NAPS Chat is a weekly podcast intended to inform NAPS members and others interested in the U.S. Postal Service about the latest legislative and political goings-on within our nation’s capital. Hosted by NAPS Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Bob Levi.
Episode 162 May 13, 2022 -- "Where We Are and What to Expect" -- with Katie Maddocks, Legislative and Political Director of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union
During this week's episode of NAPS Chat, Katie Maddocks, the Legislative and Political Director of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, joins Bob Levi to discuss the current legislative and political landscape as it impacts the postal and federal workforce, the next steps relating to postal legislation, and what to expect in the fall election.
Episode 161 April 29, 2022 -- "Postal Service and Ivy League Law; New Legal Challenges for the USPS"
During this week's episode of NAPS Chat, Bob Levi discusses two recent Ivy League law journal articles that reference NAPS v. USPS, three lawsuits brought against the USPS by 16 states, a handful of environmental groups and a labor union against the USPS, and the new performance standard for first-class parcels.
Episode 160 April 15, 2022 -- "White House Road Trip: The Signing Into Law of The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022"
During this week's episode of NAPS Chat, National Association of Postal Supervisors resident officers (President Ivan Butts, Executive Vice President Chuck Mulidore and Secretary-Treasurer Jimmy Warden) join Bob to talk about witnessing President Joseph Biden signing into law the "Postal Service Reform Act of 2022." They reflect on the occasion, as well their personal and collective experiences engaging with President Biden, and with other invited guests at the White House.
Episode 159 April 8, 2022 -- "Baseball: America's Home Run," the Postal Museum's Exhibition on the Nation's Pastime -- with Daniel Piazza, curator at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
During this week's episode of NAPS Chat, Daniel Piazza of the the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum joins Bob to talk about the museum's recently opened exhibition, "Baseball: America's Home Run." The museum hosted a gala VIP reception to commemorate the opening less than 2 hours after President Joseph Biden signed into law H.R. 3076, the Postal Service Reform Act
Episode 158 April 1, 2022 -- "Storming Capitol Hill 2022" -- with NAPS Area Vice President Kelly McCartney
During this week's episode of NAPS Chat, Kelly McCartney, the NAPS Area Vice President, whose jurisdiction covers the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska joins Bob to discuss the recently concluded National Association of Postal Supervisors 2022 legislative conference. Over 400 NAPS legislative activists, including postal supervisors, managers and postmasters attended the 2022 Legislative Training Seminar, which took place in the nation's capital.
Episode 157 March 18, 2022 -- "Story Behind Senate Passage of Postal Service Reform Act" -- with Annika Christensen, Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
During this week's episode of NAPS Chat, Annika Christensen, the key postal policy advisor for Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters (MI), and Bob discuss the Senate's success in passing H.R. 3076, the Postal Service Reform Act, with such overwhelming bipartisan support. Annika also chats about the bicameral collaboration that smoothed the way for passage, as well as key elements in the bill.