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Postal Service Has No Annual Financial Statement Due to Hack - Nextgov

The U.S. Postal Service is not filing its required yearly financial report because management does not know if business data was altered during a recent data breach, USPS officials sai.As part of an ongoing investigation, "the Postal Service is seeking to confirm that the cyber intrusion did not affect the internal controls over financial reporting," USPS General Counsel Thomas Marshall said in a Nov. 28 late-filing notification.  It is alreadyknown that attackers in September copied the Social Security numbers and other personal data on about 800,000 USPS employees. Compensation files might also have been compromised. The annual statement -- or 10-K form -- covers the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The extension gives the Postal Service 15 more days to file. USPS officials today told Nextgov they do not believe an additional postponement will be needed. "An extensive process" is underway at USPS to "ensure that the integrity of its financial data systems and financial information was not comprised," Marshall said in the notification. "These efforts have caused a delay in obtaining all of the information required for the annual report." 

McCaskill, Blunt Call for Delay in USPS Consolidation - OzarksFirst.com

Missouri Senators are calling for a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail processing facilities, including one in Springfield, Mo. U.S. SenatorsClaire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, along with other colleagues, sent a letter to the USPS Inspector General after it was announced the Postal Service failed to fulfill its obligations to adequately study the impact of the consolidations and failed to inform the public of those impacts. "We strongly urge the USPS to delay implementation of any mail processing consolidations until feasibility studies are completed and there has been adequate time for public comment and consideration of those comments," the Senators wrote in the letter. "Completed feasibility studies should include service standard impacts worksheets based on the revised service standards expected to be published on January 5, 2015.” “There is no reason that the USPS cannot delay its consolidations to provide time for the public to see and comment on the service standard worksheets,” the letter continues. “It is only fair to allow the process to unfold in this way, and the USPS gains little by deciding to continue the consolidation process on its current, arbitrary timeline."

Postal Union Fights to Keep Local Processing Center Open - The Windsor Times

On Friday, Nov. 14, members of the American Postal Workers Union joined together to protest the changes in outgoing mail and the possibility of the Petaluma facility closing altogether.That same day, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced his retirement. “We hope to get someone in there with an open mind,” said Valerie Schropp, Executive Vice President of Redwood Empire Area Local American Postal Workers Union. “With this news, we have our fingers crossed that the plant closures will stop.” The “National Day of Action” was executed by postal workers across the country, including a march on Washington D.C. The outrage is in response to the United States Postal Services National Rationalization Process, a two-phase plan to close and consolidate 225 Area Mail Processing Centers nationwide. The plan was approved by the Postal Service Board of Governors in 2011 and is expected to hit Northern California during Phase 2, beginning January of 2015.