Issa, Coburn tell USPS to ignore the law, cut Saturday delivery - postalnews blog

Issa, Coburn tell USPS to ignore the law, cut Saturday delivery

On the same day that the Government Accountability issued a legal opinion finding that the US Postal Service did not have the authority to unilaterally end Saturday mail delivery, Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Tom Coburn sent a letter to USPS Board Chairman Mickey Barnett suggesting, in effect, that the BOG simply ignore the law and go ahead with five day delivery:

WASHINGTON- Senator Tom Coburn, M.D., R-Okla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote a joint letter today to the United States Postal Service Board of Governors advising them to resist political lobbying and utilize their legal authority to move forward with the modified six-day delivery plan announced on February 6, 2013.

“As members tasked with the responsibility of postal authorization, we continue to support the position the Postal Service has articulated that preservation of this appropriations rider does not prevent the planned implementation of a modified 6-day mail delivery schedule,” Issa and Coburn, chair and ranking remember of the House and Senate committees with legislative authority over USPS, write.

Coburn and Issa note that the Postal Service has the legal authority to pursue its modified six-day delivery plan in part because “[a]s proposed, the Postal Service is not eliminating a day of service, but is merely altering what products are delivered on what day, to maintain a sustainable level of service.”

What’s interesting about the letter is that it suggests that eliminating regular mail delivery on Saturday “is not eliminating a day of service”, even though the law specifies that service levels remain at those in effect in 1983, when all mail, not just package mail, was delivered on Saturday, as it is now.

By Issa and Coburn’s logic, the USPS could cut mail delivery even further, provided it continued to deliver some mail six days a week. In other words, if the USPS simply continued delivering, say, Express and Priority Monday through Saturday, it could decide to restrict regular mail deliveries to four, or even three days a week, resulting in a workforce of mostly part-time employees.

You can read the entire letter here.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G54QBEJFFOWQAHAIOQCAATAJ6A Rum

    Okay, BOG, you ignore the law, and then we and our party won’t have to accept any responsibility during the midterms.

  • bigtime

    when people that craft the laws in this country, who will refuse to obey them , at the same time telling others to not obey them. they make the system a sham. CONGRESSMAN ISSA , you have no right to tell people to disregard, laws, constitution, or anything else that keeps this country great. you should step down from position that you clearly don’t respect .

    • http://www.facebook.com/mkirkokla1 Mike Kirk

      Issa isa IDIOT!

  • Tom

    I have no dog in this fight, but I believe Issa is legally correct. A modified delivery which is still 6 days is within the law. Maintaining service levels from 1983 would actually still happen. Overnight mail and medicines are still considered mail, package delivery is too but if there was only package delivery on sat then it would be different. Not trying to upset anyone, but I do have a legal background and think this could hold up unless congress changes the legal wording of the requirements.

    • postalnews

      The plan IS to have “only package delivery on sat”.

    • Matt

      So we delivered flats letter and parcels in 1983. If we stop delivering any of them today that would be less than 1983 levels!!!!!!

  • Tellingasitis

    Actually your party doesn’t uphold the Immagration law that is currently on the books so that makes both parties hypocrites….so before you talk like your party is so perfect maybe you should just stick to what you know and not what you want others to believe?

  • 16yr carrier

    Issa is basically telling the postmaster general that is ago to delay first class mail. And that laws do not have to be followed. I’m not saying that 5 day is a good thing or a bad thing. But until the post office fixes the other millions of problems causing it to lose money 5 day delivery is not gonna help. And the way things are right now it will not save 2 billion dollars. Like most of the things they do it will most likely cost money.

    • concerned citizen

      Last time i heard was that delaying of first class mail is federal offense i cant remember how many times my postmaster would repeat himself on this matter but when it came to either the pmg or my postmaster himself to make sure the numbers matched his dois projections in order to make himself look good and to prove there is no overtime warranted then it was okay for them to break the law and delay the mail for their own purpose now the postmaster is retired and the pmg wont be far behind including issa and coburn if your gonna allow people to break the laws of this country for their useful gain then dont expect everyone else to do whether your a regular person or federal employee or elected official no one is above the law not even the president of the United States…… so remember this all laws are made to be obeyed and followed that the way of our constitution so if you tell one to person to break it expect the whole country to follow suit and disregard all the laws of this country… And yes i believe in keeping Saturday mail because the USPS are not just letter carriers the are the extra eyes of the community in case of disaster, emergencies and the watchers of the elderly in every community of the United States and the also the last line of defense in the case of a chemical attack to deliver the vaccines and medicine needed to save lives……

      • sandy

        i guess u didnt hear that there is no delaying of mail unless the carrier was given it

  • Micheal

    I, for one, will sorely miss ISSA when the big quake hits SoCal and his rich-@$$ district crumbles into the Pacific.

  • Bkizzle

    Lets continue this discussion on aug 5th when I’m home, sitting on my couch relaxing ….. On my 1st of many Saturday’s off. Done deal!!

    • Matt

      Aug 5 is a monday! What does that have to do with saturday? Are you in management too?

  • Jon

    Tom, looks like u should run for Congress as well. Read, LEVELS not less than 1983 level. If u work for the USPS you must be in management cause they can’t read either!

  • JRL

    Maybe that’s Tom Coburn commenting, he obviously can’t read

  • Nick

    Can I disregard the law 2 ,, u don’t seem to boat the laws u put forward

    • sandy

      there is no law to keep 6 days..get it right..

  • a concerned citizen

    well if issa and coburn both say to ignore the law and continue to change to the modified delivery i guess then its ok for the rest of the country to not obey the laws either so how about we all refuse to pay our federal taxes and state taxes and disregard all the laws of this country has maybe thats ok with congress to since they wont be able to get paid if we dont pay are taxes must be really good thing to tell some one to disregard the laws……

    • hoogie

      its not an actual law dumbass

  • Law abiding American

    It looks as though Issa, Coburn, and the PostMaster General should be held in contempt of Congress and put in a cell and throw the key away.

    • pokey

      I agree with Law abiding American!

      • pokey

        All you carriers that can’t wait to have saturdays off, it ain’t gonna happen. And if it did it wouldn’t be long before you have more than weekends off. Better look for another job! Cutting saturdays will kill the po!

        • sam

          cutting Saturdays will kill unions and save po

          • sandy

            that is exactly right and this is what most is not seeing..if this doesnt happen everyone will need a new job but the union groupys need to find a different job cause this is going thru

  • NHCarrier

    Also keep in mind that mail dropped in a collection box on Saturday would not be sent to the plant until Monday for processing.

    • sandy

      the only ones who will not be working is the carriers..this should have been done years ago..he is also putting a stop to all walking routes so if you dont like that then go look for a job

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173568552 Brian Pex

        Listen, we lose billions and something needs to be done but don’t say something that is totally ignorant. I am a city carrier and ending walking routes is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. You can’t drive city routes. LOL! Why do people comment on things they know nothing about. As far as 6 days, it is inevitable. The USPS is losing billions and it isn’t just because of the pre funding. Let’s be realistic people. You see the mail we have now compared to 7 years ago. The place cannot survive without major changes. Yes, there are tons of useless jobs that could be done away with and foolish programs like the MSP insanity but $16B is $16B. Major change is needed. You can’t go on business as usual. And stop with the greedy republican thing. There are millions of greedy democrats that go to work and try to do as little as possible and get paid. These same people never help anyone. Stop the class warfare. Most wealthy people are very good people. It is the system we live in. Don’t hate because some have done well.

  • Jim

    It is a good thing we are not allowed to not deliver on Saturday like UPS and make a profit, I am sure tax payers will be more than willing to pay our wages, since there is no postal reform, just more non action from our brilliant Washington leaders.

  • a concerned citizen

    Last time i heard was that delaying of first class mail is federal offense i cant remember how many times my postmaster would repeat himself on this matter but when it came to either the pmg or my postmaster himself to make sure the numbers matched his dois projections in order to make himself look good and to prove there is no overtime warranted then it was okay for them to break the law and delay the mail for their own purpose now the postmaster is retired and the pmg wont be far behind including issa and coburn if your gonna allow people to break the laws of this country for their useful gain then dont expect everyone else to do whether your a regular person or federal employee or elected official no one is above the law not even the president of the United States…… so remember this all laws are made to be obeyed and followed that the way of our constitution so if you tell one to person to break it expect the whole country to follow suit and disregard all the laws of this country… And yes i believe in keeping Saturday mail because the USPS are not just letter carriers the are the extra eyes of the community in case of disaster, emergencies and the watchers of the elderly in every community of the United States and the also the last line of defense in the case of a chemical attack to deliver the vaccines and medicine needed to save lives……of the people in the United States of America

    • postman404

      Trying to be a concerned citizen, who is actually a Union Carrier. I like it, too bad 5 day delivery is coming!!! CCA’s can deliver the mail on Saturdays better than you can…

      • concerned citizen

        You must be a cca to tell you the truth cca’s can’t deliver anything right your all talk because your in it for the lousy paycheck that you make anyone that is smart enough to realize that the regular carriers get paid 2x as much more than you we have a no layoff clause and its only because of us you get to work some hours and days to cover us in which case gives us regular carriers overtime cleaning up after all your mistakes and we also are guaranteed 8 hours work unfortuantely for you dont have that guarantee you can be asked to come in and work for 2 hours and then sent home with only 2 hours pay we get paid the full 8 for that so dont think ever think you can do a better job than a regular carrier for one second its a easy job for a cca to just come in go deliver what they have and go home a regular has more responsibilities to the the route than you would ever see just so you know i ve seen cca’s out on the street and the one that was doing my street where i live took close to 25 mins to figure out which way the mail was going after backtracking 4 times so do yourself a favor and shut up about doing a better job than a reg because when it changes to 5 day delivery they wont have many cca’s to deliver anything considering that all the t6 that will have to be moved to a route which ends up displacing other full time carriers to unassigned carrier which will end up working the hours before a cca can which means think you are smart enough to figure that one out…….. have a nice day cca

  • HAYWOODJABLOME

    ASSA & COBURN two of the biggest MORONS IN CONGRESS……..they should be railroaded out…..but what can you do with scumbags?

  • postalSusan

    Be informed with the truth. Please read this article.

    Ending Saturday Delivery Is Not The Answer
    By Eric Ellis, CSALC District 4 Officer

    Imagine if you will, McDonald’s making the following announcement: We are doing away with our signature hamburger-the Big Mac-because of production costs, even though we know we will go out of business as a result. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?

    On February 6, the postmaster general announced the end of Saturday mail delivery as of early August. He cited potential savings of $2 billion a year from a reduced head count. But he did not cite a market research survey done recently which showed that such a service cut would result in a revenue loss of $5.2 billion and a 7.7% mail volume reduction in the first year alone. In other words, cutting Saturday mail delivery won’t save money , but will drive customers away. And that is how business works. You make money by providing services customers want. Americans value Saturday mail delivery. And surveys to the contrary are skewed because customers are asked if they favor cutting service if it means stamp prices won’t jump drastically.

    Let’s talk for a moment about how a successful business does not work-when Congress forces the United States Postal Service to overpay into their retirement systems and prepay future retiree health benefits 80 years in advance. Yes, you read that right. Independent audits done by the Hay Group and the Segal Company show that the USPS overpaid into its Civil Service Retirement System Fund by as much as $75 billion since 1971. In the lame duck session of Congress at the end of 2006, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed a law which forced the USPS to pre-fund future retiree health benefits 80 years in advance. The law obligates the postal service to pay $5.5 billion a year into the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund, which now has approximately $46 billion, enough to pay retiree health benefits 20 years in advance. No other corporation in the United States, public or private, is forced to pre-fund as the USPS does, if at all. And the postal service does not receive a Medicare D subsidy as do other large corporations that provide prescription drug benefits to its retirees. Based on its size, as the second largest civilian employer in the US behind Walmart, the USPS would receive $250 million a year.

    Between fiscal years 2007 and 2010, the USPS made an operational profit of $611 million, and in the first quarter 2013 made $100 million. But because of the aforementioned pre-funding mandate, the post office lost money. In 2012, the USPS had $65.2 billion in revenue, placing it comfortably in the top 50 in the Fortune 500. The postal service supports a $1.3 trillion mailing industry which employs 8 million Americans in the private sector and accounts for eight percent of the national gross domestic product. The USPS can survive-and thrive-if Congress allows it to do so by not robbing it blind.

    The other reasons for not eliminating Saturday mail delivery include the following. Many small businesses and residential customers still receive payroll checks and other important correspondence on Saturdays. Note that if Saturday delivery is eliminated, you the postal customer, will not be able to send letters and other mailings that day either. Veterans comprise a quarter of the postal workforce, and receive veterans’ preference in hiring. Our returning heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan need jobs to come home to, and eliminating tens of thousands of jobs does not help. On the second Saturday of May, letter carriers in the course of delivering mail to the American public collect food in what is the largest yearly food drive in the country. Ending such an event would make it that much harder to feed the poor and needy among us.

    Find a local rally and show your support for a postal service older than America itself. The postal service you save may be your own.

  • Grady Lindly

    Please, just send a federal marshall to the Postmaster Generals office the day he violates the Congressional mandated 6 day delivery service and handcuff him and send him to jail for prosecution. Perhaps then those within the upper management of the US Postal Service will get the idea that Congress means business……

  • sandy

    all pmg has to do is give up the money for free military and blind then he is cut loose from the congress and can do whatever he wants

  • sandy

    wow are u out of it

  • Barry

    There is no law mandating five day delivery

  • Barry

    Obama disregards the law and the Constitution all the time. If he wanted to preserve six day delivery he could do it with the stroke of a pen. Aren’t you glad your union supported the clown?

  • http://twitter.com/71lisamoore Lisa Moore

    Idiots!

  • Alex Yamach

    Typical Republican arrogance and hypocrisy. They proclaim they are the Law and Order party, but when things aren’t to their liking, weil just ignore and break the law. It’s the old when you do it, it’s wrong, when we do it, it’s OK.

    It’s appalling that a member of Congress would advocate a Government Agency to ignore and break the law!

    Republicans have no respect for the law. They have proven that throughout history. They are greedy crooks.

  • rural carrier

    5 day delivery is the way to go…..all you old fashion people need to jump into 2013 for crying out loud there IS NOT ENOUGH MAIL for 6 days …. DUH