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  • Postal Service Begins the Holiday Season by Delivering More Debt

    David Williams on November 15, 2016

    Weeks before the U.S. Postal Service begins to brag about all of the packages they will deliver during the upcoming holiday season, they will close the books on their 2016 fiscal year. And, based on a recent release, the Postmaster General and Chief Financial Officer will unveil their financial results on Nov. 15. If history is any guide, this will not be a very proud moment for the leadership of the United States Postal Service (USPS) with billion-dollar losses expected.

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  • TPA Submits Comments to Postal Regulatory Commission on Proposed Rate Increase

    David Williams on November 1, 2016

    Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted the following comment to the Postal Regulatory Commission:

    November 1, 2016 

    Postal Regulatory Commission
    901 New York Ave., NW #200
    Washington, DC 20001

    Re: Docket R2017-1  

    Dear Members of the Commission:

    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of people from across the country, has previously commented to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on the dockets for the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) annual compliance report and on the PRC’s preparations for its report to Congress. In these proceedings, TPA discussed USPS’ perilous financial position – specifically as it relates to the potential exposure of this insurmountable debt to American taxpayers – and to the consistent willingness to allow the agency to obscure its fiscal details in such a manner that spoils opportunities to ascertain possible solutions to the ongoing problems.

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  • Coalition Letter Urges House to Oppose H.R. 5714

    Michi Iljazi on September 6, 2016

    Today, the following coaliton letter was sent to members of the House of Representatives:

    September 6, 2016

    To Members of the U.S. Congress:

    We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers and consumers nationwide, urge Congress to oppose H.R. 5714, the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2016” introduced by House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, and the Committee’s Ranking Member Elijah Cummings.

    For years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has suffered from operational and financial inefficiencies, and while reforms are needed, H.R. 5714 misses the mark and may actually exacerbate the issues facing USPS.

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  • USPS Continues Operating in the Dark

    Holly Wilson, American Commitment on August 30, 2016

    It’s no secret that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been desperately attempting to salvage their failing business model over the past decade – placing blame on outside sources and explanations for their failings and trying to reinvent themselves in ways that fall outside of their legal scope as a quasi-governmental agency, rather than examining their own business practices, policies, and infrastructure.  And things just keep getting worse. 

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  • USPS Fails to Make Another Delivery

    Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union on August 16, 2016

    Like a misaddressed letter that can’t reach its intended destination, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) keeps failing to deliver on promises for full transparency and accountability to postal customers. Taxpayers are waiting too, and wondering if USPS will become the next Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout they’ll have to fund. Earlier this week the Postal Service reported yet another quarterly financial loss, and once again, Americans are being forced to parse numbers as well as words in USPS’s quarterly financial report.

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  • TPA Reacts to More Financial Losses at the USPS

    Michi Iljazi on August 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it has lost $1.6 billion in the last three months. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) continues to be disappointed at the persistent inability by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to institute the changes needed to operate in a profitable manner. This loss marks $3.29 billion in losses in the current fiscal year and brings them to $40 billion in losses since 2011. » Read More
  • The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publishers

    Kevin R. Kosar in Brookings on August 9, 2016

    Few people love magazines more than I do. At last count, I have a half-dozen subscriptions, down from the baker’s dozen of a few years ago (with four young children, I only have so much reading time). Magazines provide incredible value. A single issue tends to cost between $1 and $3 if you subscribe. Whether one spends 30 minutes or 2 hours, magazine’s per-hour cost for edification and entertainment are tough to beat. So nobody can rightly call me a periodicals hater when I report that the federal government is subsidizing magazines to the tune of $500 million per year. This fact is little known outside the world of mailers; why that would be is an interesting question. Perhaps media are disinclined to report it?

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  • TPA Submits Coalition Materials in Response to Postal Reform Legislation

    David Williams on July 12, 2016

    The packet of materials linked here includes the comments and criticisms that were sent to the Committee by TPA, The Postal Reform For Us Coalition, American Consumer Institute (ACI), and Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). Also included are comments submitted by these groups and National Taxpayers Union (NTU) to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on its expected recommendations to Congress.

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  • Top Five Reasons for Reforming the U.S. Postal Service

    Justin Sykes, Americans for Tax Reform on July 5, 2016

    Over the last decade the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has found it increasingly difficult to keep its head above water financially, often posting annual losses in the billions. A steep decline of mail volume due to the rise of online communications has reduced USPS’s role in the market place. As the Postal Service’s fiscal instability has grown, so have calls for USPS reform. Potential reforms range from shifting to centralized delivery, changes in governance, and full privatization. » Read More
  • Return to Sender: House Postal Reform Bill Gives Handouts to the USPS on the Backs of Consumers

    David Williams on June 24, 2016

    House Government Oversight Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz and the committee’s Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings, introduced a congressional discussion draft for postal reform legislation last Wednesday. Following $56.8 billion in financial losses since 2007 and $125 billion in unfunded liabilities, the proposed legislation is intended to provide financial relief for the financially troubled agency. Here is a statement from David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance about the proposed legislation:

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  • TPA Submits Comments to Postal Regulatory Commission on Negotiated Service Agreements

    Michi Iljazi on June 16, 2016

    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy. We are submitting these comments on behalf of American taxpayers who are concerned about the future of U.S. Postal Service and its ability fulfill its core letter mail service. » Read More
  • Dope by mail: Another challenge for the Postal Service

    Kevin Kosar, R Street Institute on May 27, 2016

    The U.S Postal Service’s financial and other operational challenges regularly are in the news. Less well-known is its illicit drug problem. Thanks to the internet, anyone can now become a drug dealer. One no longer need join a criminal gang and suffer a violent initiation ceremony. Technological disintermediation means any schlub can order synthetic drugs online and peddle them. Supply sources can be found in the dark corners of the web, with deals sometimes done through anonymous routers and bitcoin.

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  • Is your mailman (unwittingly) a drug dealer?

    Don Soifer, The Lexington Institute on May 11, 2016

    Securing our nation's borders against illegal entrants has become the most reverberant, and often most polarizing, rallying cry of the nation's recent political discourse. But a different kind of illegal threat entering this country every day is at least as present on the minds of law enforcement officials across America: the constant flow of dangerous, cheap synthetic drugs through the mail.

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  • TPA Releases Statement on USPS Second Quarterly Report Showing $2 Billion Loss

    David Williams on May 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed concern about the continuing financial death spiral of the United States Postal Service (USPS).   Today’s reported second quarter loss of $2 billion indicates that it’s business as usual when it comes to USPS’s fiscal predicaments. The $2 billion loss for this period adds to the mountain of debt that the Postal Service has amassed. 

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  • Exclusive: Survey Finds Turmoil in Postal Workforce

    Shawn McCoy, Inside Sources on May 2, 2016

    A survey of postal employees conducted last year for the United States Postal Service paints a dire picture of the state of the organization’s workforce. Gallup, which was paid $1.8 million by USPS to conduct the survey, presents a comparison to the results of similar surveys of millions of workers at hundreds of other companies in recent years. Across a range of questions addressing satisfaction in the workplace, the USPS scores in the 1st percentile, the very bottom, of the survey results. The topline results were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request after the USPS declined to provide the data to InsideSources when asked in January.

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  • Senate Roundtable Focuses on USPS Drug Shipments

    David Williams on April 28, 2016

    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been examining the inner workings and management at the United States Postal Service (USPS). As part of our continued work, TPA is now examining drug shipments through the United States postal system. Last week, members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee gathered to ask important questions related to our nation's growing opioid epidemic.  The biggest question that was asked was how such dangerous drugs are reaching American communities, and what can be done to impede the inflow. 

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  • Bernie Sanders Has An Idea For The Post Office That’s Picking Up Steam. It’s A Bad One.

    Peter Roff, Independent Journal Review on April 22, 2016

    Throughout his career, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders has championed postal reform. He wants to save the United States Postal Service and its hundreds of thousands of public employee union jobs, by broadening the scope of its activities. It’s an interesting idea, which is probably why the American Postal Workers Union was an early presidential endorser, and a bad one. Allowing the USPS to transact non-bank financial services opens the door to competition in areas private business has shown it can handle quite competently, thank you very much.

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  • What’s in your mail? Even more unwanted ads

    Kevin Kosar, R Street Institute on April 11, 2016

    As you probably have heard, the U.S. Postal Service is in a bad way. The Senate has not bothered to vote on appointees to the USPS board. Thus, instead of usual nine governors overseeing its operations, there is just one. This is not good, what with the reports of mail increasingly being delivered more slowly and to the wrong addresses. Especially problematic is that the agency that Ben Franklin built has been running deficits for years. Big ones. The Postal Service is supposed to be self-funding, but it’s getting harder and harder for it to maintain that status, because there is less and less mail. Less mail means less revenue. The USPS’ revenues have slid from $75 billion in 2008 to $69 billion in 2015.

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  • Principled Leadership Needed at the US Postal Service

    David Williams on April 5, 2016

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) is in trouble.  The USPS has lost $35.6 billion in the last four years, their unfunded liabilities equal $114 billion, and a report released this week showed that the mail is late more often today than it has been at any point in the last 5 years. More specifically, in the first half of 2015 late mail rose 48 percent compared to the previous year.  Postal Service leadership needs to provide better financial oversight and hold management accountable.

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  • Four Charts Explain the Postal Service’s Financial Struggles

    Kevin Kosar, R Street Institute on March 14, 2016

    The U.S Postal Service reported a third-quarter loss of more than $500 million. If you are wondering whether this is news you’re already heard, it is. The USPS has been running deficits for years. But this was not how the Postal Service was supposed to work. Congress abolished the tottering old Post Office Department in 1971 and replaced it with the USPS. An “independent establishment of the executive branch,” the Postal Service was designed to be self-sustaining. Toward this end, it has more operational freedom than a typical government agency. It can, for example, sell unneeded real estate with relative ease. The agency also has managed, to its credit, to downsize its workforce by 225,000 persons over the past decade.

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