As described here, the USPS recently completed a multi-year project to revise the lease forms it uses to lease post office buildings. As also described in that article, many of the changes in the lease forms promise to impose new costs and obligations on postal lessors. However, the application of normal contract law principles…Details
On Tuesday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) the House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on H.R. 756. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the need for a timely and comprehensive postal reform bill, and to discuss provisions that stakeholders believe are necessary.
On January 31, 2017, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756. The bill is a reintroduction of H. R. 5714, which was introduced by Chairman Jason Chaffetz in the prior Congress. H.R. 756 has a bipartisan group of cosponsors, including Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking…Details
The US Postal Service has announced the end of the partnership between the office supply chain Staples and the US Postal Service wherein Staples provided mini post offices in retail outlets. By the first week of March 2017 Staples will discontinue postal services at its approximately 500 U.S. locations.
At a meeting of the House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told committee members that the Committee will make postal reform a top priority for the new 115th Session of Congress. Chairman Chaffetz authored HR 5714, a comprehensive postal reform bill introduced in the previous session of Congress. HR 5714 made it out of committee…Details
On January 22, 2017 the cost of mailing a one-ounce single-piece Stamped Letter will increase from 47¢ to 49¢, and the cost of mailing a one-ounce single-piece Metered Letter will decrease from 46.5¢ to 46¢. Additional ounces will remain at 21¢, and the cost of sending a Postcard will remain at 34¢. On October 12,…Details
Robert G. Taub and Mark Acton have been reappointed as Commissioners of the Postal Regulatory Commission. The Postal Regulatory Commission is an independent Federal agency that provides transparency and accountability of the U. S. Postal Service’s operations. The PRC is composed of five Commissioners appointed by the President with consent of the Senate, for a term…Details
Monday, December 19 was the busiest mailing day of 2016, when the USPS processed approximately 611 million cards, letters and packages. The following Thursday is expected to be the busiest delivery day of the year. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas the Postal Service estimates that it will process 16 billion items.
The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 created the US Postal Service Board of Governors. The Governors on the Board fulfill the constitutional requirement that executive branch entities be run by presidential appointees. The US Postal Service Board of Governors is authorized to have seven Governors appointed by the President in addition to the Postmaster General…Details
Twenty-seven Senators from both sides of the aisle have joined together in writing a letter to Senator McConnell and Senator Reid the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate respectively, as well as Senator Johnson, Chairman and Senator Carper, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, which has jurisdiction over the US Postal Service. The letter…Details