and other liabilities continue to drive the Postal Service into the red.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

House Democrats Won't Get on Board With Republican, White House-Backed Postal Bill

May 7, 2014 Oversight committee postpones vote after failing to win bipartisan support.

Half of USPS Executives Will be Retirement Eligible in Three Years

April 29, 2014 Postal Service is looking to improve its leadership succession program.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein led the protest.

Nationwide Protests Call for End to Postal Service Partnership With Staples

April 24, 2014 Union, USPS employees say the deal is an affront to federal workers.

No, the Postal Service Is Not 'Hoarding' Ammunition

April 21, 2014 USPS sets the record straight.

Republicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reform

April 8, 2014 Hearing showcases progress on ever-elusive USPS overhaul, though many hurdles remain.

USPS Workers Went Bowling, Gambling Using Agency Credit Cards

March 28, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 Decision maintains current delivery standards, potentially avoiding more workforce reductions.

USPS Ends Pay Freeze for Nonunion Employees

January 24, 2014 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, 2014 Bill would reinstate full COLAs to working-age military retirees by ending Saturday mail delivery.