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PMG on post offices: “closure is a word we’ve never used”

In an appearance on C-Span’s Newsmakers, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe says that the USPS isn’t going to suddenly close thousands of post offices on May 15, when the moratorium on post office and plant closures is set to end. In fact, the PMG claims that the USPS has never used the word “closure”- but says the word is “all over the news and gets people riled up and in some cases for no good reason.” Donahoe told his interviewers that the USPS would simply be “evaluating” offices, and any changes would be “incremental”.

The PMG’s statement is contradicted by a press release (see below) that the USPS issued just last month. That document refers to a “plan to study 3,600 Post Offices around the U.S. for possible closure” and notes that “most closures or consolidations would have to take place starting after May 15, 2012, and be completed by August 31, 2012.” Another press release last summer referred to plans to “to identify and study nearly 3,700 under-utilized Post Offices for possible closure”. And the USPS Annual Report submitted to the PRC in November notes that “Our current restructuring plans include studies to evaluate the potential closure or consolidation of mail processing operations, retail units, Post Offices, and other facilities”.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe on Newsmakers | C-SPAN.

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