Featured image for “Postal Service announces more Sorting & Delivery Centers coming soon”
Feb. 22, 2024

Postal Service announces more Sorting & Delivery Centers coming soon

Featured image for “Postal Service to end evening collection at thousands of post offices”
Feb. 01, 2024

Postal Service to end evening collection at thousands of post offices

Featured image for “Postal Service announces 30 more consolidations”
Jan. 12, 2024

Postal Service announces 30 more consolidations

Featured image for “USPS tells regulator, “mind your own regulations””
Jan. 04, 2024

USPS tells regulator, “mind your own regulations”

Featured image for “Milk Run in Dairyland: USPS Optimizes Collections in Wisconsin”
Dec. 13, 2023

Milk Run in Dairyland: USPS Optimizes Collections in Wisconsin

Featured image for “Postal Service announces five more P&DCs to be consolidated”
Nov. 28, 2023

Postal Service announces five more P&DCs to be consolidated

Featured image for “PRC dismisses appeal on closing of the Sherwood Carrier Annex in Topeka”
Nov. 21, 2023

PRC dismisses appeal on closing of the Sherwood Carrier Annex in Topeka

Featured image for “Postal Service to open new Sorting & Delivery Center in Pompano Beach”
Nov. 13, 2023

Postal Service to open new Sorting & Delivery Center in Pompano Beach

Featured image for “Delivering for America: The latest lists and a look ahead”
Nov. 07, 2023

Delivering for America: The latest lists and a look ahead

Featured image for “Postal Service goes on a milk run, delays more mail”
Oct. 30, 2023

Postal Service goes on a milk run, delays more mail

Featured image for “USPS issues final environmental impact statement on new delivery fleet, lawsuits to resume shortly”
Oct. 17, 2023

USPS issues final environmental impact statement on new delivery fleet, lawsuits to resume shortly

Featured image for “Postal Service announces more plant consolidations and S&DC conversions”
Oct. 02, 2023

Postal Service announces more plant consolidations and S&DC conversions

Featured image for “OIG reports on Sorting & Delivery Centers”
Sep. 15, 2023

OIG reports on Sorting & Delivery Centers

Featured image for “Arbitrator cancels excessing of clerks at spoke offices of Utica S&DC”
Aug. 31, 2023

Arbitrator cancels excessing of clerks at spoke offices of Utica S&DC

Featured image for “How the new USPS network discriminates against some users of the mail”
Aug. 29, 2023

How the new USPS network discriminates against some users of the mail

Featured image for “Topeka Post Office becomes first to close after losing its carriers to S&DC”
Aug. 27, 2023

Topeka Post Office becomes first to close after losing its carriers to S&DC

Featured image for “Mapping RPDC Regions”
Aug. 13, 2023

Mapping RPDC Regions

Featured image for “USPS shares a big list of RPDCs and LPCs”
Aug. 08, 2023

USPS shares a big list of RPDCs and LPCs

Featured image for “USPS begins second wave of new RPDCs”
Aug. 06, 2023

USPS begins second wave of new RPDCs

Featured image for “USPS shares cost savings and job cuts for first four plant consolidations”
Aug. 04, 2023

USPS shares cost savings and job cuts for first four plant consolidations

Featured image for “DFA implementation update on facility consolidations and new S&DCs”
Jul. 31, 2023

DFA implementation update on facility consolidations and new S&DCs

Featured image for “USPS responds to PRC’s public inquiry on DFA with nonpublic filings”
Jul. 23, 2023

USPS responds to PRC’s public inquiry on DFA with nonpublic filings

Featured image for “USPS initiates consolidation studies for P&DCs in Georgia and Oregon with more to come”
Jul. 16, 2023

USPS initiates consolidation studies for P&DCs in Georgia and Oregon with more to come

Featured image for “Previewing the first information request in the PRC Inquiry on DFA”
Jul. 02, 2023

Previewing the first information request in the PRC Inquiry on DFA

Featured image for “PRC rejects USPS effort to shut down public inquiry into Delivering for America”
Jun. 21, 2023

PRC rejects USPS effort to shut down public inquiry into Delivering for America

Featured image for “Postal Service introduces RPDC Regions”
Jun. 12, 2023

Postal Service introduces RPDC Regions

Featured image for “The future flow of the postal network: An inventory of potential RPDCs, LPCs, and S&DCs”
Jun. 05, 2023

The future flow of the postal network: An inventory of potential RPDCs, LPCs, and S&DCs

Featured image for “Postal Service provides an implementation update on the S&DC plan”
May. 25, 2023

Postal Service provides an implementation update on the S&DC plan

Featured image for “Postal Service announces plans to remove & relocate processing equipment”
May. 21, 2023

Postal Service announces plans to remove & relocate processing equipment

Featured image for “PMG DeJoy trashes PRC at House hearing, says it “actively participated in the destruction” of the Postal Service”
May. 17, 2023

PMG DeJoy trashes PRC at House hearing, says it “actively participated in the destruction” of the Postal Service

Featured image for “Mailers defend the PRC’s public inquiry into Delivering for America”
May. 13, 2023

Mailers defend the PRC’s public inquiry into Delivering for America

Featured image for “The USPS is challenging the PRC’s authority to open a public inquiry on the DFA plan”
May. 05, 2023

The USPS is challenging the PRC’s authority to open a public inquiry on the DFA plan

Featured image for “PRC Initiates Public Inquiry Proceeding to Gather Information on Changes to the Postal Network”
Apr. 21, 2023

PRC Initiates Public Inquiry Proceeding to Gather Information on Changes to the Postal Network

Featured image for “EVs and S&DCs: USPS says you can’t have one without the other”
Apr. 05, 2023

EVs and S&DCs: USPS says you can’t have one without the other

Featured image for “The S&DC plan rolls on, the excessing begins”
Apr. 01, 2023

The S&DC plan rolls on, the excessing begins

Featured image for “Previewing the first wave of Regional Processing & Distribution Centers”
Mar. 30, 2023

Previewing the first wave of Regional Processing & Distribution Centers

Featured image for “New USPS TV spot promises a delivery network with smarter, more efficient routes”
Mar. 26, 2023

New USPS TV spot promises a delivery network with smarter, more efficient routes

Featured image for “A progress report on S&DC conversions and plant consolidations”
Mar. 15, 2023

A progress report on S&DC conversions and plant consolidations

Featured image for “Postal Service shares a new list of S&DCs and spoke offices to be converted in June and September”
Mar. 04, 2023

Postal Service shares a new list of S&DCs and spoke offices to be converted in June and September

Featured image for “Everything you didn’t know you need to know about the Postal Service’s new commercial”
Mar. 02, 2023

Everything you didn’t know you need to know about the Postal Service’s new commercial

DFA Update

As of 11/21/2023

For more information about these lists, see "Delivering for America: The latest lists and a look ahead."  View on Google Docs.

Delivery Network Transformation

As part of the Delivering for America (DFA) plan, the Postal Service is in the process of implementing a massive initiative to change how the mail is processed and delivered.

Instead of working out of the back of post offices, letter carriers will be relocated to large, centralized facilities called Sorting & Delivery Centers. These S&DCs will be housed in currently operating processing centers, large post offices, and eventually one of the new multi-functional mega-plants the Postal Service plans to create over the next few years.

Tens of thousands of letter carriers will find themselves working at an S&DC that’s much farther from where they live, meaning longer commutes, more driving time, and more personal transportation expenses. Then there's all the additional costs for the Postal Service that will result from the longer drive between the S&DC and its routes. Postmasters and managers will see their positions downgraded because they don’t have carriers to supervise; many of their positions will eventually be eliminated. Thousands of clerks at post offices will become unnecessary since they won’t need to provide support for the carriers.  Many of these positions will be eliminated too.

Eventually, patrons of post offices will be affected, too. Removing carrier operations eliminates one of the two main functions of a post office, and the excess space in the back will be used to justify “optimizing” the retail network. Some post offices will be relocated to smaller spaces, some will have their hours reduced, many will simply be closed. Properties that the Postal Service owns, many of them significant historic buildings, will be reviewed for disposal. The neighborhoods and towns in which these post offices are located will suffer a loss of jobs, economic activity, and social interaction. Tens of millions of households will fall within the scope of the initiative.

This dashboard tracks the news about the S&DC initiative, shares information about the latest lists of affected offices, and provides analysis of the potential impacts.

In the News

Featured image for “Major mail delivery delays raise concerns about voting in the 2024 elections”
Apr. 06, 2024

Major mail delivery delays raise concerns about voting in the 2024 elections

Featured image for “More Postal Workers Affected By Downgrade of Charleston WV P&DC Than Union Anticipated”
Apr. 04, 2024

More Postal Workers Affected By Downgrade of Charleston WV P&DC Than Union Anticipated

Featured image for “Postal Service explores reduced mail pickups in rural areas”
Mar. 29, 2024

Postal Service explores reduced mail pickups in rural areas

Featured image for “Virginia has the worst mail service in the country, by far. We figured out why.”
Mar. 28, 2024

Virginia has the worst mail service in the country, by far. We figured out why.

Featured image for “Delivery delays: Critics of new Postal Service policy say it could slow mail delivery, especially in rural Oregon”
Mar. 25, 2024

Delivery delays: Critics of new Postal Service policy say it could slow mail delivery, especially in rural Oregon

Featured image for “As USPS institutes network reforms, mail delivery hits a three-year low”
Feb. 23, 2024

As USPS institutes network reforms, mail delivery hits a three-year low

Featured image for “The USPS Network Consolidation Plan: What’s at Stake for Southern Oregon”
Feb. 22, 2024

The USPS Network Consolidation Plan: What’s at Stake for Southern Oregon

Featured image for “Chaos plagues USPS operations in Houston area”
Feb. 22, 2024

Chaos plagues USPS operations in Houston area

Featured image for “East Tennessee’s congressional delegation isn’t pleased with answers to post office questions”
Jan. 07, 2024

East Tennessee’s congressional delegation isn’t pleased with answers to post office questions

Featured image for “USPS to Open New Sorting and Delivery Centers as That Approach Comes Under Fire”
Dec. 17, 2023

USPS to Open New Sorting and Delivery Centers as That Approach Comes Under Fire

Featured image for “It’s going to delay the mail’: the fight over Louis DeJoy’s USPS plan”
Dec. 16, 2023

It’s going to delay the mail’: the fight over Louis DeJoy’s USPS plan

Featured image for “Postal Service Likely To Move Cheyenne’s Mail Processing To Denver, Casper’s To Billings”
Dec. 13, 2023

Postal Service Likely To Move Cheyenne’s Mail Processing To Denver, Casper’s To Billings

Featured image for “Rep. Tim Burchett blasts PMG DeJoy over USPS arrogance at Knoxville consolidation meeting”
Dec. 02, 2023

Rep. Tim Burchett blasts PMG DeJoy over USPS arrogance at Knoxville consolidation meeting

Featured image for “Changes could be coming to USPS processing center in in Fort Wayne, workers upset”
Dec. 01, 2023

Changes could be coming to USPS processing center in in Fort Wayne, workers upset

Featured image for “Plan to improve Lehigh Valley mail delivery by sending it to Harrisburg derided by locals, workers”
Dec. 01, 2023

Plan to improve Lehigh Valley mail delivery by sending it to Harrisburg derided by locals, workers

Featured image for “‘I don’t believe there’s honesty’ | USPS employees share concerns after meeting about Knoxville consolidation”
Dec. 01, 2023

‘I don’t believe there’s honesty’ | USPS employees share concerns after meeting about Knoxville consolidation

S&DCs and Spokes as of 3/15/24

The Postal Service shared this list with the PRC in response to an information request as part of the Public Inquiry on Delivering for Amerca; the original is here. View on Google Docs.

RPDC Regions and LPCs

As of 8/14/2023

For more information about these lists, see "Mapping RPDC Regions."  View on Google Docs.

S&DCs and Spoke Post Offices

Official USPS list shared with PRC 7/19/23

Changes since last update: Gainesville (FL) Main Street, Panama City (FL) North Side, and Panama City (FL) Downtown have been removed from the list; Vernon Center (NY) has been added. For more info about this list, see "USPS responds to PRC’s public inquiry on DFA with nonpublic filings." View on Google Docs.