Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told attendees at the National Catalog Forum on June 21, 2011 that he predicted that half the number of postal offices will be closed by 2017 or 2018:
What’s more, Donahoe predicted nearly half of the roughly 32,000 postal facilities currently in the U.S. will be closed in the next six or seven years. “We have to look at our labor structure and figure out how to merge hard copy with digital.
The PMG’s remarks were cited in document (Attachment B) filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission by the NAPUS and National League Of Postmasters . The Postmaster organizations were filing in response to USPS’ motion to dismiss their complaint on proposed changes to CFR.
The Postal Service has been gradually closing post offices across the nation for years, purposefully suspending post offices and electing not to replace postmasters as they retire and choosing not to renew building leases in order to close the vacant post offices. The systematic closings occurring year after year create a conundrum when attempting to pinpoint precisely when the number of closings becomes “nationwide”: There appears to be a de facto, but nonetheless clear policy of closing post offices wherever possible.