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USPS HAS NOT SAVED AS MUCH AS IT EXPECTED FROM CUTTING POSTAL OFFICE HOURS: Government Executive:  The U.S. Postal Service has saved less money than it anticipated from its long-term plan to cut hours at post offices across the country, according to a new report, and it has used incomplete and inaccurate information to make its savings estimates. USPS neglected to factor in potential revenue losses when suggesting it would save $500 million annually by keeping post offices open two, four or six hours per day instead of eight hours, according to the Government Accountability Office. Even without factoring in the net effects, the Postal Service has lowered its projected savings from half a billion per year to $337 million annually due to increased labor costs, a 35 percent reduction.

POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSIONToday the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued its analysis of the United States Postal Service (Postal Service) fiscal year (FY) 2015 Annual Performance Report and fiscal year 2016 Performance Plan. The Commission is statutorily required to review the Postal Service’s goals and make findings as to whether the Postal Service has met those goals and offer any recommendations regarding the protection or promotion of public policy objectives.

The Commission’s review finds that the Postal Service FY 2015 Report and FY 2016 Plan failed to meet three of four goals established, and partially met the fourth goal.

The report further provides an in-depth evaluation of the Postal Service’s four performance goals: 1) Deliver High-Quality Services, 2) Provide Excellent Customer Experiences, 3) Ensure a Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce, and 4) Sustain Controllable Income.

Below is a summary of the Commission’s findings.

  • The Commission finds that the Postal Service did not meet the Deliver High-Quality Services performance goal in FY 2015.
     
  • The Commission finds that the Postal Service did not meet the Provide Excellent Customer Experiences performance goal in FY 2015.
     
  • The Commission finds that the Postal Service did not meet the Ensure a Safe Workplace and Engaged Workforce performance goal in FY 2015.
     
  • The Commission finds that the Postal Service partially met the Sustain Controllable Income performance goal in FY 2015.
     

Hear ye! Hear ye! The latest PostCom postal podcast on some of the issues that will be a part of the Postal Regulatory Commission review of the PAEA rates process has been posted on the PostCom web site. 

 

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Five Things You Need to Know

1.) PRC holds USPS' scope of 10-year review in abeyance.

2.) PRC examines USPS 2015 performance goals and 2016 performance plan.

3.) PostCom's President-Elect Lowrance on House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform panel.

4.) PRC takes hard stance in its Annual Compliance Determination Report.

5.) PostCom and others ask the PRC to deny the USPS' reconsideration.

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