NAPS commends the task force for acknowledging that current vacancies on the Postal Board of Governors pose a huge obstacle to formulating a strategic plan to achieve postal sustainability. The current absence of a board quorum precludes the Postal Service from providing the postmaster general and senior postal staff with the requisite guidance to respond to evolving market conditions. It also hinders the agency’s ability to make critical policy decisions that, when necessary, could be reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission and then implemented. This especially applies to introducing innovative products and services to the American public.
Consistent with the task force recommendation, the Postal Service needs to articulate how its core competencies will enhance opportunities to generate revenue and increase foot traffic in postal retail facilities. Partnering with other federal agencies, as well as state, county and local governments, the Postal Service should be encouraged to identify for-fee service products that require identity or address verification and constitute eligible sources of revenue. In addition, Postal Service acceptance, processing and delivery of alcoholic products would provide significant potential for added postal revenue.
While NAPS appreciates the task force not sanctioning privatization of the Postal Service, we would welcome clarification relating to the report’s apparent variance with the June 2018 White House Office of Management and Budget proposal to reorganize the federal government, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendation.”