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Oversight Committee Launches Postal Reform Site
Center for Fiscal Accountability ^ | 2011-09-01 | Jacob Feldman

Posted on 09/01/2011 8:41:22 AM PDT by 92nina

...As a government-run organization, the Post Office is isolated from the innovation of marketplace competition. Unlike its private sector competitors, the Postal Service does not pay the corporate income tax, is exempt from anti-trust laws, and is advantaged by unique customer access opportunities such as having mailboxes on the street.

Despite these legal protections, USPS spends in the red while generously paying employee benefits above and beyond levels for other federal workers. While postal workers only pay 21 percent of health care costs and none of their life insurance premiums, federal workers pay 28 percent of healthcare costs and are responsible for 100 percent of their life insurance costs. If Post Office employees were paid at equivalent levels as other federal workers, $1.4 billion could be saved.

Other key reforms in the Postal Reform Act of 2011 include:

Compared to the private sector, over 80 percent of the Post Office’s costs are labor related, while FedEx and UPS spend 20-40 percent less. Even if Post Office workers were paid equally with federal workers, there are still more potential savings by paying workers a market equivalent wage. The Americans for Tax Reform Foundation’s 2011 Cost of Government Day report further explore the burden place on taxpayers by the government-run Post Office. The report identified savings of $19.87 billion annually and provides a serious discussion about privatizing the service and letting the free market work. ..

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: antipostalcrybabies; congress; corruption; govtabuse; issa; postal; postalservice
"Today, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa announced the launch of a new website,, an effort to publicize the growing burden the taxpayer-subsidized mail service has on Americans..."

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1 posted on 09/01/2011 8:41:28 AM PDT by 92nina
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To: 92nina

privatize the usps.

lazy union workers have destroyed the usps.

2 posted on 09/01/2011 8:50:03 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: 92nina
And whose committee is that?

What a petty, weak and paltry attempt at reform. Virtually 100% of the small post offices in rural counties should be closed and replaced with a combination of RURAL ROUTE CARRIER DELIVERY SERVICE ~ which would include appropriately placed NCDBDUs.

Second, reap the reward of vast improvements in postal innovation and productivity improvement by removing about half the Distribution Clerks.

Third, eliminate vestiges of DOOR DELIVERY. No one should be getting a carrier at the door every day. Put those boxes on the streets.

Post office box service rents should be adjusted to reflect fully attributable costs of the real estate and equipment, direct costs of distribution to the boxes (since delivery is still going to be made to the door of the box holder), and the SECURITY afforded by being performed inside a postal facility ~ many with armed guards.

As far as the fringe benefits are concerned the Reorganization Act requires they not be of less value than those in the rest of the federal government at the time the USPS was set up.

Other than that everything is negotiable.

BTW, the average postal employee MAKES LESS INCOME than your average federal government employee. If you want to whack some salaries, whack the federales eh!

3 posted on 09/01/2011 8:51:20 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ken21
Destroyed what? Postal productivity (pieces per work hour) increased 7 X ~ that's 700%.

I think you just want to kvetch. Go get some facts and we'll debate, but other wise you sound like you are FOS.

4 posted on 09/01/2011 8:53:00 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

you must be union!

5 posted on 09/01/2011 8:58:07 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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Union? Why? I just proposed getting rid of half the distribution clerk craft, 28,000 members of the National Association of Postmasters, and whacking federal pay rates.

Frankly, if you think that's union let me see the contents of your bank account ~ just bring it here. We can talk "union" while I count eh!

6 posted on 09/01/2011 9:02:38 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ken21
BTW, the news article said $1.4 billion could be saved if USPS employees were paid the same as their federal counterparts.

With federal employees earning about $129,000 per annum and USPS employees earning down in the $48,000 range, I think the writer is STUPID!!!!!!

We need a new writer, and this time get someone who knows math.

7 posted on 09/01/2011 9:05:11 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

No arguments from me, especially about eliminating the distribution clerks. Long road ahead in postal reform.

8 posted on 09/01/2011 9:35:09 AM PDT by 92nina
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Almost missed that one ~ made me laugh. Here you have the US Government OWING USPS nearly $100 billion in overcharges, and another half trillion for borrowing the employee retirement funds, and Issa wants to tell us about the "taxpayer subsidized mail service"?

I think you are trying to convince me that Issa is mentally ill.

He's not, right?

Guarantee he knows about the financial situation where the US Government is in hock to the USPS, not the other way around.

9 posted on 09/01/2011 10:38:54 AM PDT by muawiyah
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