New Postal Reform Bill Raises Rates on Consumers; Fails to Correct Problems

This week, leaders of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released draft Postal Reform legislation that neglects to fix the problematic Senate bill and forces the Postal Service further into a downward spiral. Most troubling about this bill is that it permits rates to increase faster than inflation on its already profitable monopoly mail products. […]

FORBES: Postal Office Performance is “Out of Service”

The United States Postal Service (Postal Service) is long overdue for a major reorganization. As I have discussed in the past, it is losing billions of dollars each year, but it keeps subsidizing unprofitable and unregulated ventures with its regulated services, rather than sticking to its core mission – just delivering letters. What is new […]

U.S. Postal Service Chaos, Despite Momentary Relief

Although the USPS gained $1.3 billion in “controlled income” in the first quarter of 2016, the agency’s beleaguered financial position undoubtedly remains in light of amassing losses of $31.5 billion in the previous four years. To temper any optimistic views of the announcement, USPS’s own Chief Financial Officer, Joseph Corbett, remarked that the report indicated […]

ACI Files on US Postal Services Annual Compliance

ACI’s filing provides evidence that the US Postal service is using its monopoly services to cross-subsidize its unregulated businesses.  The filing, available here, suggests that the Commission implement a full cost model that would require unregulated entities to pay the total costs of its operations and not push those costs to regulated services.  In recent […]

ACI Statement Before Today’s Senate Postal Hearing

Dear Committee Members and Staff: Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments regarding the Postal Service’s deteriorating service quality and its weakened ability to adequately fulfill its primary responsibilities that are consistent with its original charter. As millions of American consumers across country continue to depend on the US Postal Service’s basic service to […]

ACI in Breitbart: Post Office Keeps Speading its Losses

This piece discusses the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) financial situation — $50 billion in losses over the last eight years.  The fact is that USPS is making profits in some of its core activities, yet trying to use its postal monopoly to expand into new, but unprofitable, ventures — such as grocery delivery and financial services.  In the […]

National Survey: Consumers Oppose Post Office Closings

82% of Consumers Say Post Office Closings Would Be Inconvenient; 76% Say They Would Pay More to Prevent Planned Cuts A national consumer survey conducted by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) finds that the vast majority of consumers do not support the United States Post Office’s planned closing of 4,000 post offices.  According to the […]