U.S. Department of the Treasury releases Postal Task Force Report

Press Release – December 4, 2018 Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the Task Force report on the United States Postal System. The report, United States Postal System: A Sustainable Path Forward, provides a series of recommendations to overhaul the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) business model in order to return…

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GAO Report: Key Considerations for Potential Changes to USPS’s Monopolies

GAO-17-543, Published: Jun 22, 2017 Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2017 What GAO Found The value of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) letter delivery and mailbox monopolies was $5.45 billion in fiscal year 2015, according to the most recent estimate prepared by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the regulator of USPS. This figure suggests that USPS’s…

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PRC rejects Careywood closing appeal- Goldway calls decision “probably illegal”

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 In a decision issued today, the Postal Regulatory Commission ruled that it does not have the authority to stop the US Postal Service from closing the Careywood, Idaho post office. Former PRC chair Ruth Goldway was the sole dissenting voice. Goldway suggested that the decision was “probably illegal”, and that under…

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Podcast: PRC Chief Robert Taub on the Near Future of the Postal Service

April 7, 2015 The Postal Service’s chief regulator hopes for financial solvency for the troubled agency, stability of service for rate-payers, and co-operation among a new set of leaders in Washington to effect the changes that can achieve it. Excerpt URBANSKI: You sat on an interesting panel recently at the Brookings Institution, and this many…

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USPS OIG Blog: What service is most important to you?

Don’t let the decline in mail volumes over the past few years fool you. People still place a high value on postal services. Postal customers especially value being able to interact with postal employees at a Post Office as compared to other retail alternatives. And while some people might be indifferent to Saturday delivery of…

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USPS OIG White Paper: Guiding Principles for a New Universal Service Obligation

RARC-WP-15-001 – 11/17/2014 The U.S. Postal Service’s universal service obligation (USO), which establishes what mail services the Postal Service must provide, lacks a clear, comprehensive definition. The current USO is assumed to be a hodgepodge of various legal requirements and regulations that, in most cases, provide only broad guidance. For example, while public access to…

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