USPS Should Outsource More Post Offices And Request Subsidies, IG Says

The U.S. Postal Service should tap into already authorized subsidies for low-revenue post offices and outsource more of its retail operations to third-party businesses like grocery stores, according to recommendations from the mail agency’s auditor.

The suggestions would restart battles USPS has fought in recent decades, hitting on key pressure points that have rankled stakeholders and led to significant pushback. The Postal Service’s inspector general said management should still consider the changes as they would help improve the agency’s weak financial situation, though far more significant reforms would still be required to get it out of the red.

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Eric Katz