• Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you for your suggestion, Tom. Printing additional Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets may devalue the original 100; however, a large inventory of Jenny stamps remain. If those stamps don’t sell and are eventually destroyed, those that have sold may potentially become even more valuable. If the Jenny stamp sales met or exceeded sales projections, another print run may be a viable option. The Postal Service is working with the OIG to address the recommendations, with final actions completed by December 31, 2015.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you for your suggestion Norman. In response to our recommendation 2, the Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets in circulation at the Post Office retail counters are individually wrapped, concealed, and comingled with the Inverted Jenny stamp sheets. It would be too costly to locate and identify approximately 57 stamp sheets currently in circulation. However, the Postal Service will be developing a plan for approximately 23 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets at Stamp Fulfilment Services. The Postal Service is working on strengthening controls and addressing the OIG’s recommendations. Planned action is scheduled for December 31, 2015.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Hi Ned… again, multiple comments regarding soakable stamps. Thanks for your idea. We will consider a possible follow-on audit.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Donald, thank you for your suggestion. Our audit did not include benchmarking against other businesses in the collectible industries. We will use your comments for potential future follow-on audits or reviews.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thanks for your suggestion, Norman. Printing more stamps would make the 100 Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets less valuable; however, the Jenny stamp sheets have not sold as well as anticipated. The Postal Service is striving to make improvements and respond to all recommendations by December 31, 2015.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you, Steve. We’ve received several comments regarding the soakable stamps. We will consider this for a future audit or review.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    David, thanks for sharing your viewpoints and opinions. The OIG’s Office of Audit (whom issued this report) evaluated compliance with regulations and statutory requirements. We also looked at the business process in place for managing innovative ideas related to stamp promotions. The OIG’s Office of Investigations has performed a full investigation regarding any potential legal or disciplinary actions. We appreciate your feedback, especially concerning your experiences with stamp packaging from the Stamp Fulfilment Services. Your ideas may be considered for future audits or reviews in this area.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, Grandpa Bill. The Postal Service is working with the OIG to address the recommendations in our report. All improvements are scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2015.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Steven, thank you for taking the time to response to this blog. Our recommendations are intended to improve controls over the implementation of innovative ideas, engaging strategies, and promotions related to the philatelic operations.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Thank you for expressing your views and opinions, Tom. Your comments will be considered for potential future audits or reviews in the Philatelic world.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 4 days ago

    Bill, we appreciate your interest in stamp collecting. Your suggestion for soakable stamps is an interesting concept. Currently, we do not plan to initiate future audits or reviews addressing collector stamps. However, these comments are archived and may be used for future projects.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • Reply to: A Golden Opportunity?   1 week 5 days ago

    I am a retired postal clerk. I have always felt that the Postal Service is missing a tremendous opportunity to make a lot of money by offering an express money order and I submitted a formal suggestion regarding this matter over 15 years ago. Basically, a customer could purchase this express money order and have it sent electronically to any Post Office and be immediately available to whomever the customer identifies as the receiver. Very similar to what Western Union does. However, considering the number of Post Offices, this service would be far superior. Additionally, the service could be expanded with an additional fee to allow the money order to be delivered to an address if so desired. Its really a no brainer. Why are we not doing it!

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    If the USPS is going to produce a stamp, it should produce sufficient quantities so that everyone who wants the issue can buy it at a reasonable cost. The USPS should stop creating these artificial rarities. I think that they discourage people from collecting stamps. It certainly has discouraged me. These same comments apply to the imperforate stamps issued over the last few years.

    With respect to enhancing support of philatelic programs, I think that the USPS should consider issuing fewer stamps.. They issue too many stamps and the subjects have become trivial. There are so many stamps that it is hard to keep up with all the new issues. Fewer stamps and more significant subjects would allow time for more publicity and generate more interest for the stamps issued.

  • Reply to: A Golden Opportunity?   1 week 5 days ago

    Postal banking is an idea long overdue for implementation. This is an opportunity for the USPS to show underserved communities that someone is interested in their financial difficulties and is willing to help. Think of all the potential new postal customers which could be generated simply by the USPS being willing to do something that the banking industry will not...help who cannot afford the fees of most banks or live in areas served only by currency exchanges and payday lenders. This is a win for everybody.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Katherine, we appreciate your interest in stamp collecting and thank you for your sharing your ideas on future collector stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for your suggestion, Stuart. At this time, we are unaware of any planned future printing of the Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheets.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for your response, Grannybunny. We appreciate your interest in stamp collecting. At this time, the only way to potentially receive an Un-Inverted Jenny stamp sheet is to make a purchase through a retail Post Office.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for your comments, Dennis. At the time of our report, the Postal Service had 80 stamp sheets in inventory (or at least were not registered purchases). Our recommendation 2 asked the Postal Service to develop a plan to address the remaining stamps sheets. The Postal Service plans to have an action plan in place by August 31, 2015.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for your comments, Gregory. The Postal Service issued the Inverted Jenny souvenir stamp sheet on September 22, 2013, to celebrate National Stamp Collecting Month in October. Our reference to September in the report correlates with the issuance of the stamps.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for your comments and suggestions, Rita. We hope our report has highlights some key issues surrounding the distribution of collector stamps. We are not currently planning an audit or review benchmarking foreign philatelic initiative; however, we welcome your comments and may use suggestions in the future.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for your comments, Wayne. We hope our report has highlighted the issues surrounding the creation and distribution of a philatelic rarity.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for your comments, Bernice. The scope of our report did not address the types of images used on collector stamps. We are currently not planning additional audits or reviews in this area. However, we appreciate your viewpoint and archive comments for potential use in the future.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 6 days ago

    I believe that this issue should be again printed and sold to everyone. Printed from the same plates as the originals with no differentiating.
    It was a mistake to begin with and should be rectified.
    Thank you,
    Tom Roberts

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 6 days ago

    The willful creation of rarities is inappropriate for the long term sustaining of the hobby. Regarding the remainder of both the common inverted and rarer noninverted panes they should be collected and sent to the USPS station at the American Philatelic Society (APS) (Bellefonte, PA) for exclusive purchase by that organization for their mailings over several years. Any of the rarer panes purchased would be auctioned off for the benefit of the APS. There is no revenue loss to the USPS. The APS justly deserves this support by the USPS for all the publicity it provides to the hobby which results in hundreds of millions of dollars per year in revenue and considerable profit to the USPS.

  • Reply to: Jenny Come Lately   1 week 6 days ago

    Some sympathetic clerks worked for philatelic windows and a couple of special post offices in Arizona and Rhode Island. The bureaucracy killed everything. I guess they don't want more stamp sales. The local stamp window required a 2 week advance notice for appointment. No thanks. It's gone.

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