U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Statement Regarding Proposed Delivery Schedule
Recently the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met and discussed a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages. This new schedule would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The new schedule would take effect in August 2013.
However, Congress included language in the Continuing Resolution passed by Congress included restrictive language that would prohibit implementation of this new delivery schedule.
“Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule. The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.”
The Postal Service has been exploring ways to reduce costs and generate new revenue streams to restore long-term financial stability. The Postal Service states that changing the delivery schedule will allow them to meet significant cost saving goals.
“The Board continues to support the Postal Service’s five-year business plan and the legislative goals identified in that plan which will return the Postal Service to financial solvency.”
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500.