House panel approves Postal Service finances legislation

House panel approves Postal Service finances legislation

The House Oversight Committee on Thursday approved two bipartisan bills aimed at putting the U.S. Postal Service on better financial footing.

The committee passed the bills by voice vote.

One of the bills makes a number of changes to the Postal Service, which has faced financial challenges in recent years.

The bill would automatically enroll eligible USPS retirees in Medicare, make reforms to the Postal Service’s governance, bolster the use of centralized delivery, allow the USPS to increase postal rates by 1 cent for a first-class stamp and  to provide nonpostal services to state and local governments.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised the bipartisan nature of the bill and noted that they had been working on Postal reform legislation for several years.”At least from my opinion, we have a very good bill,” Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz(R-Utah) said. “Each of us would like to see things done a little bit differently, but in the nature and the spirit of compromise, I think what we have before us today is a very solid bill.”

The top Democrat on the panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), said that “this is a bill of compromise … not common ground, but higher ground, putting party aside and making sure that we would do what’s best not only for the Postal system but for the nation.”

“And hopefully when all the dust settles on this bill, people will look back and say this is the way Congress should operate,” Cummings added.

The bill has the backing of a number of stakeholders, including postal worker unions, FedEx, Amazon and Verizon. But several free-market groups have opposed the measure and argue that it could end up making the problems facing the USPS worse.

The Oversight Committee also approved a bill that would authorize the Treasury Department to diversify the investment strategy for the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund. This bill also has the support of several stakeholder groups.

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EXCLUSIVE: NYPD officers accused of beating Queens postal worker who gave directions to cop killer see charges cleared

A Queens judge on Thursday cleared a pair of cops accused of brutally beating a postal worker who unwittingly gave directions to a gunman who murdered two police officers.

The plainclothes officers, Angelo Pampena, 32, and Robert Carbone, 30, faced up to seven years in prison on charges that they violently assaulted postal worker Karim Baker on Oct. 21, 2015.

But Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise cleared the cops an hour after the attorneys gave their summations.

Their cases were sealed and dismissed.

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USPS employee data among millions of records leaked from huge US corporate database

USPS employee data has been found in a database recently leaked online, according to a report from ZDNet:

NEW YORK — Millions of records from a commercial corporate database have been leaked.

The database, about 52GB in size, contains just under 33.7 million unique email addresses and other contact information from employees of thousands of companies, representing a large portion of the US corporate population.

Dun & Bradstreet, a business services giant, confirmed that it owns the database, which it acquired as part of a 2015 deal to buy NetProspex for $125 million.

Troy Hunt, who runs breach notification site Have I Been Pwned, obtained the database and analyzed the records.

In a blog post Tuesday, Hunt said the breakdown was entirely US-focused. California was the most represented demographic, with over four million records, followed by New York with 2.7 million records and Texas with 2.6 million records.

Hunt’s analysis of the records showed that the leading organization by records is the Department of Defense, with 101,013 employee records, followed closely by the US Postal Service with 88,153 employee records.

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