Coverage of Bernstock scandal wins investigative journalism prize for Federal Times

From the Federal Times Fedline blog:

Senior Writer Stephen Losey won the first place award for investigative journalism for “Did top postal exec break contracting rules?”, which examined how former U.S. Postal Service executive Robert Bernstock awarded millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to his former business associates. “This look into non-bid contract giving by one official at the financially strapped Postal Service yielded what makes investigative journalism worth the effort: Response in the form of the probed official’s resignation and a rebidding of contracts under the microscope,” the judges said. “Congratulations to Losey and his editors for meaningful work that may have helped save taxpayers some money, but more importantly reminded readers of the importance of fairness and ethics in the public realm. Losey’s enterprising efforts should be praised for training a light on shadowy places.”

via Federal Times wins three SPJ Dateline Awards – Fedline – The Federal Times Blog – federal news, government operations, agency management, pay & benefits.

  • jasman

    While the report may deserve recognition, the judges fail to understand the USPS receives no taxpayer money.

  • Retired 44

    Although Mr. Bernstock didn’t seem to follow the rules very well, the judges have it wrong by stating:

    “Congratulations to Losey and his editors for meaningful work that may have helped save taxpayers some money”

    The United States Postal service is self funding, by the sale of postage and fees. With the exception of some extremely small subsidies, taxpayers contribute nothing for postal operations. Why is this so hard to grasp?

  • brian

    Well, of course you’re correct, but it’s not really relevant to this story- change “taxpayers” to “mailers” if you like, the impact of the story is exactly the same- Bernstock squandered federal dollars on his cronies.

  • Retired 44

    Brian,

    I agree with your comment. But there is a very strong and incorrect perception out there that taxpayers, not ratepayers sustain the USPS…. They have the impression the Postal Service is just another government agency, paid for by tax dollars.