As noted in the update on Wednesday, there was a tremendous response to last week’s brainstorming exercise! As of Friday afternoon there were almost 350 comments posted -- many more than usual! If nothing else, this shows widespread and heartfelt concern for the well-being and financial viability of the Postal Service. Not only was the quantity of postings notable, so was the variety of ideas; they covered a broad spectrum, from cost-cutting possibilities to new lines of business. And many of the postings received replies, for instance Nostradamus' original posting received 13 replies, which is a testament to the thoughtfulness of everyone involved. The creativity shown by the participants makes categorizing the ideas difficult, but we’ve attempted to develop poll questions to highlight the common themes, and get your reaction as to the relative importance of these items.

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While every comment received attention, some ideas stood out as particularly thought-provoking or creative. In order to gauge your reactions as to the viability and value of a sample of ideas, we’ve developed another poll question. The following ideas were submitted by Sheri, Randy, D. Traver, Move into the future, JM, and others.

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This topic is hosted by the OIG’s Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC).

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  • anon

    Do you realize how many people HATE going to the post office b/c of the lines? I think a drive thru would be great! UPS and FEDEX do not offer that option.

    Apr 28, 2010
  • anon

    Lets renew a theft blog, we need fresh ideas to stop the ‘THEFT’ epidemic. In our area mail theft is at an all time high and it literally seems like there is no controlling authority. The integrity of our service is at stake and we are loosing customer loyalty, resulting in a further shift to the internet. OIG Help! just saying… *what about a sting operation with an exploding paint letter? *cameras on box units that are frequently hit? *note to customer with theft alert *more local and federal coordination *neighborhood watch programs to shoot pictures and videos of thieves and suspicious persons Let’s hang some of these thieves and pursue them with gusto publicly displaying their heads on national TV, and educating the public on identity theft via the mail. Thanks, let’s show the USA we care.

    Apr 14, 2010
  • anon

    If they would eliminate Unions because of all the grievances filed and eliminate time clocks because of all the time used to micro-manage employees and run this organization like other Federal Agencies...the PO would be so far ahead. With all the grievances filed against the PO and monies paid out there would be a substantial savings right there.

    Mar 17, 2010
  • anon

    First let me say I am not an employee of the USPS but a customer. I cannot in vision the US without the USPS. Through the posts I have read the answers I always see is cut management for craft workers. The answer I see from mamagement is cut craft workers. Neither is right. I have been on both sides in the private sector. Management and craft have to work together to make a better USPS in these bad economic times. I really don't think that all USPS employees know they have a decent job especially in these economic times.. If you are unhappy with you job just try one in the private sector. I sure it won't take long for you to change your mind. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence is true.

    Sep 01, 2009
  • anon

    I have an idea. Let Potter run the USPS like he was hired to do. Another idea close the OIG it is a total waste of taxpayers money.

    Aug 31, 2009
  • anon

    This OIG site does not have a date in the heading paragraph. It refers to "Wednesday" but doesn't include a date. So when is this site extinct? Already? Please use more date information in future programs. Thank you

    Aug 30, 2009
  • anon

    Angie A, Thanks for your comment. This topic was posted on July 20th, but it's always open for more votes or comments. The date is at the bottom of the post. Sorry for any confusion.

    Aug 31, 2009
  • anon

    I totally agree what "MR.william tyndale" says. It seems to me ,the pursuing the exfc goal with declining mail volumn and wasting the postal dollar is catching a fly with a hammer. Whoever support the false system should go to the jail instead of getting bonus. why? because you actually help the falsifying the official record and wasting the stamp dollar in order to achieve the falsifying and unrealistic goal. is our competitor like fed ex and ups has the exfc? NO! they are still deliver the mail faster and accurate enough to compete with us without unrealistic system and they are expanding every neiborhood in this country every in the corner. and they do have their airplane,too. why the postal service do not have one? because they are behind and far behind and outdated system and wasting their money to pursue the unrealistic goal like exfc. and the postal service still use the method to catch their fly with hammer.

    Aug 14, 2009
  • anon

    I find it interesting that the PMG feels the best way to solve the financial woes of the Postal service it to cut services to the American public. The Postal service is a huge entity with many different departments. Many of these departments are not needed and have nothing to do with getting the mail out. For example, what does Diversity Awareness have to do with moving the mail. If you want to promote diversity fine contract a company to do talks once every quarter. This would allow the Post Office to eliminate that entire department. I am only speaking of one area of Postal waste. We need to cut the fat not service to our customers.

    Aug 13, 2009
  • anon

    How about if we concentrated our efforts on developing a manageable and sustainable delivery metwork and measured the performance of that network in a fair and accurate manner? I suppose you'll tell me that that is what EXFC measures and perhaps add - look how good our scores are? The plain and simple fact is that EXFC scores are essentially fraudulent, they deceive the public, they dishonor the intent of the public laws that create measurement standards and the attempts to distort them cost the Postal Service tens millions of dollars every year. A perfect example is an incident that happened last Saturday in Mid-Carolinas. A rural carrier was delayed in returning to the office by construction traffic. As a result the carrier missed dispatch. The carrier had a single tub of outgoing mail with 49 pieces in it. The PMR in the office was notified and eventually contacted the postmaster, who following District guidelines contacted her POOM. Because of the various delays the mail had to be driven 180 miles to the next distribution center. In the meantime the guiodelines in this District require the postmaster and the POOM to cinduct a walk through of the office to ensure that all other mail was properly dispatched. The situation was completely resolved by 3am. I suppose there are those that would argue that our service commitments are inviolable and therefore this involved dance was both necessary and justified. That's absolutely ridiculous and any reasonable person knows it. Hundreds of dollars were spent to advance 49 pieces of mail and the only reason was to avert a dreaded EXFC failure. Incidents like this one happen everyday throughout the system. We have personnel driving single pieces of mail miles to ensure delivery and ensure EXFC scores. Yes, we are here to provide service but the regimen surrounding EXFC is perverse and distorted. It does not result in realistic changes to procedures to build a better more efficient network; it results in a culture of rationalization and justification that cynically wastes resources to gin up performance scores. We spend millions of dollars and tremendous amounts of effort to monitor EXFC performance in ways that totally distort the intent of the governing statutes. Resources that ought to be devoted to developing and improving our network and practices are instead diverted to attempting to identify and predict where EXFC drops are being made and when. It's true that it is virtually impossible to identify individual collectors in the EXFC system and I've heard DM's say they wouldn't want to know if they could but the simple fact of the matter is that the entire administrative response to EXFC is designed to subvert the system rather than learn from the scores. The sad thing is that the OIG is willing to look the other way on this. The PRC is willing to accept "record breaking performance scores" regardless of the underlying lack of value in those scores. As an organization we have developed a perverse institutional culture with respect to measuring performance. Unless and until we break this culture we will never get a truly honest appraisal of our system and ultimately that is what has led and is leading to our downfall.

    Aug 12, 2009
  • anon

    Yesterday I went to the post office in my neighbourhood and discovered that they were closed at 4:45p.m. All I wanted was a single stamp to drop in the box. The stamp dispenser machine was out of service and the woman was right then closing the door and told me she couldn't help me out. Based on this experience, I don't think there needs to be a small post office as such open and wasting money paying for property and employee. Perhaps the Postal Service should consider stiking a deal with the big grocery stores to install automated postal center machine with a box drop. It would certainly make life easier for moms and those shopping. The postal service will still collect revenue and pay less for space. It still gives someone like me and others the opportunity to mail our letters at our convenience and not having to beat the traffic.

    Aug 07, 2009
  • anon

    Let me ask you, do you think the public wants to see the Postmaster walking with the carrier because he is trying to intimidate the worker to work faster, or maybe that postmaster being involved in the community like fundraiser or food drive? I am sure they love seeing the postmaster walking down the street smoking and yelling into his postal provided phone when the public tells me they can never get a hold of him because oh wait he is never at the post office much anymore.. The new goal is to write up people doing there job right, but wrong, and removal is the new word... Oh ya why do you need a PM if the POOM is getting an office next to him?

    Aug 05, 2009
  • anon

    I agree with the solution to save money is to cut management at least in 1/2. They deal with the same problems every day instead of finding a solution. As far as supervision, the people in the main office in PGH. call all the shots which leads me to believe that the PM position is now a low level management position and supervisor is now a no level management position. I don't see them getting any more done in 8hrs on the clock.Maybe they should pivot to other offices. We have supervisors doing clerk and mail handler jobs due to no personnel. They are paid a lot more than the person they let go. There is the u.s.p.s. management in action, but they think they got it right.They should add the prefix mis infront of management.

    Jul 30, 2009
  • anon

    I believe the FSS machine will vastly improve the Postal service quality and efficiancy. However I disagree with its deployment schedule. Presently the Phoenix P&DC is schedule to receive this equipment long before the Las Vegas P&DC. I feel this is a mistake for many reasons. Las Vegas is more strategically located about the same distance from Phoenix and Salt Lake City as well as San Bernardino. If the FSS works close to its capacity it may be able to process mail from cities outside itself. It would be more logical to have these cites sending their mail to Las Vegas than to Phoenix due to distance. Also Las Vegas does not have the traffic issues that Phoenix struggles with. The mail would move more efficiently from Las Vegas to other areas. Also our airport has more flights throughout the country (and the world for that matter) than Phoenix. Therefore our magazines and periodicals were have a quicker dispatch route. The FSS machine is a vital part of our recovery the deployment of this equipment needs to be handled carefully. I realize eventually most facilities will process their own FSS. I just think for the start of the deployment Las Vegas is a far better choice than Phoenix. Thank You, Virginia Evans MPE USPS

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    OK Here goes. Don’t get offended by the accusation of you're ignorance of government process. It's complicated, and, I hope you all follow through. And, I already know my sick pay balance identified below, is AS SAFE THE SUN COMING UP Tomorrow. But, the USPS continued existence is definately on the ropes. Now, I’m a techy currently working in transportation, so to set the tone, my answers to poll questions are reflected as such. Question 1. Introduce Non-traditional Postal Services, i.e. web based, IP, wireless lan/wan etc., intelligent transportation net, similar to other noted comments provided in Brainstorming 1. Question 2. Develop Web Based digital mail (Charge new fees for new technology services. However, I’ll bet my sick pay balance, only 1% or less know answers to the following questions. And, to assure accuracy, and prove you’re not peeking, 1. Who is the Chair of the committee? 2. Who are the ranking members? Be honest with yourself. 1. First ask yourself to name the Congressional committee members that represent the USPS’s future, and the districts they are from and which one presides in you’re district. 2. Ask 50 USPS people you work with simply to name the Congressional Committee these members belong to. The Congressional Committee members who decide the USPS’s fate!!

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    We have 5 day delivery already in 10 weeks of every year.( http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2009.asp ) They usually consist of a week of 5 10+ hour days. Making the other 42 weeks into 5 day would have a similar effect, and the 10 4 day weeks would be crushing.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    On City Routes: any street with sidewalks must have mailboxes on the sidewalk, any street without sidewalks must have curbside delivery. Yes, this is a reduction in service, as is the current elimination of 200,000 blue boxes that have been pulled in the last few years. We don't have milk delivery to our house anymore, and the garbage man no longer walks 150 feet up our driveway to the garage to retreive our rubbish and carry it to the truck , as he did in the 1960's. Walking up and down dozens of stairs for one mailbox is a ridiculous legacy , the cost of which is burdensome. Hardship delivery points would be excepted, of course. We have 5 day delivery already 10 weeks of every year. They turn into a week of 5 10+ hour days. making the other 42 weeks into 5 day would have a similar effect most weeks, and the 10 4 day weeks would be crushing.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    the usps should work with the postal unions to develope an acceptable plan to go to 5-day delivery.obviously it is in the best interest of all that this accomplished.unfortunately the fear of how jobs are eliminated for the rank and file is preventing the parties from cooperating. if the po were to do layoffs (as many fear would happen)it would cost $25,000+ per employee in severance and unemployment comp.if they would use this money instead to offer early out bonuses, i believe they would easily accomplish the 15% reduction in the workforce, which would be needed.the po would also have a much younger, more capable workforce who make less per hour, have less vacation time and are not sitting on a mountain of sick leave and ready to use it. by coming up with a plan that avoids layoff and possibly makes PTFs, regulars and TEs, PTFs, the po would not only win over congress, but also the unions who have much influence with congress. WIN_WIN

    Jul 24, 2009
  • anon

    I recently retired after 42 years. The revenue generated for the postal service comes in over the window. Better customer service is necessary. Management is cutting more and more jobs and the customer is suffering because of this. The lines are long and there is not enough staff to handle customers. The vending machines were removed from the lobbies so one has to wait just to buy a book of stamps. Bring in Donald Trump and fire most of management, starting with Potter.

    Jul 24, 2009
  • anon

    I want to mention about the direct deposit,as all we remember we used to get the paycheck by mail but somehow the postal service want to save their paper and effort to make the paycheck they recommend the employee to have the direct deposit,now you can simply go to the postal-ease ,with a click of button you can set up your own account,and you do not pay anything,nada. Not just a postal service for instance, the social security check is same situation,they recommend the recipient to have a direct deposit so they do not have to wait in front of their mailbox to get the check anymore. what the us postal service did to set up any kind of method to charge any amount for this web transaction? Nothing! Now, everybody makes the similar on line transaction through the internet because the all the government agency especially us postal service which is they are the one cut their own throat for recommending these kind of web-based direct deposit to their employee for their own conveniences. they are cutting their service by their own hands so No service provided so No revenues. even if the postal employee retirement the postal service forced to have the e-payment and communicate with e mail and file e-taxes. I would say the postal service have No right to blame the employee, Instead,they should ask themselves why they didn't do anything about it.

    Jul 24, 2009
  • anon

    mm I know that their base might be 61k,but that's for a level 15 office.I work in a level 18,and his base is 67k plus he gets paid for every hour he's on the clock.You noticed I never said working.Add his total hours up,and we have managers here making over 90k a year.One of them was so stupid,he even told this to one of the carrier he made 95k last year. He also said that if we would give up one of our 10 min. breaks,the PO wouldn't have this money problem.

    Jul 23, 2009
  • anon

    Much of the carrier time in College/University towns ia spent on COA's. In fact, USPS statistics reveal that over 40% of Americans move each year. This eats up a lot of clerk time, Sales Associates time, carriers time and CFS! Let's do a cost study to see how much it costs us down to the hard copy change order form and then charge for this service. Why give it away? They are acaptive audience and will have to pay to get their mail to follow them. Charge them $10 or more-whatever our cost is PLUS 100% just like retail everywhee else. There ain't no free lunch!

    Jul 22, 2009
  • anon

    Fuel efficient vehicles would save a ton of money. While it is not our saving answer, it would sure as hell help.

    Jul 22, 2009
  • anon

    I think the best thing the Postal Service could do, is take back our parcel business. They have given it away to UPS and FED EX. The mail may go away, but people still order on line and expect delivery. I have done some experimenting with a particular business and how they ship. The cheapest way to ship is through UPS, but is delivered by USPS. It makes no sense. And also when a postal customer insures a package, and it is damaged, they have to fight to be made whole. It then gets advertised by a news team, and that would stop anyone from using that service.

    Jul 22, 2009
  • anon

    Eliminate the postal medical section. What do they do? We have a postal Medical "Clinic" at our P&DC. But if someone gets injured or sick on the workroom floor all the medical section does is call 911. They do not help the person directly, fearing a lawsuit I suppose. The medical section used to administer drug and alcohol testing, but they don't even do that anymore. Employees are sent offsite to a private sector occupational health clinic. Do any of our competitors have in-house medical sections? How about Walmart, or GM, Ford or Chrysler?

    Jul 22, 2009
  • anon

    MM reply to the flatfoot, I mean the average front line supervisor salary is $61000 I know how much upper management makes, for instance, potter makes $250000 /yr Like you said most upper management makes more than $110000 I meant the front line supervisor Thanks!

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    customers who want sat delivery can rent a PO Box. transportation routes will be eliminated and service standards change change mail processing to a day job and eliminate all nite differential and nite work

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    I agree with the Saturday PO Box delivery. This would finally make PO Box service a true "Premium service" for the smaller offices, and be a possible revenue windfall. I think you can do 6 days in the non delivery offices pretty easily, since all of their mail would be po box mail, whereas the mail in the delivery offices would have issues with seperating the box mail from the street mail. Also a good way to make the smaller offices more productive, and take some of the load off the bigger offices.

    Jul 24, 2009
  • anon

    The biggest problem that the postal service has is:REPUBLICANS. If we could just get rid of that right wing "BUSINESS MODEL" that claims that the postal service is a business. We are a government agency provided for in the U.S. Constitution. Our job is to provide a service to the American people, not be a cash cow for congress and big business. For too long Republicans have been trying to privatize parts of the postal service to start businesses for their buddies, and use us to test the next big business concept. I believe: "THE GREED OF THE AMERICAN BUSINESSMAN WILL BE THE DOWNFALL OF AMERICA" Bigwheel

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    Not so dude! Political gender has zero to do with the USPS. If the USPS was a government agency, they couldn't hire casual employees, who don't have a collective bargaining agreement. Those employees would have to work for a company like Blackwater in Iraq. Every casual employee that works for the USPS is a liability on the USPS balance sheet. Whereas, a contractor provides their own liability policies under the USPS umbrella. The USPS is self insured, however every outside contractor/vendor must meet the obligations of standard contract terms.

    Jul 23, 2009
  • anon

    We have been reading lately about how much money has been spent on relocation expenses, who authorizes this insane amount of money to move someone 50 miles away, when we are being told to cut back on how many paper towels we use? I would also love to know how much money is WASTED on the Mystery Shopper Program. We know who our mystery shoppers are and go by the script provided by the post office verbatim and the shoppers still can't score it correctly. What a total waste of money. While we don't know what every customer wants, trust us enough to know that the customer that brings in the same media mail everyday properly marked still wants to send it media mail without being asked 20 questions. This makes us look like we are stupid, inattentive robots. We know our customers much better than management does, and most of them on a first name basis. We even know their kids and they share their wedding pictures and heartbreaks with us. If you don't deal with the public like the window clerks and carriers, you do not know your customer base.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    just do away with those lazy custodians

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    I think that we are top-heavy when it comes to management in our area. The station I work in is a Post Office Box, retail window station. We are associated with a nearby carrier station. (We are under the same finance number). However, our station and one other retail station, do not have supervisors, managers on site. (which is kind of nice, because things run much smoother when we are just allowed to do our job without interference and micromanagement). Our managers all work out of the carrier station, there are at least four of them on duty all the time. They almost never come to our station unless they have to make a bank run for change. So why do we need supervisors that aren't even necessary to get the job done? The supervisors should be thinned out and upper management needs to be listening to the workers that actually interact with the public on a daily basis when making decisions about products, hours, convenience and other things that affect the customers. Thank you.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    First of all let's blow this productivity misconception out of the water, the fact is as of last year we were delivering 50% more mail than 20 years ago with fewer delivery employees, automation affected the office times but in the end more than half of that time was from increased street performance, and that my friends is a direct result of the craft employees working harder. What happen this past year is an unprecented economic downturn that directly effected our customer base. Not an employee problem. Secondly, can we stop this "evaluated route" talk? Rural carriers are paid the same regardless of the number of hours they work. If they are evaluate 9.5 hours daily they are paid 9.5 hours even if they work 4 hours, the reality is in this case they are paid 5.5 hours for not working--hardly the economic savings needed for the USPS. The reality is that the rural craft savings come from the fact that their "subs" are not career employees and have no health, retirement, etc cost, plus they are paid a lower rate. The city craft is the only daily measured employee craft in the USPS, the hostility between management and this craft is the fact that management has developed the basis for their "incentive" pay on the backs of employees that they can measure--hence the lions share of conflict arise because management rides this craft into the ground. Management has created whole new administrative functions and operational support (a boatload of non-productive managers), whose only purpose is to promote and increase management for promotions and incentive pay. It's amazing their only purpose can be summed up in "if you can't dazzle them with brilliance--bury them in bullchips". In private enterprise if your supervisor can't promote efficiency he's fired, in the USPS we create 50 new manager positions and whole new departments to determine why the productivity went down. There simply is too many chiefs and not enough indians folks.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    Right on, 100% !!!!!

    Jul 27, 2009
  • anon

    Combine both city and rural carriers crafts into one and let it be "carrier". That would eliminate inner bickering about territory, which would allow management to square routes more efficiently for the customers and the delivery of mail. Have one pay system (evaluated or salaried; they're the same), less supervision would be needed, and the savings on manhours and fuel alone would be immediately realized.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    I'm now retired,however,I always found the cost associated with meeting(Bulk mail system)the Van unloading time standards as a terrible waste of money. As an example , a trailer arrives at a facility(BMC)and the requirement is to unload that Van within 18 hours,or whatever the time is now. Now we as managers will often do whatever it takes to meet the standards and don't show delays. So we unload the Van place the contents on the floor,and guess what! as far as reports go we are OK. That simplified example(above) more times than not,causes an overtime situation. Most of the personnel associated with that operation is aware of our commitment to the time standards, so the craft and sometimes even the supervisor will create a situation that requires additional time, and we can believe whatever theory throws at us(shouldn't happen with procedures in place and etc,etc)but even to the vigilant manager, it becomes sometimes impossible to avoid. This should be revisited, doesn't advance the mail. When the 18 hr rule was put in place, the cost associated with that was just unbelievable to me,it turned out to be one more excuse to work extended hours. This of course pertains to facilities that do not have a tour following them. That is just one small example, I can probably write a book, the unnecessary overtime,is a major issue, and it happens when managers make their reports based on hours rather than money,you can say to the manager well it cost me an additional 8 man hours to unload that van (2 hours 4 mh) doesn't sound too bad,but if you tell the manager that it cost you $280.00 to unload you might get a different reaction. Enough from me though these are just issues that I used to try(very hard)to address and was looked at like I had more that one head (3).I often asked the question show me on paper where this insanity pays off.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    1. evaluated routes for city carriers...they are taking 8 hours and alot of days O.T. for delivering 6-7 hours worth of mail. 2. cut management...we don't need the ratio of management to workers that the P.O. is currently operating with. 3. no bouneses... I come to work everyday for my paycheck only and so should everyone else.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    Let's look beyond the normal way of doing business, let's offer our custumers window service at home, let's allow our carriers to conduct all transactions on the road, let's allow our customers to schedule window service the same way they schedule online for a packace pick up.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    How about offering ALL employees an early retirement? By that, I mean, quit excluding ET's and maintenance. We have seen the writing on the wall and have been planning accordingly. Now that we are prepared to retire and make room for some younger employees, we are being excluded from the early offer. Also, a little extra service time or cash would be a bonus. I hope someone out there is listening!

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    If we put a small charge when mail is put on hold it would add up also

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    The agency should know who is working hard and making $52000 yr who is not working and make $61000 yr. The management has to be cut or demoted to lower level,either upper or lower management,without them(50% less) the mail will be still going out No Problem! The postal service has clear present financial crisis and it is danger,remember that. And like I mention from part 1,the sick leave has to be able to cash it out so the eligible can be retire. the Money talks! you don't need to make the people excess and compress to the tour 1 even if they have too many people they can bump each other because simply want to make them retire ok? how many people can you survive this tough economy without money ? Nobody! how much money the potter will get after he retire? 1 million dollar! how about us? None! and curbside delivery has to be done,and the mailbox has to be install. how? the offer to the customer(who doe not have curbside) if you buy the $50 worth of service or stamp you will get the mailbox for free. how is that sound? If you are less income like rural area, it will be free. remember we are the service to the public. One last thing to the Office of inspector general, Always who steal the money from the agency it is not far from you . take a look inside not outside. You will find what you are looking for. thanks!

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    You're too conservative on your estimate for what the non-workers (manager's) yearly salary is. $61,000 is really a shameful $110,000.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    I believe there needs to be a few changes to help the service survive. 1. Stop the daily argument. The abuses by management are well documented and wide spread. Solution: Evaluated routes. Evaluated by an independent agency. There is no trust in the organization. It must be outsourced. Currently there is no incentive to work faster, smarter or harder. the only reward is more work. 2. Retirement structure for military retirees Solution:HR22. This retirement obligation must be taken over by the Treasury like every other Governmental agency. 3. 5 day delivery Solution: Very unpopular with unions. Very popular with membership. 4. VERA/Right size work force Solution: Eliminate the penalty to retire. Many members are ready and willing to go. They can not accept a penalty. Review MRA 55 yrs old to retire. This is a very physical job. 55 is quite old for Carriers. Could be a 25 and out retirement. 5. Logistics Network Solution: Right size the delivery network. 4 drivers sit in my office for 4 hours and leave with 1 piece of equipment with little to no mail when they leave. 6. Right Size administrative/Supervisory positions. Solution: Mandate a Worker to Supervisor ratio. When I was a Leader in the military we supervised with a ratio of 3 leaders to 100 crew. 3-5% should be plenty. You would have to eliminate many of the reports they conceive on a daily basis. A total review of there administrative workload;It seems daunting and unnessesary. 7. Workforce make-up Source: Greater dependency on a T.E workforce.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    Potter wants the Postal Service to look bad. Then the politicians that he is still buddies with in Washington, can push to privatetize the USPS. No matter what, Potter will still get his bonus!

    Jul 24, 2009
  • anon

    Ed, #4 is ABSOLUTELY on target! Why the penalty?? If there was a real need to reduce costs, then why not let the people with 30 yrs in and say 50 yrs old retire with full annuity?? The cost savings would be substantial! I liked the comment someone made about Mr. Potter; Won't he receive some type of cash "bonus" when he retires?

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    PMG Potter do you really care on how to make money. It seems to me you have a track record of losing money. Yes I could only blame one for this. You are the CEO of the largest business in the world. You go against the contraxt more so then not. Then when someone says lets case our DPS you and mangement replies it would be against the contract. We would save money. But saving money is not in your interest, so you implemented a program called DOIS. DOIS is nothing more then a management falsifcation input program. There is no human factor and the only result is increased work room floor violence. But you go ahead and keep spending money, buy some more flat sorters and service contracts to go along with that, don't forget to tell congress how we are losing money, you can leave the part out about your purchase approvals. Spend Spend Spend just like the politcal figure heads we voted for. The spending going on in this country will catch up with us in the form of inflation with-in the next couple of years, the Postal Service is there now because we had a head start. How long do you think you would last as CEO in the private sector? To make money we need to centralize all deliveries points. To the Office of Inspector Generals thanks for asking my opinion I hope you find it worthy of being posted. Z

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    OK Here goes. Don't get pissed off. And I hope you all follow through. And, I already know my sick pay balance identified below, is AS SAFE THE SUN COMING UP Tomorrow. But, the USPS continued existence is definately on the ropes. Now, I'm a techy currently working in transportation, so to set the tone, my answers to poll questions are reflected as such. Question 1. Introduce Non-traditional Postal Services, i.e. web based, IP, wireless lan/wan etc., intelligent transportation net, similar to other noted comments provided in Brainstorming 1. Question 2. Develop Web Based digital mail (Charge new fees for new technology services. However, I'll bet my sick pay balance, only 1% or less know answers to the following questions. And, to assure accuracy, and prove you're not peeking, 1. Who is the Chair of the committee? 2. Who are the ranking members? Be honest with yourself. 1. First ask yourself to name the Congressional committee members that represent the USPS's future, and the districts they are from and which one presides in you're district. 2. Ask 50 USPS people you work with simply to name the Congressional Committee these members belong to. The Congressional Committee members who decide the USPS's fate!!

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    If we convert the current Carriers to the Rural Route concept as far as pay, we would elimate violence on the work room floor sparked by mangement, because times would no longer would be a factor. We would become more efficent, as 99% of all Rural Carriers case all their DPS and in my station there are 2 who start at 7am and are done by 12 noon, with hardley anyone working past 2pm. If we don't chose to do this we can do the later and allow carriers to case all their DPS, on mounted Routes you can save as much as 1 hour a day, at least 2 hours a day if it was Rural as we then would be skipping lunch and breaks. More office time less street time results in less time in a motorized vehicle less chance of an accident, theft or encounter with a disgruntled patron.

    Jul 21, 2009
  • anon

    If the USPS set up city delivery like the rurals, how would the carriers be paid? Rurals get paid well for mounted delivery, and every step on a dismount is counted and they are paid for it accordingly. City carriers would have to be paid 10 times as much as rural carriers, if they were using the same system of pay. Not to mention, the increase in trips and falls when carriers are running their routes or other ailments that result from carrying mail. The expenses in accidents and lost work time would be large, to say the least. There is a monumental difference between rural delivery, and city delivery. It would not work, unless city carriers are paid waaaaaaaay more than rural carriers, and I don't see that happening.

    Jul 27, 2009

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