Consumer Advocates and Other Groups Strongly Oppose Postal Regulator’s Plan for Major Price System Overhaul and Rate Increases

This month, American Consumer Institute (ACI) along with many organizations and analysts have expressed concerns with the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) plan for drastic US Postal Service rates hikes for each of the next 5 years. As ACI contends, such proposals have been ushered to the public using faulty logic about the challenges facing the […]

ACI’s Regulatory Filing: How to Save the Postal Service From Collapse

ACI filed its comments with the United States Postal Commission in regard to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Docket RM2017-3.  ACI’s filing provides empirical evidence that shows significant cost shifting from competitive services facing market rivalry to monopoly services now subject to financial collapse, and it recommends ways to financially save the postal service […]

ACI Reacts to Continued Fiscal Chaos at the U.S. Postal Service

Today, the U.S. Postal Service detailed a loss of $540 million in its financial report for the first quarter for the new fiscal year. Given the peculiar financial management path that the Postal Service has taken in recent years, The American Consumers Institute (ACI) is hardly surprised by the organization losing over $65 billion over […]

FORBES: After Losing Billions Again, Postal Service Needs A New Structure, Not Price Increases

Last week the U.S. Postal Service released is latest quarterly financial report, which detailed an immense loss of $2.1 billion. While the Postal Service’s downward financial spiral has clearly continued in unsurprising fashion, the report also reveals some emerging trends that are also worthy of further discussion and scrutiny. Most notably, the Postal Service’s favored […]

Forbes on Postal Reform and Fixing On-Time Delivery

Despite a lot of big ticket consumer-oriented issues coming into focus for Congress lately, like healthcare and tax reform, it is also apparent that the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its chaotic operations have also had the attention of some legislators on Capitol Hill. For the new administration, the possibility of fixing the long-plagued […]

Capitol Hill Panel on Postal Service Reform

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Postal reform. The panel included Steve Pociask (The American Consumer Institute), Justin Sykes (Americans for Tax Reform), Kevin Kosar (R Street Institute), and George Landrith (Frontiers of Freedom).  Currently, the Postal Service is falling far short of its Congressional objectives, is not meeting any of its on time mail […]

ACI Files Comments: Is the Postal Service Meeting Congressional Objectives?

Comments of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2017-3 and Order No. 3673 Submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission, March 20, 2017   About ACI The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (“ACI”) is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and protect […]

Forbes: ‘Tis the Online Season to Modernize Mailbox Regulations

This ACI op-ed, published in FORBES, discusses the U.S. Postal Service’s monopoly on the use of your mailbox. When a private delivery service puts your package into your mailbox, the Postal Service can remove your package and then require consumers to pay the postal service to retrieve their own package.  With the growth in online shopping, there is a need to modernize this archaic regulation.

Proposed Postal Reform Hurts Postal Consumers Without Service Improvement

Today, the House Government Oversight Committee will be marking up a bill introduced by Chairman, Jason Chaffetz and the committee’s Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings that would provide an outsized bailout to the United States Postal Service on the backs of postal consumers. Since 2007, the U.S. Postal Service has generated $56.8 billion in financial losses […]