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 […]

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 […]