PostCom Urges Congress to Pass Meaningful Postal Reform

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PostCom, a leader in the mailing industry, urges Congress to pass meaningful postal reform.

Association for Postal Commerce

Congress is about to begin anew an effort to address the fiscal and operational challenges facing the U.S. Postal Service after failing to do the job last year. If the effort is to be spared yet another failure, Congress must focus on those things that absolutely need to be done and avoid getting embroiled in partisan politics.

The Association for Postal Commerce, a national organization representing business that use the mail, or assist others in the use of mail, believes that the following are key principles that Congress should follow if postal legislative reform is to succeed.

∙    Ninety-five percent of all mail today is of a business transactional nature. Thus, the primary function of the postal system is to meet the basic, economic, infrastructural need of facilitating the transaction of business communication and commerce through the mail.

∙    The design and operation of the nation's postal provider should be directed toward the satisfaction of basic infrastructural needs (rather than "wants") in the most cost-efficient manner.

∙    It has been maintained that, from time to time, the Postal Service's FERS account may be in surplus. Any surplus that currently exists (or should exist in the future) should be made available to the Postal Service for its use without the imposition of restrictions.

∙    The present retirement prefunding schedule is not sustainable given changes that are affecting the nation's use of postal services. This payment schedule should be amortized over a longer period at an annual payment rate that can be sustained by present and reasonably anticipated postage-related revenues.

∙    The Postal Service believes it can meet adequately the health insurance needs of its employees through a health plan other than FEHBP. It should be permitted to do so.

And, according to PostCom President Gene Del Polito, while Congress is at it, an effort should be made to define in law what constitutes the Postal Service's universal service obligation. Not defining the USO is akin to hiring new staff with first developing position descriptions.

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Jessica Lowrance
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