04/13/18

President Trump Signs Executive Order Creating Postal Task Force

Last night (4/12/2018), President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that establishes a White House Task Force on the Postal Service. According to the order, the Task Force is instructed " to evaluate the operations and finances of the USPS." Continue Reading

03/26/18

President Signs Into Law FY 2018 Budget Bill -- No Postal or Benefit Hits

On Friday, March 23, as Congress was leaving the Capitol for its two-week Easter/Passover Recess, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1626, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. This legislation funds the government through the end of the current fiscal year. Continue Reading

03/23/18

Senate Postal Bill (S. 2629) Introduced

Yesterday, March 22, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced S. 2629, the Postal Reform Act of 2018. The legislation is the Senate version of HR 756, the House postal reform bill, which was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year. S. 2629 shares most of the core provisions of H.R. 756; however, there are a number of noteworthy differences. Continue Reading

02/12/18

White House FY 2019 Budget Hits Postal Employees and Retirees

Today, President Donald Trump submitted his $4.4 trillion fiscal year 2019 budget to Congress, which slashes over $155 billion from benefits upon which active and retired postal and federal employee rely. Continue Reading

12/02/17

PRC Finds Current Rate System Fails to Meet Objectives and Proposes Alternative

On December 1, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) concluded that the postage rate-setting system created in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act has failed to maintain the financial health of the USPS as intended in the law, has weakened the high quality service standards and has not increased pricing efficiency. As a result, the PRC proposed changes in the way postage rates will be adjusted, in the future, to improve the USPS finances and operations. Continue Reading

10/30/17

President Trump Nominates Three to USPS Board of Governors

On October 26, President Donald Trump made three nomination to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. Continue Reading

10/26/17

House Passes Senate Version of Budget Resolution: No UPMA Benefit Hits

On October 26, the House of Representatives narrowly approved the Senate's version of the fiscal year 2018 budget, which excluded the health and retirement cuts included in the original House-Passed budget. Continue Reading

10/19/17

Senate Approves Budget Resolution Without Benefit Hits Against UPMA Members

The Senate narrowly passed (51-49) its version of a budget resolution that did not include "reconciliation instructions" targeting postal and federal retirement and health benefits. Continue Reading

10/10/17

House Passes Budget Resolution Calling for $32 Billion in Benefit Cuts

On Thursday, October 5, the House of Representatives passed a Budget Resolution that instructs the House Oversight and Government reform Committee to cut $32 billion from programs under its jurisdiction, which includes federal health and retirement programs. Continue Reading

07/18/17

House Budget Committee to Consider Federal Retirement Cuts

Tomorrow, the House Budget Committee will begin consideration of a budget resolution that proposes to increase federal and postal employee contributions for the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) and eliminate the FERS supplemental retirement program. Continue Reading

06/08/17

Rep. Gowdy to Chair Oversight and Government Reform Committee

The House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to succeed retiring Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Continue Reading

06/02/17

Congressional Budget Office Projects HR 756 Saves $6 Billion

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finally released the projected cost associated with enactment of HR 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2107. The CBO determined that the bill would reduce federal spending by $6 billion over the next decade. Continue Reading

05/24/17

Fiscal Year 2018 Trump Budget Targets Retirees and Adopts Obama Postal Proposals

As anticipated, President Trump's just-unveiled fiscal year 2018 budget levies significant additional costs on current federal and postal employees, while also reducing the value of retirement benefits. In addition, the budget raises a number of postal reform proposals previously made by President Obama. Continue Reading

05/19/17

Trump Budget Targets Federal-Postal Community; Chaffetz to Exit Congress June 30

Next week the Trump Fiscal Year 2018 Budget will be unveiled and it includes numerous proposals that should alarm UPMA members. In addition, Oversight and Government Reform Chair Chaffetz will be departing the House of Representatives on June 30. Continue Reading

03/16/17

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Approves Postal Reform Bill

Earlier today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved H.R. 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, by voice vote. The bipartisan bill would help to stabilize postal finances and ensure its operational viability. Continue Reading