The U.S. Postal Service may resort to early retirements and buyout offers as a way to slash its staff by 66,000 employees this year and another 51,000 next year. Combined, the planned cuts over the next two years amount to more than one-fifth the agency’s workforce.
Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said Wednesday that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe alerted him a week earlier that USPS could offer both early retirement and buyout incentives to encourage employees to leave.
Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett on Thursday outlined for reporters the Postal Service’s ambitious plans to pare down its workforce in the next five years by 155,000 employees — ultimately reaching an end strength of 402,000 by the end of fiscal 2016.
Normal attrition removes roughly 30,000 employees a year, so it appears likely the agency will have to resort to either early retirement offers or buyouts or both to reach its downsizing targets. The agency’s labor contracts generally prohibit layoffs.
Corbett told reporters in a conference call that early retirement incentives are under consideration, but he did not discuss the possibility of buyouts.
full story via Federal Times.
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From the Federal Times:
Former U.S. Postal Service Governor Alan Kessler pressured postal executives to scuttle a planned property purchase that would have cost a friend millions of dollars, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The IG also found that the Postal Service general counsel, Mary Anne Gibbons, failed to act as she should have to halt Kessler’s actions and report them to the IG.
USPS General Counsel was also cited in the Robert Bernstock scandal
This is not the first IG report that concluded Gibbons failed to report ongoing improper actions by an executive. Another IG report issued last year, into questionable sole-source contracts issued by former Postal Service marketing executive Robert Bernstock, also found that Gibbons did not report her knowledge that Bernstock was using postal staff for his personal business.
That report said Gibbons physically covered her ears and said she didn’t want to talk about it when she found out Bernstock was improperly using postal staff.
archive: The report also raises questions about Postal Service general counsel Mary Anne Gibbons’ apparent failure to report Bernstock’s improper use of postal staff. download the entire report by clicking here.
From the Federal Times Fedline blog:
Senior Writer Stephen Losey won the first place award for investigative journalism for “Did top postal exec break contracting rules?”, which examined how former U.S. Postal Service executive
Robert Bernstock awarded millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to his former business associates. “This look into non-bid contract giving by one official at the financially strapped Postal Service yielded what makes investigative journalism worth the effort: Response in the form of the probed official’s resignation and a rebidding of contracts under the microscope,” the judges said. “Congratulations to Losey and his editors for meaningful work that may have helped save taxpayers some money, but more importantly reminded readers of the importance of fairness and ethics in the public realm. Losey’s enterprising efforts should be praised for training a light on shadowy places.”
At Federal Times’ request, the Postal Service provided a breakout of the impact on area offices, district offices and headquarters and HQ-related field units… The chart includes the initial number of positions, the projected level after the redesign takes effect and the difference between the two figures. Asked why HQ and its field units are taking the smallest share of the cuts percentage-wise…”
Federal Times story about USPS cutting 30,000 positions by the end of 2011 created a firestorm throughout the internet community. But if 7, 500 jobs are abolished, 22,500 employees leave through whatever method and USPS does not fill those 22,500 positions =30,000 positions gone.
Here is what Federal Times had to say:
Apparently, there is much spin going on in the wake of our story on Wednesday that the Postal Service is cutting its workforce by 30,000 positions this year.
The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe said he was told by postal officials that this is not correct.
Let’s be clear: There was nothing incorrect about our coverage and I stand by it. Not only that, you can see for yourself exactly what was said.
Federal Times reported this story directly from an editorial board meeting we held with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on March 9. Donahoe said his goal is to downsize the Postal Service by 30,000 people this year, mostly through attrition. He added that if further reductions-in-force or buyouts are required to reach that number, the Postal Service will use them.
From the Federal Times
The U.S. Postal Service’s former top marketing executive repeatedly used government staff — and at least two business associates he hired with sole-source contracts — to manage his personal finances and outside business interests, according to a new report. Robert Bernstock, who resigned June 4, admitted to Office of Inspector General investigators that he had used postal resources and staff to handle his personal business while on the agency’s time. The report, released today, said his use of Postal Service employees and property to conduct personal business was improper. The report also raises questions about Postal Service general counsel Mary Anne Gibbons’ apparent failure to report Bernstock’s improper use of postal staff. download the entire report by clicking here.