Top stories of the week October 15-21

  1. USPS seeks volunteers to work in Puerto Rico 
  2. OPM publishes 2018 FEHB Premiums 
  3. Senate Approves Budget Resolution Without Benefit Hits 
  4. APWU: 2017 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period 
  5. Veterans’ Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed 
  6. NARFE: Retiree COLA Announcement Reinforces Need for a New COLA Formula 
  7. 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums 
  8. Former New Jersey Postal Supervisor Admits Theft 
  9. Chicago artist takes on Trump with ‘stamp art’ 
  10. West Virginia OIC pleads guilty to theft 

Veterans’ Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed

10/19/2017 – Each year, Veterans’ Day is celebrated on Nov. 11. For 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday.

There has been some confusion about when the Postal Service will observe the holiday because it has a six “business” day week. For clarification, USPS Retail and Delivery will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It will be business as usual on Friday, November 10, 2017. Continue reading

Former Employee of Beloit WI Post Office Sentenced for Theft of Mail

MADISON, WIS. — Jeffrey M. Anderson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tamara Donald, 39, Loves Park, Ill., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to two years of probation for theft of mail. In addition, Donald was order to pay $117.87 to the victims in the case. Donald, formerly a postal support employee at the U.S. Post Office in Beloit, Wis., pleaded guilty to this charge on August 3, 2017. Continue reading

Vermont Rural Carrier Sentenced for Possession of Oxycodone

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Robert Mackenzie, 62, of Fletcher, Vermont, was sentenced on October 18, 2017, in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont, to serve a one (1) year term of probation after his guilty plea to one count of possession of Oxycodone. Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Mackenzie to perform 40 hours of community service during his term of probation, and to pay a $25 special assessment. Continue reading