"The USPS has the legal authority to request $460 million from Congress annually to cover the costs of rural service. The USPS has not requested those funds since FY 1982. When adjusted for inflation, the USPS has foregone a total of $25 billion."
https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2020/RISC-WP-20-003.pdf

The battle between @USPS and @TheSOC (a coalition of labor unions) over SOC's request to see the contract with Amazon is heating up. SOC makes a good case, but it's very unlikely the @PostalRegulator will grant access. https://www.prc.gov/docs/122/122427/SOCSuppSubmn_MC2021-115_CP2021-117.pdf
https://www.prc.gov/docs/122/122467/USPS%20Response%20to%20SOC%20Supp%20Submn.pdf

Another @PostalRegulator Advisory Opinion begins, this one about the USPS proposal to change the Critical Entry Time for certain categories of periodicals — another element of DeJoy's Delivering for America plan.
https://www.prc.gov/docs/122/122464/N2022-2%20Pre-Filing%20Conference%20Notice.pdf

@TakeOnWallSt @savethebpo @BGAlliance @CenterForBioDiv @Demos_Org @codepink @equaljustice @foe_us @greenpeaceusa @IndivisibleTeam @NRDC @PplsAction @SSWorks @Roots_Action @SierraClub @itstruenorth @WorkingFamilies As longtime critics of DeJoy's disastrous leadership, we and our colleagues @ceprdc are proud to co-sign onto this letter and urge President Biden to not squander this valuable opportunity to reshape the Postal Board of Governors.

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Community and Postal Workers United Summer 2022 Newsletter

The Summer 2022 newsletter from Community and Postal Workers United (CPUW) has articles about the “Dump DeJoy” campaign, the crisis of understaffing, and providing non-postal government services at local post…
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To Be Discontinued: The Postal Service identifies 170 suspended post offices for permanent closure

Earlier this week the Postal Service shared a list with the Postal Regulatory Commission identifying 170 post offices that were “temporarily” suspended several years ago and that will soon be…
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Rationale for a Suspension Dashboard: Comments for the PRC’s Public Inquiry

The USPS and PRC should create a dashboard with information about post offices that have been suspended. It’s “a commonsense way to make sure the Postal Service is keeping everyone…
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Counting Up Collection Box Removals in 2020-2021: Lists & Maps

In August 2020, amidst the pre-election furor over collection box removals, a FOIA request was submitted to the USPS asking for data about the removals. Nineteen months later, the USPS…
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Lost in Limbo: Post Offices Under Suspension

When the Postal Service considers closing a post office, it must go through a lengthy discontinuance process, with 30 steps of administrative review and opportunities for public input. But when…
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How slower mail has become a fact of life: USPS Service Performance and Postal Reform

Last week the Postal Service published its service performance reports for the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 (Oct-Dec 2021). This is our first opportunity to see any details about…

Emergency Suspension Dashboard

When the Postal Service closes a post office for an emergency, like unsafe building conditions after a weather event or a last-minute breakdown in lease negotiations, it's supposed to correct the problem as soon as possible — by making repairs, settling the lease issue or finding a new location. The Postal Service, however, may choose instead to initiate a study about whether or not to close the post office permanently.

The law does not specify a time frame for re-opening the office or completing the discontinuance process, so some post offices can end up in limbo for many years. A large backlog of unresolved suspensions sometimes develops. At the end of fiscal year 2021, there were about 450 post offices under suspension, nearly a hundred of them going back to 2012 or before.

In February, the Postal Regulatory Commission opened a Public Inquiry docket (its second on suspensions) to examine how the the resolution of these suspensions might be expedited, presumably through a modification of the rules governing discontinuances.

To provide a clearer picture of the suspensions and to lend some transparency to the process of resolving them as it unfolds, we’ve created a Suspension Dashboard. It includes a page for each of the 450 suspended offices, with information about its suspension status, community demographics and facility data.

You can view the new suspension dashboard here.

When the Postal Service closes a post office for an emergency, like unsafe building conditions after a weather event or a last-minute breakdown in lease negotiations, it's supposed to correct the problem as soon as possible — by making repairs, settling the lease issue or finding a new location. The Postal Service, however, may choose instead to initiate a study about whether or not to permanently close the post office.

The law does not specify a time frame for re-opening the office or completing the discontinuance process, so some post offices can end up in limbo for many years. A large backlog of unresolved suspensions sometimes develops. At the end of fiscal year 2021, there were about 450 post offices under suspension, nearly a hundred of them going back to 2012 or before.

In February, the Postal Regulatory Commission opened a Public Inquiry docket (its second on suspensions) to examine how the the resolution of these suspensions might be expedited, presumably through a modification of the rules governing discontinuances.

To provide a clearer picture of the suspensions and to lend some transparency to the process of resolving them as it unfolds, we’ve created a Suspension Dashboard. It includes a page for each of the 450 suspended offices, with information about its suspension status, community demographics and facility data.

You can view the new suspension dashboard here.

Collection Box Removals in 2020-2021: Lists & Maps

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On August 20, 2020, amidst the furor over box removals, Robert Bracco, using the muckrock.com FOIA request website, filed a request asking the Postal Service to provide data “pertaining to the existence, addition, removal, or relocation of USPS collection boxes inside the United States and territories created or altered after 8/15/2019.”

On March 25, 2022 — nineteen months after the request was filed, and after seventeen follow-up messages inquiring on the status of the request — the Postal Service finally responded. It provided three lists of collection box locations in service in December 2019, 2020 and 2021. The lists make it possible to track additions and removals over this two-year period. We have the lists and maps here.

Service Performance Update

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On October 1, 2021, the Postal Service lowered service standards for First Class mail, saying that this would allow it to deliver 95 percent of the mail on time. Since October, scores have averaged about 89 percent, and the Postal Service now says it will not reach 95 percent for two or three years. The new target for FY 2022 is 91 percent.

The weekly performance scores are being submitted as evidence in Pennsylvania v. DeJoy. The most recent report is here. For more performance data, check out our dashboard.

Service Performance Update

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On October 1, 2021, the Postal Service lowered service standards for First Class mail, saying that this would allow it to deliver 95 percent of the mail on time. Since October, scores have averaged about 89 percent, and the Postal Service now says it will not reach 95 percent for two or three years. The new target for FY 2022 is 91 percent.

The weekly performance scores are being submitted as evidence in Pennsylvania v. DeJoy. The most recent report is here. For more performance data, check out our dashboard.

The Year in Review

The Year in Review