President Trump Orders Review of USPS

President Trump ordered a review of the Postal Service, signing an executive order late Thursday, April 12.

The Executive Order stipulates that "the steep decline in First-Class Mail volume, coupled with legal mandates that compel the USPS to incur substantial and inflexible costs, have resulted in a structural deficit where revenues are no longer sufficient to fund the pension liabilities and retiree health obligations owed to current employees."

It also establishes a task force to conduct a thorough evaluation of the operations and finances of the USPS, including:

  • the expansion and pricing of the package delivery market and the USPS's role in competitive markets;

  • the decline in mail volume and its implications for USPS self-financing and the USPS monopoly over letter delivery and mailboxes;

  • the definition of the "universal service obligation" in light of changes in technology, e-commerce, marketing practices, and customer needs;

  • the USPS role in the U.S. economy and in rural areas, communities, and small towns; and

  • the state of the USPS business model, workforce, operations, costs, and pricing.

The task force has been mandated to issue a report outlining proposed changes within 120 days.

Read more at The Official Mail Guide.


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