Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway this week wrote to Postmaster General Pat Donahoe raising concerns about numerous post office closings around the country. Goldway noted that the PMG had assured the Commission earlier this year that the USPS would not close a “significant” number of offices without getting an advisory opinion from the PRC.
In her letter Goldway suggests that the USPS is already engaged in a nationwide program of office closings, and may therefore be breaking the law:
… numerous articles have appeared in the press identifying facilities in a number of states that have been closed, or that have been evaluated for potential closing, or shortly will be evaluated for potential closing. The Commission has received an increased number of post office closing appeals, hundreds of inquiries from citizens, and has had communications with concerned members of Congress. Thus, it appears that the Postal Service may already be engaged in a nationwide change in service without prior notification to the Commission as title 39 requires.
Goldway goes on to suggest that the USPS promptly file a request for an advisory opinion.