Postal officials expected to back five-day mail week
Roughly 1,000 postmasters are in town this week for their annual meetings and the Postmaster General launches the formal process of cutting Saturday service. Here's a look ahead by The Federal Eye in today's Post:
The end of Saturday mail delivery gets closer to reality in the next 10 days, as Postmaster General John E. Potter plans to formally present his proposals to his board of directors and postal regulators.
Letter carriers would stop delivering mail to American homes and businesses and would not pick up mail from blue collection boxes on Saturdays, according to Potter. But post offices would stay open on Saturdays, and mail would be delivered to post office boxes. Express mail services also would continue seven days a week. The delivery cuts would save the Postal Service $3.1 billion in the first year and as much as $5.1 billion by 2020, postal officials said.
Potter is scheduled to present the plans to the Postal Board of Governors on Wednesday and the Postal Regulatory Commission on March 30. Both panels are expected to approve the plans; Potter would then pivot to the more challenging task of convincing Congress.
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