The Postal Service is one of America’s great institutions. It connects 150 million households and businesses and is the bedrock infrastructure of the American economy and society. Yet the Postal Service faces powerful and unpredictable forces. These forces – the economic downturn, the Digital Age, globalization, and statutory and regulatory demands – are fundamentally changing its outlook for the future. Actions are needed by postal management and Congress to assure that all Americans have universal access and the opportunity to take part in the emerging new world. But, what are those actions?
The OIG is pleased to announce that, beginning in March, we will host a series of five week-long blogs discussing the elements of a postal solution. The five elements will ask questions on the Postal Service’s mission, infrastructure, role in the Digital Age, and federal mandates. We will invite guest commentators with a wide range of views inside and outside the postal community to contribute to the series.
On the Monday of each week, the OIG will introduce the element of a postal solution and three guest commentators. On the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, one guest commentator will contribute an opening post. During the week’s exchange, the guest commentators will submit comments and replies. On the Friday, the OIG will summarize and conclude the discussion. Of course, we invite your comments on each topic at any time.
The Five Elements of a Postal Solution
- March 5 – March 9: Should the Postal Service be a competitive business, an enabling infrastructure, or something in–between?
- March 12 – March 16: What would an optimized Postal Service infrastructure look like in the 21st century and beyond?
- March 19 – March 23: What opportunities exist for the Postal Service to integrate its traditional role in the digital world?
- March 26 – March 30: How should Postal Service pricing be redefined in support of a lean and simple national infrastructure with a right-sized workforce in the 21st century and beyond?
- April 2 – April 6: What should be done about the overfunding, overpayment, and other unfunded federal mandates?
Scheduled Guest Contributors
- John Callan, Managing Director, Ursa Major Associates, LLC
- James Campbell, Attorney and Consultant
- Jeff Colvin, Director Economist, OIG
- Dan Combs, CEO, eCitizen Foundation
- Steve Hutkins, Editor and Administrator, Save the Post Office
- Richard Kielbowicz, Associate Professor, Communication Networks
- Roger Kodat, former Official, Department of the Treasury
- Jessica Lowrance, Executive Vice President, Association for Postal Commerce
- John Payne, CEO, Zumbox
- Alan Robinson, Courier, Express, and Postal Observer
- John Waller, former Director of Office of Accountability and Compliance, Postal Regulatory Commission
Please join us and invite others to participate. We look forward to hearing from you.
This blog is hosted by the OIG’s Risk Analysis Research Center.