USPS responds to House amendment reversing service cutbacks

Government Executive reports that the USPS has responded sharply to yesterday’s House committee vote to require the agency to reverse its recent service cutbacks. The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment yesterday requiring the agency to restore service standards to 2012 levels:

The amendment was part of an “effort to not have slip away unconsciously the great service of a Constitutionally required institution,” Fattah said at the committee markup. “We have the very best [Postal Service] in the world. It’s critically important to the economy and the citizens of our nation.”

USPS, meanwhile, lambasted the amendment, saying it would cost the agency $1.5 billion annually.

“Yesterday’s House Appropriations Committee vote to roll back mail delivery service standards to 2012 levels is financially and operationally indefensible, and the Postal Service strongly encourages the Congress to remove this requirement,” said Sarah Ninivaggi, a USPS spokeswoman. “The Postal Service simply cannot afford costly, legislatively-mandated inefficiencies that undermine our viability as a self-funding entity.”

Source: House Panel Backs Faster Mail, More USPS Facilities – Oversight – GovExec.com

  • James Martin

    cutting anymore is operationally indefensible …….continue chasing people off with slow service and you end up with a self fulfilling prophecy

  • Doug

    These cuts are costing the post office millions by moving the mail to very low efficiency plants and spending millions in additional transportation cost resulting in more pollution and congested highways.They are so contracting out a lot of transport and other jobs and the crime rate involving the mail is SKYROCKETING. How is this better ? People are getting terrible service in comparison to a few years ago and rates are up. Thank you former postmaster Donehoe that retired with 4 million plus in benefits.

  • Corruption

    Everything is deliberately designed to cost and not save money. Brennan was quickly installed as PMG to continue the dismantling of the Postsl Service. They knew she was already on board.

  • MikeS

    Just had a Priority Mail envelope that took 8 days to go 50 miles.

  • Doug Hughes

    Management’s statement is BS,they know the degradation of service will cost much more in revenue than any pie in the sky cost savings they claim,their own report from an independent auditor that they quashed said so.

  • Stellar Steve, LSSA

    Correct. Willful delay of the mail is punishable by removal…that should apply to all postal management, who should also be charged with “Failure to follow instructions”, which they just love to charge craft workers with.