Postmasters eNAPUS Legislative & Political Bulletin
Next week, the USPS is expected to ask that the Postal Regulatory Commission issue an “Advisory Opinion” relating to the potential closure of 3,600 postal retail facilities, including approximately 2,800 Post Offices. This week’s eNAPUS Bulletin explains how the advisory opinion process works and how the USPS is attempting to placate Congress. In addition, the newsletter has information about how the national debt ceiling discussion could impact NAPUS members. Finally, the Bulletin reports on next week’s Senate PRC confirmation hearing.
Preparing For the Uproar
USPS officials have conducted two Hill briefings on its new regulations, and plan for a webinar next week. Congressional staff have contacted NAPUS, concerned about the USPS presentation and suggested that we debunk misleading information disseminated at the briefings.
Debt Ceiling Blackmail
It appears highly likely that postal and federal employees will be collateral damage in an expected budget deal being negotiated by the White House and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), over raising the debt ceiling.
Senate to Hold PRC Confirmation Hearings
On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will conduct a confirmation hearing for Robert Taub, who would replace Commissioner Tony Hammond on the Postal Regulatory Commission, and Commissioner Mark Acton who has been renominated to his PRC post. It should be noted that there is presently one vacancy on the USPS Board of Governors; Governor Alan Kessler will resign his position at the end of July,providing another vacancy; and, unless Governor James Miller III is renominated, his position will be vacant in December.