Washington, D.C. – A measure authored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) was unanimously adopted by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as a part of the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756), which has been years in the making. Congressman DeSaulnier’s amendment would require the United States Postal Service (USPS) to provide Congressional offices with at least 10-days of advance notice regarding any closure, sale, movement, or reduction of operations of a post office in their district. Continue reading →
BISMARCK, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today called on U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to take concrete steps to protect quality mail delivery and service in Amidon and Halliday now and in the future following the news of the anticipated post office closure in Amidon and service disruption in Halliday.
Heitkamp pressed Brennan to make sure her agency is listening to the needs of the Amidon and Halliday communities, and to communicate a comprehensive plan on how the needs of both communities to access the full array of postal services will be met.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is calling out the U.S. Postal Service for its use of “emergency suspension” authority to close down Missouri post offices, potentially circumventing the standard process that requires input from communities that would feel the effects of a closure and notifications to Congress.
“I recently became aware of a number of post offices in Missouri that were closed via ‘emergency suspension’ and never reopened,” wrote McCaskill, a former Missouri State Auditor and senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan. “I am concerned that these closures are circumventing the United States Postal Service’s standard discontinuance process, and communities are being adversely affected without the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the decision-making process. Continue reading →
Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission has established Docket No. PI2016-2 to solicit public comment on the scope of its authority over Postal Service determinations to close or consolidate post offices. Title 39 of United States Code 404(d) sets forth the requirements for the Postal Service to follow when it closes or consolidates a post office and authorizes the Commission to review these closures and consolidations.
The Commission seeks written comments regarding the interpretation of terms and concepts related to section 404(d) including the distinctions between closures or consolidations and relocations or rearrangements of postal retail facilities, and the interpretation and application of the sole source standard which provides for Commission jurisdiction over certain contract postal units.
Interested persons wishing to file formal comments to be included online in the docket must first register with the Commission. Instructions for submitting formal comments are available on the Commission website, www.prc.gov, under the “Filing Online” button. Interested persons who do not have Internet access may submit comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission at 901 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20268.
Initial written comments are due no later than January 29, 2016, and written reply comments are due no later than February 23, 2016. The Commission has appointed Lauren A. D’Agostino to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this docket.
RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) — A mold problem has shut down the main U.S. Post Office in the city of Richmond. It’s an 80-year-old building that was built in 1938 and it looks pristine on the outside. Still, there is a health hazard that needs to be cleaned up before it can be reopened.
One by one, potential customers approached the front entrance of Richmond’s main post office, only to find it locked up tight.
“The post office is closed. I was trying to check my P.O. box and go to work,” Shannon Smith of Richmond said.The problem is mold that was found in the basement of the 1930’s art deco building. It’s is something the postal service determined needed to be cleaned up, immediately. Left unchecked, mold can cause health problems, even death in extreme cases.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that she is pressing for a study of the interaction between the lack of adequate high-speed wireless Internet access in rural areas and the reliability of U.S. Postal Service delivery. Heitkamp and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri officially requested the study.
Forty percent of rural residents across North Dakota lack high-speed Internet, meaning many North Dakotans rely heavily on the Postal Service for their global connectivity. But as the Internet has become an alternative to traditional mail in more urban areas, the post office remains an integral center of rural communities. Heitkamp’s effort today follows her consistent work to hold the Postal Service accountable to North Dakota’s rural communities. Just last month, she introduced a bill to improve rural mail delivery and standards.