Postal Affairs Podcast
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Postal Affairs with @BobSchimek: @USPS Informed Delivery & @FedEx contract | March 13th, 2017
Director of Postal Affairs, Bob Schimek elaborates on the latest developments with the United States Postal Service:
USPS Files January Financial Numbers:
· USPS had an operating income of $42M while in the black, the plan was $263M and the previous year was $293M
· After non-controllable expenses and unfunded liabilities the USPS reported a loss of $245M for the month
· Key concern: Controllable expenses were above plan by 3% and above SPLY by 5.1%
o January work hours were 3.7% above plan and up 4.2% over SPLY
· Total Mail volume was down 0.4% below SPLY and revenues were up 0.6% over SPLY
· Good news story continues to be Packages: Volume was up 14.5% over SPLY and Revenue was up 17.4% over SPLY
OIG Looks at USPS Officer Travel:
· USPS has identified 50 positions as Postal Career Executive Service
· Includes PMG, DPMG, and all the USPS VP’s.
· These officers shape the strategic direction of the USPS by setting goals, targets, and indicators
· OIG was looking to ensure their travel was properly supported and complied with Postal policies and procedures
· In FY 2016 there were 1,006 travel reimbursement requests totaling ~$948,000
· OIG reviewed 69 totaling $165,000
· In general the travel did comply with policies and procedures, but 3 items were identified
o Officers did not always obtain approval for travel deviations
o Credit Card Coordinators did not review balance refunds in cases
o Corporate Accounting did not review Sloan Fellow travel reimbursement requests before payment.
USPS Informed Delivery Going Nationwide:
· USPS is stating by late April it should be available nationwide.
· It will be rolled out in major metropolitan areas first.
· Anyone interested can use the ZIP Code Lookup feature at informeddelivery.usps.com to see if it is available for you.
· Site also include signup instructions.
USPS Q1 Service Performance:
· USPS publishes their service performance numbers on their website, but publishes more detailed numbers with the PRC
· Better than SPLY, but still below targets.
· With Q1 being the heavy mailing season, all service performance for First Class was lower than the previous quarter.
· USPS also failed to meet any service performance target in First Class mail.
· Periodicals also failed to hit all service performance targets.