The Postal Service in the 21st Century: A Recent History
Date: 01/23/23 | Category: Ideas Worth Exploring
When we think of the nation’s postal history, we often think of a few well-known images: rural post offices filled with newspapers from across the country, stagecoaches carrying both mail and people, and the first air mail flights. But as memorable as these stories are, U.S. postal history is more than just a few events way back when. The recent past is also part of the story.
When you run a large operation or business, it’s just as important to know what isn’t getting done as well as what is. This very much applies to the U.S. Postal Service regarding its more than 233,000 delivery routes across the country. The Postal Service is charged with delivering mail to every address on those routes six days a week. In fiscal year 2022, total volume of delivered mail was more than 127 billion individual pieces — letters, packages, periodicals, and more. Sometimes, however,
Another January, another list of important postal stories. This past year brought many changes for the U.S. Postal Service and the postal world. We had a hard time keeping our list to just 10, but we’ve managed to rank our top stories, counting down to number one. Now, we want to know your thoughts. Did we get the order wrong or miss an important story? Tell us in the comments. 10. Ukraine’s Postal Operator Becomes an Infrastructure Hero – Ukrposhta has made stupendous efforts to keep mail, par
Date: 12/19/22 | Category: Mail Processing & Transportation
For this year’s peak mailing season, which began last month and runs through January, the U.S. Postal Service decided to hire fewer temporary employees and lease less temporary space to handle the increased volume than it did last year. Seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? Not when you consider that this year, according to the Postal Service, it has more experienced employees, higher employee availability, increased package processing capacity, and a more stable workforce overall. What a differ
There’s another month until January 1, but the USPS OIG and the rest of the federal government have already finished 2022. Our fiscal year (FY) ended on September 30. This past year was our 25th anniversary, and we worked hard to provide oversight of the Postal Service and share our work with the Postal Service’s stakeholders including Congress and the public. Among many, here are a few things we are particularly proud of: We participated in three Congressional hearings describing the result