Archive for April 17th, 2013

Postmaster General urges Congress to provide delivery schedule flexibility

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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told a House committee today that the Postal Service is currently operating with a broken business model and the gap between revenues and costs will only get worse in the coming years unless the laws that govern the Postal Service are changed.

“Our financial problems are due to the restrictive laws that prevent us from fully responding to changes in consumer behavior,” Donahoe testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “Any private sector company could quickly adapt to the market changes we have experienced, and remain profitable. However, we do not have all of the flexibility we need to adapt to a changing marketplace.”

Donahoe said the Postal Service continues to be very aggressive in cost-cutting actions it can take within the law, reducing its cost base by $15 billion since 2006. “No other organization, public or private, that I am aware of, can claim a similar cost reduction while continuing to function at a high level. And yet, we have to go much further and much faster and we are prepared to do so.”

The Postal Service would have reduced costs an additional $2 billion annually by implementing the new delivery schedule announced in February. However, according to Postal Service legal opinions, House Resolution 933 to fund government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year included language specifically designed to prevent the Postal Service from changing to the new delivery schedule.

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 17th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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Lawmakers to explore options to keep USPS in business

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Lawmakers to explore options to keep USPS in business | Federal Times | federaltimes.com.

I’m watching this hearing now online.  Grilling is an understatement…lots of talk, sure would like to see some action.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 17th, 2013 at 11:08 am

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Full Service Tech Credit Docs Filed with PRC

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http://tinyurl.com/c7grcfm

Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. § 3622 and 39 C.F.R. § 3010, the Postal Service hereby provides notice that the Governors have authorized the Postal Service to temporarily adjust the prices for several market-dominant products within First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, Periodicals, and Package Services®. This adjustment will take effect on June 1, 2013, and expire at the close of May 31, 2014 (“Promotion Period”).

The change, the Full-Service Intelligent Mail Barcode Technology Credit Promotion (“Technology Credit Promotion”), will provide mailers with a one-time credit toward their mailings that employ Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMb). The specific amount of the credit for each mailer is based on the mailer’s FY 2012 volume.

In total, across mailers, the value of the promotion will be approximately $66 million. 

The purpose of the Technology Credit Promotion is to encourage the adoption of Full-Service IMb technology, by offsetting a portion of the investment in hardware and software changes necessary for mailers to employ Full-Service IMb

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Boldings above are mine.  This is one filing you have to read completely.

While reading, keep in mind that Full Service Intelligent Mail is REQURIED come January 2014.

The Postal Regulatory Commission will be assigning a Public Representative to this docket in the next day or two.  When that information becomes available, I will post it here, in case anyone would like to express their views on this proposal, confidentially, to the Public Representative.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 17th, 2013 at 9:31 am

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