Postal/Industry News   

May 23, 2017

Office of the Inspector General: Internal Controls Over Refunds for Postage, Fees, and Non-Postal Revenue – Eufaula, OK, Post OfficeInternal controls over issuing certain refunds at the Eufaula, OK, Post Office need improvement, a new OIG Audit Report has found. The OIG uses data analytics to identify post office locations with significant increases in refunds for postage and fees and miscellaneous non-postal revenue. The objective of this audit was to determine whether internal controls for issuing such refunds were in place and effective. When controls are not in place or effective, there is an increased risk of theft and incorrect financial reporting. Read our complete findings along with our recommendations in the full report: https://go.usa.gov/xN8eB


May 22, 2017

Industry Alert: Postmaster General Brennan Advances Digital Strategies, Innovation in Mailing and Shipping Industry at 2017 National Postal Forum. A new feature that lets customers see emailed images of their incoming physical mail has attracted more than 2 million users, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan announced today, during the opening session of the National Postal Forum, the country’s premier mailing and shipping conference. Brennan added that with the offering available in nearly every ZIP Code in the United States, more than 10,000 new people are signing up every day.  Full Press Release.

Office of the Inspector General: Total Eclipse of the Stamp Our latest blog highlights USPS’s new solar eclipse stamp released in preparation for a total solar eclipse on August 21. The stamp has been widely publicized, but the U.S. Postal Service always has to strike that fine balance between getting creative to spark an interest in stamp collecting among the younger generation while maintaining the loyalty of the more traditional collectors. This stamp demonstrates how technologies might change the face of stamps, but is that good, bad or irrelevant? Tell us what you think at https://go.usa.gov/xN82a


May 19, 2017

Federal Register: 

  • Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 23077–23078 [2017–10119], [PDF]23319 [2017–10337] [PDF]
  • Postal Service: Product Changes: Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 23078 [2017–10117] [PDF]23320 [2017–10315][PDF], Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 23078 [2017–10115] [PDF], 23078 [2017–10116] [PDF]23320 [2017–10314] [PDF]

May 18, 2017

Industry Alert: Mail Service Disruption Over Memorial Day Weekend. Due to scheduled maintenance, the following facilities will experience temporary disruption in mail acceptance over the Memorial Day weekend:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • North West Rochester Plant (144PM) will be unable to accept Drop Shipments from 06:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Mailers can utilize the Rochester Plant (NASS 144), for scheduling drops during that time frame.
  • Seattle P&DC (980) will be unable to accept Drop Shipments from 05:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Mailers can utilize the Seattle NDC (NASS 98Z) for scheduling drops during that time frame.

 Monday, May 29, 2017

  • Los Angeles NDC (90Z) will be unable to accept Drop Shipments from 06:00 AM – 7:00 PM.  Mailers can utilize the Los Angeles P&DC (NASS 900), for scheduling drops during that time frame.

Industry Alert: U.S. Postal Service Recognized as 2017 Top Federal Agency for Supplier DiversityThe United States Postal Service is being honored as the nation’s best among the top 25 government agencies for promoting diversity and inclusiveness in business opportunities in America. Over two million businesses voted, and USPS ranked number one for engaging in supplier diversity by providing opportunities to diverse enterprise owners. USPS will accept the top award for the sixth year in a row; this is the 16th consecutive year the agency has ranked among top agencies for this honor.  Full Press Release


May 17, 2017

Office of the Inspector General:  Consolidation of Mail for Dallas and New Jersey Network Distribution Centers New OIG audit report assesses efficiency of the Postal Service’s transportation consolidations of mail (loading, unloading, and trailer utilization) for long-haul Highway Contract Routes (HCRs) for the Dallas and New Jersey network distribution centers. HCRs are competitive fixed-price contracts the U.S. Postal Service awards to contractors to transport mail between post offices, network distribution centers, and other designated stops. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the Postal Service spent about $3 billion for about 8,664 HCRs. Read the results in the full report: https://go.usa.gov/xNZWZ

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 22679–22680 [2017–09966] [PDF]


May 16, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 22566 [2017–09776], [PDF]


May 15, 2017

Office of the Inspector General: Rethinking Assumptions The Postal Service’s unfunded liabilities total about $73 billion and have a huge impact on its long-term financial health. Our latest blog discusses a recent audit report that found that the assumptions used by the Office of Personnel Management have a major impact in calculating future liabilities. For example, the difference between using Postal Service-specific assumptions and federal workforce assumptions decreased liabilities by $10.2 billion. For more details, read the blog at https://go.usa.gov/xN4X8

Office of the Inspector General: Facility Condition Reviews – Eastern Area The U.S. Postal Service has more than 30,000 leased and owned retail facilities nationwide. Over 5,800 of these facilities are in the Eastern Area. We reviewed 51 of them, and in our new audit report, we determined whether Postal Service management adhered to building maintenance, safety and security standards, and employee working condition requirements. Read what we found here: https://go.usa.gov/xNYfR

Office of the Inspector General: High Throughput Package Sorter at the Denver, CO, Processing and Distribution Center The U.S. Postal Service installed a pilot High Throughput Package Sorter (HTPS) machine in its Denver, CO, Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) in 2015 to process more packages, about twice as fast as current package sorters. This latest audit report from the OIG evaluates the performance and functionality of the HTPS at the Denver P&DC. To read our findings, go to https://go.usa.gov/xNYwX

Industry Alert:  PRC to Hold Open Public Meeting Thursday, May 18. Meeting to focus on a wide-range of Commission activities to date. The Postal Regulatory Commission today announced the agenda for its May 18 Public Meeting. The meeting is open to the general public and will focus on activities undertaken by the Commission over the course of this fiscal year to date. The following agenda items, among others, will be discussed:
  • Commission efforts regarding statutory review of the system for regulating rates and classes for Market Dominant products
  • Status update on USPS proposed service performance measurement system for Market Dominant products
  • Overview of Analysis of the Postal Service’s FY 2016 Annual Performance Report and FY 2017 Performance Plan (2803/2804) 
  • Annual Compliance Determination results
  • Overview of Financial Analysis of United States Postal Service Financial Results and 
    10-K Statement for FY 2016
  • Overview of Commission’s 5-year strategic plan
  • Summary of order concerning UPS, Inc.’s proposed changes to USPS costing methodologies

The meeting will commence at 11:00 a.m. with opening remarks by Chairman Robert Taub followed by detailed discussions of the Commission’s actions by its four offices: Accountability and Compliance, Public Affairs and Government Relations, General Counsel, and Secretary and Administration. For the first time, the Commission will live stream its public meeting in real time providing increased access and greater transparency. The Commission invites all interested persons to join its public meeting Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at 901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20268 or via live broadcast at, www.prc.gov. An archive of the meeting broadcast will be made available on the Commission’s website.


May 12, 2017

Industry Alert:  Seamless Acceptance Update. The Seamless Acceptance program is open and the Postal Service will begin onboarding customers that wish to participate in the Seamless Acceptance.  Seamless leverages electronic documentation, Intelligent Mail barcodes and mailpiece scans collected from Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) and hand held scanning devices to automate acceptance processes at both Business Mail Acceptance Units (BMEU) and Detached Mail Units (DMU).

Benefits from the program include but are not limited to: 

  • Standardized acceptance and verification processes
  • Improved feedback on business mail quality issues
  • Longer mail production cycles
  • Allows for preparation and payment flexibility

Mailers interested in learning more about the Seamless Acceptance program should contact their local Business Mail Entry unit and/or access Chapter 5 of the Publication for Streamlined Mail Acceptance for Letters and Flats. 

Local Business Mail Entry unit phone numbers can be found here: http://postalpro.usps.com/locators/find-bme

Publication for Streamlined Mail Acceptance for Letters and Flats can be found here:  http://postalpro.usps.com/node/581.

Industry Alert: PostalPro is Moving to Production! PostalPro is moving from its current location to its final production site.  To ensure a smooth transition, new content will not be added to the PostalPro site until Wednesday, May 17, 2017.  You will be able to access PostalPro using the current URL at:  https://postalpro.usps.com/ once it moves to the production site. If you experience any issues when you access PostalPro on Wednesday, May 17, contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800.522.9085 or email postalprosupport@usps.gov.

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commissions - New Postal Products, 22165 [2017–09615] [PDF]


May 11, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Service - Product Changes: Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 22021 [2017–09547] [PDF], 22021 [2017–09548]  [PDF]


May 10, 2017

Office of the Inspector General:  Social Media Customer InquiriesCustomers are increasingly turning to social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — to contact the U.S. Postal Service about service, a retail experience, or for further information on a product. The latest OIG audit report analyzes how customers are using social media to interact with the USPS and how well the Postal Service is responding to customer inquiries via social media. The OIG recommends ways the Postal Service could capitalize on these inquiries to improve overall customer service. Read the OIG’s findings and recommendations in the report at https://go.usa.gov/x5tHF

Office of the Inspector General:  Mail Collection Box Management Process - Capital Metro Area For over 150 years, the blue mail collection boxes have been a staple of the U.S. Postal Service. But they aren’t as visible as they once were. The Postal Service has been removing these boxes in certain areas at an increasing rate over the past decade. At the end of fiscal year 2016, only about 153,000 collection boxes were in service nationwide – down almost 14,000 boxes over the past five years. The latest OIG audit report assesses the process by which postal collection boxes are placed out of service, or removed, in the Capital Metro Area. Read the OIG’s findings in the report at https://go.usa.gov/x5t6f

Office of the Inspector General:   Internal Controls Over Money Orders - Kendall Green Station Contract Postal Unit, Washington, D.C. The OIG uses data analytics tools, such as TripWires, to identify financial anomalies at postal retail outlets. These tools helped our auditors determine that a lack of internal controls over postal money orders sold at the Kendall Green Station Contract Postal Unit in Washington, DC, was putting revenues at risk. To find out more about the problems and what the OIG recommended, go to https://go.usa.gov/x5tfN

Industry Alert: U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Second Quarter ResultsThe U.S. Postal Service posted modest controllable income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 (January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017) of $12 million, short of the $576 million that it had for the same quarter last year. This reduction was driven by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge, which would have generated approximately $500 million in additional revenue during the quarter had it remained in place, and to a lesser extent, a $69 million increase in controllable operating expenses.

Industry Alert: eInduction Automated Assessment Reminder. Automated eInduction Assessments for Mail Quality Metrics begins May 10, 2017 for April data. The assessments result additional postage on those containers in error above the established thresholds:  Undocumented, Payment, Duplicate, Misshipped, Entry Point Discount, Zone Discount.  Automated email Assessment notifications will be sent as described below on the 11th day of each month. These automated assessments will be included with the Full-Service assessments.  Assessments are generated at the electronic documentation (eDoc) submitter Customer Registration ID (CRID) level when there are errors that exceed the established thresholds for a calendar month. The Postal Service will send automated email notifications to the user associated to the Verification Assessment Evaluator (VAE) service for the eDoc submitters Business Customer Gateway (BCG) profile. The Postal Service strongly encourages all eInduction mailers to request access to the Verification Assessment Evaluator (VAE) service through the BCG. In the event that a VAE user is not identified, the automated email assessment notifications are sent to the associated BCG user roles in the following order of precedence:

  • Verification Assessment Evaluator  (Business Service Administrator (BSA) or User Role); if no VAE is identified notification is sent to:
  • BSA for Manage Mailing Activity if there is no BSA for Manage Mailing Activity notification is sent to:
  • BSA for alternate PostalOne! service: Audit Mailing Activity, eVS/PRS Customer, Scan Based Payment Customer.

Note: Only users associated to the BSA or user role for Verification Assessment Evaluator or Managed Mailing Activity services can view and take action on Assessments.

Industry Alert: Attention Business Customer Gateway and PostalOne!® Users: PostalOne! is experiencing a performance issue preventing access to account information and causing jobs to fail.  The issue is under investigation. Mailings will continue to be accepted under the PostalOne! Contingency Plan posted on RIBBS at https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_latestnews/documents/tech_guides/PostalOneExternalContingencyPlan.pdf.   eInduction mailers should follow the eInduction contingency plan.

Federal Register:  Postal Regulatory Commission, New Postal Products, 21836–21837 [2017–09445] [PDF]


May 9, 2017

Office of the Inspector General: Update for Measuring Pension and Retiree Health Benefits Liabilities The U.S. Postal Service provides pension and health insurance benefits to its retirees through a number of different programs and funds. The latest report from OIG auditors, Update for Measuring Pension and Retiree Health Benefits Liabilities, revises reports issued in FY 2013, looking at how using Postal Service specific assumptions will affect the calculations of future health and pension payments. To read the findings, go to https://go.usa.gov/x5FY8.

Office of the Inspector General: Pacific Area P&DC Physical and Environmental Security Controls The U.S. Postal Service uses physical and environmental security controls at its facilities to protect its equipment from unauthorized access and mail. Using data analytics and risk models to identify facilities with a high level of malware incidents, OIG auditors conducted a review of security at the Margaret L. Sellers Processing and Distribution Center in San Diego. For details about their findings, read the report at https://go.usa.gov/x56ff

 


May 8, 2017

Office of the Inspector General: Highway Contract Route Fuel Price Index Program – Eastern Transportation Category Management Team In addition to its own fleet of vehicles, the U.S. Postal Service also manages and pays fuel for almost 14,000 highway contract routes (HCR), which handle mail and equipment sent between postal facilities. In our latest audit report, the OIG examined whether the Eastern Transportation Category Management Teams is handling fuel contracts effectively for its HCRs.  To read about the findings, go to https://go.usa.gov/x5GMV

Office of the Inspector General: Undeliverable Bulk Business Mail at the Margaret L. Sellers Processing and Distribution Center Undeliverable bulk business mail (UBBM) is business mail – including flyers, newsletters, and advertising -- the U.S. Postal Service cannot deliver because of problems with the addressing and recycles instead of returns. Following a Congressional request, OIG auditors reviewed how employees at the Margaret L. Sellers Processing and Distribution Center in San Diego, CA, process UBBM. To read the findings, go to https://go.usa.gov/x56Ne.

 

Office of the Inspector General: Riding Out Fuel Fluctuations Our latest blog discusses a newly-released OIG audit report that found the Postal Service is not prepared to withstand the sharp fluctuations of diesel fuel prices. For example, a $2.03 per gallon increase not long ago resulted in a $341 million spike in USPS’s fuel costs. In fiscal year 2016, USPS paid $570 million for diesel fuel.  For more details, read the blog at https://go.usa.gov/x5Gys

Industry Alert:  Postmaster General and CFO Host Media Call on  U.S. Postal Service FY 2017 Second Quarter Financial Results.  Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:00 a.m. ET. Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett will host a media conference call to discuss the FY17 Quarter Two financial results in more detail. The call is open to the news media and all other interested parties.  To participate:  To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the link:https://www.webex.com/ip/jointest/US/Canada Attendee Dial In: 855-293-5496 Conference ID: 5197473. Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=eec937c52117a7a9628a1c47d74902cbb

 


May 6, 2017

Industry Alert: FAST Message Board Northwest Rochester Power Outage. Due to a scheduled power outage for maintenance at North West Rochester (144PM) on Sunday May 28, 2017, the plant will be unable to accept Drop Shipments from  6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Please utilize the Rochester Plant (NASS 144), for scheduling drops during that time frame.

Federal Register: 

  • Postal Regulatory Commission: Meeting Sunshine Act, 21434 [2017–09330]  [PDF]
  • Postal Service: Product Changes: Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement , 21434 [2017–09220] [PDF]

May 5, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 21278 [2017–09136]  [PDF]


May 4, 2017

Industry Alert: IMb Planning Tool Data Now Sourced from IV. Beginning May 5, 2017 the data source for the IMb Planning Tool will be the Informed Visibility (IV) system. With this change, data will be available in near real-time to assist mailers in planning their mail entry and post mailing activities.   The IMb Planning Tool offers insight into how mail is moving at USPS facilities. Check out the tool today at http://postalpro.usps.com/tools/imb-planning-tool. We are planning  a refresh of the tool’s user interface in future enhancements.

Industry Alert: Portia, Arkansas Post Office Closed Due to Flooding. The Portia, AR Post Office (72457) is closed due to local flooding in the area. Customers are being serviced through the Post Office in Walnut Ridge, AR (72476). Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS or go to the Postal Service’s Website www.usps.com to get the location of other nearby Post Offices and approved postal retail service providers.

Office of the Inspector General: The Profit Is in the Mail Mail has remained profitable for many international posts, even as volumes have dropped. We analyzed five posts — Australia Post, Belgium’s bpost, Swiss Post, Germany’s Deutsche Post DHL, and the UK’s Royal Mail — to determine the main drivers of mail profitability. For more about the paper, read our latest blog at https://go.usa.gov/x5NXD


May 3, 2017

Industry Alert: Southern Area Storm Impacts.  Below is the latest status of offices that were impacted by recent storms:  Oklahoma District- Kinta OK Post Office and Arkansas District- Success AR RMPO. Oklahoma District: The Kinta Post Office at 301 W. Broadway, Kinta Ok 74552 remains closed due to storm damage that occurred in the area.  The alternate Post Office for retail services is Quinton Post Office at 911 E. Main St., Quinton OK 74561. 

 

Impacted PO/ZIP Code

Alternate PO

Kinta RMPO

301 W. Broadway Street

Kinta OK 74552

Quinton Post Office, 911 E. Main. St., Quinton OK 74561.  Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, Sat-Sun Closed.

 

Arkansas District: Success AR RMPO 72470 located at 511 Front St. is inaccessible due to local flooding in the area. The Post Office remains closed and customers will be served through the Corning Post Office, 700 Bobcat Ln, Corning AR, 72422.

 

Industry Alert:  Great Lakes Area Storm Impacts.  The Great Lakes Area has reported the following updated impacts due to storms and flooding: Rockwood, PO, IL 62280 is inaccessible and customer mail is available at the Chester Post Office, 1321 Swanwick St, Chester IL, 62233. Catawissa, PO, MO 63015 is inaccessible and closed due to flooding.  Customers will be served through the Villa Ridge Post Office, 461 Highway M, Villa Ridge MO, 63089. Eureka, PO, MO 63025 is inaccessible and customers can use the Washington Post Office, 1777 Washington Xing, Washington Mo, 63090 until further notice. Morse Mill, PO, MO 63066  is closed due to flooding and customer’s mail is available through the Cedar Hill Post Office, 7050 State Rd BB, Cedar Hill MO, 63016. Robertsville, PO, MO 63072 is closed due to flooding and customers will be served through the Villa Ridge Post Office, 461 Highway M, Villa Ridge MO, 63089.Valley Park, PO, MO 63088 is inaccessible and closed due to flooding.  Customers will be served through the Sacred Heart Church, 17 Ann Ave, Valley Park, MO, 63088. Chamois, PO, MO 35024 is closed due flooding.  Rural delivery will be made were it can be completed safely for customers and employees.

Industry Alert: Congratulations to Porsche®, Cramer-Krasselt and HM Graphics for Winning the 4th Quarter of the 2017 Irresistible Mail™ Award.  It is our great pleasure to announce that Porsche’s “It Takes Something Amazing” campaign is our newest Quarterly Winner. Congratulations to Cramer-Krasselt for designing and HM Graphics for printing the winning campaign. The judges would also like to recognize the following submissions as Honorable Mentions:

  • “A Warranty This Good Campaign” designed by Epsilon and printed by Specialty Print Communications
  • “BMW M4™ GTS Invitation” designed by Ritta & Associates and printed by Hatteras
  • “Home Sweet Home personalized mailers” designed and printed by Marquis
  • “HP® It’s Your Business” designed by Oliver Russell and printed by HM Graphics 
  • “Pitt® Honors Admits Cardboard” designed by the University of Pittsburgh and printed by Unofficial Cardboard
  • “Pitt® Scholarship Profiles and Sticker” designed by the University of Pittsburgh and printed by Heeter
  • “Take a Step Mailing“ designed and printed by the F.P. Horak Company
  • “Trending Yacht Video Brochure“ designed by Nowspeed and printed by Mediafast

Federal Register: 

  • Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 20642 [2017-08948] [PDF]
  • Postal Service: Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 20642–20643 [2017–08883] [PDF]Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 20643 [2017–08884] [PDF]

May 2, 2017

Industry Alert:   The Great Lakes Area has reported the following impacts due to storms and flooding: Makanda PO, IL 62958  is inaccessible and closed due to flooding. Rockwood, PO, IL 62280 is inaccessible and customer mail is available at the Chester Post Office, 1321 Swanwick St, Chester IL, 62233. Catawissa, PO, MO 63015 is inaccessible and closed due to flooding. Eureka, PO, MO 63025 is inaccessible and customers can use the Washington Post Office, 1777 Washington Xing, Washington Mo, 63090 until further notice. Fletcher, PO, MO 63030 is inaccessible and customer mail is available at the DeSoto Post Office, 630 Boyd St, DeSoto MO, 63020. Morse Mill, PO, MO 63066  is closed due to flooding and customer’s mail is available through the Cedar Hill Post Office, 7050 State Rd BB, Cedar Hill MO, 63016. Richwood, PO, MO 63071 is closed due to flooding and customer mail is available at the DeSoto Post Office, 630 Boyd St, DeSoto MO, 63020. Stanton, PO, MO 63079 is inaccessible and closed due to flooding.

Industry Alert: Western Area Storm Impact.  The Western Area reports the Devils Elbow Post Office at 12175 Timber RD, Devils Elbow MO, 65457 is closed due to weather impacts. Customer’s mail will be available through the Waynesville Post Office at 301 North St, Waynesville MO, 65583. Updates will be available through the USPS Service Alerts page on USPS.com.

Industry Alert: Southern Area Storm Impacts.  Below is the latest status of offices that were impacted by recent storms:  Oklahoma District- Kinta OK Post Office and Arkansas District- Success AR RMPO.

Oklahoma District The Kinta Post Office at 301 W. Broadway, Kinta Ok 74552 is currently closed due to storm damage that occurred in the area.  The alternate Post Office for retail services is Quinton Post Office at 911 E. Main St., Quinton OK 74561. 

Impacted PO/ZIP Code

Alternate PO

Kinta RMPO

301 W. Broadway Street

Kinta OK 74552

Quinton Post Office, 911 E. Main. St., Quinton OK 74561.  Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, Sat-Sun Closed.

 

Arkansas District Success AR RMPO 72470 located at 511 Front St. is inaccessible due to local flooding in the area. The Post Office is currently closed and updates will be provided as service is restored.

Industry Alert: Attention Business Customer Gateway and FAST Users: Please be advised that the phone system at the National Customer Support Center will be down tonight, 5/2/2017, from 7 PM to 8 PM, Central, for maintenance.  If you are unable to reach the help desk via the 800 number, please email the FAST Help Desk at:  fast@usps.gov

Federal Register:

Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 20501–20502 [2017–08826] [PDF]

Postal Service - Product Changes: Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 20502 [2017–08791] [PDF] Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 20502 [2017–08794] [PDF]


May 1, 2017

Industry Alert:  The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet May 10 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8 a.m. ET in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items: 

  1. Call to order
  2. Remarks of TEC Chairman/Postmaster General & CEO
  3. Approval of previous minutes
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Quarterly Report on Financial Performance
  6. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  7. Tentative agenda for the June 20 meeting
  8. Adjourn

Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

Financial Briefing - Following the TEC’s open meeting on May 10, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 10 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

How to Participate:  Important Notice: To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the link www.webex.com/lp/jointest/US/Canada Attendee Dial-in: (855) 293-5496 Conference ID: 5197473 Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=eec937c52117a7a9628a1c47d74902cbb.  If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below: Alternate URL: https://usps.webex.com  Event Number: 991 463 781 

Office of the Inspector General: Mail Profitability in International Posts Despite years of declining volumes, mail remains profitable for the majority of 13 international postal systems that the Postal Service Office of Inspector General examined in a new white paper. In fact, mail accounted for an average 60 percent of the posts’ total profits. Contributing factors include less restrictive legal and regulatory environments, greater cost efficiency, and robust governmental support. Read Mail Profitability in International Posts https://go.usa.gov/x5EX4

Industry Alert:  Attention eVs Users: eVS is experiencing delays in receiving manifest files from PTR due to PTR performance issues.  There is no action required from eVS users to resubmit any files. Once the performance issues are resolved, files will be processed.  An update will be provided in 3 hours or when file processing is resumed.


 

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