Latest News and Highlights

Chairman Maloney Introduces New Postal Bills On March 5, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, has introduced new postal bills: The Vote by Mail Tracking Act will make it easier for election officials and voters to track the status of their ballots and for the Postal Service to identify, process, and deliver ballots more effectively.  The legislation has been included in an amendment to H.R. 1, the For the People Act. The Nonpartisan Postmaster General Act would designate the Postal Service Board of Governors, the Postmaster General, and the Deputy Postmaster General as “further restricted employees” under the Hatch Act to prevent them from holding any political position while in office and to ensure that these positions are filled by qualified experts rather than political operatives.

Biden Announces Three Nominees for Postal Service Board of Governors On February 24, President Biden announced three nominees to the U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors: Anton Hajjar, a former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union; Amber McReynolds, chief executive of the National Vote at Home Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for improved mail-in voting; and Ron Stroman, a former deputy postmaster general who led Mr. Biden’s transition team for postal-service issues.  

USPS Releases First Quarter 2021 Results On February 9, the U.S. Postal Service reported its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020), as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unpredictable impact on the economy and the Postal Service. Net income for the quarter was $318 million. As a result of the pandemic, and to a lesser extent, secular mail declines, the Postal Service’s sales from mail services, its largest sales category, continued to decline during the first quarter, despite record Political and Election Mail volumes associated with the general election. Total operating expenses were $21.1 billion for the quarter, an increase of $1.1 billion, or 5.3 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

Ron Bloom to Serve as Chairman of the Board On February 9, Ron A. Bloom was unanimously elected by his fellow Governors to serve as the 24th chairman of the Board of Governors. The Governors also unanimously elected Roman Martinez IV to serve as vice chairman. Bloom succeeds Robert M. Duncan, the Board’s chairman since Sept. 2018, and who continues his term as a Governor.

Congress Revives USPS Fairness Act  On February 3, Congress reintroduced the USPS Fairness Act , a bipartisan legislation that would essentially eliminate the Postal Service’s 2006 obligation to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Currently, the requirement costs the USPS more than $5 billion dollars each year. The bill passed the House in 2019, but stalled in the Senate. 

PRC Releases Annual Report  On January 26, the Postal Regulatory Commission released its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) Annual Report to the President and Congress. The report provides a summary of the primary activities undertaken by the Commission throughout the year. By law, the Commission is required to submit its report to the president and Congress concerning the operations of the Commission, including the extent to which regulations are achieving the rate-setting objectives of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. 

Michael M. Kubayanda Designated Chairman of the PRC On January 25, President Joe Biden designated Commissioner Michael M. Kubayanda to serve as Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, succeeding Robert G. Taub.  

COVID-19 Relief Bill Signed  On December 27th, President Trump signed the Coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress last week. Among other provisions, the legislation converts $10 billion in borrowing authority for the Postal Service to a "grant" that will not require prepayment if used to offset impacts of the pandemic.

PRC Approves Domestic Competitive Prices for 2021 On December 10th, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the domestic competitive price changes to take effect Jan. 24, 2021. The prices, approved by the PRC, will raise Shipping Services product prices approximately 3.5 percent for Priority Mail service, and 1.2 percent for Priority Mail Express service. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions.

PRC Issues Final Order in the Ten-Year Review.  On Monday, November 30th, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced that it issued Order No. 5763 adopting rules to modify the system for regulating rates and classes for Market Dominant products.  As implemented, the final rules provide a 5-year review period for a holistic assessment of the effects of the Commission’s rule changes. The Commission retains the flexibility to adjust certain components of the system sooner than that if necessary.    Federal Register Notice   PostCom's Summary 

DTAC Acquires Mail.dat® & Mail.XML™ Specifications From Idealliance PostCom is pleased to announce that Delivery Technology Advocacy Council (DTAC) and Idealliance have agreed to transfer ownership and management of the Mail.dat and Mail.xml specifications to DTAC. Several members of PostCom's Board of Directors were instrumental in forging this agreement that will help ensure technological continuity and stability for the mailing industry in the years to come. Official Press Release