Video: Discussion on the future of the United States Postal Service at the Brookings Institution

On March 25, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings hosted a discussion to address the current health of the USPS and reform efforts to modernize and improve the financial condition of this government institution. Panelists outlined the problems faced by the postal service, examine opportunities for reform, and ask questions including: What is the core function of the USPS in the 21st century and how can it best deliver services to Americans? What is USPS’s relationship to the private sector and how do laws and regulations shape that relationship? What is the status of postal reform in Congress and what political barriers exist? What are the causes of USPS’s financial problems? What innovations might be the way forward for USPS?


Gene Del Polito
Association of Postal Commerce

Robert Shapiro
Sonecon LLC

Robert G. Taub
Acting Chairman
Postal Regulatory Commission

David C. Williams
Inspector General
U.S. Postal Service

via The future of the United States Postal Service | Brookings Institution.

  • Daniel Wolfe

    I thought it would be the remarks of the mailing industry guy I would have the most problems with, but it turns out to be the economist who is the most out of touch with reality with his talk of “subsidies”. Now I see where the Fortune Magazine hatchet job came from. It came from some knucklehead who thinks that if everyone could stuff all the packages they carry everyday into breadbox size mailboxes everything would be fine. Ask any UPS driver how much of his workload he could fit into the average mailbox, and ask any carrier how many times a day he jumps out of his truck and goes to the porch like everybody else. Not to mention, did this guy ever consider that a box controlled and overseen solely by a government entity might actually create value that offsets the supposed “subsidy”?

  • retired too

    Shapiro is no more an economist than a tomato. His largest claimed “subsidy” is 14 billion dollars for exclusive access to mailboxes. There are good solid reasons for maintaining the exclusive access including federal privacy protections and preventing any number of hands from roaming around in the box. Nothing at all prevents UPS, Fedex or whoever from telling their customers to put up a box if they’d like deliveries so just exactly how is that a subsidy?. Some folks who receive a lot already do and it better be a large box. When one of your central claims is bogus anything else you spew out is best disregarded.