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President Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives

Linn’s Stamp News - “President Donald J. Trump has entered the debate over the future of the United States Postal Service, endorsing some cost-cutting ideas that even the postmaster general has abandoned. The 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…’”

Trump’s budget shows feds little love despite pay hike

The Washington Post - “Perhaps only the heartlessness the president’s budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire’s absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them. Here we examine his proposed undermining of retirement programs for middle-class workers who make up the federal workforce. It’s unlikely the budget will become law as written, however, and some Republicans on Capitol Hill don’t even like it. Trump’s plan, released Tuesday, leaves federal employees livid, despite its 1.9 percent pay raise.”

Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $46B Savings Package

Government Executive - “President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, calling for a slew of changes that would save the agency $46 billion over 10 years. Trump followed on President Obama’s tactic of submitting postal reform details through his budget, as well as proposals currently making their way through Congress. While lawmakers have sought to maintain delivery standards, however, Trump would allow USPS to “reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.” That proposal would likely face pushback in Congress, especially from lawmakers representing rural areas, and even postal management has dropped its proposal to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays…”

Issues arise as Postal Service faces rapidly changing mail arena

Richmond Times-Dispatch - “…Some wonder if the Postal Service has taken on too much now that it is has reduced expenses to cut chronic losses, while working in tandem with Amazon.com to deliver goods ordered online. ‘The mail carriers must be overwhelmed,’ said Karen Bowles, who lives in Richmond’s Fan District. ‘Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a USPS truck in my neighborhood at 11 p.m. on a Friday night. The carrier was just getting out of the truck with a handful of mail. And now we see them delivering packages on Sunday. Bonnie Geiger, who lives in Richmond’s West End, said her mail often isn’t delivered until 8 p.m., sometimes later. It used to come regularly before 5 p.m…’”

USPS’ Seaver Sees Cases for Autonomous and Drone Delivery

Bloomberg - “Live from the National Postal Forum in Baltimore, Maryland. Kristin Seaver, chief information officer and executive vice president of the United States Postal Service, discusses mail intelligence engineering platforms, staying competitive and new technology. Bloomberg BNA’s Jonathan Nicholson talks about Trump’s budget proposal and highlights from Mick Mulvaney’s briefing. Chris Hewlett, the manager of U.S. drone powered solutions at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, discusses drones and how they will matter to businesses…”

Downtown Napa post office looks for permanent home

Napa Valley Register - California - “Should downtown Napa’s post office remain where it’s currently located — at the corner of School and Second streets, across from Napa City Hall — or is there a better, and perhaps less expensive, space it might occupy? This is the question that U.S. Postal Service officials are considering. At a meeting held Wednesday night at City Hall, USPS representatives asked the public where they want their downtown post office to be located. The gathering was sparsely attended, with only two or three residents present, in addition to city and post office officials…”

Still waiting for a date: USPS still redoing proposal to move Rice Street post office

The Garden Island Kauai News - Hawaii - “The United States Postal Service hasn’t yet scheduled another meeting to talk with the public about closing and relocating the Rice Street post office. The redo of the proposal to move the retail operations of the Lihue post office to an annex near the airport is still in the planning stage, according to Duke Gonzales, spokesman for USPS. The meeting date will be announced as soon as it’s set, he said. The Kauai community found out USPS was considering closing the historic Rice Street post office in January and representatives from USPS shared the details of the plan with about 150 people in a February. Many have protested and said the post office is key to revitalization of Rice Street…”

McCaskill introduces legislation to reopen post offices closed by flooding

Ozark Radio News – Missouri - “After recent flooding caused the temporary closing of some Missouri post offices, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from using its emergency suspension process to indefinitely close post offices without giving notice to the community and giving the community the opportunity to appeal…”

It’s definitely a concern: Canada Post workers on high alert over fentanyl risks

Global News - “It packs a deadly punch in doses as small as a grain of sand. Fentanyl is a lethal opioid that has made its way to Canada from overseas. But how it’s being distributed puts thousands of unknowing postal workers at risk every day…”

Wannacry hits Russian postal service, exposes wider security shortcomings

Reuters - “Russia's postal service was hit by Wannacry ransomware last week and some of its computers are still down, three employees in Moscow said, the latest sign of weaknesses that have made the country a major victim of the global extortion campaign. Wannacry compromised the post office's automated queue management system, infecting touch-screen terminals which run on the outdated Windows XP operating system, one of the workers said…”