For Now, Saturday Postal Delivery Is Safe

USPS 'disappointed' with language in congressional resolution

The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan to cut Saturday delivery in August. So for now, at least through Sept. 30, Saturday delivery is safe.

The decision was made following the release of a Government Accountability Office report that said a continuing resolution passed by Congress last month to fund government operations had language that prevented the postal service from changing its delivery schedule. Even though the USPS disagreed with the opinion, the USPS board of governors apparently did not.

"Although disappointed with this congressional action, the board [of governors of the USPS] will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule," the USPS said in a statement.

Cutting Saturday delivery of everything except packages would have saved the USPS $2 billion annually.

The end of Saturday delivery would have dealt a blow to magazines and newspapers aiming to get their publications into readers' hands for the weekend. 

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said he would work on a bill that would allow the USPS to alter Saturday delivery, but that the USPS' reversal "will clearly be a setback to such efforts."


Publish date: April 10, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT