Senator Gary Peters released a report this week on changes to the United States Postal Service (USPS), also addressing mail delays.
This is the sixth report since Peters launched an investigation in August. He looks through the holidays and the new year.
Peters, who is the rank member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, is urging the USPS and Postmaster Louis DeJoy to respond if the changes made over the summer would be rolled back in the New Year. These changes have resulted in a drop in on-time deliveries. In Detroit, less than two-thirds of deliveries went to their destination as promised.
The report also describes the new changes for 2021, saying that USPS leadership “is considering a major overhaul of the Postal Service’s operations and potentially deep cuts to the services it provides.” This includes a permanent reduction in service standards, an increase in package rates and “aggressive reductions in working hours”.
The report comes as the postal service has been hit by a near-record backlog of vacation packages during the pandemic. According to data from ShipMatrix, over 6 million packages were left in shipping warehouses within days of Christmas.
A USPS spokesperson declined an interview, but said in an interview that “we are using our available resources to deal with the workload created by the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate the patience of our customers and the efforts of employees as conditions change on a daily basis. “
The changes described in Peters’ report are not yet final. USPS executives have said they plan to detail their 2021 plans in the coming weeks.
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