Eye Opener: Postal Service snow tips
Happy Monday! Federal government offices in the Washington region are closed on Monday due to the weekend blizzard. Nonessential federal workers do not need to report for work.
Playing in the snow with the kids today? Walking around and enjoying the snowy sites? Submit your snow photos to The Post and we'll include them in our photo galleries.
Despite the closure of other Washington-area government offices, all Postal employees are expected to report for work on Monday. And the Postal Service needs the help of Washington-area customers as it attempts to complete deliveries along snow-clogged streets.
The mail agency wants to deliver the mail, but the safety of its letter carriers and truck drivers is paramount, said spokeswoman Sue Brennan.
"At this time, many subdivisions haven't had plow service and secondary roads are still not able to be driven on safely," Brennan said in an e-mail. If roads are impassable, letter carriers will not make deliveries, she said.
For the roads that have been serviced, the Postal Service asks customers to clear the snow away from mailboxes so letter carriers can safely make deliveries.
Post offices across the Washington region are expected to be open as normal -- with only four shopping and shipping days left until Christmas!
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• Big Government Story of the Day:
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• Counting bits of life: A review of the 1,400 tables compiled by the Census Bureau and other government agencies in the 2010 Statistical Abstract of the United States.
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION:
• Regulators postpone testing of toys for lead: The latest delay put off a requirement that some products intended for children up to age 12 be tested for lead content by third-party labs recognized by the CPSC, rather than by manufacturers or suppliers.
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
• Republicans make new accusations in Walpin firing: GOP lawmakers said White House visitors logs contradict statements made by the former chairman of CNCS, the agency that oversees AmeriCorps.
• Pregnant GI’s could be punished: An Army general in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier under his command could be court-martialed.
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• Military denies Fort Hood suspect additional lawyers: Hasan has not entered a plea in the case. He was paralyzed in the shootout and, although no longer in intensive care, remains in a military hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
• Pentagon contract saves jobs at Wisconsin truckmaker Oshkosh Corp.: Just as the recession was threatening the company with ruin, the little-known specialty truck company went after a long-shot Pentagon contract.
• Encryption of drone feeds won't finish until 2014: It will take at least until at least then to encrypt video feeds from the U.S. military's Predator and Reaper drones to prevent enemy forces from intercepting the information.
• DOD to make voting easier for service members: Under a policy change, service members are to be offered voter registration materials and assistance whenever they are deployed or transferred between bases.
FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION:
• Agencies in a brawl for control over banks: The FDIC was set up in 1933 as part of a successful attempt to rescue the banking system. But as lawmakers hash out the biggest overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression, the agency could wind up a shadow of its former self.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:
• U.S. health task force faces new scrutiny: The once-obscure federal panel that triggered a firestorm with its new mammography guidelines would get far greater authority under the health-care reform proposals pending in Congress.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY:
• Watchdog urges Homeland Security to tighten conference policies: The department has made progress developing guidance on conference attendance and allowable costs, but officials must do more to ensure taxpayer money is well-spent, the agency's inspector general said Friday.
• FBI walks tightrope in outreach to Muslims, fighting terrorism: As U.S. officials consider how aggressively to prosecute any potential case, some Muslim leaders are calling for leniency.
• New course for space exploration promotes private firms: The Obama administration appears set to chart a new course for U.S. space exploration by promoting the use of private companies to ferry astronauts into orbit.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE:
• USPS cutting losses, targets Saturday delivery: Officials say they're going to ask Congress to end Saturday mail delivery next year in order to save money. The formal proposal could come soon in the new year.
| December 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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