Saturday Mail Delivery Safe for Now17 Apr, 2013 By: Doug McPherson
WASHINGTON – Consumers will continue to get mail on Saturdays – at least for now.
In February, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it would cease Saturday delivery beginning in August. But the Government Accountability Office (GAO) responded by saying the USPS was bound by law to keep delivering on Saturdays.
Then Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said in a letter to the USPS board of governors that it (the board) had a “fiduciary responsibility” to use its legal authority to implement modified six-day mail delivery and to move forward with axing Saturday delivery.
The GAO countered with a letter to Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), who requested that the watchdog agency look at the matter: “The service is bound by law to deliver mail six days a week, and is incorrect in interpreting that a temporary measure used to fund U.S. government operations released it from that requirement.”
As it stands now, the USPS is delaying its new five-day mail delivery schedule “until legislation is passed that provides the USPS with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule,” the USPS wrote in a statement. “Congress has prohibited the implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, which would have taken effect in the beginning of August, according to the statement.”
In a USPS press release, the USPS board of directors said Congress has left it no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The statement also said omitting Saturday delivery would have saved $2 billion annually and was a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability.
The next regularly scheduled open meeting of the Postal Board of Governors is set for May 10.