Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency (iPost) Act of 2015.
Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, released the following statement regarding the bill:
NALC appreciates the tireless efforts of Senator Carper and his staff to craft a bill that will advance the process of achieving much needed postal reform. While Senator Carper’s new bill contains several provisions we cannot support and raises a number of serious concerns for letter carriers and the larger federal employee community, we believe it is a good place to begin the conversation about how to preserve and strengthen the Postal Service for the American people while protecting the legitimate interests of all the key stakeholders.
Over the past few months, NALC has been working with a coalition made up of the four major postal unions, several key mailing industry groups, and the executive leadership of the U.S. Postal Service, to develop consensus postal reform legislation.
In the weeks ahead, our coalition intends to work with the leaders and members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and their counterparts on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to pass postal reform legislation that makes sense and that fairly meets the needs of our country, its people and its businesses.
Click here to read one analysis of the bill from Government Executive.
Update: The full text of Senator Carper’s bill is now available, and we have more details about how it would change postal workers’ and retirees’ health insurance coverage here.
The Senator who helped create the US Postal Service’s financial problems by co-authoring the disastrous 2006 PAEA law, is ready to offer yet another proposal to “fix” the USPS.
According to Government Executive, Senator Tom Carper’s latest bill would set up a separate postal service health benefit program (PSHBP) “within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and managed by the Office of Personnel Management”. All postal workers and retirees would be required to enroll in a PSHBP plan. Medicare would become the primary coverage for eligible employees and annuitants.
The bill would also make the exigency rate increase permanent, and restrict the agency’s ability to close facilities and lower service standards. It would not require the USPS to continue Saturday mail delivery, but would encourage it to come up with new revenue sources.
The law would also allow for a more realistic schedule for pre-funding future retiree health benefits, ending the arbitrary trust fund payments Carper’s PAEA law put into place.
Given the lack of interest in his earlier efforts, the Senator may have thought that his new bill would do better if it had a catchy title, so he named it “iPost”, which stands for the “Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency” Act. Ironically, iPost is also the name of a marketing company that relies on email exclusively…
Read more: EXCLUSIVE: Senator Introduces Bill in Yet Another Attempt to Save the U.S. Postal Service – Oversight – GovExec.com