Updated list provided to the union this week includes Level 22 and below post offices
Initially the USPS review was limited to Post Offices at or above EAS Level 24..
The Postal Service states that the Initiative already began in May with the examination of the portion of the retail network consisting of stations and branches that report to Postmasters at or above the USPS Executive & Administrative Schedule level 24 pay grade.
From the Washington Post
The Postal Service will provide on Wednesday an updated list of facilities to be considered for possible closure, according to a letter sent Friday to the Postal Regulatory Commission. The list is sure to be scrutinized by impacted communities and lawmakers who have already criticized the Postal Service for its handling of the closure process. The list will identify the final collection of postal stations and branches to be considered for closure or consolidation. Earlier this summer, the Postal Service provided lawmakers with a list of 677 possible sites for closure. That number has since grown to 750 after further evaluation of eligible sites, according to Friday’s letter. Despite that high number, Postal officials privately suggest the final list will likely number around 200. Washington Post
Excerpt from letter(PDF) sent to Postal Regulatory Commision on Friday
The response to Question No. 15 is expected to be filed on Wednesday, September 2, 2009. That question requests certain data for each of the stations and branches that are candidates for discontinuance review as a part of the initiative under review in this docket. Originally estimated to be at least 3200, that number is expected to be approximately 3600.
As a related matter, the Postal Service is preparing to supplement USPS Library Reference N2009-1/4 on September 2nd. Originally filed on July 30th, that Library
Reference contains a list of 677 stations and branches that, as of July 28th, had been identified by the SBOC initial pre-screening process as candidates for further
discontinuance study. Further progress in pre-screening of additional facilities and corrections to the original list indicate an increase in that number to approximately 750.
The initiation of discontinuance studies in the field has led to numerous discontinuance feasibility determinations. Accordingly, it is expected that the September 2nd update to USPS Library Reference N2009-1/4 also will identify the subset of these approximately 750 stations and branches that, as of September 2nd, remain as candidates for discontinuance review. Subsequent updates if Library Reference N2009-1/4 will report further changes in facility status.
The narrowing of the scope to fewer than 750 stations and branches, as will be reflected in the September 2nd Library Reference N2009-1/4 update, motivates the
Postal Service to request the Commission’s reconsideration of its original request for all seven of the data elements enumerated in Question 15 for all of the approximately 3600 original candidate stations and branches. Accordingly, in a motion to be filed before September 2nd, the Postal Service will request permission to provide all of those data elements only for the stations and branches identified in the updated version of USPS Library Reference N2009-1/4, while providing only data elements (1) and (2) for the approximately 2900 stations and branches that will not be reflected in the update to that Library Reference.