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Best Laid Plans: Another USPS IG Report, Another Failed Attempt to Save Money

As has been pointed out repeatedly in the past few years, United States Postal Service (USPS) management continues to struggle mightily to enact efficiencies or carve out savings from its operations.  And this continues to be the case despite the...

Leslie Paige October 17, 2019
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USPS’s 12 Years of Financial Woe

On November 14, 2018, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that, for the 12th year running, it lost money.  While this annual revelation has become something of a dog bites man story, the new, and more alarm

Leslie Paige November 29, 2018
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President Trump’s Postal Task Force Should Consider Locality Pay

There are many commonsense reforms that the task force should examine that could put the USPS on a sustainable financial path and help it perform more like a private-sector business.

CAGW Staff July 11, 2018
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USPS: Carrying Water (Not Mail) for Secretary Clinton

On July 19, 2017, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs (HSGAC) held a hearing titled, “The Postal Service’s Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season:  Implications for the Hatch Act.”  During testimony from both the United...

Rachel Cole July 21, 2017
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USPS Board of Governors Now Empty

On December 8, 2016, Chairman James Bilbray of the U.S.

Rachel Cole December 12, 2016
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Postal Workers Protest Privatization of USPS, and Other Wishful Reforms

On August 23, 2016, postal workers held a rally on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the American Postal Workers Union’s convention in Orlando, Florida.  The union has come out ag

Rachel Cole August 24, 2016
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USPS Saves Less than Predicted from POStPlan

A recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) “Post Office Structure Plan” (POStPlan) has failed to achieve the savings first predicted by USPS in 2012.  The POStPlan aspired...

Rachel Cole May 6, 2016
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Fail and Expand: The USPS Way

In the world inhabited by rational people, when a business repeatedly falters and fails make a profit, it is slated for downsizing and a return to the basic services where it had previously operated effectively. But, in the world of government-...

Curtis Kalin May 27, 2015
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Study: Postal Service Receives $18 Billion Per-Year in Monopoly Benefits

A report by former top Commerce Department official and Clinton economic adviser Robert Shapiro reveals the inherent subsidies and monopoly benefits provided to the United States Postal Service (USPS) result in more than $18 billion in financial...

Curtis Kalin March 27, 2015
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USPS In-APPtitude on Display

Sometimes, when it comes to grAPPling with the overarching, mind-numbing problem of trillions in government waste across all federal agencies, it's the little vignettes that really illustrate and crystallize the larger story.

Leslie Paige December 4, 2014
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Postal Delivery Times for Mail Slip, But Groceries Get Delivered in San Francisco !

Even as the USPS has ramped up a demo project to delivery groceries with Amazon in a few cities and made a deal to deliver some parcels for certain retailers on Sunday, the USPS is scaling back de

Leslie Paige October 27, 2014
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Clarity on Costs Essential To Postal Reform

USPS is posting one thing very well; losses.

Leslie Paige September 19, 2014