The Case Against Consolidation: Rebuttal testimony challenges Network Rationalization


While the week’s postal news was dominated by the Senate vote on postal reform, something else important was going on.  Opponents of the Postal Service’s plan to consolidate the processing network submitted their rebuttal testimony to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  This testimony — along with that of two independent experts brought in by the Commission — paints a vivid … Read More

The Nine Towns Study: The economic impact of post office closings on small places


How do post office closings affect the economic life of small towns?  The Postal Service has not done any studies about the question, but a consulting firm has just released a report analyzing how closing the post offices in nine towns in Iowa would affect residents and small businesses.  Like a similar study done about the economic impacts of closing … Read More

Why Postal Reform Will Fail


BY MARK  JAMISON By any meaningful measure, whatever postal reform bill emerges from the current legislative process, it will be insufficient to staunch the flow of blood draining from the Postal Service.  More likely than not, the bill will facilitate the destruction of a national treasure by strangling the principles that support its existence.  Postal reform is going to fail … Read More

The GAO report on post office closings: Congress gets what it asks for—more misinformation


Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its second report this month about the Postal Service.  This one is about post office closings (GAO-12-433), and it’s apparently intended to give lawmakers information that will help them craft postal legislation.   The cover letter for the report is addressed to Senator Tom Carper and Representative Darrell Issa, the two lawmakers … Read More

The Senate does postal reform: An overview of S.1789


If all goes according to plan, Senate bill S.1789 will come to the floor for a vote this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.  The “21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012" is sponsored by Senators Lieberman, Carper, Collins, and Brown.  (A good summary of the bill is here.) Though a few shades better than what Darrell Issa and the … Read More

How Network Rationalization speeds up Standard Mail and hastens the demise of First-Class


Sometime over the next few days, the Postal Service is expected to publish the final rule implementing the service standard changes that are the foundation for the Network Rationalization plan to consolidate over 220 mail processing plants.  First-Class Mail that is currently delivered overnight will be delivered in two days, and much of the mail delivered in two days will … Read More

It was sad when that great ship went down: The Postal Service heads for an iceberg


A hundred years ago this Sunday, the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, causing the deaths of over 1500 people.  Researchers have recently announced a new theory on the cause: Unusual weather conditions produced a false horizon that hid the iceberg from view.  In other words, a mirage. Whatever the immediate … Read More