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 […]

ACI Files USPS Comments

Comments of American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2020-9, Submitted to the United States Postal Regulatory Commission December 15, 2020 The American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) hereby submits these comments to address issues surrounding potential modifications to the Postal Service’s costing methodologies. In ACI’s view, this exercise undertaken by the Commission to […]

The Economic Standard: After 10,000 Postal Documents, No Business Plan in Sight

As the U.S. Postal Service remains a topic of great interest for lawmakers, taxpayers, and the general public, a non-profit group, American Oversight notably received a vast trove of documents dating back to early 2020. The collection of nearly 10,000 pages released on September 17th includes communications of former Postmaster General Megan Brennan on the subject of the […]

The Economic Standard: Claims about USPS Mail Delays Omit the Facts and Current Realities

With only a few weeks to go before the US Presidential Election, the subject of the U.S. Postal Service’s operational capacities, and specifically, the agency’s ability to handle election mail has drawn an inordinate number of commenters, pundits, and doomsayers into what has been a longstanding debate. Contrary to many insinuations, long-time leaders of USPS maintain that the organization […]

Real Clear Policy: Postmaster General is Delivering Important Postal Fixes

When Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy took the helm of the United States Postal Service in May, he inherited a dismal situation and an extensive list of problems to solve after years of curious decision-making by management and ongoing failures to correct the agency’s troubling financial and quality performance. Prospects for the Postal Service’s independent […]

Silver Lining in the Postal Service’s Dismal Q3 Financials

Last week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released their Q3 financials, posting a staggering net loss of $2.2 billion. Unsurprisingly, the USPS continues to hemorrhage funds and is not yet independently sustainable without serious intervention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, system costs have grown, as product demand has shifted. To become economically viable, it is […]

Post Office Reports Staggering Loss Despite Increased Revenues

“Newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will inherit a Post Office with continual losses, and with a business plan that is so fundamentally flawed that USPS leadership has refused to address this problem. Hopefully, DeJoy can use his considerable experience in logistics to restore USPS to an agency that will keep delivering for consumers and […]