Latest News and Highlights

Independent Analysis Casts Doubt on USPS 10-Year Plan. New analysis sponsored by the Envelope Manufacturers Association and the Greeting Card Association, which updates forecasts to reflect new data, demonstrates that above CPI rate increases called for in the Postal Service’s “Delivering for America” plan are unnecessary.

PRC Approves Price Change On Monday, July 19the Postal Regulatory Commission confirmed that "the planned price adjustments for all market dominant classes, including workshare discounts, are consistent with applicable regulations and applicable Commission directives and orders. The PRC also concludes that the planned classification changes, with some minor revisions described in the PRC Order, are consistent with applicable law. " The new prices will take effect August 29 absent further action by the DC Circuit as part of an ongoing industry appeal.

 USPS Releases 2020 Household Diary Study On July 13, the United States Postal Service released their latest Household Diary Study. Despite volume declines across most mail received and sent by households, the latest Household Diary Study shows positive information around post office use and the value of ad mail. Volume of transactional, correspondence, advertising, and periodical mail declined in the fiscal year (FY) 2018-2020 timeframe, with only package volume seeing an increase. 

USPS Proposes Market Dominant Product Price Increase On May 28, the USPS announced that it intends to raise prices on market dominant products as part of the “Delivering for America,” the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence. The proposed price changes would raise overall Market Dominant product and service prices by approximately 6.9 percent. First-Class Mail prices would increase by 6.8 percent to offset declining revenue due to First-Class Mail volume declines.

USPS Reform Bills Introduced On May 13, the House Oversight and Reform Committee approved a pair of postal reform bills Thursday that will now head to the House floor for a vote.  The Postal Service Reform Act, is a bill designed to put the Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing, and would give USPS $8 billion towards new electric postal trucks.  The Postal Service Improvement Act includes requirements for all mail-in ballots to include a trackable barcode.   On May 19, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced similar legislation. 

Newest Postal Governors On May 13, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ronald Stroman, former USPS Deputy Postmaster General, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021. On May 14, the U.S. Senate confirmed Amber McReynolds, the chief executive officer of the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute and the former director of elections in Denver, as a member of the board. Mrs. McReynolds term expires in December 2026. 

USPS Appoints Douglas Tulino as Deputy Postmaster General The U.S. Postal Service announced on May 12th that Douglas Tulino, a 41-year veteran of the service, has been appointed deputy postmaster general, reporting directly to Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy. The appointment is effective immediately. Tulino also becomes a member of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors and continues in his current role as chief human resources officer (CHRO).

House Committee on Oversight and Reform Introduces Postal Service Reform Act  On May 11, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act. Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx are original co-sponsors of the Postal Service Reform Act. The Postal Service Reform Act will be considered during the hybrid business meeting scheduled for this Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.