Committee hearings on Postal Reform

02/07/2017

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on H.R. 756, The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017.

The following provided testimony:

  • Megan J. Brennan Postmaster General United States Postal Service
  • Robert G. Taub Chairman Postal Regulatory Commission
  • Lori Rectanus Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Arthur Sackler Manager Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service
  • Fredric V. Rolando President National Association of Letter Carriers

The House Committee website noted the following takeaways:

  • USPS is past the point where it is salvageable as it exists now – legislation is necessary to implement needed reforms.
  • USPS has more than $119 billion in unfunded liability, and is projected to run out of cash.
  • The postal delivery fleet is at the end of its expected life. Average age of vehicles is 24 years.
    • USPS is working with six suppliers for a new fleet that will be tested in the next 18 months.
    • USPS is awaiting responses for commercial off-the-shelf options.
  • All four of the major postal employee unions support H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017.