The Washington Post’s Lisa Rein is reporting:
The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday that it will offer $20,000 early retirement incentives to eligible administrative staff as part of a money-saving strategy that also will close seven district offices from New England to New Mexico.
The cuts are part of a reorganization to eliminate 7,500 administrative, supervisory and postmaster positions this year to help the Postal Service address record losses from declining mail volume. Once buyout decisions are final at the end of April, the agency plans to eliminate the jobs of thousands of postmasters and supervisors, many through layoffs, officials said.
“Nobody did anything wrong, but we’re a victim of the economy and past legislation,” said Anthony Vegliante, the Postal Service’s chief human resources officer and executive vice president. The cuts are expected to save $750 million a year.
District offices that handle managerial work will close in Columbus, Ohio; Albuquerque; Billings, Mont.; Macon, Ga.; Providence, R.I.; Troy, Mich.; and Carol Stream, Ill., the Postal Service said.