Federal Eye: Postmaster seeks congressional support for mail service changes

As Postmaster General John E. Potter met with lawmakers Thursday to discuss his plans for restructuring the U.S. Postal Service, he acknowledged that the mail agency could reduce its workforce further.

Asked by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) whether postal employees at all levels are being fully utilized, Potter said,
“The answer is no, but are we operating in an optimum world? The answer
is no.”

Potter appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to defend his call for greater flexibility to cut Saturday mail
deliveries, raise postage rates and potentially close or consolidate
thousands of post offices. The proposal also calls for cutting tens of
thousands of jobs through attrition and layoffs. The Postal Service
stands to lose about $238 billion in the next 10 years if Congress
fails to act, Potter said.

“We do have a very aggressive plan that’s been laid out and shared,” Potter said, noting he has tried to make other cuts, but is “often
constrained by folks getting involved and suggesting to us that we
don’t do it, including some of the folks in the Congress.”

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