Finally, it would allows the Postal Service to use its CSRS andFERS overpayments to make the remaining seven retiree healthprefunding payments it owes between now and 2016.Remaining funds could also be used to fund the Postal Service’s workers compensation obligations or to pay down its debt to theTreasury.
– The bill would remove the Appropriationsrider that currently prevents the Postal Service from moving forward with its proposal to eliminate Saturday delivery. Under the 2006 postalreform legislation, the Postal Service was given the authority to reducedelivery frequency when necessary after taking the proposal to the PostalRegulatory Commission and receiving an advisory opinion. The Appropriators, however, put language in their bill every year negatingthis authority. Eliminating that rider would allow the Postal Service toachieve the $3 billion or more a year in savings that the Postal Service believes it could achieve if it eliminated Saturday delivery. The bill would also speed the process by which the Commission considers servicechanges like the potential elimination of Saturday delivery, givingcustomers and the Postal Service additional certainty. TheCommission’s consideration of the Postal Service’s Saturday delivery proposal took nine months, three times longer than envisioned in eventhe Commission’s regulations.
Post Office Closings
– The bill would eliminate several provisionsin law that the Postal Service believes forces it to maintain post officesthat are no longer necessary. If the Postal Service is able to close someof these facilities, postal management believes they could began theprocess of rolling out cheaper, more convenient retail options such asautomated kiosks or postal stations located in grocery stores or otherplaces where people go every day. At the same time, it requires thePostal Service to develop a plan for the expansion of alternate retailoptions and requires that the Postal Service develop a service standardthat would guarantee all postal customers – especially rural customers –a minimum level of postal retail access.
– Under current law, the Postal Service is required topay its employees wages and benefits that are comparable to those paidin the private sector. Arbitrators in labor disputes have made it clear inthe past that they think this is a legally binding requirement that should