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Bullying and Pettiness – Commentary

Industry people who’ve often heard Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speak, such as at the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, usually have a different perspective of him than those who’ve heard him less, such as at the National Postal Forum.  Just about every time, the topic is his 10-Year Plan. On its face, DeJoy’s argument about the need to take decisive action…

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USPS to PRC: MYOB

It’s understandable that there should be a natural tension between a regulator and the regulated, and that’s always been the case between the Postal Regulatory Commission and the Postal Service.  Even so, there would be periodic briefings and discussions, and the relationship was civil.  However, under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, that relationship, at least from the Postal Service’s side, has…

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Data Reveals Worsening Service

Despite regular claims of “steady” service, the Postal Service’s own data shows that the only steadiness of service is in its worsening. Though the agency has granular service performance data, by weeks and months if not days; by geographic area if not by ZIP Code and processing facility; and by specific products within the classes of mail, what it chooses…

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Key Senator Asks for Details of Network Changes

As regular readers know, the Postal Service’s ongoing measures to implement elements of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-Year Plan seldom are revealed directly to ratepayers or commercial mail producers. Rather, because of contractual obligations, information about facility changes and other matters having a potential impact on unionized employees is presented to the labor groups.  In turn, that information is often…

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USPS Financial Projections Show a Need to be Recalculated

As was widely reported last month after the Postal Service released it financial results for Fiscal Year 2023 (October 2022 through September 2023), the third year of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-Year Plan, the agency’s anticipated and actual financial performance numbers are far apart. Projections On page 46 of The Plan, the agency charted its projected net losses totaling $159.8…

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The Dog Ate My Homework

Everyone is familiar with “the dog ate my homework” as characterizing any proffered excuse that falls short of being an adequate explanation for the related circumstance.  (Pity the poor kid whose dog really did eat his homework.)  The latest example is in one of the Postal Service’s weekly news releases bragging about its “stable” service performance.  In the December 11…

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Motion Fails to Yield Waiver of PRC Rule

On September 27, the American Catalog Mailers Association filed a motion with the Postal Regulatory Commission asking it to waive a rule regarding cost coverage.  The commission’s rule (39 CFR 3030.221) requires that “Whenever the Postal Service files a rate adjustment filing affecting a class of mail which includes a product where the attributable cost for that product exceeded the…

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PRC Approves Growth Incentives

In an order issued September 27, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved as filed the “growth incentives” proposed by the Postal Service on August 11. The incentives As the USPS stated in its filing: “… The two incentives are substantially identical.  A mailer is eligible for the First-Class Mail Growth Incentive when its combined volume of qualifying pieces in the incentive…

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