USPS Statement on Executive Order Establishing the Task Force on the United States Postal System

The Postal Service serves a vital role for American commerce and the American people, as we have for over 240 years. Congress structured the Postal Service to pay for our universal retail, processing and delivery network entirely through the sale of high-quality mail and package products and services, without receiving any tax revenues to support our operations.

To ensure that we can continue to provide prompt, reliable, and efficient universal postal services in a self-sufficient fashion in today’s increasingly digital world, fundamental statutory reforms to the structure under which we are required to operate are needed.

As we have repeatedly stressed, these business model problems are serious, but solvable, and the President’s executive order establishing the Task Force on the United States Postal System provides an opportunity to further consider these important public policy issues. An open and transparent review process in which the perspectives of all stakeholders are fully represented to develop reform proposals could benefit American businesses and consumers.

While these recommendations are being developed and then considered by the President and Congress, it remains necessary to put the Postal Service on firmer financial footing through immediate legislative and regulatory reform. We therefore continue to urge Congress to enact the pending postal reform legislation and the Postal Regulatory Commission to replace the current price cap on our mailing products. We will continue to aggressively manage our business, and to serve the American public.

  • Adele DESR

    How about 5 day delivery. Parcels only on Saturdays.

  • anangrylettercarrier

    First, Amazon and the rest of the shippers would not stand for that much of a delay in delivery of their parcels. They expect them to be delivered in about 2 days. Second, if any parcel shippers were okay with once a week parcel delivery and still chose to ship with the USPS, where would we store the parcels until Saturday? Most offices have a problem finding room for parcels on a daily basis and there are days when carriers have to make 2 trips or more with the days parcels. I really doubt that Saturdays would be long enough to deliver a full week’s parcels. Excuse me, 6 days worth of parcels because some offices deliver parcels on Sundays already.

  • joe

    not that we should stop mail delivery on Saturdays..but that isn’t what he said..parcels only on Saturday means no mail delivery on Saturdays ,just parcels like sundays

  • anangrylettercarrier

    Thanks joe. My mistake. I guess I read that one too fast. 5 day mail and 6 day parcels is a completely different kettle of fish and I don’t have the time, nor energy, to figure that one out tonight. My short answer is that when I figure in the added stress to the rest of the system – everything from regular carriers working longer days the rest of the week to mailers looking for other sources to deliver their ads on Saturdays to trying to keep help around to work every Saturday and Sunday, and on and on – that the actual savings, if any, might not be worth it.

  • joe

    so true…wouldn’t be any real savings and Mondays would be a mess and even more ot…if a day was cut the next step would be 3 day delivery…some morons are already bringing that back up…would cut min of 100,000 jobs…our bids would be 2 routes..route 1..mon/wed/fri and route 2 tues/thurs/sat…imagine the horror

  • Mailman

    Five Day, All the Way!

  • anangrylettercarrier

    Yeah, I don’t even want to think about it. 3 day delivery might work if we didn’t have any parcels, but if we lose the parcels they might as well lock the doors and sell out to Amazon. I don’t think we can survive on bulk rate and non-profit letters. I don’t like getting older but the silver lining to that is my Postal career is nearing an end. I used to love this job. Now I feel sorry for the new carriers who are just starting out. I can’t imagine being a carrier for 20 or more years the way things are now.