Posts Tagged ‘post office’

USPS Was Ready for COVID-19 In April. Trump Was Not.

September 18, 2020

USPS Was Ready for COVID-19 In April. Trump Was Not.

In April, as the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of Americans, the United States Postal Service planned to distribute 650 million masks, five per U.S. household. and even drafted a press release. about it. The White House knew of the COVID-19 threat but was still “downplaying” it, and blocked the plan. Thousands more died.

More:

“White House reportedly scrapped plan to send masks to every American because it wanted to avoid ‘panic,'” Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week

“Newly revealed USPS documents show an agency struggling to manage Trump, Amazon and the pandemic,” Tony Romm, Jacob Bogage and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

“Of Course Trump Nixed a Masks Plan That Could’ve Eradicated COVID-19 in April,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

Update:

“Trump administration scrapped plan to send every American a mask in April, email shows,” Laura Strickler and Geoff Bennett, NBC News

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A Musical Lesson for Louis DeJoy

August 17, 2020

Everyone from Benjamin Franklin to the Mickey Mouse Club has realized the importance of prompt mail delivery in America. Everyone except recently-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, that is. Listen up, Louis.

Above: 1979 song by Larry Groce and the Disneyland Children’s Sing-Along Chorus

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Zip Codes Helped Organize America

February 7, 2017

Back in the Sixties, when people mailed paper letters and the U.S. Post Office was a real government agency, the USPO introduced the Zone Improvement Plan, organizing the country by ZIP Code. Vox explains.
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Bonus: ZIP Code music video by the Swingin’ Six.

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Congress Mandated Postal Service Insolvency

November 16, 2013

Congress Mandated Postal Service Insolvency

It’s not email or political pressure to maintain inefficient low-volume post offices that’s put the U.S. Postal Service in a deep financial hole. In 2006, Congress “reformed” the Postal Service by requiring it to prepay all retirement costs for current employees, something no other agency or business has to do. This costs the USPO $5.5 billion a year and is responsible for most of the agency’s losses. “Congress created the problems, and it can fix them by taking away the requirement that no other government agency or business has to face,” says Rural Letter Carriers Association President Jeanette P. Dwyer.

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— “Amid Capitol Turmoil, Postal Crisis Drags On,” Ron Nixon, New York Times

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The U.S. Postal Service Is Logging Your Mail

July 5, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service Is Logging Your Mail

Snail Mail surveillance is lots older than PRISM, but it’s now computerized through the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program. Postal Service computers photograph all the 160 billion envelopes processed in the USA each year. Law enforcement agents don’t need a judge’s approval to request this information.

More:

“U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement,” Ron Nixon, New York Times

“USPS Procedures: Mail Cover Requests,” Postal Inspection Service via NYT

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Congress Wants to Make the Post Office a Dead Letter

June 3, 2013

Congress Wants to Make the Post Office a Dead Letter

“The Postal Service is losing money and needs to make changes. The problem is that Congress refuses to let it raise more money, refuses to let it spend less money, and refuses to let it cut service.”

— “The Post Office is Failing, and It’s Congress’s Fault,” Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

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Congress & the Post Office

August 3, 2012

Congress & the Post Office

“In the 18 months the 112th Congress has been sworn in, the House has introduced 60 bills to rename post offices.  Thirty-eight have passed the House and 26 have become law. During those 18 months, the House has produced 151 laws, 17 percent of which have been to rename post offices, according to Congressional Democrats.

Not a single bill has come to the House floor aimed at reforming a Postal Service, which is bleeding billions of dollars because of Congressional mandates.”

— “60 House Bills to Name Post Offices, Zero To Fix Mail Service,” Amy Bingham, ABC News

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Is The Post Office Really Broke?

February 9, 2012

Is The Post Office Really Broke?

The U.S. Postal Service is broke, right?

No.

John Nichols explains:

“At the behest of the Republican-controlled Congress of the Bush-Cheney era, the USPS has been forced since 2006 to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. As the American Postal Workers Union notes, ‘This mandate is the primary cause of the agency’s financial crisis. No other government agency or private company bears this burden, which costs the USPS approximately $5.5 billion annually.’”

–John Nichols, “The Post Office is Not Broke,” The Nation

USPS is legally obligated to serve every location in the United States at the same uniform rate. That requires the Post Office to hire so many workers that, with 574,000 full-time employees,  it is the second largest civilian employer in the nation.  That’s the size of the insurance pool USPS must pre-fund every year.

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