It’s that time of year again. Those of us helping on the Office of Inspector General blog have come up with a list of the top 10 postal stories for 2010. Tell us about any stories we missed and add whatever comments you think appropriate. In particular, we would like to get your input on the top story, so take a minute and vote in the poll below.

10. OSHA Fines the Postal Service – At plants across the country, the Postal Service receives sizeable fines for electrical hazards.

9. e-Tipping Point – A flurry of activity in 2010 bolsters the notion that the Digital Revolution has trumped paper-based communications: Apple introduces its iPad tablet computer; all e-reader sales are up nearly 80 percent over last year; the Kindle becomes Amazon’s biggest seller and the company predicts e-books will surpass paper books within a year; Netflix announces that more customers watch streaming videos than DVDs.

8. Congress Takes Notice – Members from both houses of Congress – and both sides of the aisle – introduce legislation to fix the Postal Service’s overpayments to the federal government, which contributed significantly to the Postal Service’s massive net losses over the past few years.

7. America Wakes Up – Widespread mainstream media coverage on a number of postal issues, including 5-day delivery and the financial challenges plaguing the organization, spark a national interest in our postal system.

6. Reports Address Flawed Business Model – The Government Accountability Office confirms that the Postal Service’s business model is ”not viable.” The Postal Service issues its action plan to address declining mail volumes, changing communications habits and other systemic problems.

5. Stakeholders Debate 5-Day Delivery – The Postal Service’s plan to eliminate Saturday delivery generates heated debate, massive press coverage and congressional input. The Postal Regulatory Commission holds a series of public hearings on the topic.

4. PMG Potter Retires – After nearly 10 years as the postmaster general and 32 years with the Postal Service, Jack Potter called it a career and retired on Dec. 3.

3. Postal Service Suffers Largest Net Loss in History – The Postal Service ends FY 2010 with a net loss of $8.5 billion, the largest net loss in its history. Still, it manages to pay all of its bills and remain solvent at the start of FY 2011.

2. OIG Finds $75 Billion Overpayment – A report by the Office of Inspector General finds that the Postal Service has overpaid its Civil Service Retirement System obligations by a staggering $75 billion. Mailing industry unites in its support of a congressional fix.

1. PRC Denies Exigent Rate Request – The Postal Service invokes the exigency clause in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act and asks for a price increase above the inflation-based price cap. Mailers unite in their opposition to the request, which the Postal Regulatory Commission officially denies in September. The Postal Service appeals the decision to federal appeals court.

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Comments (15)

  • anon

    If you are waiting for OIG to perform an honesty audit, then don't hold your breath! I worked for OIG during the rein of Karla Corcoran. Then the present OIG General came in to clean up. That was a laugh! The Audit General has his fingers on the pulse of Washington DC. He kept staff to perform audits that lacked even a college background. The money spent for OIG is a waste of time.

    Jul 03, 2012
  • anon

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the U.S. Postal Service at 3200 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach for eight alleged safety violations following a November 2010 inspection. Proposed penalties total $164,200.

    Jan 07, 2012
  • anon
    Cable TV

    That is crazy. An overpayment of $75 billion! Did they release any information as to how that happened? It would be interesting to see if it was something steady over the years or if it was dominant in particular periods of government administration.

    May 18, 2011
  • anon

    There's no more time to make a choice and status quo has no voice The path more traveled is not the way As it only leads to yesterday So unions and management please take heed We no longer can walk on this path of greed The future is now and you must call the shot It's time to Sh*t or get off the POT!!!! 5 day is the only way!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Feb 25, 2011
  • anon

    Good article. But look at the positives and eco friendliness here -

    Feb 13, 2011
  • anon

    The usps can make a good profit with my idea

    Feb 01, 2011
  • anon

    "Postal Service Suffers Largest Net Loss in History" is deffinetely the top story, I must say it could've been a lot nicer if it was something like "After 3 consecutive years of net loss the Postal Service finally starts to emerge". Have made a little blog on the subject: http://www.costof

    Jan 22, 2011
  • anon

    The Postal Service is consolidating it's mail processing facilities in a knee jerk reaction to the financial strain. I have noticed mail coming into our office late, as much as one month late, from the originating office to our office.

    Jan 14, 2011
  • anon

    One of the top stories is the wholesale theft of International registered letters by postal employees. The thefts are made possible by the US Postal Service policy that International registered letters are no longer keep kept under tight control, but rather are sorted and distributed with with regular mail. This allows postal employees riffle through the mail and take the letters. Despite complaints by postal service customers the US Postal Service refuses to acknowledge that it has created the conditions for its employees to steal at will.

    Jan 11, 2011
  • anon

    I voted other. I think it's the new business model? AKA Action Plan. I'm afraid the Action Plan does not address climate change. Unless of course, this issue is no longer important to the Executive Branch? I mean... it was important not too long ago.... One other item should be to include a schedule revision for the Carriers responsible for delivering the mail to homes & business's. Since the USPS is a 24 x 7 operation, I do believe it would make sense for the carriers to deliver mail during tour one period. Less traffic, less potential for accidents, more less disruptions to carriers from people, vehicles, or other activity, like fueling or emergency activity. Any accountables or express mail can be delivered by Postmaster or other available station manager during tour two.

    Jan 07, 2011
  • anon

    How can mail be delivered on tour 1 when the majority of mail is processed on tour 1?

    Jan 14, 2011
  • anon

    Item 10 - OSHA fines Postal Service, that's accurate sort of.....As of today not one cent has been paid to OSHA. I don't know about you, but it seems to me that at this point if no money has been paid, then maybe OSHA has realized that their compliance officers may have stretched thier regulations a bit.

    Jan 05, 2011
  • anon

    The number one story is how Supervisors get promoted by "swiping" time cards of its employees. This practice "saves" the USPS "time". However, its a crime called THEFT! But the OIG does not like to get involved in these matters.

    Jan 04, 2011
  • anon

    The report from the OIG regarding the wasteful fraud and spending within the top management, i.e. no bid contracts to former employees and the major duplicity of regional positions that could be done away with, along with the fraudulent Pay for Performance program which is a program wrapped with false data manipulation to rob the PO of more unearned bonus money.

    Jan 04, 2011
  • anon

    Two important stories no one cares about... Upper-level management's failure to demonstrate how to carry and deliver postal FSS under stressful conditions. (A complete lack of stress testing.) The postal financial crisis has not even started.

    Jan 03, 2011

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