Tag Archives: USPS

FBI Investigates Postmaster For Political Fundraising

The Washington Post reports: The FBI is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in connection with campaign fundraising activity involving his former business, according to people familiar with the matter and a spokesman for DeJoy. FBI agents in recent weeks interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy and the business, asking questions about political contributions and company activities, these people said. …

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USPS Raises Mail Rates, Lays Off Hundreds Of Managers

The Washington Post reports:  The U.S. Postal Service is raising rates on letters, magazines and marketing missives as much as 6.9 percent this summer, sending the cost of a first-class stamp from 55 to 58 cents, as the agency leans into an expansive restructuring plan that codifies slower mail delivery and streamlines agency operations. The rate structure announced Friday represents …

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Mailman Guilty Of Trashing Ballots In Dem Stronghold

Via press release from the Justice Department: A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier from Hudson County today admitted he discarded mail, including 99 general election ballots sent from the Essex County Board of Elections to West Orange, New Jersey, residents, from his assigned routes in Orange and West Orange, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Nicholas Beauchene, 26, …

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USPS Cops Tracking Social Media Posts On Protests

Yahoo News reports: The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News. The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The …

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Democrats Intro “DeJoy Act” Over USPS Service Cuts

The Washington Post reports: Democrats are swarming to block a key piece of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year restructuring plan for the U.S. Postal Service, casting doubt on the feasibility of his proposals for achieving financial stability for the agency. A group of House Democrats on Friday introduced legislation to prohibit the Postal Service from lengthening mail-delivery windows and require …

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Postmaster Louis DeJoy Unveils Plan To Cut Services

The Washington Post reports: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday unveiled the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation, part of a 10-year plan that includes longer first-class delivery windows, reduced post office hours and higher postage prices. DeJoy presented his long-awaited strategic vision for the U.S. Postal Service during a Tuesday webinar. Portions of the initiative already …

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WaPo: Congress Buried In Complaints Over Slow USPS

The Washington Post reports: As the service crisis at the U.S. Postal Service drags into its eighth month, complaints are reaching a fever pitch. Consumers are inundating members of Congress with stories of late bills — and the late fees they’ve absorbed as a result. Small-business owners are waiting weeks, even months, for checks to arrive, creating cash-flow crunches and …

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DOJ: United To Pay $49 Million In USPS Fraud Case

Via press release from the Justice Department: United Airlines Inc. (United), the world’s third largest airline, has agreed to pay over $49 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to fraud on postal service contracts for transportation of international mail. United entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and agreed to pay $17,271,415 …

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LIVE VIDEO: DeJoy Testifies Before House Committee

The Washington Post reports: Democrats are expected to grill Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service board of governors chair Ron Bloom over the agency’s handling of mail over the holidays and delivery issues that have persisted for months, delaying prescription medications, paychecks, bills and more. More than 90 House Democrats have already called for DeJoy’s ouster and many are …

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DeJoy’s USPS Plan: Slower Mail And Higher Prices

The Washington Post reports: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is preparing to put all first-class mail onto a single delivery track, according to two people briefed on his strategic plan for the U.S. Postal Service, a move that would mean slower and more costly delivery for both consumers and commercial mailers. DeJoy, with the backing of the agency’s bipartisan but Trump-appointed …

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Wants To Keep Job

CNN reports: Embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has told those close to him he wants to stay in his role under the new president, two sources tell CNN, despite his troubled tenure at the helm of the US Postal Service and his background as a supporter and donor to former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure from …

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Postal Workers Union Hopes For “Bold” Moves By Biden

The Associated Press reports: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has vowed to make improvements after facing withering criticism and calls for his removal for his actions that slowed delivery of mail before the election. Some critics hoped President Joe Biden would fire DeJoy, but a president can’t do that. Instead, Biden could and likely will use appointments to reshape the Board …

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Deal Reached To Fast-Track Georgia Mail-In Ballots

The Washington Post reports: Civil rights groups and the U.S. Postal Service struck a deal late Wednesday on speedier ballot-handling procedures, avoiding a court fight before the Jan. 5 runoff elections in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. The Postal Service and its Justice Department lawyers agreed to treat ballots still in processing plants within three days …

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Millions Of Xmas Packages Weren’t Delivered In Time

Tribune News Service reports: USPS is facing a historic volume of mail, which is swamping the postal service and other carriers as the pandemic drives people to shop online. According to the Washington Post, almost 19,000 of the agency’s 644,000 workers are under quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus. Some are criticizing Postmaster Louis DeJoy, who cut costs and did …

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Retailers Warn Of Holiday Shipping Crunch: Buy Now

The Associated Press reports: A number of retailers, including J.C. Penney, Lowe’s and Kohl’s, are telling shoppers they need to place their online orders soon or else pay expedited shipping fees if they want to get their packages delivered in time for the holidays. The earlier-than-usual deadlines come as more people turn to online shopping during the pandemic, creating a …

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Federal Judge Blasts USPS For Defying Ballots Order

Politico reports: A federal judge thrashed the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday, and suggested he might seek testimony from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for declining to comply with a last-minute court order to deploy postal inspectors to sweep facilities for undelivered ballots. “Someone may have a price to pay for that,” said Judge Emmet Sulliivan of the U.S. District Court of …

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USPS Defies Order To Sweep For Undelivered Ballots

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Postal Service turned down a federal judge’s order late Tuesday afternoon to sweep mail processing facilities serving 15 states, saying instead it would stick to its own inspection schedule. The judge’s order came after the agency disclosed that more than 300,000 ballots nationwide could not be traced. The agency cautioned that number was likely …

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Court Orders USPS To Sweep For Undelivered Ballots

Reuters reports: A judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to sweep some mail processing facilities on Tuesday afternoon for delayed ballots and immediately dispatch them for delivery in election battlegrounds such Pennsylvania and Florida among other places. Affected by the order are central Pennsylvania, northern New England, greater South Carolina, south Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama and Wyoming as well as …

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NYT: Last Week Was Slowest Recorded For Mail Delivery

The New York Times reports: The U.S. Postal Service experienced some of its worst delays all year in the final week before the election, according to a Times project tracking first-class. An avalanche of late-arriving political pamphlets and advertisements appears to have added to backlogs for the Postal Service, after months of slowdowns. The week beginning Oct. 26 was the …

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Pennsylvania Mail Delivery 3X Slower Than January

Penn Live reports: Timely mail delivery across Pennsylvania took a drastic turn for the worse in just the last two weeks amid a glut of voting by mail, according to U.S. Postal Service data filed Wednesday in federal court. In Philadelphia, 42% of all first-class mail is taking longer than five days to be delivered. For comparison, that figure was …

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