NAPS: The Path to Sustainability Must Include Breakthrough Innovation

Jim Lovell, former astronaut and commander of the starcrossed Apollo 13, once said: “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” His three-member crew conquered crisis with confidence, resilience, ingenuity and vision. They made things happen.

Periodically, Postal Service believers need to assess into which category they fall. Regrettably, some languish in the “what happened” category. As threats revolve around them, they are oblivious to factors that may impact their livelihood.

It is far too easy to be complacent and attend a postal watch party. This is the group with which most associate. They passively observe Congress’ protracted deliberations and are in awe at stark presidential pronouncements.

NAPS members cannot afford willful ignorance or relaxed complacency; there’s just too much risk. Front-line postal managers and supervisors must be engaged and out-spoken in ensuring the continued viability of a universal postal operation.

Consequently, NAPS strives to anticipate legislative and regulatory action and, thereby, helps construct the architecture of the Postal Service of the future. Warmed-over and rejected proposals of yesteryear will not sustain an innovative and vibrant national, universal communications and logistics network. Furthermore, proposing politically untenable policies not only is a waste of time and effort, but undermines the much-needed political good essential to enacting constructive and meaningful postal legislation.

As of the date this issue of The Postal Supervisor (August 2019) went to press, a postal reform bill had yet to be introduced or considered by the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Some members of the committee attributed the delay, in part, to the tardiness of the Postal Service’s anticipated 10-year business plan.


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