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Postal facility set to open in November

October 23, 2003 Just over two years after being contaminated with anthrax, the Joseph Curseen and Thomas Morris Processing and Distribution Center in Washington is scheduled to reopen at the end of November. Administrative staff will return to the facility first, with mail sorting and other craft employees returning shortly thereafter. Yet, as...

Lawmakers aim to curb purchase card abuse

October 16, 2003 Legislation intended to crack down on misuse of government purchase and travel cards was introduced Thursday in both the House and Senate. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. are the primary sponsors of the bills, which would require agencies to improve internal controls of their card programs....

Postal Service wants to build mail irradiation center

October 15, 2003 The Postal Service next week will begin assessing the merits of building a mail irradiation facility in Washington to scan all mail addressed to the area's federal offices. Currently, all mail addressed to Washington-area agencies is collected at a postal facility in Northeast Washington, then shipped to Bridgeport, N.J., where...

Business and Commerce Wealth of Information

October 15, 2003 Nelson Hernandez is on a mission to help low-income people learn how to manage their money. oughly 10 percent of American households don't use banks. Instead, the people in those households rely on check-cashing stores and other short-term services, leaving them vulnerable to scams. Worse yet, they don't learn how...

Career Achievement Safety First

October 15, 2003 Whether in space or in the operating room, James Bagian is committed to eliminating deadly mistakes. r. James Bagian found himself in disturbingly familiar territory in February, when he was called on to help investigate the loss of the space shuttle Columbia. It had been 17 years since Bagian dove...

Postal workers sue over anthrax exposure

October 14, 2003 A group of Washington-area Postal Service employees who claim they were deliberately left in harm's way during the 2001 anthrax attacks plan to file a class action suit Wednesday against the agency. Brentwood Exposed, a group professing to represent hundreds of current and former postal workers, allege that Postmaster General...

Too Much

October 1, 2003 It's nearly impossible to secure air travel, let alone the rest of transportation. ust 2 years old, the Transportation Security Administration is besieged. To be sure, the agency has been under the microscope from Day One. It had to meet nearly impossible legislative deadlines to ensure full screening of airline...

Postal Service seeks to fully fund retiree health benefits

October 1, 2003 The Postal Service could become the first federal agency to fully fund retiree health benefits, if lawmakers act on a proposal sent to Congress Tuesday. But at least one significant roadblock stands in the way-a conflicting set of recommendations from the Treasury Department. Both agencies, along with the Office of...

TSA screeners lack training, supervision

September 25, 2003 Airport screeners are not getting all of the training they need, nor is their performance monitored on a regular basis, according to a new General Accounting Office report. In a preliminary review of the federalized screener workforce, GAO found that the Transportation Security Administration has not deployed a "recurrent or...

Maximum Protection

September 15, 2003 With new rules protecting contractors from massive lawsuits, the government hopes to see a surge of anti-terrorism technology. homas Day can't bear the thought of it-what if the U.S. mail were hit with another attack using anthrax, or some other biological agent? And what if the Postal Service didn't do...

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