IS GOVERNMENT NEGLECT KILLING THE POSTAL SERVICE? AN EXPERT’S OPINION By Bob Schimek This title question could be answered with a simple “yes.” However, in true political fashion, let’s use this question as a jumping-off point for a long-winded answer. But unlike most answers from politicians, this answer will actually be relevant to the question being asked. There are many in the mailing industry who try to make a point of keeping up with what is going on in their sphere. Like me, they probably have friends and family that ask about what is going on with the Postal Service. Recently, I have found myself trying to have one of those conversations, thanks to the recent actions coming from President 54
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Trump regarding the topic of the USPS. I found myself thinking: Where do I even begin to try and explain all the craziness that is taking place? So it seems like a good idea to take some time and attempt to describe the situation with facts as we know them… and hope it won’t be labeled as Fake News. THE BASICS Let’s start at the top. One basic and important fact that many don’t realize is that the Postal Service does not use tax dollars. All postal operations are funded from the sale of postage.
The government says it wants the Postal Service (while a government monopoly) to “run like a business.” Any well-run business has a board that holds the company leadership accountable, oversees the operations of the business, and makes important strategic decisions regarding the future of the company. The Postal Service has a Board of Governors to fulfill these functions. By definition, the board consists of 11 members, which include the Postmaster General, the Deputy Postmaster General (both non-voting), and nine presidentially appointed board members. The nine board members serve a seven-year term with the ability to serve
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