PMG supports bi-partisan postal reform bill

The US Postal Service released the following statement from Postmaster General Megan Brennan:

“I thank Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings as well as other members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee including Representatives Mark Meadows, Gerry Connolly, Stephen Lynch, and Dennis Ross, for introducing a bipartisan postal reform bill that is fiscally responsible and that if passed would enable the Postal Service to invest in the future and to continue to provide affordable, reliable, and secure delivery service to every business and home in America. Enactment of the bill, favorable resolution of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s pricing system review, and continued aggressive management actions will return the Postal Service to financial stability.”

— Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan

Note: for more information on the bill, click here

And then there were none: last USPS governor’s term ends  December 8

Two years ago the US Postal Service faced a crisis as the Senate failed to confirm President Obama’s nominees for the Board of Governors. That inaction left the BOG without the six member quorum required by law. The board tried to insure continuity, while it still had six members, by delegating its authority to the remaining governors, acting as a “Temporary Emergency Committee”. Continue reading

Video: PMG thanks employees for recent USPS successes

From USPS News Link:

In her latest “Business Focus” video, PMG Megan J. Brennan praises employees who are helping their communities return to normal after recent natural disasters.

Flooding occurred in Louisiana and West Virginia this summer, while major fires swept throughout the west.

“Our employees are on the front lines. They’re adapting to the conditions and serving our customers in every place where it is safe to do so,” Brennan says. Continue reading

Postmaster General’s testimony on USPS finances at today’s Senate hearing

Good Morning Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Carper and Members of the Committee. Thank you, Chairman Johnson, for calling this hearing, “Laying Out the Reality of the United States Postal Service,” to discuss the financial condition of the Postal Service. And thank you, Ranking Member Carper for your long-standing support and advocacy for reforming the Postal Service’s business model.

The United States Postal Service provides the nation with a vital delivery platform that sustains and propels American commerce, serves every American business and residential address, and binds the nation together, as it has for more than 240 years.

We currently deliver to nearly 155 million delivery points. The 154 billion pieces of mail we deliver annually account for 47 percent of the world’s mail, which we deliver more efficiently and at a lower cost than any comparable post. And we do so without the financial support of the American taxpayer; the Postal Service is a self-funding entity that derives its revenues entirely through the sale of postal products and services. Continue reading

Congressmen urge PMG to invest in a modern, efficient vehicle fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-CA), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Mark Takai (D-HI) yesterday sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) urging an investment in a modern and efficient Postal Service fleet as they begin the process of replacing their aging mail delivery vehicles.

The USPS owns and operates the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleet: 192,000 mail delivery vehicles that are driven 4.3 million miles per day. More than 141,000 are aging Grumman LLVs, which average only 10 miles per gallon. This vehicle first entered service in 1987, and the majority have reached the end of their 24-year operational lifespan. Fueling these vehicles comes at a high cost: in FY 2010, the petroleum fuel bill for all postal transportation totaled $1.7 billion. Since 2005, the USPS has marked a 6.4% increase in petroleum use. Continue reading