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Reducing Risk in Contract Extensions

USPS Office of Inspector General - “The U.S. Postal Service manages about 30,000 contract actions (awards and modifications), and spends roughly $13 billion on contracts annually. The sheer volume of contracts and the huge dollar amounts involved make it an area to regularly monitor for fraud, waste, and abuse.”           

US Post Office Will Be Busy On Tax Day, But Won't Use Taxpayer Dollars

Forbes - “With just under two weeks to go until Tax Day (remember, it's April 17 this year), the U.S. Postal Service expects to be busy. While more taxpayers are opting to e-file their returns, computers haven't completely replaced paper returns, especially since some forms and returns…”

Congress, Not Amazon, Messed Up the Post Office

Bloomberg - “Let's start with the USPS mandate: It was formed with a very different directive than its private-sector competitors, such as FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. Those two giant private shippers, along with a bevy of smaller ones, are for-profit companies that can charge whatever…”

What Trump Is Getting Wrong About the Postal Service and Amazon

Government Executive - “President Trump has taken a keen interest in the relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon, though the facts he has presented on it are likely incorrect and based upon faulty assumptions. The president has repeatedly fired off tweets castigating the federal mailing agency…”

As Trump Attacks Amazon-Postal Service Ties, He Fails To Fill Postal Governing Board

NPR - “The Postal Service, criticized by Trump for charging Amazon "so little," has lacked a quorum on its governing board since 2014. The board needs at least four new members; Trump has nominated three…The top planning and oversight board at the Postal Service has been unable to meet and consider matters such as the agency's long-term relationship with Amazon, because the president has failed to appoint any of the nine governors to the 11-member Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service.”

Puerto Rico's PREPA Privatization: A Sale Too Private

Forbes - “Puerto Rico is nearing a massive sale: none other than the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the commonwealth's sole power provider and most valuable public asset. Much like his father, who privatized several government agencies back in his day…”           

What You Need To Know About Social Security and Medicare Changes for 2018

Forbes - “Each and every year we see some small changes to Social Security and Medicare. This year is no different. How much you will receive from Social Security during retirement, to the caps on payroll taxes to fund future benefits are just a couple of the common areas with changes.”

 Unions to companies: Show me the money from the tax cut

USA Today - “As part of contract talks, unions are demanding that companies specify how much they're benefiting from the tax cut and where the money is going.”

Dr. King Knew That Labor Rights Are Human Rights

The Nation - “The civil-rights leader was proud to rally with public workers and to connect their struggle with the struggle for a fair and equitable economy.”          

Labor Unions Walk in MLK's Footsteps

InsideSources - “Martin Luther King Jr. once marched alongside black sanitation workers during a now historic strike in Memphis, Tennessee. Labor unions commemorated that protest and the continued fight for economic and racial justice during a rally Wednesday.”

Russian postal drone spectacularly crashes on inaugural flight

Euronews - Russia - “A Russian postal drone's maiden voyage ended rather sooner than its creators anticipated when it smashed into a wall, crumbling to pieces after just seconds in the air. Bearing the Russian ... The postal service announced plans in 2016 to start using drones for parcel deliveries across the vast country.”           

Post Office workers strike

Antigua Observer - Antigua and Barbuda - “Wigley George, president of Antigua Trades and Labour Union, health inspectors from CBH, and five postal workers. Yesterday, when workers showed up for their 8 a.m. shift, approximately 300 of them walked off the job complaining about the dust, noise and smell of paint inside the lower High Street…”