Federal Times story about USPS cutting 30,000 positions by the end of 2011 created a firestorm throughout the internet community. But if 7, 500 jobs are abolished, 22,500 employees leave through whatever method and USPS does not fill those 22,500 positions =30,000 positions gone.
Here is what Federal Times had to say:
Apparently, there is much spin going on in the wake of our story on Wednesday that the Postal Service is cutting its workforce by 30,000 positions this year.
The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe said he was told by postal officials that this is not correct.
Let’s be clear: There was nothing incorrect about our coverage and I stand by it. Not only that, you can see for yourself exactly what was said.
Federal Times reported this story directly from an editorial board meeting we held with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on March 9. Donahoe said his goal is to downsize the Postal Service by 30,000 people this year, mostly through attrition. He added that if further reductions-in-force or buyouts are required to reach that number, the Postal Service will use them.