Federal Times: Why Higher US Postal Service Rates Are Here to Stay

Consumers nationwide are struggling in new, alarming ways to manage the economic challenges of price inflation and shortages of necessary goods. Rapid increases in the cost of gasoline, groceries, and other household items have a particularly harsh impact on those with the least wiggle room in their budgets, namely everyday citizens and small businesses. While the federal […]

ACI Files Comments with the U.S. Postal Commission Regarding Contributions to Institutional Costs

Comments of American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2022-2 Submitted to the United States Postal Regulatory Commission March 25, 2022 To the attention of the Commission: The American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) is appreciative of the opportunities to keep an open dialogue and submit comments, past and present, on this critical subject […]

USPS Reports (Yet Again) More Staggering Financial Losses

Nearly a year into its supposed “Delivering for America” 10-year plan, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has showed little semblance of fiscal responsibility. But their financial turmoil continues, as the USPS just announced an astounding $1.3 billion in losses for the latest quarter. The agency continues to fall billions of dollars in the red […]

The Economic Standard: USPS Need Changes as Fiscal Chaos Deepens

On November 10th, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors revealed that the United States Postal Service (USPS) lost $4.9 billion in 2021. This most recent financial statement solidifies the 15th consecutive year the postal service has suffered a year-end loss of more than a billion dollars. This is a major problem and should be […]

Federal Times: The United States Parcel Disservice

The stated mission of the United States Postal Service is to “provide the nation with reliable, affordable, universal mail service.” While it is legally granted a monopoly to deliver mail and has exclusive access to the public’s mailboxes, mail services have become a secondary issue for the government enterprise based on its financial losses and poor operational performance. Instead, delivering parcels […]

The Economic Standard: As Postal Losses Grow, Regulatory Scrutiny Reaches a Boiling Point

On August 6th the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for the third quarter of the fiscal year, which was highlighted by a loss of $3.0 billion (comparing the latest three months in 2021 to the same period in 2020). The Postal Service now appears all but certain to be on the path toward […]

ACI Files Comments to the US Customs and Border Protection: Uphold STOP Act Provisions

Re: Mandatory Advance Electronic Information for International Mail Shipments Interim Final Rule; Docket No. USCBP-2021-0009 CBP Dec. 21-04 To the attention of Secretary Mayorkas: The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) would like to take the opportunity to address the Mandatory Advance Electronic Information for International Mail Shipments interim final rule (IFR) issued […]

ICYMI: US Postal Service Reform Could Offer USPS Enduring Fiscal Health

ICYMI: President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Steve Pociask recently opined in RealClearPolicy that the U.S. Postal Service needs reform in order to solve its ongoing financial problems. He optimistically notes that both Congress and leadership in agency recognize there is a problem and have expressed willingness to problem solve these issues, […]

Real Clear Policy: Reform Could Offer USPS Enduring Fiscal Health

The USPS has a variety of issues it must remedy before it can adequately fulfill its mission to provide the nation with reliable, affordable, universal mail service. Nevertheless, if the correct procedures are put in place, the agency will be able to provide consumers with valuable services without financially relying on taxpayers. You can read the full […]

ACI on USPS’ Proposal to Restrict the Mailing of E-Cigarettes

Today, ACI filed comments with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in regard to a proposed prohibition on the mailing of vaping and e-cigarette products. In the filing, ACI pointed to the fact that, compared to tobacco products, the rule would deny consumers access to less harmful products — products that have been shown to […]