Postmaster General Pat Donahoe today announced a newly redesigned Postal Service, one that is better positioned for growth, reflects further alignment within the organization to achieve core business strategies and, when fully implemented, by March 2012, will eliminate almost $750 million in costs to the organization.
â€œOver the past 8 weeks, we have been taking a careful look at our internal structure â€” the way we position our people â€” and determining the best way to align the organization to succeed in a more competitive world,â€ said Donahoe. â€œWe also have been making some tough but necessary decisions that will enable us to better meet the needs of our employees, our customers and the American public.â€
Donahoe said a strong plan has been developed that will result in a leaner, less bureaucratic structure that creates greater efficiencies among managerial and administrative functions.
The announced redesign reduces administrative layers and achieves a 20 percent reduction in authorized administrative office complement and Postal Career Executive Service (PCES) positions.
Seven districts will be closing. A general announcement identifying the districts will be made March 24, after employees in those districts are notified.
Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) and financial incentive programs will be offered to eligible career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at Headquarters, Headquarters-related Field Units, Area Offices and Customer Service District Offices (Administrative).
* The incentive program is $20,000 and is offered on a first come, first-served basis to eligible employees who choose to leave on the May 31, 2011, effective date through a VER, optional retirement or voluntary resignation. The incentive will be paid in two equal payments of $10,000 distributed in November 2011 and November 2012.
* To be eligible for the incentive, employees must begin the optional retirement process or submit voluntary resignation by the deadline of April 25, 2011. The same date, April 25, also is the irrevocability date for employees who accept the VER offer.
* Disability retirements and Federal Transfers are not eligible for the incentive. Employees in a probationary status as of March 23, 2011, are not eligible.
* Employees already in progress as of March 23, 2011, for optional retirement or voluntary resignation with a scheduled retirement or separation date on or before May 31, 2011, will be permitted to retire or separate on the scheduled date and be eligible for the incentive.
* Further details of the VER and incentive programs will be available on the Organizational Change website.
Donahoe said employees will be given comprehensive information to help them make the best decisions about their future. â€œI know change can be challenging,â€ he said. â€œI thank all of our employees for their continued dedication and focus on continuing to provide high levels of customer service while the organizational redesign proceeds.â€
Efforts in the coming weeks and months will help the Postal Service become a leaner, faster and smarter organization, Donahoe said. â€œThe redesign will improve our financial situation, ensure that we are better able to compete for customers, and provide greater value and service to the American public.â€
For more, see the USPS Organizational Change web site.