Wednesday Update:

Wow. Thanks for the fabulous response to the brainstorm. We’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer number of thoughtful responses. To give everyone enough time to comment and us a little time to read through everything, we’ve decided to extend the period for taking comments and post a blog about the brainstorm with the poll on Monday. Until then, please keep sharing your ideas. All suggestions received by Friday morning will be candidates for the poll. Oh, a word about moderation, we moderate every comment, and our policy is not to include comments that include vulgar words (even if the words are partially obscured with other characters) or involve name calling. We have not been able to approve a few comments that were otherwise very interesting because they violated our comment policy, so please double check your comment before you submit it. Thanks again!

Original Post:

The Postal Service is facing a financial crisis and needs to pursue every option it can to improve its net income. Pushing the Envelope thought it might be a good idea to ask for your thoughts. How do you think the Postal Service can save money or raise additional revenue? To make this a bit more interesting, the blog team will review your ideas and pick the most popular or most interesting for a poll. We’ll post the poll on Wednesday. So brainstorm now, and be sure to come back on Wednesday to view the shortlist and to vote for your favorites. Share your ideas in the comments below. Describe the idea, whether it involves cutting costs or generating revenue, and how much you think it could add to the Postal Service’s bottom line. Happy brainstorming! This topic is hosted by the OIG's Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC).

Comments (570)

  • anon

    The decision on is the Post Office a business or a government agency. If we are a business, then we should be allowed to make sound business decisions without congressional interference. Just like base closures, it works in theory. Until its your post office is on the list. Many rural post offices that are close to a larger facility need to be closed. Often these offices only employ a Post Master and PMR. Not even an auxiliary route originates at the office. If this is the case, and there is a larger facility with in, say, 15 miles, close them. But, have them open later so it is more convenient to retrieve accountable items and parcels. Most people is towns that small go to a larger town or city to purchase groceries and work.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    evaluated route city and rurals, offer incentive to retire all csrs employee, 1 month for every year of service added to current years, then change future fers program for new employees, sell advertisement space on postal vehicles, raise rates on priority which include delivery confirmation

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    When I started with the postoffice, I was supprise of all the different catalogs we gave out. I was also amazed on all the different magazines we gave out. I started getting the cataloge and magazines that I liked sent to my house. I even had some sent to my wife and daughter. You know what, I just had over $1.00 worth of new cat. and mag. being sent to me, though the P.O. Just what if, we comprised a list of all the catalogs we give out. Have the phone number beside the catalog name and also sorting into group that best describe what they sell. What would happen if we gave this list to every house and P.O. box in the U.S.A Let me tell you what just might happen. We have 306,916,235 people in th U.S. If only half of the population pay attention to this list and order just $1.00 worth of catalogs, We could make 153 million dollar worth of new revenue This figure could very well tripple. concidering if they get repeat cataloge The revenue does'nt stop there. When they order something, we could be shipping there order to them. Why woud someone want a cataloge sent to them. With the price of gas It would be alot cheaper to mail-order. If I was President of one of these cat. co. would I alow the P.O. to put my co. name on this list? Heck ya!! For every person that asked for my cat. is like finding a neddel in a haystack. Thanks for reading- vote for me

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Instead of having one postmaster per office, have One postmaster cover 3-5 offices.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Allow the USPS to invest its retirement and healthcare accounts as a corporation would do. We would average at least 2% better returns than what we are getting now. Probably closer to 4%. With $300 billion dollars in these accounts this would result in an extra $6-$12 billion dollars in postal profits annually.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Put mailboxes out on the street and/or cluster boxes (NDCBU) except for disabled or elderly persons. Have these requests documented such as disabled tags requests. That will cut some carrier positions. Go to 5 day delivery. Close all plants down on Sundays. That will eliminate 25% Sunday premium. Change mail delivery standards. Go to a 2 or 3 day delivery program. Make the last pickup of the day at 11 am and process most mail during the day which will eliminate most of the night diff. Process mail at plants for late day or next morning delivery to stations. Bring Tour 2 jobs back at plants. Most of those jobs that were eliminated and reposted as Tour 3 jobs have resulted in bloated Tour 3 with employees standing around because they don't have enough machines for all to run. Stop all hiring including TE hiring at stations and REC's. If anyone needs additional employees, offer positions to clerks who are being excessed.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE! OFFER THE OVER 100,000 TOP OF THE PAY SCALE RETIREMENT ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES AN EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE INSTEAD OF PENALIZING US FOR TAKING AN EARLY RETIREMENT OFFER! IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A MONETARY INCENTIVE. ADD 1 MONTH OF SERVICE TOWARDS RETIREMENT FOR EACH YEAR OF SERVICE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU HAVE 30 YEARS OF SERVICE YOU WOULD GET 30 MORE MONTHS CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE. YOU WOULD SEE 100,000 PEOPLE RUN OUT THE DOOR!

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    ABSOLUTELY!! Why the "Penalty"; If the Board of Governers and the O.P.M. wanted to effectively cut costs by offering "early-outs", why was there a "Penalty" attached to the offer(s)?? If they want people to retire, then let them retire with full annuities and zero "penalty"!!

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!! We will gladly accept.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Eliminate park and loop delivery. It is by far the most expensive type of delivery. Instituting a national policy that required conversion of existing door delivery to "property line" delivery would save over a billion dollars a year. Property line delivery is curbside delivery where 2 boxes are placed on a property line one for each property owner. It cuts a carriers stops in half and saves curb line parking space, making it an efficient method that provides excellent customer service. This change could be implemented by a change in postal policy. It doesn't require legislation nor bargaining contract changes and isn't complicated. This would impact only a portion of our customers and wouldn't have nearly the impact of eliminating a day of delivery. It would provide almost as much cost savings as the lower estimate of what could be realized by eliminating a day of delivery. Currently existing door to door customers are having their high cost of delivery subsidized by the rest of our customers.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    A few weeks ago Customer Connect Rep came down from Portland, I guess, and she spoke to us for 3 to 5 minutes. She got paid per diem, mielage and I'm sure, lodging. She said there were 3 Reps in the state doing this but now there are 15 Reps. This is to help the USPS. 1. It would save money just faxing the information to the sups in each office and have (another) stand-up on it. Or maybe managment should send it in the mail to promote more business for us instead of cutting our own throats. 2. Not have so many time wasting stand-ups would save money since their stand-ups are usually redundant, like Customer Connect or where not to go in the basement crawlspaces and other areas of the station that I don't even know where they are! 3. Have managers on their daily ample downtime hit the streets to promote Customer Connect on our routes since the Letter Carriers have 800 to 1500 deliveries now. It might even save more time if they use the phone on thier desks and call businesses instead of watching funny U-Tube videos that our PM or other managers from other offices send to our sups.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Mount all routes.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    1. 5 day delivery 2. get rid of mystery shopper program 3. get rid of the price waterhouse exfc program {this is a total waste of money!!} 4. get rid of collection routes. we use to pick up these boxes for free !! 5. change all routes to curbline or ndcbu's where possible. but don't make the customer pay to install the boxes. have the post office pay for the installation. the number of routes eliminated by this will more than pay for it in less than a year. that will make the public more likely to go along with it. 6. less management.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Get rid of the private contracts. These people are not Letter carriers or RCA's. They applied for these routes and have gotten them away from the carriers in the office that have gone thru the background check and the training we all have had. They do not take packages unless they fit in the mailboxes, nor do they take any accountable mail. Talk about customer service, and this is allowed to go on. Give these routes back to the shortest route in the post office. This would save a lot of money.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Convert all Park and loop rts in suburbia to curbline. Give the public 1 yrs notice. Let carriers sort/prepare mail for the street using any method they choose...as long as they do it in 8hrs. Give the local PM control over hiring Pay a commision % on any new sales and sale leads via customer connect. Fedex's Fred Smith has said his biggest fear is if USPS let's loose it's employees as a sales force....not what we are doing now..pay a commison and you will see the # of leads explode.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I don't know if leaving notes on the internet will help change the postal sevice but I'm willing to give it a try. In my area of pa we have supervisor and acting postmaster acting like they have power of the employees while we are in the office. after they push us out the door to make there bogus numbers look good they all take a break for 5 - 6 hrs when we come back from the street. yes I say bogus numbers. I said to a supervisor one day do you agree with your bank statement every month without look at it. guess what he said yes. If you review the daily numbers you would see they are bogus. supervisors and acting postmaster need to be leaders not dictators. I truely believe if there bosses would review what there postmaters and supervisors are doing you would see they waste all of money with the postal sevice..If anyone need facts or proof on what happens around our area i'll be glad to show anyone around from the oig what i mean.. the leadership with the postal service needs to lead by example not by dictatorship. honest days work for honest days pay. so oig come to my office and let take a tour and to honestly see the wastefull spending you have as leaders. I use to be an auditor in the real world.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Don't waste your time caling OIG. They don't care. They just want to collect the big paycheck without doing anything. I contacted them about a supervisor that I know for a fact went into ( or had someone else go into ) TACS and intentionally change her start date. I gave OIG everything they needed to check it out, and they replied that it looked fine to them. So I contacted them again and let them know that this person intentionally went into TACS and had the date changed, gave them more information to check into. And they have done nothing. So this "new" supervisor just gave herself the 6 years in the post office, where it should be 5 years. How nice!

    Jul 18, 2009
  • anon

    why does the postmaster in middlefield,CT. only have to work 4 hours a day and shows up on saturday for a few minutes just to prove he worked a full week? what a racket this guy has going on that nobody seems to care about what he's doing.............also why does my OIC in our meriden,CT. office drive around the streets all day with another supervisor checking up on carriers day after day? you telling me they have nothing else to do?

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    wow so many good replies, i wonder if come wednesday if reducing management/getting rid of pm's will be an option we can vote on.... 1. last week it was said that the gao is giving us 6500 cars that are either e85 compatible or electric. the cost? free. instead of potter asking to get rid of a day of delivery, how about asking for a complete fleet replacement, it would give the car companies orders, it would start the switch to electric and the public would be incredibly happy that we have set the bar, not to mention a demo congress would easily pass a bill like that. 2. i see again today that the usps is pushing as hard as it can to get rid of 6 day, which again, while i understand the unions want the jobs, they also see the writing on the wall that doing so would kill our business even more than it has been. 3. as far as energy efficiency is concerned, as someone said turn off the heat during the winter, the machines have more than enough heat coming from them to keep it warm. turn off the dbcs's and all the other machines after tour 1 leaves, clean them, do maint, and turn them off, tour 3 only uses 3 machines when they come in, so you could keep machines off from 6am until 9pm that night, if nothing else turn off the monitors on the machines, they are not needed for more than 1 tour for most machines. get rid of the old printers attached to each printer, every machine connects to one computer anyway, why do we have these wasteful printers, taking up space, needing old hard to find pieces, and wasting energy? also have the people that make each machine make an energy modification to save energy when each machine is on, this is easily done. 4. the saving the rubber band idea above is the same i have though of before, they are all over the floors, and custodians just sweep them up and throw them away, it costs thousands a year to order them, it sounds small and dumb, but this could save money. 5. i also agree with getting rid of management in a few areas, first like all have said, what the heck do 5 supervisors do when carriers leave everyday? so we have 5 supervisors, a postmaster, and his secretary. so when carriers hit the street, they all sit there and eat and talk for 6 hours, what a waste! come on usps that is just ridiculous. also there is no reason that the pm's cant go to more than one office, mine has a secretary and a supervisor that does his duties, all he does is paperwork that keeps on being added on to by others above him to help keep him busy to justify not only his job, but their jobs, by making it look like they are busy. 6. concentrate on advertising, others have said people know what we do, but thats not always true, people would come to the window and have no idea we did certain things. keep on advertising, its a huge thing that every company does and realizes that it drums up business. speaking of, we had a 90/90 blitz needs to be year round, we need to have a 24 hour number to send in tips on business leads, this has to happen to keep up business leads, the sales department is not a waste, if nothing else it needs to be bigger. 7. stop cutting the window hours! while i realize that not as much is done at the window now as there used to be, people dont want to stand in line, while there is one window clerk because people at the top dont think there is as much of a need, i mean are you kidding me? this is our revenue! and for goodness sakes get rid of the mystery shopper, while i realize what it is supposed to do, its irritating and causes longer lines and pure frustration 8. move the csbcs machines back into the p&dc's, they are wasting time and money and take more people and time to do a dps run than we can do in the p&dc. some are saying some of our ao's are taking until 10 or 11 to hit the street! we can have the mail done at 5 or 6am cutting tons of labor costs, energy costs, no need for an et at each office. while i see that this is slowly happening, speed it up, its easy money. 9. develop end to end scanning! everyone else uses it, and we are way behind the curve on this, i can guarantee you one reason we didnt get as much business as we should have is there is no way to track packages! also we used to offer packages that came with delivery confirm. and while i see the need to have fss, i say cancel them and spend the money one a. end to end scanning, and b. machines that can sort/scan the packages, look at any fedex or ups hub and the machines require very little human intervention, not only that, but while they sort, they scan/track each package. why not add an ocr to the apps/spbs machines? 10. offer and early out! why this is so hard to figure out is beyond me, and you dont even have to offer money! is has been discussed in some circles to just add 5 years to peoples time and no penalty, how much would this cost you? very very little, and none up front! this is so easy, yet management just drags their feet, and acts like its so hard, not to mention if you did offer money, say you spent a billion on money for early outs, it would have billions more in labor costs. 11. move every plant to be open from 6pm until 6am, it would save alot of money.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    ncjosh: Re: #10 item above; AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY; Why did they not offer full annuities? Why the "penalty"; If they really wanted people to retire, why did they offer to "penalize" them?

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    Management and/or the USPS don't know how to be proactive or positive or consructive. Everything they do is to cover-up, clean-up (their own messes) or violate the contract. They would rather cost the Postal Service money and then blame it on the city carriers and try to take what little fat there is off of the craft employees. If the USPS would only follow the conract that they sign, punish the managers that violate the contract instead of giving them bonuses (which they don't deserve.) That means you managers out there who knowingly violate the contract and waste USPS money, time and effort, then you are part of the problem not part of the solution. As many grievances as I did between 2006 and 2008 (especially Article 8's.)the Postal Service should be ashamed of themselves for throwing away so much money! In Region 2 with the last contract, management's phylosopy was it is better to pay an City Carriers OT and V time, working us 12-14 hours (in unsafe conditions) in my office than it was to hire new carriers. Now with the new contract my PM hired 5 TE's at the end of 2007, wiped out the majority of the OT for this office. I might add that it was us ODL's and all the years of forcing out non-list carriers that has kept the Postal Service afloat. So the five TE's were an over-hire for our office. It was like a slap in the face to us carriers taking away the majority of our overtime. This was at the same time as when the economy was really going downhill. The Postal Service saw this coming. They have seen this coming for years. Management is even guilty of the demise of the USPS. Everyday there is E-mails passed back between all office and MPOO's. They can't send a letter anymore to one another? How about Customer Connect? Before my new and improved route revision in 01/09 I didn't even have time to do Customer Connect then. Now that I have 200 more stops on my 12.60 mile walking route I sure don't have any time to bail out the USPS except doing a fair days work for a fair days pay. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to have an over-paid manager that is sitting around mid-morning or early afternoon drum up more customers? I'm amazed at how the USPS has been in service for over 200 years. With the last 2 decades of management thinking, I can see why the Postal Service is in self-destruct mode. Even the dinosours are extinct! I'm not even going to touch on the VERA situation and the stupidity behind that. So there's a little brainstorming. I hope that if there is just one manager out there that reads this and has any integrity that they will pass this up to someone higher up. Maybe the word will get around. Woop! I'm sorry, that was proactive. That ain't gonna happen.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    The PO pays IBM to test delivery standard. Either greatly reduce the scope of testing or stop wasting these million and utilize the automation equipment tracking abilities. This provides a excellent indication if the mail will be delivered timely The PO wasted millions sending out Dilbert postcards that didn't even run well on its equipment. I suggest creating a DVD showing how mail is handled, what impacts machine performance, provide barcoding software on it, add mail types/features (ie Priority, express mail, Delivery confirmation, etc). Also have a kid friendly movies on mail flow and perhaps a game or two which will ensure it doesn't get thrown in the trash in houses with kids. I am sure there can be several other benifical items added. If 10% of the mail quality is improved the PO will save billions and delivery quality will improve even more then the current levels. Hold carriers accountable for dumping their undelivered or return to sender mail back into the collection mail. This causes all sorts of problems on the equipment and delays mail delivery. Deploy the new AFCS 200 equipment, ASAP. The current machines do not read some of the new computer/technology generated stamps while the new machine uses a camera based detection system (from what I am told). This will reduce rehandling and ensure proper postage is being used. As far as reducing management or craft positions I say stop blaming others for the problems the PO is facing. There are good and bad at every facility. If reducing complement, craft or management, is warranted then so be it. This is a business and has to be run like one in order for it to survive.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Create 7 hour positions for management and craft. With the automated equipment, i.e. computers , etc. we do not need an 8 hour work day any longer. The sdame amount of work will get done in a 7 hour, 35 hour work week per emp[loyee as gets done now. Push the change in work to get this done with the Unions. Start with management. Letter carriers will not last working 7 hours on the street. Compesation costs will rise. Save 12% of our most expensive iyem in a short period of time...salaries. Increase advertising to generate revenue. You would be surprised how many pewople know very little of what services and products.we have to offer.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    The Post Office has so many levels of redundant management it is not funny. Plant managers earning in excess of 100k can not make simple decisions concerning their offices, they have to get the ok from the District Manager. District managers need the ok from the Area Vice President and so on. District offices could be cut with very little problem, and this way offices can stay open and we can continue to provide great service to our customers.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Maybe get rid of the office of the OIG? How about eliminate the "diversity" office? Teach managers to manage humanely and following the contract.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    The postal service needs to bring back special delivery which means we still do have Saturday and Sunday runs, just not with a full crew. That is where new hires and overtime with rotating crews come in. It's as simple as common sense. Postmasters need to control the office and deliver mail volumes to their carriers in their station and they aren't met, then a team goes over the results. No need for middle management. Unbloat the management and the postal service remains viable.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Hire backs. Example: Level 18=21 PM Let them retire without penalty or a small incentive to make up the difference. Hire them back at a per diem rate like a TE until the PO gets there feet back on the ground. The hire backs would work a 20 hour week. Same could be done with EAS 17's in front line jobs.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    All supervisor postions need to be accountable for all time to show that they can work efficiently. If your automatic clock rings you in for 5:30am that supervisor should be in the office at 5:30am. Instead we have supervisors throughtout the USPS that come in later and have to play catch up all day. Carriers are only in the office until 11:00am. Carriers look to our supervisors for assistance. I know that I do not like to feel as if my question or concerns for the customers mail is not worthy of her time. Four weeks ago OIG came to our office and made it very clear that clock rings are not anything you want to manipulate. I feel that if you are on automatic clock rings you have a responsiblity to be there at that time, otherwise you are stealig from USPS.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    USPS has fleets of tens of thousands of mail trucks and tractor trailers. Sell advertising space on them to national companies. We could possibly raise an extra billion dollars a year. Sell interior ads in lobbies of post offices to either local companies or national companies just like movie theaters sell ads. Maybe even put in flat screen TV's displaying ads we sell in our lobbies. Sell postmark ads like "drink coca cola" or "drive a ford". We could probably raise a lot of extra revenue there as well. To get around concerns about competing with private companies team up with those companies that are already in the outdoor advertising business as partners. I could be wrong but I think there is only one possibly two major outdoor advertising companies.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    1. Have one Postmaster over 5 offices(that earn a PM and a Supervisor)and 6 supervisors. The PM works at one office a day and the supervisors work at their office.The sixth supervisor could be like a t-6 and covers leave and day off situations.This would eliminate 3 EAS postitions for every 5 offices. 2. All the long term injured employees- find them somewhere else to work- keeping them around only makes the other employees fell like they are pulling the load for two people.Spend money to investigate their claims-I bet it would pay for itself easily.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    where does one start? First off,I was at my state conv. and heard our DM cry because he said his salary has been froze. Well,I say tough sh--,the rural carriers,city carriers,and clerks have been cut,bet we would all wish our salaries were just froze. Another thing,when I started back in 1984,we sorted the mail by hand,no dps letters,no dps flats,and we handled way more mail than we do today. The postmasters and supervisiors had to do stuff manually also. Now how many millions has it cost the USPS to put all the scanners,a fax machine,computer,copier,electronic scales,etc in every office in the country. The USPS says our mail volume has dropped drastically,which it has,so why have we spent all this money on all that equipment when there was signs the mail volume was going to drop. Next,I saw a website where you can view anyones salary in the post office. All the big shots sitting behind a desk,not doing the actual work that we all do are making huge dollars,many 100,000/yr,some more than 200,000/yr,and yet they complain their salary has been froze. We could easily eliminate so many management positions in many,many small offices across this country,and save millions. Our fearless leader says he wants to cut 100 million hours. Even if those hours averaged 30.00/hr,that works out to be in the neighborhood of 3 billion/yr. Good idea huh,well when we are projecting a 6 billion loss this year,we are still 3 billion short. A strange idea,why not sell advertising on stamps? Do we need movie stars,presidents,cars,animals,etc on stamps? Why not do a study and see what major companies like coke,nike,gm,ibm,pepsi,etc would pay to put their logo on a first class stamp. Just an idea,but maybe worth looking into. Bottom line is,the USPS needs to fix things now to generate revenue. This can't be a long term idea,because at the rate we are losing money,we can survive like we are. I just dont know how we have slipped so deep in debt so fast. Yes,a big factore is the internet,our dwindling mail volume,but I think Potter and his cronies have done way to much wasted spending that didnt need to be done. Nobody says anything,but who paid for all the t-shirts they want everyone to wear,where did the money come from to sponser a bike riding team,etc. In my mind,pretty foolish spending when our company is facing troubled times.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    TAX online bill payments 50 cents per payment. Also charge each company 50 cents per customer per month that offer to "Go Green". All of this tax money will recoop the money lost by these "Services".

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I was actually thinking about this the other day. Use the money collected from online billpay to subsidize the postal service. Most people who do their bills online and get their bank statements online are still printing them out, so the going green argument in most cases is moot.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    Companies have been very cleaver in their marketing to save themselves money. It has sverely undermined and crippled a government agency that many Americans still depend on a daily basis. For those who do not own a computer and have internet connection are affected the most. They have to pay more postage to cover the loss of the online bill payers freebies. Enacting a "Postal Relief Tax" on online bill pay could possibly lower the cost of first class postage and save the USPS.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    I think the requirement of being dead 10 years to be on a stamp should be waved and they should put Michael Jackson on a stamp and any other USPS merchandise and products. I'm talking mugs, bags, matted prints, special cancellation etc. The possibilities are endless! Everyone else is cashing in on him , why should'nt the USPS?

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Get rid of the BDS bio warfare stuff. It's pretty well agreed that it was a lone nut working for the military that sent the anthrax, but even tho he's dead, we're still spending big bucks daily.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I believe the Postal Service is top-heavy with management. Reduce the supervisors and managers and create some "real" training for the supervisors and managers that are left. This training would involve people skills: how to motivate, respect, and utilize craft employees best. A course on how to follow the National contract would be especially helpful. The Postal Service has been mismanaged for so many years with a good ol' boy mentality of promoting friends and not by who is the best qualified. It's amazing how many supervisors and managers have no knowledge or experience and once in the position seem to grow huge oversized egos.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Two ideas: 1) Close all the CAG K & L Offices as long as there is another p.o. within 20 miles. People drive further to buy groceries then they do to buy a stamp. 2) Eliminate the many extra levels of management. The USPS is a top-heavy organization. In order to reduce staffing levels, many bean counting tasks would need to be modified or eliminated. For example the job of postmaster and plant manager used to be one position. Now they are two positions with a secretary each. The same can be said of POOMs. Fewer reports generated by underlings means fewer numbers they have to review. i.e. carrier route adjustments and carrier monitoring should be done less often.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    First of all,thank you for all postal worker whose doing great job all over the country. Back to the subject, how can you save the US postal service? That is a good question. Look at the past of the postal service was darn good,so you can spend and spend more for this and that were not a big deal, but look at the USPS now, downsizing economy ,people doing on line payment,less mail comes in ,in other words, less money comes in(about 20% less),almost same amount of people still stays in(only 1.7 % early retirement was taken)the agency does not offer any incentives whether they do not want to make a mistake like back in year 2000 or they simply does not want to people to retire and use them until they die I do not know,here is one thing very clear,less money comes in more money they spending will be only one consequence , bankruptcy! I have seen the us postal management still doing questionable investment on more machine for example like flat sequencing sorter and maybe already paid the half of the 450 million dollar contract so they still have to keep going even if the mail volume is decreasing,in the name of the it was already done deal. I have seen the us postal management spending the money to build the DOCK for 5 million dollar and spending more money for fiber cable contract god knows how much even if the facility schedule to be close within a year and again in the name of the it was already done deal. Look at the detail assignment management give each other like buddy buddy system, see how much postal fund spending on those questionable assignment. Bottom line,I sure think the sick leave must be not just allow them to use toward the retirement but also they must be able to cash it as well as annual leave . so the eligible retirement employee can have little incentive by the leave they earn by themselves. what is wrong with that? us postal service cannot give them incentive so as the government right? listen,they need a money to retire to survive this tough economy(gas and everything rising) that way the management will get what they want(# of people retire) that will be No layoff or stupid moving around employee from facility to facility by excess or closure. so the focus point of my comment is balancing the agency . 1.balancing the money in and out, 2.balancing the management and employee, 3.balancing between agency and the public If the office of general can do this the postal service will be thrive again, if not, it will be the sinking ship in the middle of the economy whether they get the help or not thanks for seeing my comment.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    VERA doesn't seem to be a popular option, but offer it to FERS employees who are retired military. They often don't meet the conventional VERA criterion of federal years of service, but many are 50 years old with at least 10 years of service. They usually have health care coverage through the military, so continuing medical coverage isn't a factor in determining when it's feasible to retire from the Postal Service. I am one of these individuals: Military retiree, over age 50, with 12 years civilian service. If offered early retirement based on the standard FERS formula (1.0% x average high three salary x years of service) WITH NO REDUCTION, I would accept. I don't know how many Postal employees fall within these parameters or how much money would be saved, but it's worth looking into.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Look at General Motors which is now controlled by the Government. They just cut headquarters management by 50% and over all management by 35%. This would be a great start. The position of Postmaster could be totally eliminated and know one would even notice they were gone. Any position in the Postal Service that does not touch mail should be looked at, with all non essential positions eliminated. That is how REAL business models are set up.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Better utilization of the resources available such as the approximately 15 conveyor belt systems currently sitting idle at our and I'm sure other BMC's could be modified with the engeneering departments' wisdom to automate the sorting of what are referred to as sticks, the long narrow parcels that mail handlers now have to hand sort. Some thought would have to go into the method of getting them through the transitions from one conveyor to the next but warrants a look in my opinion. The savings would be in timeliness and processing costs would be lower in the labor catagory once automated. Naturally being in the maintenance department and not mail processing I do not have the current costs.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Eliminate EXFC. Declare victory and move on. Once you hit 95% who cares? Customers do not care when their bills are mailed.Many people us email and electronic bill-pay. Customers only care about how long it takes to receive products they order through the internet and by phone. We pay a lot of money for outside evaluation of our delivery performance.This is data we could periodically retrieve internally for quality control. You cannot believe the amount of time and money that is wasted in order deliver missent Mail. Front line managers do some expensive things to ensure next day delivery of Mail pieces that the recepient could care less about.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    1.Close all small offices, level 18 and down, on saturdays (delivery and retail). 2.Offer incentive to the 30+ year civil service retirement employess to get them out. 3.Close small post offices within 2 mile distance of larger offices. 4.If a rehab or light duty career employee who is guaranteed 40 hrs/week still can't perform duties like a healthy employee after a certain amount of time, they should be terminated or RIFed or something!

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    4.)IOD-injured on duty employees are not the reason why all our jobs are in jeopardy...remember a healthy employee doesn't necessary mean a productive employee. All employees regardless of their injuries or positions should be treated equal. Remember we're in this together.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Many plants could go to 2 shifts. 4am to noon and noon to 8pm. Eliminate all sunday work. Save most of your night differential, All of your Sunday premium. Give people a more sane schedule and they will produce more with a better attitude. Lets go to at least a 25 to one ratio with management to employee. These shifts might not make mail flow as fast as three. But a question I would like to pose. What price are we paying to get the mail to meet the service standards that now exist. Are they realistic in an environment that is in a major downturn. One other idea is to offer an early out to everyone with 20 years of service regardless of age. Lots of people would willingly leave a company that has been mismanaged into the ground.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Let's be real here. The Post Office needs to do something drastic to stay alive. If they lose saturdays they will have to lose 1000's of employees. If they lay-off 1000's of employees then there will be that many more people sucking off of the government teet (via, unemployment). NOT GOOD! BUT! If they give the old guys a legitimate buy-out, then they would lose enough employees so lay-offs would not be necessary. The retirees would still be contributng to the economy and the unemployment figures would not rise as they would if there were lay-offs. WIN-WIN!!!!!

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    i read a comment about small town pm's only working 2 hrs a day. you must work in a large office. take every person in that office that is required to do something different and thats what the small town pm does. they do EVERYTHING except go out and deliver the mail, it's put in a po box. small town pm's work very hard at what they are required to do with the resources they have - very little. national standards dont work for everybody. the idea of 'no OT' doesnt always work. there are times things go haywire and you cannot help it. dont work off the clock but dont get OT either. THINGS HAPPEN! cut out all of the non important emails. small town pm's spend half their time on the computer now because we have to over dumb things. how many small town po employees do you see getting caught steeling mail, or gift cards, or throwing away mail? very very few compared to the big city large office employees. yes it happens, but like one said before, it takes one to give a bad rep and a lifetime to undo it. part timers working saturdays? thats what i do and enjoy it. if there's something i want to do on a saturday, i get with the boss and we work it out. i have my free time during the week and with my kids. besides, why work for the PO if you are going to complain about working weekends when you know up front the working days are mon - sat. why not work at walmart, they are open 24 hrs. the EPED needs to be eliminated. what is the purpose for this report? measuring the mail? for what? isnt that done at the plant? or was. all a customer wants to here is 'wait a few minutes because i have to do this report or i get in serious trouble'. too many people have moved up the ladder of success and are now ruining everything. those that can get the early out should. its not like you go from 40k/yr to 0. you are covered by FERS, wich pays you until SS kicks in. go work in the garden dept at lowes or home depot. oh but wait. they are open 7 days a week. go figure. i'm done rambling. thank you for reading this.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Save rubber bands. Looks at our plant that millions of rubber bands are getting wasted every year. Well that's just got to add up over the entire country. We are having our lights replaced with fluorescent which is a good idea. Remove the 4 204b's that we have on every shift plus manager, plus supervisor plus the zero tolerance not being acknowledged to get rid of the lazies.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Allow carriers to case in DPS and all mail. Then add 30 minutes steet time to every route. This would save gas, ( 3$ or 4$ a gallon) sitting in truck sorting mail wastes gas. Walking routes would be more manageable for them and safer. Sick time probably would go lower. Carriers would be back by 5 p.m. even carrying extra street pivots most of the time. savings from less injuries and less routes.

    Jul 14, 2009

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