Video: Missing package remains a mystery

A Scottsdale woman says the United States Postal Service lost an important package, and she says they’re not doing much to find it.

The United States Postal Service handles countless packages, boxes and mail every day.

And you hope your items arrive safely at their destination.   That’s what Heon Ely was expecting. The Valley woman helped pack up a few of her daughter’s belongings down in New Orleans and mailed them to California.

“She and I packed the items and we shipped multiple boxes via USPS,” Ely explained.  One particular box contained some very important documents.

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McCaskill Requests Study of Rural Broadband and Postal Access

Senator looks to examine lack of access to broadband technology in rural areas, dependence on reliable postal service

clairemccaskillWASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has requested an examination of the interaction between the lack of adequate access to broadband technology in rural areas and the reliability of Postal Service delivery. Without efficient and effective mail service as a result of recent Postal Service consolidations, rural Missourians are put at an economic and communications disadvantage, the effects of which haven’t yet been properly studied.

“We write to ask that you assess the interaction between the United States Postal Service’s recent operational changes and broadband access in rural communities,” Senators McCaskill and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota wrote in the letter. “Broadband has been a disruptive technology that has allowed people to communicate anytime from anywhere for both personal and professional reasons. But too many rural communities in this country still lack adequate access to broadband, and they rely on the Postal Service for their global connectivity. Without efficient and effective service from the Postal Service, rural Americans are put at a significant economic and personal disadvantage.”

McCaskill is a longtime advocate for postal service in rural communities, and recently backed the Rural Postal Act, a bill that aims to improve postal service, delivery times, and standards in rural communities that have been disproportionately affected by cuts to the Postal Service. The bill—sponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and also cosponsored by Jon Tester of Montana—would restore overnight delivery, return a faster First-Class mail standard, make six-day delivery permanent, and enact strict criteria the Postal Service would have to meet before closing a post office to ensure that rural communities are still able to easily access the mail system.

McCaskill also recently signed on to a request for the federal government’s top watchdog to review the Postal Service’s calculation of delivery times and standards, and she helped win a one-year moratorium on postal closings until the impact of those closings is fully understood.

Earlier in the year McCaskill co-hosted a bipartisan roundtable on rural postal issues to raise awareness about the critical role of the postal service for rural communities and to urge action on the part of both the U.S. Postal Service and her Congressional colleagues. McCaskill also participated in a roundtable on postal services in the digital age, in which she highlighted the need for the U.S. Postal Service to adapt to changes in technology in a way that takes into account smaller cities, towns and rural communities.

Full text of the letter can be found HERE.

Ofcom accuses Royal Mail of breach of competition law

Communications regulator Ofcom has accused Royal Mail of breaching competition law after it proposed raising prices for its bulk mail delivery customers.

Bulk mail is collected by other postal firms from businesses and passed to Royal Mail for sorting and delivery.Royal Mail set out the price changes in January 2014, before withdrawing them.

Rival firm Whistl, which had planned its own delivery network, claimed the price hikes were anti-competitive.

Ofcom said its specific allegations include that “changes to Royal Mail’s wholesale prices for bulk mail delivery services contained a differential in pricing which meant that, in practice, higher access prices would be charged to… customers that competed with Royal Mail in delivery than to those access customers that did not”.

At the time that the price increase was proposed, TNT Post – now Whistl – was proposing to launch a rival bulk letter sorting and delivery service for business customers.

Following the price hike, it complained to the regulator about anti-competitive practice on the part of Royal Mail and ultimately gave up on its rival venture.

Source: Ofcom accuses Royal Mail of breach of competition law – BBC News

Innovative concept helps USPS quickly deliver parcels on Sundays in NYC

From USPS News Link:

If you think New York City slows down on Sundays, think again.

That’s why the Postal Service is using an innovative technique to quickly deliver Sunday packages to customers in the city.

Through dynamic routing, USPS sorts delivery points in logical, efficient 4-5 hour delivery routes. Turn-by-turn driving instructions for letter carriers are included.

“It’s a good program. It’s something that works,” said Customer Services Supervisor Jordan Triebwasser, who serves as Triboro District’s coordinator for Sunday parcel deliveries.

Triebwasser oversees 20 hubs that deliver in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island — and average 99.99 percent in scanning.

“It’s very powerful. It helps me help these hubs,” Triebwasser said.

USPS introduced dynamic routing last year at facilities that have parcel-only routes.

The concept, which is part of a broader effort to grow the USPS package service, continues toexpand as Sunday deliveries become more popular.

Triebwasser has firsthand knowledge of dynamic routing’s effectiveness.

On a recent Sunday, he arrived home and found several parcels that were delivered while he was at work.

“The Post Office is the only game in town on Sundays,” Triebwasser said.

Source: New York minute | USPS News Link

Video: Man says postal worker threw package out of delivery truck

LITHONIA, Ga. — A Lithonia man is not happy after seeing how his neighborhood postal worker treated his delivery.  Home surveillance video shows the postal worker tossing his package out the window of the delivery truck. “It could’ve been a fragile item. It could’ve been glass items, anything. They don’t know. That box was just tossed out the door like it was trash,” Thomas Sutton told Channel 2’s Wendy Corona.  Twice now, his home surveillance camera has caught this type of behavior at his Lithonia home from a postal worker.

Source: Man says postal worker threw package out of delivery truck | www.wsbtv.com

Former Letter Carrier Convicted of Drug Trafficking and Bribery

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtGreenbelt, Maryland – A federal jury convicted former letter carrier Takisha Cole, age 33, of Washington, D.C. late on Friday, July 24, 2015 of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, use of a communications device to facilitate drug trafficking and bribery.

The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Paul Bowman of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; Acting Postal Inspector in Charge David M. McGinnis of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.

From at least March 2011 through September 2014, Cole was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier, assigned to a route serving the Silver Spring, Maryland area. Cole was responsible for delivering packages sent through the U.S. Postal Service to the appropriate addresses on her route.

According to court documents and evidence presented at Cole’s five-day trial, from at least May 2013 through August 13, 2014, Michael Prandy paid Cole to use her position as a letter carrier to obtain and deliver packages containing marijuana to Prandy.  The packages were sent from California and elsewhere and mailed via USPS to Prandy’s residence in Silver Spring.  In August 2013, Prandy’s address was removed from Cole’s postal route. Even though Prandy’s address was no longer on her postal route, Cole continued to pick up his packages at the Silver Spring Postal Annex and deliver them to Prandy’s residence on McAlpine Road.  According to trial testimony, in return for delivering the packages, Prandy paid Cole $50 to $100 per package, which he placed in an envelope and left in the mailbox at his residence for Cole to pick up.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Cole faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana; four years in prison for use of a communications device to facilitate drug trafficking; and 15 years in prison for bribery.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has scheduled sentencing for October 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Michael Louis Prandy, age 39, of Silver Spring, Maryland previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy. Judge Chuang scheduled Prandy’s sentencing for August 4, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Postal Service -OIG, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Ray D. McKenzie, who are prosecuting the case.

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Cory Booker Introduces Postal Innovation Act to Help Expand Cost-Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Technology

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced the introduction of the Postal Innovation Act, a bill that supports the modernization of United States Postal Service (USPS) vehicles by incorporating more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly technology.

 “At a time when budgets are tight, it is in our best interest to find creative ways to make prudent investments that improve safety, reduce the carbon footprint of postal vehicles, and save taxpayers money,” Sen. Booker said. “The Postal Innovation Act will help the Postal Service identify efficient and innovative technologies to better serve Americans.”

The USPS employs nearly 22,000 people in New Jersey and 618,000 people across the nation. USPS has long been a provider of critical communications services, yet needs to explore ways to keep pace with the changing needs of consumers.  The Postal Innovation Act takes steps forward to address these challenges by having the USPS investigate the economic benefits of non-postal services such as public Internet access.

The savings from these programs can spur future innovation, research, and development to ensure the USPS can sustain itself well into the future.

 

The Postal Innovation Act:

  • Allows the Postal Service to implement pilot programs in five cities for non-postal services including public wireless broadband Internet access, experimental postal products market testing, beer and wine shipment, warehousing, and Internet voting.
  • Allows the Postal Service to enter into contracts to upgrade the postal fleet by increasing long-term savings through the reduction of collision, maintenance, fuel, and other costs.
  • Requires postal vehicles to be outfitted with collision-averting technology.
  • Instructs the Postal Service to reduce its vehicular consumption of petroleum products by no less than two percent annually through the end of fiscal year 2025.
  • Requires postal vehicles to comply with standards established by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with the agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act.
  • Allows the Postal Service to utilize savings from this act to reinvest in innovation, research, and development.
  • Provides guidelines for the Comptroller General to conduct a study of potential opportunities and challenges related to the Postal Service providing public internet access and online voting. 

The Postal Innovation Act is supported by the League of American Bicyclists and the Truck Safety Coalition.

Video: Letter carrier caught throwing package while talking on cellphone

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA- Grovetown resident, Brian Preston told us that he was irritated that this motion activated camera caught his mail carrier tossing a package on the door step as she appears to be on a cell phone.

He says this package meant more to him because it was a present for our five year old son.

The package held NFL Bears memorabilia. Although they weren’t damaged, this family says they order frequently and other items COULD HAVE BEEN DAMAGED. He posted the surveillance video on our NBC 26 Facebook saying  “he hopes Thursday was her last day.

”The United States Postal Service wouldn’t comment on if the mail carrier still had her job or not, but a representative sent this short statement saying…. ““The U.S. Postal Service does not condone the throwing of any mail, as a method of delivery.”

We received this surveillance video from a viewer… Hear from him as well as the United States Postal Service (USPS)- tonight at 11.

Posted by NBC 26 on Friday, July 24, 2015

Source: USPS Mail Carrier Caught Throwing Package | NBC26.tv

Inspection Service crackdown recovers $75K worth of lost equipment

inspectorFrom USPS News Link:

Postal Inspectors and Postal Police Officers recently recovered almost $75,000 worth of missing mailing equipment in a single day, part of an ambitious crackdown on the theft of USPS property.

Lost Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) — including pallets, letter trays and tubs — cost the Postal Service $120 million in 2013. Postal Inspectors investigate and seek prosecution when individuals steal, sell or knowingly misuse MTE.

The recoveries occurred on a recent day in June, when Postal Inspectors and Postal Police Officers visited 72 recycling facilities and scrap yards in New York City. The team also issued 28 warning letters.

The sweep was part of Operation Zone Impact Policing (ZIP), which is managed by Anthony Pisani, a physical security specialist in the Inspection Service’s New York Division.

Operation ZIP focuses on recovering MTE when prosecution isn’t feasible. Pisani dispatches “recon teams” to look for MTE at recycling facilities and scrap yards and take corrective steps if they find it.

The teams work with district transportation managers to take the recovered equipment back to postal facilities.

If you spot MTE where it shouldn’t be, call the MTE hotline at 866-330-3404 (anonymous tips are permitted) or report it via email.