Postal News



Thursday, March 23, 2017

U.S. Postal Service Reports Spike in Marijuana Shipments

U.S. Postal Service Reports Spike in Marijuana Shipments

Article Snip: "...is currently somewhere around 2,000 cases involving postal drug trafficking under reviewed by the U.S. Postal Inspection Services. When it comes to the types of substances people are comfortable with shipping through the mail, marijuana leads the game. In upward of 35,000 pounds of pot was seized by the U.S. Postal Service in 2015..."


Article Resource: www.merryjane.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trump wants to give federal workers a 1.9% pay raise in 2018

Trump wants to give federal workers a raise

Article Snip: "...A preliminary blueprint for the Commerce Department instructs the agency to “factor in a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees, to go into effect on the first pay period of January, 2018.” Since such raises are government-wide, the increase would apply for all employees ...Employment Cost Index shows growth in private industry wages of 10.4 percent on average over the last five years..."


Article Resource: www.washingtonpost.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Retiree Annuity Supplement: Information Straight from Uncle Sam

The Retiree Annuity Supplement: Information Straight from Uncle Sam

Article Snip: "...Actual pay for purposes of computing the retiree annuity supplement is only pay that is subject to retirement deductions (that is, basic pay) up to the Social Security maximum taxable wage base. (The maximum taxable wage base is the maximum amount of wages, in any calendar year, to which the Social Security tax is applied. See Table A in section 51B1.1-1.) It does not include any pay that is not subject to retirement deductions, such as cash awards or overtime (even though such pay is subject to FICA taxes) ..."


Article Resource: www.opm.gov

GAO Sees Potential for High Rate of Retirements Ahead for Federal Employees

GAO Sees Potential for High Rate of Retirements Ahead for Federal Employees

Article Snip: "...More than a third of federal employees on-board as of 2015 will be eligible to retire by 2020, with the rates especially high in certain agencies, GAO has said. The rate of voluntary retirements is a consideration for whether the government may have to resort to RIFs during the still undefined downsizing of the federal workforce..."


Article Resource: www.fedweek.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

Postal Service Reform Act Takes Another Step Forward in House

Postal Service Reform Act Takes Another Step Forward in House

Article Snip: "... The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) took another small step forward in the legislative process today...The bill’s sponsors also say it does so without any extra cost to taxpayers. For a more detailed look at the features of the legislation, see Legislation Introduced to Reform Postal Employees’ Benefits..."


Article Resource: www.fedsmith.com

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cannabis Mail: Seizures Up, Arrests Down at USPS

Cannabis Mail Seizures on the Rise at USPS

Article Snip: "...Despite the uptick in intercepts, the number of actual arrests for mailing controlled substances—whether cannabis or any other federally illegal drug—fell for a second consecutive year, dropping 4% to 1,850. ..."


Article Resource: www.leafly.com

Monday, March 13, 2017

APWU: Final Payment of 1.6.b Global Settlement Remedy Agreement in Checks this Week

Final Payment of 1.6.b Global Settlement Remedy Agreement in Checks this Week

Article Snip: "... The Postal Service is distributing the final payment of the 1.6.b Global Settlement to over 13,000 active employees and retirees this week. The payment is part of the remedy agreed upon in the Global Settlement reached between the APWU and the USPS on December 5, 2014. The terms of the settlement include a monetary remedy of $56 million to be distributed to eligible individuals. The bulk of the payment was distributed in the first round. The second and final round is therefore a smaller amount representing approximately 20% of the total payment..."


Article Resource: www.apwu.org

'Secure the News' Grades Media Sites on HTTPS—And Most Fail

'Secure the News' Grades Media Sites on HTTPS—And Most Fail

Article Snip: "...you probably (hopefully) check your browser for the padlock icon that means your connection to that site uses HTTPS encryption, which helps prevent hackers and eavesdroppers. But you probably don’t apply that same perfunctory padlock check to news sites, despite the fact that a media outlet’s lack of encryption can endanger journalists’ sources, expose your reading habits, and even allow censorship and tampering with stories ..."


Article Resource: www.wired.com

Friday, March 10, 2017

$10,000 reward offered for information about postal drop box fire in Athens, Alabama

$10,000 reward offered for information about postal fire

Article Snip: "... Sometime between 5 p.m. Monday, March 6, and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, a fire was set in an outside drop box at the U.S. post office on Market Street in Athens..."


Article Resource: www.enewscourier.com