TPA Submits Comments Regarding Postal Service's Annual Compliance Report

Michi Iljazi

February 5, 2016

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) remains focused on our work looking at how the United States Postal Service (USPS) is mismanaging time and resources, including taxpayer dollars, on services they have no business being involved in. This week, TPA submitted public comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in response to the agencies Annual Compliance Report for the year 2015. TPA’s comment was focused on the need for better leadership and greater accountability as the agency struggles to fix their financial mess, while stressing that the USPS must get back to their core mission of delivering the mail.

Read the comment below:

BEFORE THE POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20268-0001

Annual Compliance Report, 2015
Docket No. ACR2015

COMMENTS ON ANNUAL COMPLIANCE REPORT

February 1, 2016

On January 6, 2016, the Commission solicited public comments on the Postal Service’s Annual Compliance Report.

In response to the materials provided by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the agency’s Annual Compliance Report for Fiscal Year 2015 (“FY 2015 ACR”), the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), hereby submits the following comment and recent opinion piece to respectfully request that the Postal Regulatory Commission (the Commission) seriously consider the impact that the following issues are having on the overall performance and ability to satisfy USPS’s core mission and responsibilities. 

The lack of leadership is most notable in the continued absence of a complete Board of Governors.  To ensure more accountability and better oversight, the Board of Governors should include individuals who will bring real focus to the problems that continue to plague the agency.  But leadership and accountability must go beyond the Board of Governors. The management within the agency, the newly appointed Inspector General, and the Postal Regulatory Commission all have a role to play and should step up their efforts on reform, oversight, and accountability.

A key component of strengthening the USPS should include a focus on regaining a credible standard of service that includes more competent and accurate results in delivering the mail, the original mission of the USPS. 

Finally, the USPS should put an end to fruitless and failed endeavors by the agency to provide new services that diverge from the core mission of delivering mail.  Whether it is grocery delivery, banking, or other non-related ventures, inserting the USPS into competition with services already adequately provided by the private sector is a waste of time and resources

In addition, TPA would also like to submit the following opinion piece recently published in Morning Consult. The announcement last November of a $5.1 billion loss for the USPS was indicative of the continued failures to make the necessary reforms that could finally put the agency on the right track.