GAO to the Rescue?


Posted: Oct 06, 2021 12:01 AM

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Late last month the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a Postal Service Reform Primer purportedly to explain to policymakers how the Postal Service works and why it needs reform. Strangely though the GAO report doesn’t provide great guidance.

Known as the “congressional watchdog,” the GAO is a 100-year-old legislative agency created to provide audit, evaluation and investigative services for the U.S. Congress. However, their latest report doesn’t offer much in terms of auditing and evaluation but instead seems more like a progressive Postal Service wish list.

At present, 49% of all mail on planet earth is delivered by the USPS. Under the terms of the 1970 Postal Reorganization Act our postal service is supposed to be self-sustaining, operating primarily with revenues generated by the sales of postage and postal delivery related services.  The main mission of the Postal Service – since its inception – has been to serve the entire nation from Anchorage to Bangor. 

The recommendations of the GAO

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