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USPS Updates on “COVID-19".  The USPS will provide any necessary updates on their website at: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/.

Independent Analysis Casts Doubt on USPS 10-Year Plan. New analysis sponsored by the Envelope Manufacturers Association and the Greeting Card Association, which updates forecasts to reflect new data, demonstrates that above CPI rate increases called for in the Postal Service’s “Delivering for America” plan are unnecessary.

PRC Approves Price Change On Monday, July 19the Postal Regulatory Commission confirmed that "the planned price adjustments for all market dominant classes, including workshare discounts, are consistent with applicable regulations and applicable Commission directives and orders. The PRC also concludes that the planned classification changes, with some minor revisions described in the PRC Order, are consistent with applicable law. " The new prices will take effect August 29 absent further action by the DC Circuit as part of an ongoing industry appeal.

USPS Releases 2020 Household Diary Study On July 13, the United States Postal Service released their latest Household Diary Study. Despite volume declines across most mail received and sent by households, the latest Household Diary Study shows positive information around post office use and the value of ad mail. Volume of transactional, correspondence, advertising, and periodical mail declined in the fiscal year (FY) 2018-2020 timeframe, with only package volume seeing an increase. 

USPS Proposes Market Dominant Product Price Increase On May 28, the USPS announced that it intends to raise prices on market dominant products as part of the “Delivering for America,” the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence. The proposed price changes would raise overall Market Dominant product and service prices by approximately 6.9 percent. First-Class Mail prices would increase by 6.8 percent to offset declining revenue due to First-Class Mail volume declines.

USPS Reform Bills Introduced On May 13, the House Oversight and Reform Committee approved a pair of postal reform bills Thursday that will now head to the House floor for a vote.  The Postal Service Reform Act, is a bill designed to put the Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing, and would give USPS $8 billion towards new electric postal trucks.  The Postal Service Improvement Act includes requirements for all mail-in ballots to include a trackable barcode.   On May 19, a biapartisan group of Senators introduced similar legislation

Newest Postal Governors On May 13, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ronald Stroman, former USPS Deputy Postmaster General, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021. On May 14, the U.S. Senate confirmed Amber McReynolds, the chief executive officer of the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute and the former director of elections in Denver, as a member of the board. Mrs. McReynolds term expires in December 2026. 

USPS Appoints Douglas Tulino as Deputy Postmaster General The U.S. Postal Service announced on May 12th that Douglas Tulino, a 41-year veteran of the service, has been appointed deputy postmaster general, reporting directly to Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy. The appointment is effective immediately. Tulino also becomes a member of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors and continues in his current role as chief human resources officer (CHRO).

House Committee on Oversight and Reform Introduces Postal Service Reform Act  On May 11, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act. Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx are original co-sponsors of the Postal Service Reform Act. The Postal Service Reform Act will be considered during the hybrid business meeting scheduled for this Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.

USPS Releases Second Quarter Finances On May 7, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial reports for the 2021 second quarter ending March 31.  The USPS reported a net loss of $82 million, compared to a net loss of approximately $4.5 billion for the same quarter last year, and total revenue of approximately $18.9 billion, an increase of approximately $1.1 billion, or 6.0 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.  The agency attributed loses to the pandemic surge in demand for package deliveries, increased operating costs and a continued decline in revenue from mail services. The USPS also showed that service performance improved in the quarter, with improvements continuing.   

PostCom Files "Mailer Petitioner Initial Brief" On April 13, PostCom joined other mailing associations in filing a "Mailer Petitioner Initial Brief" with the DC Circuit court as part of our ongoing effort to roll back the rate regulations put in place after the Postal Regulatory Commission's (PRC) 10-year review.

PRC Issues its ACD for FY2020 On March 29, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) for FY2020. The ACD found that the Postal Service did not comply with the requirement that all products generate sufficient revenue to cover their attributable costs, citing numerous products (both market-dominant and competitive) where revenues were not sufficient to cover costs.  Also, a number of workshare incentives were declared non-compliant because the discounts exceeded the avoided costs of the workshared activity and in most cases the Postal Service did not achieve its service performance targets. Overall, the ACD admonishes the Postal Service for its failures to meet service standards and sets forth additional reporting requirements designed to encourage improvement.

USPS Creates Joint Task Force with Union Leaders On March 23, the United States Postal Service announced it has created a Joint Task Force on Service Performance with Union leaders in order to identify and address service issues at select locations across the country.  The National Task Force will also ensure resources are allocated, lines of communication are open and concerns that are not resolved locally are escalated quickly. 

USPS Unveils its Ten Year Plan On March 23, United States Postal Service unveiled its highly anticipated ten year plan,  "Delivering for America: Our Vision and Ten-Year Plan to Achieve Financial Sustainability and Service Excellence".   The plan aims to meet or exceed 95 percent network-wide, on-time delivery and is projected to achieve a positive net income within three years while maintaining universal six-day mail delivery and expanding seven-day package delivery.

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.