House Subcommittee Hearing: Pushing the Envelope -The Looming Crisis at USPS

The Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy will hold a hearing on March 2, 2011. The hearing titled  “Pushing the Envelope: The Looming Crisis at USPS”  will  examine the fiscal situation of the Postal Service and potential areas for postal reform.   Congressman Dennis Ross (R-Fl) is chairman.

Date: Wednesday March 2nd, 2011

Start Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses scheduled

Panel 1

• The Honorable Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General of the United States

• The Honorable Jacob J. Lew (invited) Director, Office of Management and Budget

• Ms. Ruth Goldway, Chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission

• Mr. Phil Herr, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office

Panel 2

• Mr. Jim Sampey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Valpak

• Mr. Arthur Sackler, Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service

• Mr. Fredric Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers

17 thoughts on “House Subcommittee Hearing: Pushing the Envelope -The Looming Crisis at USPS

  1. Be interesting to see how many times the word “UNIONS” is meantioned in the hearing today…. betcha it is say more times by the republican congressman then anyone else…. (Probably Ross)

  2. Relatively breaking news is that 19 mgmt. employees in the Detroit District of the USPS are being fired and/or prosecuted for involvement in a kickback scheme with vehicle fleet contractors. It’s such a short journey to these type of schemes from
    the abuse portrayed by Proud Product and Postal Girl above……the only difference is all the green floating around into mgmt. pockets, rather than just being wasted. After over 25 years employment as a clerk, I only seeing going further downhill, because there isn’t anyone enforcing mgmt. accountability, certainly not the union at the local level!!

  3. Well folks, here is the latest news update. The government will be out of money on Friday, unless Congress passes some type of funding bill. Of course there isn’t any money left, due to the fact that we bailed out GM and Chrylser. NOT TO MENTION THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE SENT TO FORIEGN COUNTRIES TO BAIL THE OUT. Take care of the foreigners and the HELL with the American people.

    All social security, va benefits etc will be cut. Also thousands of federal workers will be affected. HOW ABOUT LAYING OFF SOME OF THOSE FOOLS IN WASHINGTON (Congress)

  4. Strength in numbers…Walk and talk like an egyptian. We cannot sit back and allow the closing of rural or any Post Office without a fight. Every American is entitled to the universal service the Postal Service provides. PMG Donahue and his croonies should not be given anymore authority then they already have. The individuals at the top including former PMG Potter need to take some responsibility for the current financial difficulties of the Postal Service. EEO, grievance settlements, poor decisions, misuse of public funds, bonuses has to be in the millions if not billions.

  5. In my mind the whole alleged “postal financial crisis” has been engineered by Congress.
    First, Congress passed the 2006 Accountability and Enhancement Act with the deliberate purpose of “taxing” the Postal Service $8 billion a year, supposedly to “pre-pay” retiree health benefits. This legislation was directly only at the Postal Service and is NOT a recommended actuarial practice. No other private company or corporation does this because it is deemed inefficient and poor busness.

    Second, after finding out thru audits that the Treasury Dept has been overcharging the Postal Service for the Service’s contribution to the retirement programs for the last 30 YEARS, the federal governmant decides that they will NOT RETURN THE MONIES. The approximate dollar figure is $60 billion.

    How is the Postal Service able to maintain a healthy financial picture when the government is stealing their money?

    Why is the government then saying that the Postal Service is “broken” when they, the government, is forcng the Post Office out of business by political skullduggery?
    Why will the media NOT tell the truth when the facts are right in front of them?
    Who is the” mastermind ” behind all this.

    And finally, why would we allow the best agency in the federal government to be destroyed by anyone? Is working to keep the country unified now a bad thing?

  6. In the early 80’s the PO started an Email program which would print up and send bills and correspondence from companies to their customers. Guess what happened. The PO shelved the program believing that their was no future in email. Typical….

  7. I will be out of town for a few weeks as I check on one of my beach houses in jamaica. I’ll send all of you a post card——–postage due

  8. I agree with you Luis!!! In the Atlanta (GA) District, there are two management employees; Clarence Coulter, Postmaster, and Rhonda Brown, Manager, of the Riverdale, GA PO, who have been on PAID LEAVE since July of 2010. They have lied, cheated, committed cover-ups, delayed mail, etc. There actions alone have cost the PO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars in back pay, arbitration awards, and EEO settlements. Do you think that the PO will fire their behinds? No, they just keep on paying out money and keep on letting them have an extended paid vacation. And Congress wonders why we are going broke.

  9. Did you know that the USPS is over 7B in debt?Why? Reasons are simple.1-internet.The PO missed the boat when the internet went public around 1997.They could have invested in this new wave of information.The rewards would’ve been endless.As a result,all shipping companies were affected &mail volume started dropping..2-Lack of responsibility.When someone in Mgm’t is found guilty or screws up,the finger is pointed elsewhere.3-Abuse of authority(lies,deceit,corruption,illegal practices no need 2 say more)..4-Judgment awards to the Unions. Awarding $$$$ to employees due to reasons 2 and 3.Last year alone,the USPS lost over $500,000,000.00 dollars in judgment awards.Mostly over nonsense.Between the legal fees,court costs and money awards to employees it adds up,BUT! the same idiots who commit these sins will blame someone else while,the Unions and its members(like myself) are laughing to the bank..

  10. I wonder if they will question all the bonus money management awarded themselves. Perhaps question the bloated management structure. Maybe the poor service experiened by parts of the country where the postal facilities are worfully under staffed. Nahhhh..what am I thinking?

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