House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is floating a new postal proposal this week, and he intends to put before his committee on Wednesday morning, May 21. Unlike the previous Issa attempt, which replicated President Obama’s postal plan, the latest Issa draft bill would simply phase-out door delivery and replace it with curbside, sidewalk, or centralized mail delivery. The bill, which has yet to be introduced, would establish a preference for centralized mail delivery, and would target 1.5 million delivery points for conversion by the end of 2024. In addition, the bill would direct the USPS to establish a “Voucher Program” to defray postal customer expenses, attributed to moving their mail receptacles to the curb or sidewalk. In addition, the proposal would authorize the USPS to establish a Postal Regulatory Commission-approved fee that would be charged to mail customers who want to continue door-delivery.
Also, Chairman Issa has scheduled a committee hearing for Thursday morning, May 22, on the topic of postal innovation. The Postal Service, the Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and a number of private companies that market postal products have been invited to testify.