Trump’s Postal Task Force Releases Report

December 4, 2018 postal 1 Comment
From the Treasury Department:

December 4, 2018
Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the Task Force report on the United States Postal System.  The report, United States Postal System: A Sustainable Path Forward, provides a series of recommendations to overhaul the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) business model in order to return it to sustainability without shifting additional costs to taxpayers.

“The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path which poses significant financial risk to American taxpayers,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “President Trump tasked us with conducting a thorough evaluation of the USPS, and today’s report contains achievable recommendations that fulfill the President’s goal of placing the USPS on a path to sustainability, while protecting taxpayers from undue financial burdens and providing them with necessary mail services.”

Between fiscal year (FY) 2007 and FY 2018, the USPS experienced net losses totaling $69 billion. The USPS is forecast to lose tens of billions of dollars over the next decade. The USPS’s business model—including its governance, product pricing, cost allocation, and labor practices—must be updated in light of its current operating realities.

On April 12, 2018, President Trump issued the Executive Order on the Task Force on the United States Postal System. The Executive Order established a Task Force on the United States Postal System, chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and including the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.  The Task Force was directed to evaluate the operations and finances of the USPS and to develop recommendations for administrative and legislative reforms that will enable the USPS to create a sustainable business model.

The Task Force’s recommendations include, but are not limited to:

Improving governance by strengthening the Board of Governors and developing enforcement mechanisms to ensure financial commitments and reforms are met;
Clearly defining the Universal Service Obligation by specifying what are “essential postal services,” or types of mail and packages for which a strong social or macroeconomic rationale exists for government protection;
Developing a new pricing model that removes price caps and charges market-based prices for both mail and package items that are not deemed “essential postal services”;
Modernizing the USPS’s cost standards and cost allocation methodology;
Pursuing cost-cutting strategies that will enable it to meet the changing realities of its business model;
Reforming USPS employee compensation in a manner consistent with proposed reforms to the broader federal workforce;
Restructuring retiree health benefit liabilities with a new actuarial calculation that is based on employees at or near retirement age;
Exploring new services that will allow the USPS to exact value from its existing assets and business lines, but that present no balance sheet risk.
The Task Force’s full analysis and complete list of recommendations can be found in the full report.

View the Task Force report on the United States Postal System.

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GM worker blames Trump for job cuts

By Aris Folley – 11/30/18 10:19 AM EST 5,114
A woman who has spent the past 20 years working at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, said in a recent interview that she blames President Trump for the planned closure of GM’s sole assembly plant in the state.

Nanette Senters, 55, told Vox in an interview published Thursday that she was “shocked” by the automaker’s plans to close its facility in Ohio and accused the president of giving workers at the plant “false hope” at a rally in the state by telling people he would “bring jobs back.”

“All of the president’s rhetoric has divided the workforce horribly,” Senters told Vox. “I was here when Trump had a rally here last summer. He said, don’t sell your house, do not worry about that. I am going to bring jobs back.”

Her criticism came days after GM announced that it would close up to four auto factories in the U.S. The auto company will discontinue the Chevrolet Cruze next year and has not assigned a new product to the plant, likely closing it.

“From day one, I could see what he was — the way he managed to give people false hope,” Senters said, referring to Trump. “A lot of people are still hoping he will save them now. It’s disturbing.”

She added that while there’s “a lot of blame to go around” over the automaker’s announcement, she puts a “lot of it on our president.”

“I think it all started when Trump repealed the [Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard],” she told the outlet. “When Trump repealed the CAFE standard, that gave GM more of an incentive to get rid of the Chevy Cruze and do this restructuring.”

“The CAFE standard meant that you could produce small cars that are energy-efficient and that would kind of balance out the building of big trucks and gas guzzlers,” Senters added. “Building the Cruze meant that GM could also build many big trucks and still meet fuel efficiency standards.”

When pressed in the interview about reports that some GM workers are asking the president to cancel government contracts with GM and other companies that outsource jobs, Senters said she believes that’s a “good” idea in theory but that Trump “is not willing to put his money where his mouth is.”

“And so many of my co-workers, around half of them, are still pinning all their hopes on Trump” Senters said. “I hope I’m wrong. I hope he does do something about the thousands of jobs companies are still sending abroad. But he hasn’t done anything about Carrier, Honeywell, or Harley-Davidson.”

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