The U.S. Postal Service's public relations department responded last night to a recent Dead Tree Edition article. We are publishing the response in its entirety, without comment, except to note that article was based on a combination of verifiable facts and readers' opinions. We also note that many postal employees -- supervisors and "suits" as well as worker bees -- have complained vociferously about USPS's organizational structure. And that a significant overhaul of that structure would probably face legal hurdles.
To Dead Tree Edition
Your recent blog post, 17 More Ways USPS Is Not Like a Real Business, provides some good examples of how the Postal
Service’s inflexible and outdated business model hinders our ability to
compete in today’s marketplace and why there is an urgent need for
passage of comprehensive postal reform legislation. We would, however,
like to debunk a few myths in your list.
First, the claim that the
Postal Service has “many layers of redundant management” and
bureaucracy, is not true. In FY 2000, the Postal Service had 74,877 PCES [Postal Career Executive Service]
and EAS [Executive and Administrative Schedule] employees. At the end of FY 2013, we only had 54,473. We have
also reduced the number of Areas and Districts significantly, going from
10 Areas and over 100 District offices to 7 Areas and 74 Districts.
the item about electrical safety hazards, employee safety has always
been a top priority of the Postal Service. Under terms of a recent
settlement with OSHA, the Postal Service has agreed to modify its
Electrical Work Plan Management Instruction and Maintenance Management
Order so that significant amounts of personal protective equipment are
purchased and significant hours of electrical safety training are
administered. These changes are being phased in over a two-year period.
We will be investing more than $5 million for 123,000 hours of training
for nearly 20,000 maintenance employees. We also have distributed more
than $2 million in protective safety gear.
As for the safety of our
vehicle fleet, the Postal Service maintains a very stringent vehicle
inspection program that requires a minimum of two comprehensive
inspections performed each year. Inspections are performed by both
contractors and USPS maintenance facilities.
The Postal Service
operates under the laws that apply to it and does have the power to
exercise eminent domain in the name of the United States. The courts,
including the Supreme Court, have cited that power as evidence of how we
are a government entity.
The Postal Service continues to take the
responsible actions needed as outlined in our Five-Year Business Plan to
return the organization to long-term financial stability. We need
Congress to do its part by passing the legislative requirements in our
plan so that the Postal Service can operate more like a “real business”
and provide the mail and package service our customers expect and
deserve for decades to come.
U.S. Postal Service