Are Postal Workforce Costs Sustainable? (Part 1 of 2)

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House Oversight Committee – 2011-04-05 – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Witnesses: The Honorable Louis J. Giuliano, Chairman, Board of Governors, United States Postal Service; The Honorable James C. Miller III, Governor, United States Postal Service; Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, United States Postal Service; Cliff Guffey, President, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. Video provided … Read More

Pushing the Envelope: The Looming Crisis at USPS (Part 1 of 3)

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Pushing the Envelope: The Looming Crisis at USPS (Part 1 of 3) – House Oversight Committee – 2011-03-02 – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia. Witnesses Panel I: Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, U.S. Postal Service; Ruth Goldway, Chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission; Phil Herr, Director, Physical … Read More

USPS Station and Branch Optimization Initiative and Delivery Route Adjustments (Part 1)

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USPS Station and Branch Optimization Initiative and Delivery Route Adjustments (Part 1) – House Oversight Committee – 2009-07-30 – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled: "Making Sense of It All: An Examination of USPSs Station and Branch Optimization Initiative and Delivery Route Adjustments." … Read More

Postal Service Finances

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Leveraging the post office

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Here’s an idea for how to deal with the Postal Service’s financial problem: leverage USPS real estate assets.  In other words, put up our post office buildings and land as collateral for a loan from the Treasury Department.  It’s all laid out in a July 12, 2011 report from the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) entitled “Leveraging Assets to … Read More

Why is it so wrong to close a post office?

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If you want to know why it's so wrong to close a post office, you could read 500 hundred news stories about how sad and angry citizens across the country are becoming as they learn their post office is closing.  Or you could read a study about "The Social Value of the Post Office," which explains in detail how a … Read More

The plan is we have no plan: Postal Service claims it has no program to close a large number of post offices nationwide

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Yesterday the Postal Service released its Final Rule on procedural changes for closing post offices.  It contains many interesting points, but none more eye-opening than the Postal Service’s claim that it has no program to study the closing of a significant number of post offices nationwide.  Yes, you read that right.  The Postal Service is saying that it has not … Read More

Changing the rules in the middle of the game: USPS amends closure regulations

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The Postal Service has just released its “Final rule” to amend 39 CFR Part 241 "to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation process."  This document is a revision of an earlier one entered into the Federal Register in March.  That version had been widely criticized, and this one responds to the criticisms.  It says the comments … Read More