USPS: Gotta Keep It Real

In late July, the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, the Postal Service and the District of Columbia held a hearing: “The Three Rs of the Postal Network Plan: Realignment, Right-Sizing and Responsiveness” to examine the forward-looking plan submitted recently by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to Congress. The Network Plan was mandated by the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. Representative Danny K. Davis (D-IL) chaired the hearing, which included four panels of witnesses offering perspectives on the topic.

In addition to witnesses representing the USPS and postal labor unions, a panel of mailing industry witnesses representing the Association of Postal Commerce (of which, PIA/GATF is a member), Mailers Council, Direct Marketing Association and the Alliance of Non-Profit Mailers offered their endorsement of the plan.

Industry witnesses stressed to Congress that, in order for the plan to move forward, the USPS must have improved and increased two-way communication with industry, so that the practical operations of the mailing industry can succeed in concert with the USPS’ plan.

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