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Federal Employees News Digest : Jan. 21, 2013
January 21, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 25 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com multi-channel service platform to help all levels of government address accessibility, ease of use, and security gaps. At the same time, the Postal Service could also help address massive duplicative costs across agencies---which is particularly important given the current budget environment." restructuring to speed up Even as the OIG touted the possibili- ties, the USPS Board of Governors directed USPS to speed up the restructuring of postal operations to further reduce costs as the agency continues to post massive losses. USPS announced last week that the board met this month to discuss what the Postal Service said was "a wide range of accelerated cost-cutting and revenue-generating mea- sures." USPS said the board reviewed those measures "in the face of an unprecedented set of financial challenges" made worse by the ongoing failure of Congress to address the financial straits of the organization. The Postal Service said the board made its decision to speed up restructuring because USPS "cannot wait indefinitely" for Congress to pass legislation. In a press state- ment, USPS said the board has approved restructuring initiatives, and directed it to revise its 2012 five-year plan to account for current financial conditions. The initiatives were not specified in the USPS statement. USPS noted that it was forced to default on $11.1 billion in mandated payments to the Treasury in fiscal 2012---a default that contributed to a loss of $15.9 billion To see the USPS statement, go to: http:// about.usps.com/news/speeches/2013/pr13_ pmg0114.htm. To see the OIG paper, go to: www.uspsoig.gov/foia_files/RARC- WP-13-003.pdf. ••• In Brief Board nixes privatization of airport’s screener workforce The union that represents federal air- port screeners this month celebrated the Sacramento County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors' decision to back off its approv- al of a local airport's application to use private-sector screeners in place of federal employees. The county board had voted in January 2012 to approve Sacramento International Airport's request to apply to replace its federal screener workforce with private con- tractors through the Transportation Security Administration's Screening Partnership Program. The American Federation of Government Employees applauded this week's decision, noting that only 16 of the nation's 450 com- mercial airports use private contractors. "AFGE is very pleased that the Sacramento Board recognizes the value in a federal workforce at TSA and has revoked its previ- ous approval for privatization," said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. "The Sacramento airport authority's attempt to abandon its public servants in favor of corporations with only profit in mind was short-sighted at best," Cox said. "There simply are some functions too important to be left to companies that would be unaccountable to the American continued on page 5 One Website... Breaking News Policy Reference Legal Updates Job Listings Forums Career Blogs Retirement Strategy Pay & Bene ts Guidance Financial Planning ...Hundreds of Resources www.FederalDaily.com Check in daily to: • Read headlines and top stories, including breaking policy news • Find job opportunities and federal resources inside FedCentral • Join the conversation with 50,000+ feds in the Federal Soup forums • Shop for federal benefts and retirement guides in the FedStore continued from page 3
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