Postal Service

  • The Senate approved a bipartisan bill Wednesday aiming to restructure the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. The final bill refunds USPS overpayments to the federal retirement system and clears the way for the agency to reduce its workforce by 100,000 positions but throws several hurdles in the agency's path toward closing underused postal facilities.

    April 25, 2012
  • In a marathon series of votes Tuesday, the Senate considered more than a dozen amendments to a postal reform bill, approving a provision to limit all federal agencies' spending on conferences, but voting down an amendment expanding the federal workers' compensation program. Lawmakers also rejected an amendment that would have required retirement-eligible USPS employees to retire without a buyout payment. The Senate will resume voting on amendments Wednesday at 2 p.m. before voting on a final version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act.

    April 24, 2012
  • An amendment to a Senate bill aiming to restructure the U.S. Postal Service's financial framework would institute new agency reporting requirements for retiring federal workers in anticipation of a "deluge of retirees" from USPS. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), introduced an amendment last week that requires the Office of Personnel Management to take new steps to chip away at the longstanding backlog of federal retirement claims.

    April 23, 2012
  • Even if you never, or hardly ever, go to a Post Office there's a good chance you went there Tuesday to mail your taxes, and get an SOS from some worried postal employees, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

    April 19, 2012
  • This week the Senate is expected to take up legislation to reform the Postal Service. The bill could close post offices, end Saturday deliveries and return funds the Postal Service as pre-paid for retiree health benefits. USPS already has started considering how it would operate with a slimmed-down workforce.

    April 18, 2012
  • Bill Doucette, head of Federal Sector Sales at the U.S. Postal Service, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about some of the agency's programs and services. April 3, 2012

    April 04, 2012
  • The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

    November 23, 2011
  • The Postal Service has hired Evercore Partners, a New York-based investment bank, to evaluate proposed changes to its operations, compensation and benefits. Evercore has advised General Motors and other large, troubled companies. USPS said it needs to cut annual expenses by $20 billion by 2015.

    November 22, 2011
  • None of the legislation moving through Congress would provide the Postal Service the speed and flexibility it needs to cut annual costs by $20 billion, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said Monday. He said they would give USPS \"a couple of years of profitability and at least many decades of steep losses.\" He argued for quicker resolution to the agency\'s cash crisis.

    November 22, 2011
  • Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe brought the latest news of the Postal Service\'s future at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday.

    November 21, 2011
  • Protesters marched outside the National Press Club Monday before luncheon featuring Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. They shouted, \"Hey ho! Donahoe has got to go!\" and carried signs that said, \"Save America\'s Postal Service.\"

    November 21, 2011
  • A white paper by the Postal Service Inspector General\'s office presents a case for offering an email service called the eMailbox. Bruce Marsh, the manager of the the IG office\'s General Risk Analysis Center, said the proposal was driven by the potential needs of both federal agencies and consumers.

    November 21, 2011
  • Contracts with the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO with the Postal Service expired at midnight Nov. 20. The new negotiation deadline is Dec. 7.

    November 21, 2011
  • The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

    November 18, 2011