Latest News and Highlights

USPS Reports FY 2019 Financial Results. On November 14, the USPS released their Fiscal Year 2019 finances.  The agency reported an operating revenue increase of $514 million with an overall volume decline of 3.8 billion pieces.  The net loss for the year was $8.8 billion, an increase in net loss of $4.9 billion compared to 2018.

USPS Leadership Changes. USPS on October 24 announced that New Acting Vice President, Sales Timothy R. Costello, Major Metro District Manager, South Florida District, will be detailed to Acting Vice President, Sales.  Sharon Owens will be returning to her position as Vice President, Pricing and Costing after assisting in Tim’s transition. Steve Phelps, who served as Acting, Vice President, Pricing and Costing, will return to his position as Manager, Regulatory Reporting and Cost Analysis.

Postmaster General Megan Brennan Announces Retirement. On October 16, Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced her retirement effective January 21, 2020. Brennan is the 74th Postmaster General and first woman to serve in this role. Upon her retirement she will have served in the position for five years. At this time a successor has not been named.

USPS Files Price Change with the PRC. Today, the Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission that they will be changing rates for its market dominant products. As expected, prices increased by 1.9 percent with slight variation across the market dominant products. Tomorrow's bulletin will include a brief summary and next week we plan to publish a special edition of the PostCom bulletin to provide more detail. 

PRC Selects Jennifer Alvarez Warburton to Lead its Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations. On October 8, the Postal Regulatory Commission announced that it had appointed Jennifer Alvarez Warburton as the agency’s director of public affairs and government relations, effective October 15, 2019. Ms. Warburton brings more than two decades of postal and legislative expertise to the Commission. In addition to serving as the chief of staff to a member of Congress, Ms. Warburton has extensive experience working at the U.S. Postal Service and subsequently its largest employee organizations, representing their interests before the Congress and collaborating with all postal stakeholders.

PostCom Board Elections. PostCom is proud to announce our newest Board of Directors Charles Crutchfield of and Wayne Sipe of Siemens Logistics. Welcome!  Congratulations to our newly elected Officers: Chairman: Rose Flanagan, Data-Mail; Vice Chair: Bob Rosser, IWCO; Secretary: Dana Fields, Bank of America and Treasurer: Todd Black, Intellisent. 

UPU Extraordinary Congress Passed Option V. The member countries of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have passed Option V - which combines features of proposals favored by the United States.  “Option V” – is a reform package that merged elements of various amendments around what was Option C, the convergence proposal. Option V includes the “carve out” for the United States to move to self-declared rates for inbound packets and bulky letters on July 1, 2020, with self-declared rates applied on reciprocal basis (countries can charge self-declared on U.S. packets and bulky letters).  Article Mike Plunkett is quoted in

Ruling in Carlson v. PRC.  On September 13, the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Douglas Carlson vs the Postal Regulatory Commission. Mr. Carlson challenged the Commission's ruling that the five cent increase in the First-Class Single Piece postage rate was lawful. Finding in favor of Mr. Carlson, the Court stated, "We conclude that this stamp price hike violated the APA because the Commission failed to consider the relevant policies of the PAEA, particularly those raised in the public comments. We therefore grant Carlson’s petition for review, vacating the part of Order 4875 that includes the stamp price hike and the rate adjustments to the category of first-class mail." This decision will have no immediate impact. The Department of Justice has 45 days to request reconsideration and we fully expect them to do so.