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The Intercept: Government Says Company Part-Owned by Feinstein’s Husband Abuses Post Office Contract
CBRE, a giant real estate company partially owned by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is costing the U.S. Postal Service millions of dollars a year in lease overpayments, and its exclusive contract should be immediately canceled, the service’s inspector general has found.

WYTV News: Closing of Youngstown USPS Processing Center Put on Hold
Although the USPS has temporarily delayed the closure of the processing center in Youngstown, Postal Service officials stress that plans to consolidate the Youngstown operation with Cleveland has not changed.

Federal News Radio: Thank a Government Employee This Week
This is Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) — a week set aside to recognize the work done by government employees at local, state and federal levels. Thank you to the United States Postal Service. People seem to like to criticize the Post Office, but I do not know why. I've never had a letter or package I sent via USPS lost or damaged. They can deliver a letter anywhere in the country for pennies and do it quickly. Last year, they delivered over 155 billion packages and pieces of mail to almost 154 million delivery points. They have competitive prices, great service, and do not refuse to deliver mail to locations just because those locations are not profitable. Thank you postal workers.

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The Hill: Postal Service Urged to End Deal with Real Estate Broker
But in separate statements, both USPS and CBRE shot back that the inspector general’s report missed the mark. Mark Dimondstein, the union’s president, said the report was a reminder that APWU and other interested parties shouldn’t let USPS sell off at times historic real estate, and should join the call for the agency to fire CBRE.

The Spokesman Review: Letter to Editor: Let USPS Make Loans
Congress could make up for the punishing burden placed on the USPS by facilitating what post offices in New Zealand, Brazil, India and China do, and the USPS inspector general estimates would generate $9 billion annually for USPS: making small, low-interest loans to local residents.

Federal Times: House Passes Budget Without Federal Benefit Cuts
House and Senate Republicans have been working to reconcile budget proposals that included significant benefit cuts, but the unified version passed by the House and to be voted on in the Senate dropped a plan to increase federal employee pension contributions to six percent or more of salaries.

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Philly.com: Inspector: Conflicts of Interest Taint CBRE’s-Post Office Sales
Since CBRE represented both sides in deals, "this arrangement allowed CBRE to negotiate with no parties present, representing both the lessor and the Postal Service and being paid by both," according to the report. 

Cronkite News: Mail Closure in Tucson Could Save Postal Service, But Cost Region Millions
Although Cherrybell would still offer postal services – like accepting packages and delivering mail – it would stop processing mail, much of it originating in southern Arizona. The pieces would have to travel 112 miles to Phoenix, or farther, for processing.

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Washington Post: As USPS Slows Down Mail Delivery, Some Letters Are Taking Even Longer to Arrive than the New Rules Allow
Preliminary internal data shows that the Postal Service did not meet even its lower targets for first-class mail during the first seven weeks of 2015, with letters that are supposed to take three days (and four or five days if they’re headed to Alaska or Hawaii) arriving on time just 54 percent to 63 percent of the time.

Contra Costa Times: Berkeley Post Office Worthy of Passion, Protest
The Berkeley post office stands for something that would be missed if it were gone, Carol Wolfley, told the Contra Costa Times.

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Wisconsin State Journal: Key Votes from Wisconsin Congressional Delegation This Week
A yes vote endorsed steps to improve the postal service in its present structure. 

WMBF News: USPS Finalizing Relocation of Florence Processing Center
However, union workers are still trying to use politics to get USPS to reinstate the Florence facility.

Erie TV News: Expect Delays in Erie’s Mail Service
But Pittsburgh offices contacted Erie last week, saying they aren't prepared to handle the extra volume of mail. 

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