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Archive for January 7th, 2011

Donahoe: SE Area closing just the beginning- some district offices to close, RIF and VER likely by March

In a letter to USPS Officers published by Postcom, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe says that today’s elimination of the Southeast Area Office, and the realignment of some Headquarters departments is just the

… beginning of a much larger process that will involve every level of the organization, including the closure of some Districts. As we continue our restructuring, we anticipate that Reduction in Force (RIF) and Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) processes will be initiated by the end of this fiscal quarter.

Next week we will release temporary reporting guidance for the remainder of the organization. We will continue to provide updates.

We anticipate being able to share a complete organization chart within the next few months.”

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New USPS Organization Chart

New USPS Org Chart

Oklahoma postal worker gets probation for mail theft

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that WILLIAM ARTHUR WALKER, age 57 of Eufaula, Oklahoma was sentenced to 24 months of probation for Theft of Mail in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1709. WALKER was also ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine.

Charges arose from an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. WALKER pled guilty in August, 2010.

The Information alleged that on or about April 14, 2010, the defendant, an employee of the United States Postal Service in McAlester, Oklahoma, knowingly and unlawfully take and remove a piece of first class mail entrusted to him, with the intent to convert it to his own use.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over today’s hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Ryan Roberts, represented the United States.

Postmaster General Restructures U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON — A 16 percent reduction to the officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units and closing one Area office are among steps taken today by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to create a leaner, faster, smarter U.S. Postal Service.

While cost savings will be realized, the main objective of the restructuring is to enhance and strengthen customer service and relationships. The realignment flattens the organization, enabling flexibility to more quickly adapt to changing market forces and continuing mail volume decline.

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Pitney Bowes to Launch “Volly” Secure Digital Delivery Service that Connects Mailers and Consumers

Pitney Bowes press release:

NEW YORK, January 06, 2011 – Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) today announced the Vollyâ„¢ secure digital delivery service, a new cloud-based digital mail communications platform that will empower consumers to receive, view, organize, and manage bills, statements, direct marketing, catalogs, coupons and other content from multiple providers using a single application. This opt-in, consumer-focused consolidation service, which also includes online bill pay, will begin to be made available to consumers in the United States in the second half of 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

PRC seeks comments on USPS Annual Compliance Review

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 — The Postal Regulatory Commission issued the following news release:

The Postal Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment in Docket No. ACR2010 to review the FY 2010 performance of the United States Postal Service and to determine its compliance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA).

“The Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) is the keystone of Commission oversight to ensure the transparency and accountability of the Postal Service and to determine whether its financial management, service performance, pricing policies and strategic execution are consistent with the principles of the PAEA,” said Chairman Ruth Y. Goldway.

As mandated by the PAEA, the Commission is currently reviewing the Postal Service’s Annual Compliance Report (ACR), which was received on December 29, 2010, and will issue its findings within 90 days of that date.

The public is invited to review and comment on the ACR, which is posted in the Docket. Individuals can e-mail informal comments via the “Contact PRC” button on the Commission’s home page, www.prc.gov, or send them by mail to the Secretary of the Commission, Postal Regulatory Commission, 901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20268-0001.

Persons wishing to file formal comments to be included online in the Docket must first register with the Commission. Initial written comments are due by February 2, 2011, and written reply comments are due by February 17, 2011. Instructions for filing formal comments are available on the Commission homepage under the “Filing Online” button. A link is also provided to the “Public Representative,” Emmett Rand Costich, who is assigned to the ACD.

“The ACD is the single most important opportunity for the Commission and the public to examine the Postal Service’s performance in detail and offer guidance to promote more effective and efficient mail service for the future. I encourage interested citizens to participate in the process,” Goldway said.

USPS introduces Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes for commercial shippers

The following information was released by the U.S. Postal Service:

The U.S. Postal Service is ringing in the new year with an expedited package delivery service that provides a simpler way to ship to regional destinations. Designed for commercial shippers, Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes are an affordable solution for package shipments requiring fast delivery over shorter distances.

“Regional Rate Boxes are designed with commercial package shippers in mind,” said Gary Reblin, vice president, Shipping Services. “They have great potential for shippers requiring expedited delivery and cost-effective pricing for small and dense packages within smaller delivery areas.”

Introduced Jan. 2, Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes are available to Priority Mail Commercial Base and Commercial Plus customers shipping small and dense packages in domestic zones 1 through 4. Postal Service-produced packaging is required, which can be ordered at usps.com/shop.

The two Regional Rate Box types (offered in top-loaded or side-loaded options) have an alpha identifier for each type, A or B. Pricing for Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes is based on the box that is used and the destination zone. Regional Rate Box A has a 15-pound maximum weight limit and starts at $4.97. Regional Rate Box B has a 20-pound maximum weight limit and starts at $5.81.

The new offering also can be used with Merchandise Return Service (MRS) parcels returned at Priority Mail prices.

Priority Mail Commercial Base prices are 6.6 percent lower on average than retail prices, and Priority Mail Commercial Plus prices are 13.6 percent lower on average than retail prices. For more information, customers can contact their Postal Service account manager or the Office of Commercial Pricing at cpp@usps.gov. Background information and pricing for Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes is available at usps.com/shipping/regionalratebox.

What to Expect from the New Congress: NAPS Legislative Update

National Association of Postal Supervisors Legislative Update for January 2011:
Leg RegUpdate 01-05-11