The U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Postal Supervisors have been engaged in EAS Pay Consultations for FY2016-2019 since September 21, 2017. Under Title 39, USPS is supposed to provide NAPS with a final pay package within 90 days from the start of pay talks – that is, by today.Continue reading →
Federal and postal employees dodged a bullet aimed at their retirement benefits when the House of Representatives today refrained from including any retirement benefit cuts in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution (H Con Res 71).
From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:
The Fiscal Year 2018 budget sent to Congress by President Trump earlier this week proposes legislative changes that would impose dramatic cuts in federal retirement benefits for current and future retirees and potentially erode the current size of postal employee paychecks. It also would provide a modest set of reforms to the Postal Service, but rely chiefly on employee compensation cuts to restore financial solvency. Continue reading →
The National Association of Postal Supervisors today announced its support for postal reform legislation championed by a bipartisan group of leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The legislative proposal, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, is set for a hearingon Tuesday and could be approved by the HOGR Committee by the end of February.
The National Association of Postal Supervisors says it has been in contact with USPS Headquarters over the possible impact of Donald Trump’s hiring freeze. NAPS says the USPS told them that they had “reached out” to the Trump administration to discuss the issue. Continue reading →
When the OIG performs these audits, it is vital that you have all documentation on hand. It remains imperative that all documentation for the retention period is maintained for record keeping purposes.
If there are any issues with the audits, the OIG will contact the specific Financial Unit. As stated earlier this week; District Leadership needs to be included with that process. Once the OIG finishes this audit, the facility will be given recommendations and action items. The turnaround time will be 7 days.
The National Association of Postal Supervisors says the USPS has published its plan to reduce the number of Manager, Post Officer Operations (MPOO or POOM) positions, while increasing the number of Manager, Customer Service Operations (MCSO) positions. MCSOs work in large Post Offices and manage the day to day activities of several stations & branches. MPOOs provide operational oversight to large numbers of post offices within a District.
The plan would scrap the current allocation of MPOOs and MCSOs, which allows one MPOO for every 100 post offices, and 1 MCSO for every ten carrier stations. The new allocations would be based on workload. According to presentations posted by NAPS, the number of MPOOs nationwide would be reduced from 346 to 291, for a net reduction of 54. (Some of the presentation’s numbers don’t actually add up). More than half of the EAS-25 MPOO positions would be eliminated, while there would be an increase in lower level positions. There would no longer be a Senior MPOO position.
The proposal would actually increase the number of MCSO positions from 144 to 162, for a net gain of 18. All MCSOs would be EAS-23, except for 25 EAS-25 positions at offices which have level 24 stations.
Last month the National Association of Postal Supervisors asked the Postal Regulatory Commission to open a new inquiry into the postal service’s plans to consolidate more mail processing facilities, and relax service standards. The PRC has now notified NAPS that it does not have the authority to do so:
Louis M. Atkins, President
National Association of Postal Supervisors
Dear Mr. Atkins:
Thank you for bringing the National Association of Postal Supervisors’ (NAPS) concerns regarding the Postal Service’s plan to consolidate 82 mail processing facilities to the attention of the Commission. As you note in your letter, the Commission previously addressed this issue in Docket No. N2012-1, Advisory Opinion on Mail Processing Network Rationalization Service Changes, September 28, 2012 (Advisory Opinion). NAPS asks the Commission to reopen Docket No. N2012-1, or initiate a new public inquiry or other proceeding, to reassess Phase 11 of the Postal Service’s network rationalization initiative that is planned to begin in January of 2015.
Generally, the Postal Service must seek an advisory opinion whenever it "determines that there should be a change in the nature of postal services which will generally affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide bases." See 39 U.S.C. § 3661. There is not a direct mechanism for the Commission to independently initiate the advisory opinion process, or reopen a completed advisory opinion docket. Advisory opinions issued by the Commission provide an independent assessment of proposed Postal Service actions and they are advisory in nature, which means that the Postal Service is not bound by the advice or recommendations provided therein.
The Commission may engage the Postal Service concerning whether or not an action that it is undertaking (or plans to undertake) necessitates the filing of a new request for an advisory opinion, however, the Commission is not aware of any material deviations from the plan previously presented that would require such Commission involvement.
In Docket No. N2012-1, the Commission recognized that network rationalization increases the days to delivery for certain types of mail. Network rationalization’s impact on the ability to meet service performance goals (given the increased days to delivery) is a related issue.
The Postal Service reports its progress in meeting service performance goals on a quarterly basis for informational purposes, and on an annual basis for compliance purposes. For compliance purposes, the Postal Service reports its network service performance at a national level by each market dominant product. The annual results are reported and discussed in the Commission’s Annual Compliance Determination (ACD). The ACD reviews service performance at the national level, and is not intended to provide review at a local or facility level. NAPS has the opportunity to participate in the ACD process by submitting comments concerning annual service performance.
Based on all of the considerations above, the Commission does not have a basis for initiating a reassessment of Phase II of the Postal Service’s network rationalization initiative at this time. However, NAPS is encouraged to participate in the ACD process if it believes that the Postal Service’s service performance goals are not being met.