Postal Service Expands Cash Conservation Initiatives
As a follow-up to the dire financial situation that has forced the Postal Service to suspend the biweekly payments of its contribution to the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), the Postal Service is moving forward with two new cash conservation initiatives effective July 1, 2011. They are:
- Suspension of discretionary awards for FY 2011.
- Freezing of Postal Service officer and executive compensation as it relates to the Postal Service’s pay-for-performance program.
The award program for employee recognition and incentive awards is suspended until further notice and applies to all Executive Administrative Schedule (EAS) — administrative and managerial positions — and Postal Career Executive Service (PCES) — senior managers. This prohibits awarding cash, cash equivalent and non-cash tangible items intended for employee recognition. Employees represented by unions will still be eligible to receive awards as outlined in their agreements.
In addition, officer and executive compensation, as it relates to the Postal Service’s pay-for-performance program, will be frozen until further notice.
Despite significant cost reductions in areas within its control, and even with the emergency FERS action, the Postal Service needs Congress to enact legislation that would do the following to return the Postal Service to financial stability:
- Eliminate the current mandates requiring retiree health benefit pre-payments.
- Return Civil Service Retirement System and FERS overpayments to the Postal Service.
- Give the Postal Service the authority to determine the frequency of mail delivery.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.