Former Manager of North Kenner, Louisiana Post Office Charged with Misappropriation of Postal Funds

NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced yesterday that RYAN S. CORTEZ, former Supervisor and Manager of Customer Service Operations at the North Kenner Post Office located at 390 West Esplanade Avenue, was charged in a Bill of Information for Misappropriation of Postal Funds. CORTEZ, age 46, of Des Allemands, Louisiana, was arrested in October 2018 by special agents with the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (“Postal OIG”). Continue reading

USPS is ready to deliver this holiday season

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season.  We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.” Continue reading

PRC Approves Rate Changes for Market Dominant and Competitive Products

Washington, DC – Today the Postal Regulatory Commission issued Orders 4875 and 4876 approving the Postal Service’s planned rate adjustments for both Market Dominant products and Competitive products respectively.

Rate increases for Market Dominant products must meet certain statutory and regulatory requirements, the most prominent of which is that such increases be no greater than the rate of inflation, as determined by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. Conversely, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act requires, among other things, that rates for Competitive products must produce sufficient revenues to ensure they are not subsidized by Market Dominant products.

The Commission found that the rates for both classes of mail meet all statutory requirements and may take effect, January 27, 2019, as planned. The Commission also found that the planned classification changes, with the revisions set forth in Orders 4875 and 4876, are consistent with applicable law.

 

Select Market Dominant First-Class Mail rates will change as follows:

                                                                                               

Product

Old Rate

New Rate

Forever Stamp

50 cents

55 cents

Metered Letter

47 cents

50 cents

Additional Ounce

21 cents

15 cents

 

Select Competitive Product rates affected by the rate adjustment include:

 

Product: Priority Mail

Old Rate

New Rate

Retail Small Flat Rate Box

$7.20

$7.90

Retail Medium Retail Flat Rate Box

$13.65

$14.35

Retail Large Flat Rate Box

$18.90

$19.95

Retail Large Flat Rate Box APO/FPO/DPO

$17.40

$18.45

Retail Regular Flat Rate Envelope

$6.70

$7.35

Retail Legal Size Flat Rate Envelopes

$7.00

$7.65

Retail Padded Flat Rate Envelopes

$7.25

$8.00

 

The Commission’s complete analyses of the Postal Service’s Market Dominant and Competitive rate adjustments for calendar year 2019 are located at www.prc.gov in Docket Nos. R2019-1 and CP2019-3, respectively.