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Leaders in Mailing Organizations Call for Balanced Approach to Postal Rates. On Monday, March 20, three mailer organizations representing all segments of the mailing community and all classes of mail urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to retain the inflation-capped pricing structure that has protected captive users of the Postal Service’s monopoly services for the past decade. The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers (ANM), MPA -- the Association of Magazine Media (MPA), and The Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) together submitted comprehensive comments showing how the current pricing regime has simultaneously given the Postal Service adequate revenues while protecting mailers who have no alternative to USPS for delivery of their valued mail to the nation’s homes and mailboxes. The comments demonstrate clearly that the financial outlook for USPS is far healthier than it portrays. The three organizations also outlined untapped management opportunities to improve Postal Service finances without abandoning the price cap and threatening mail volumes. Press Release. Executive Summary. Comments.
House Panel Approves Postal Service Legislation. On March 16, 2017, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. The bill addresses unfunded liabilities of the US Postal Service (USPS), strives to enhance and improve the Postal Service's revenue and efficiency, makes reforms to keep mailing costs affordable for consumers and mailers, and encourages innovation, all without additional borrowing capacity from the U.S. taxpayer. Additionally, the Committee approved the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act, H.R. 760, which allows Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund to utilize the same index funds and strategies as the Thrift Savings Plan. Summary of the Bill.
USPS Announces National Expansion of Informed Delivery by April. The USPS on February 15, 2017, announced on its web site that it is expanding its Informed Delivery service and by late April, the feature should be available Nationwide. “The Postal Service is expanding Informed Delivery, an optional, free feature that provides eligible residential consumers with a digital preview of their incoming mail,” the USPS said. “Through Informed Delivery, users receive images of the outside of their household’s letter-sized mailpieces that will arrive in their physical mailboxes soon,” it said, noting that “[u]sers can receive these images via email or by accessing their online dashboard at informeddelivery.usps.com.”The USPS has been testing Informed Delivery in parts of Northern Virginia as well as the greater New York City area.
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