A government reform plan released by the Trump Administration proposes privatizing the US Postal Service and suggests a privately held postal service would reduce delivery days per week to “central locations” instead of individual street addresses.
On April 12, President Trump ordered the creation of a task force to study the US Postal Service and make recommendations for improvements to the current system. A report is expected on Aug. 10.
On June 21, the Trump Administration released a 132-page proposal entitled Delivering Government Solutions for the 21st Century. Pages 68-70 of this proposal relate to the US Postal Service, and suggests the privatization of postal service operations.
Click here for a link to the proposal.
A summary of the postal portion of this proposal is available at: Postal-reporter.com under the heading Trump’s Reform Plan.
The task force proposes "to restructure the USPS by aligning revenues and expenses to restore a sustainable business model and possibly prepare it for future conversion from a Government agency into a privately-held corporation." According to the plan, "a private postal operator that delivers mail fewer days per week and to more central locations (not door delivery) would operate at substantially lower costs."
The Lexington Institute, a D.C. think tank, held a forum June 15 on the Postal Task Force. The forum included 10 highly qualified speakers with a variety of background and expertise. Each speaker spoke for 10 minutes on topics integral to the work of the postal task force. These topics include universal postal service, postal monopoly and rate structure, direct, indirect and cross subsidies, and the history and current status of postal operations in the US and other industrialized countries.
An Internet search of Lexington Institute Postal Task Force will yield a C-span video titled Panelists Discuss President Trump’s Postal Service Task Force. Each presentation is available on video and in text format. The video is 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
– Joel Allis, postal consultant
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