In a 133-page report issued on Wednesday by the Postal Regulatory Commission, it says that the Postal Service used questionable data when fingering more than 3,600 post offices for possible closure. Gasp!
Ruth Goldway, chairman of the committee, is quoted in the Washington Post as saying, “We certainly challenge their methodology….They don’t have really good data that tells them which post offices will continue to grow or be on a downhill path.”
It seems that the commission, before drawing this conclusion, did something the Postal Service had apparently neglected to do–it consulted economists and other experts.
Although the Postal Service had predicted that closing those offices would save them around $200 million annually, it was unable to provide the commission with any kind of documentation to back up their claims. Apparently their figures were pulled out of thin air.
Although the commission’s report isn’t binding, its recommendations do carry weight with Congress.
Like the commission, there are those in Congress, like Senator Susan Collins of Maine, ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, who are skeptical of the Postal Service’s plans. Responding to the commission’s report, Collins said its findings support lawmakers’ doubts about the Postal Service’s plans to close so many postal facilities, adding that there should be “a more thoughtful, transparent and data-driven process.”
These are three criteria that will undoubtedly prove challenging to postal management in the months ahead.
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