Aug 11, 2014

More mail, but $2B loss in quarter for USPS

The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

May 21, 2014

Proposal would stop door-to-door mail for millions

Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would go to communal or curbside boxes instead, under a proposed law.

Sep 26, 2013

Postmaster: Money woes behind rate hike request

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday the Postal Service had no choice but to ask for an emergency rate hike given the agency’s dire finances. One day after his cash-strapped agency proposed raising the first-class stamp price to 49 cents, Donohoe urged swift action by Congress to overhaul the Postal Service and fix […]

Sep 25, 2013

USPS seeks increase in cost of stamps, to 49 cents

WASHINGTON — It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter. The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the agency’s “precarious financial condition” and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress. “Of the options currently available to the […]

Aug 14, 2013

Postal Service revamps priority mail program

WASHINGTON — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service is revamping its priority mail program to raise revenue and drive new growth in its package delivery business. The agency is now offering free online tracking for priority mail shipments, free insurance and date-specific delivery so customers know whether a package will arrive in one, two or […]

Apr 10, 2013

Postal Service backs down on cutting Saturday mail

WASHINGTON — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service backed down from its cost-saving plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, acknowledging that Congress barred a move that supporters said was essential to addressing the agency’s dire financial condition. Despite the retreat, the governing board said Wednesday that it’s not possible for the Postal Service to meet its […]

Feb 14, 2013

Not mailing it in anymore

I am all for moving towards the world of a paperless legal community.

Feb 8, 2013

Postal Service lost $1.3 billion over quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.3 billion in the final three months of last year, despite a blizzard of campaign advertising for the fall political elections and a big holiday mail and shipping season. The loss announced Friday was far less than the $3.3 billion in the comparable quarter the previous fiscal year, […]

Feb 6, 2013

Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

WASHINGTON — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress. The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said […]

Dec 17, 2012

Census to offer Internet option for government surveys

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the Census Bureau is giving U.S. households a chance to respond to government surveys over the Internet, part of a bid to save costs and boost sagging response rates in a digital age. The new online option will supplement the traditional census mail-out operation. It is a major shift […]

May 9, 2012

Postal Service will keep rural post offices open

WASHINGTON — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours. At a news briefing, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the mail agency was backing off its plan to close up to 3,700 low-revenue […]

Apr 17, 2012

Senate seeks ways to save ailing U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON — With big postal cuts looming, the Senate is deciding whether to stabilize the ailing U.S. Postal Service with a short-term cash infusion while delaying most decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday mail delivery by requiring further review. The mail agency, teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, says it needs to begin […]

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