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June 15, 2012

Casey seeks audit to delay postal closings

NEW CASTLE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants consolidation of mail processing centers in Pennsylvania suspended until an independent audit is completed.

The U.S. Postal Service announced last month that it would begin consolidating 48 mail processing centers, including the one in New Castle, in July. As proposed, the   Cascade Street facility would be consolidated with the one in Pittsburgh.

A total of 229 facilities across the country are to be consolidated through 2014.

According to Casey, the postal service’s office of inspector general earlier in the year agreed to conduct an independent audit of the plan to consolidate mail processing centers. The audit has been stalled since the postal service chose to alter its consolidation plan, Casey said.

In a letter to inspector general David C. Williams, Casey said, “With the USPS (U.S. Postal Service) now having announced consolidations in Pennsylvania, I ask that you review these proposals prior to enactment.”

Casey said he has been contacted “by a significant number of the USPS’ customers, employees and members of the business community who are concerned with potential impact of these consolidations.”

“With your review, I hope that we can ensure that any decisions reached by the USPS will accurately and effectively enhance their operations without harming its customers or its workforce.”

More than 100 positions at the New Castle plant would be affected by the closing of that facility.

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