newsContinuing decline in first-class mail volume highlights ‘strong headwinds’ facing USPS
August 14, 2017 09:45 AMDouble-digit increases in package mail volume have continued, but the executives noted that it’s more costly to move than letter mail and doesn’t contribute as much to the Postal Service’s overall expenses as first-class and marketing mail.
newsEclipse postmarks will be visible long after the total solar eclipse has passed
July 22, 2017 07:00 PMThe Jefferson City post office is planning to participate with a booth set up outside the main post office downtown. Along with selling stamps, the post office is offering an Aug. 21 postmark showing the sun in eclipse and the dome of the Missouri state capitol.
newsUSPS letter carriers violated federal law while working for Clinton presidential campaign
July 20, 2017 08:30 AMThe accusation, made at a July 19 Senate hearing, drew an immediate apology from Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. She called the Postal Service’s violations of the Hatch Act “unintentional” and promised to end the abuses.
newsU.S. Postal Service remains silent on demise of imperforate uncut press sheets
May 31, 2017 09:15 AMSales of the imperforate press sheets had created a boomlet of excitement in the hobby during the almost four years that they were produced. Produced with virtually no added costs, press sheets of imperforate self-adhesive stamps were hot sellers from the moment the first sheets went on sale in July 2012.
newsPresident Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives
May 24, 2017 01:15 PMThe president’s long-awaited ideas were contained on page 1207 of an annex to Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget, released May 23. That’s where the president urged Congress to give the U.S. Postal Service “authority to reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.”
newsAlaska Purchase sesquicentennial commemorated on Anchorage postmark
May 07, 2017 08:00 AMA commemorative postmark for the Alaska Purchase was put into use in Anchorage, Alaska, this year on March 30. The recent announcement from the U.S. Postal Service notes that the postmark has been granted a 30-day extension.
news10th anniversary of forever stamp prompts significant USPS accounting adjustments
May 01, 2017 05:00 PMThere was no event at USPS headquarters in Washington, D.C., to remember the April 12, 2007, official first day of the first nondenominated (41¢) Liberty Bell forever stamps issued in Philadelphia. However, postal accounting officials say they celebrated the anniversary last summer when they devised a new formula for calculating how the stamps are used.