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If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing,Postal Service

A manual on 3D printing—what it is, the prospects for its future, and the substantial benefits and opportunities it poses for the postal service.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service



Postal Service Announces New Delivery Schedule

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Postal Service

Announces plans to switch to a 5 day mail delivery service in August 2013, though package delivery will continue on weekends.  From the Postal Service


U.S. Postal Service: Overview of Initiatives to Increase Revenue and Introduce Nonpostal Services and Experimental Postal Products

Categories: Govt Finance,Postal Service

Describes the nonpostal services offered by the Postal Service, the limitations imposed by 2006 legislation, and new initiatives to generate additional revenue.  Also examines why the Postal Service abandoned other revenue-generating initiatives.  From the Government Accountability Office


The U.S. Postal Service: Common Questions about Post Office Closures

Categories: Labor/Employment,Postal Service

Tries to answer questions about the closure of post offices including how many post offices are there in the U.S. and how many might be closed, what is the current closure process, what is the role of the Postal Regulatory Commission, how many employees might lost their jobs, and more.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The U.S. Postal Service’s Use of Contractors to Deliver Mail: Background and Recent Developments

Categories: Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Postal Service

Reviews the dispute between the postal service administration and the National Association of Letter Carriers over use of non-union contractors to deliver mail and recent developments.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Plan to Profitability: 5 Year Business Plan

Categories: Govt Finance,Postal Service

Presents the postal service plan for coping with what it calls electronic diversion, a weak economy, and increased funding obligations to reverse a path of unsustainable losses.  From the U.S. Postal Service


The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: Overview and Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Postal Service

Provides an overview of the current financial condition of the Postal Service, legislation enacted to alleviate the financial challenges, and possible issues for the 112th Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. Postal Service: Ending Saturday Delivery Would Reduce Costs, But Comprehensive Restructuring is also Needed

Categories: Govt Finance,Postal Service

Assesses postal cost and volume estimates and the operational impacts associated with its 5 day delivery proposal, and the trade-offs and other implications associated with this proposal.  From the Government Accountability Office

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