Post Office discontinuances and suspensions: A decade in review

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The Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission are currently working on the annual compliance review.  The goal of the ACR, as stated in 39 U.S.C. §3652, is to determine if during the previous fiscal year the Postal Service has met all of the rate setting and service goals of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. The review deals primarily with the issue of … Read More

POStPlan: How to save $500 million without really trying


When the Postal Service gave the Postal Regulatory Commission its request for an Advisory Opinion on POStPlan — the plan to reduce hours at 13,000 post offices — it provided no cost-savings analysis.  In his testimony, USPS witness Jeffrey Day says only that “the Postal Service anticipates that the POStPlan will provide significant labor cost savings due to lower salary … Read More

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse: The Postal Service has a new plan for the post office


After a year and a half spent threatening to close thousands of rural post offices, the Postal Service has suddenly changed course.  Instead of closing small post offices, the Postal Service has come up with a way to make them irrelevant.   The Postal Service’s new plan — awkwardly named  "Post Office Structure Plan," or POStPlan — will reduce the hours … Read More

Post Office Closings in 2011: Lists, maps, the whole mess


The past year was not a good one for those who value the institution of the brick-and-mortar post office.  Over four thousand post offices were studied for closure, and were it not for the Christmas holiday suspension and the moratorium on closings, a large portion of them would have closed by year’s end.  Just to put that in context, consider … Read More

Mass Appeals at the PRC


The Postal Service closed about 600 post offices in 2011, and it is poised to make mass closures in the spring when the moratorium ends on May 15.  That will also mean mass appeals at the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), and last Thursday the Commissioners were talking all about it. Chairman Ruth Goldway began the Commission’s monthly meeting with a … Read More

The RAOI Advisory Opinion: A Transformative Moment or a Bump in the Road?


It’s been a week since the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued its Advisory Opinion on the Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI), the Postal Service’s plan to close 3,652 post offices.  The Postal Service has yet to issue a reply.  Maybe the attorneys and strategists in postal headquarters just don’t know what to say. The Advisory Opinion says the plan to … Read More

The Postal Service Runs Amok: How Not to Close a Post Office


In the classic guidebook for lawyers,The Art of Cross-Examination, Francis Wellman advises, “A lawyer should never ask a witness in cross-examination a question unless in the first place the lawyer knows what the answer would be or in the second place didn’t care.”  This week lawyers for the Postal Service cross-examined Mark Strong, president of the National League of Postmasters, … Read More