The Senate passed a U.S. Postal Service reform bill on Wednesday. The chamber voted 62 to 37 on the bill, which aims to restructure the mail service and protect it from bankruptcy. It needed 60 votes or more to pass. Opposition was mostly, but not completely, Republican. The legislation, S. 1789, now goes to the Republican-controlled House, though the chamber is unlikely to consider the legislation in its current form. The postal reform bill, called "21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012," was sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) with Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and …
Even on the news front, the U.S. Postal Service gets eclipsed by the Internet. Marketers who used to be on tenterhooks regarding the agency's push to a five-day delivery week now are focused on a bigger threat: a draft federal privacy bill that would further regulate the collection and use of online and offline data, making it harder to come by postal addresses in the first place.
A few months ago, I read an article on CNET News.com that discussed an Adobe Systems/RSA Security survey of D.C. opinion leaders on the issue of data protection in the United States. Participants were asked to rate the job Congress was doing on this topic. It wasn't good news: More than 70 percent gave Congress low marks in the protection of social security numbers, financial data and credit card numbers. And so, with the scads of data breaches reported so far this year, it's no surprise there are about two dozen data security bills on Capitol Hill. Even with the passing of the