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U.S. Postal System

A Vital and Sustainable U.S. Postal System

NPES is a leader in working with numerous other constituencies to insure that the U.S. Postal System remains a vital, dependable and sustainable element in the communications network and economy of the United States.

Postal Reform Stalled
Mailing Industry and Unions Propose Way Forward

Postal reform has been stalled in both the U.S. House and Senate for months; as a result mailing industry stakeholders and postal unions are offering their own compromise proposal to both lawmakers and the United States Postal Service (USPS or Postal Service) as Congress returns from its summer recess. The success of this effort will likely not be known until the very end of the 114th Congress, as has been the pattern of past postal reform legislation.
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Printing and Mailing Industries Dealt Harsh Blow on Postal Reform, As Baldwin Amendment Defeated

The Printing and Mailing Industries were dealt a harsh blow February 6 when a badly flawed postal reform bill, S. 1486, the Postal Reform Act of 2013, was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. This followed the stinging defeat of an amendment to the bill championed by freshman Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), which would have prevented the legislation from permanently incorporating the 4.3% “exigent” postage rate increase granted by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) last December, and from shifting rate-making authority from the PRC to the U.S. Postal Service, an unprecedented abdication of regulatory oversight of the postal monopoly. Read More

Patent Trolls and Postal Reform, Top Government Affairs Priorities at Year-End

Fighting “Patent Trolls” became a major issue this year and remains a top NPES government affairs priority along with much delayed postal reform, as the 113th Congress wraps up its first session at year-end. Legislation addressing each issue is moving in Congress, but neither has been resolved and both remain the focus of NPES and its allies in the printing and mailing industries. NPES is working closely with its members and their customers on these issues. Read More

The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service

NPES and its 21C allies believe it is critical to enact meaningful postal reform legislation in time to forestall disastrous disruptions to service that would have grave effects not only on the mailing industry and the eight million private sector jobs it supports, but on the economy as a whole, which still depends to a tremendous extent on the postal system for commerce and communications.

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Background Information

2011: New Year, New Congress, New PMG, Same Challenges for US Postal Service

2011 ushered in the new 112th Congress and a new Postmaster General, but the United States Postal Service (Postal Service or USPS) continues to face the same vexing challenges that have increasingly undermined its financial viability in recent years. Trying to meet these challenges, NPES and other mailing industry organizations continue to work with Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC or Commission) in addressing ways to improve and sustain the Postal Service, which remains vital to the US economy, even in an increasingly digital world.

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USPS and American Postal Workers Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

NPES and its Coalition for a Twenty-first Century Postal Service (21C) mailing industry allies testified before the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy chaired by freshman Congressman Dennis Ross (R-12-FL) during hearings held by his panel on March 2. This was the first hearing in the House of Representatives of the 112th Congress on the precarious financial situation, both short and long-term, of the United States Postal Service (Postal Service or USPS). Other witnesses were new Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, Postal Regulatory Commission Chair Ruth Goldway, and Fredric Rolando, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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U.S. Postal Retirement System Payments Suspended
Sweeping Reform Legislation Introduced

Congressman Daryl Issa (R-49-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with jurisdiction over the United States Postal Service (Postal Service or USPS), has introduced sweeping legislation that would bring about the most comprehensive overhaul of the Postal Service since its modern-day inception in the early 1970s. This came only two days after the Postal Board of Governors announced that effective June 24 it was suspending USPS employer payments to the defined benefit portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), estimating a savings of $800 million between then and the end of the fiscal year on September 30, in order to avert a Postal Service shut down in October. The Governors cited a $6.9 billion surplus in the FERS account as the basis for the action.

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