Moving the Mail Through COVID

After the White House issued an emergency declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in late winter of 2020, many people began working from home. But like others deemed essential, U.S. Postal Service employees continued reporting to work. The mail had to keep moving; critical items such as medications, stimulus payments, and Social Security checks became even more important.

 

When a USPS Text is not a USPS Text

It’s an all-too familiar cycle. New types of communication channels bring new types of deception. Telemarketing brought robocall scams, the growth of email brought about phishing, and now, as more companies communicate with customers through text messages, comes… smishing.

 

Top 10 Postal Stories of 2020

It’s that time again for our top ten postal stories of the year! While we do this every year, 2020 saw more than its fair share of important news stories about the Postal Service. Well let’s face it, it saw more than its fair share of front page news stories in general. Here’s our countdown, in reverse order, of the most important postal news reports in 2020. Please feel free to elaborate in the comments below on the ones we have listed or share any you think we missed.

 

Wishing Everyone the Very Best

The Pushing the Envelope blog team, along with the entire OIG, would like to wish everyone very happy holidays and a safe, healthy, and happy new year. We're taking a break this week, so we'll see you all next Monday, January 4, when we present our Top Ten Postal Stories of 2020.

 

A New Lease on Managing Leases?

When it comes to trailers that are hauling mail, the Postal Service prefers to lease — it only owns about 23 percent of its fleet of more than 12,000 trailers.

That’s a lot of trailers to manage, especially when you consider USPS leased trailer policies. For example, any leased trailers that aren’t consistently used 10 days or more in a month are supposed to be returned or relocated, meaning regular monitoring of usage is pretty important.

How’s the Postal Service doing?

 

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