Watchdog Group Releases Report Calling for Postal Reform

Ross Marchand

January 31, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Grace Morgan
January 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a report calling for a comprehensive overhaul of the United States Postal Service (USPS). In the report, TPA identifies more than $3.3 billion in common sense savings that the agency can achieve without relying on Congressional reforms and/or taxpayer-funded bailouts. The report’s release comes shortly after the USPS raised the price of First Class stamps from 50 cents to 55 cents, the largest percentage increase since the Civil War.  

TPA President David Williams underscored the need for the agency to adopt the report’s recommendations, stating that,“as the USPS has accumulated large losses for more than a decade, Postal leadership has opted to smear critics rather than address real structural problems. TPA’s new report suggests a bold path forward, showing how spending adjustments and pricing changes can restore balance to the USPS’s balance sheet.” 

Williams continued, noting that, “the report demonstrates that taxpayers needn’t foot the bill for the excesses of the USPS. It is important to make clear that Postal reform should ward off, rather than enable bailouts by taxpayers. The report shows agency officials how to accomplish reform, by ending postage subsidies and needless discounts, closing redundant offices, and revamping fleet procurement policies.” 

Williams concluded: “While our report shows that the USPS can realize significant savings by changing their ways without congressional action, Congress must also take a leadership role in fixing the USPS. By encouraging USPS to close redundant offices and allowing the agency to leverage its mailbox monopoly by selling access to mailboxes across the country to private shippers, the agency can realize additional savings and pay back their debts to the Treasury. There’s no silver bullet for ending the Postal Service’s financial problems. But hopefully, TPA’s report provides a useful starting point for reform.”