When one federal agency sues another

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Apr 02, 2010 When one federal agency sues another

From the USPS’s Civil Rights Pioneers series issued in 2009 during the NAACP’s 100th anniversary.

How often do federal agencies sue one another? Whether or not the United States Postal Service is a unique creature as a federal agency, the USPS sued both the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission and the United States over the Postal Regulator Commission’s controls over the USPS, which found its expanding non-postage retail operations (including phone cards and coffee mugs) hemmed in by legislative intervention a few years ago. The D.C. Circuit this week denied the USPS’s appeal. USPS v. Postal Regulatory Commission and the United States, ___ F.3d ___ (D.C. Cir., March 30, 2010).

ADDENDUM: As an aside, while in public school I avidly collected postage stamps, coins, and paper money going back to the 1800’s. Regardless of any political messages thereon — and some are very good ones, including in the stamp pictured above — the United States has produced many very striking and high quality stamps, coins and paper money. 

For over two decades, many times I would pass by the Postal Museum, which is a few blocks from the Capitol. I finally went in to take a visit at lunchtime recently after finishing at the Superior Court. I was told to go through the metal detector. Too many amusement places now insist on passing through metal detectors, including museums, amusement parks, the Old Post Office Pavilion and food court in D.C., and the list goes on. The situation went from a scarcity of metal detectors at such places into the 1980’s, to a snowball effect after September 11. I passed on passing through the metal detector to see the stamp museum.

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