Trouble ahead: The PRC gives POStPlan a green light

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Last Thursday, the Postal Regulatory Commission issued its advisory opinion on POStPlan, the Post Office Structure Plan, and the Postal Service isn’t wasting any time implementing its plan to reduce hours at 13,000 post offices. On the same day the PRC published its findings, the USPS Postal Bulletin published changes to three operational manuals, laying out the details on POStPlan.   According … Read More

On behalf of infrastructure: Rethinking the postal environment

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BY MARK JAMISON It's been four years since the Great Recession began to take its toll on postal revenues, and we appear no closer to a resolution to the crisis than when it first arose.  Of course, if one looks at it from an historical perspective, the Postal Service has faced an existential crisis since 1968, when the Kappel Commission issued … Read More

Dateline Danville VA: The VP visits, the USPS cuts hours at the PO

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On Tuesday of this week, Vice President Biden told a largely African American audience in Danville, Virginia, that Mitt Romney wanted to put them "back in chains" by "unchaining Wall Street."  Republicans jumped on the VP for playing the race card, Romney called the remark "reckless," and the story was all over the national news.   There's another story coming … Read More

What can Brown do for you? Congressman Ryan’s UPS Express

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Congressman Paul Ryan, who may be our next Vice President, hasn’t had much to say about the U.S. Postal Service.  He has a statement on his website about the agency’s financial problems, but it basically just nutshells the bills put forward by Darrell Issa and Stephen Lynch.  The only thing of substance in the statement is Ryan’s rejection of the … Read More

Got Mail? Go get it — the Postal Service has other plans

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In its never ending search for ways to cut costs and reduce the deficit, the Postal Service may have come up with a real money-saver: stop delivering the mail. One of the biggest expenses incurred by the Postal Service is delivering the mail to your door or your curb.  It would be a lot cheaper if they just put the … Read More

Postal Service posts a $5.2 gazillion loss, begs to be put out of its misery

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Yesterday the Postal Service released its Form Q3, the financial report for the third quarter of the fiscal year.  The headlines wax poetic:  “No more mail? US Postal Service begs Congress for help; warns it could go insolvent by next year” (NY Daily News) "Postal Service unstoppable in rain, snow. But red ink?" (Christian Science Monitor) “Postal Service reports $5.2 … Read More

The Road to POStPlan: Breaking down the postmaster retirement numbers

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Yesterday the Postal Service provided an update on how many postmasters have chosen to retire thanks to the $20,000 incentive offer.  Nearly 3,800 retired as of July 31, and about 300 will be retiring at the end of August and September, bringing the total to 4,100.  (The numbers are here.) The Postal Service did not provide a list of the … Read More

Another POStPlan post office hit with suspension, gets the fifth option

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  The Postal Service has closed another POStPlan post office by emergency suspension.  The Postal Service’s reassurances to the Postal Regulatory Commission that it wouldn’t be doing that don’t seem to count for much. A few days ago, we noted the emergency suspension of the post office in Helen, Maryland.  It’s on the POStPlan list, set to be downgraded to … Read More