Postal Service Proposes Comprehensive Changes to Infrastructure

“Our employees continue to do a terrific job for our customers and are among the most dedicated workforce anywhere. These are difficult times and our announcement today does not reflect on their commitment to service,” added Donahoe.

An Advance Notice of Rulemaking pertaining to the proposed overnight service standard changes was submitted to the Federal Register earlier today. A copy of the submission can be found at the URL below. The Postal Service intends to file with the Postal Regulatory Commission this fall.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

An electronic news kit containing the list of processing facilities being studied, the advance notice submitted to the Federal Register, today’s news conference presentation, FAQs, and additional information can be found online.

About the U.S. Postal Service

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 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. We’re everywhere so you can be anywhere: With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 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 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

  • charlie

    This is another example of how the world has changed. In the hay day of the Post office, mail was the only means of transmitting written communications. Today, fax, txt, email, postings are all faster and less expensive. So the real need for mail is not for urgent or documented communication, it’s purpose is more for dimensional pieces. As mobile communications, smart phones, tablets, etc grow in popularity this trend will move to minimize the amount of mail being sent. The post office may be reduced to a 1 to 3 day a week delivery or end up subcontracting to day laborers. Not saying that the Postal Workers are not doing a good job, but there were a lot of good black smiths in the day shoeing horse for horse drawn carriages that lost jobs to technology. So will go direct mail. As you can see, it is declining in popularity and volume already. Time for all of us to evaluate where we, our jobs, and our products fit into this new world order.

  • Bill

    If the USPS does not receive any tax dollars how do they fund their deficit?