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USPS Accused of Offering Preferential Contract to Direct Mail Distributor

June 27, 2012
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The U.S. Postal Service is in hot water again, this time for offering deep discounts to one of the largest direct mail companies in the world. The Postal Regulatory Commission is reviewing a controversial deal reached by the USPS and Valassis Direct Mail, which opponents claim could offer Valassis a monopolistic advantage. More than two dozen members of Congress from both parties, led by House of Representatives Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R - Calif.), wrote to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe with concerns about the Negotiated Services Agreement (NSA) that the USPS inked with Valassis in April....

 

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