Postal reform was a key topic of an April 8 hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on President Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The issue of postal reform has bipartisan support, with Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., applauding the budget proposal and announcing his intention to mark up legislation that is consistent with the proposal to help ensure bipartisan support for passage. But there is still disagreement over a proposed move to five-day mail delivery, and prefunding retiree health benefits, among other key issues.
Specifically, the Committee previously approved the Postal Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 2748) on July 24, in part to address the $5 billion in USPS losses last year. The measure includes a provision to strengthen current postal service policy favoring centralized mail delivery to most addresses - including apartment communities - with a mandate to convert 30 million “to the door” addresses to centralized service by 2022. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs also passed a reform measure (S. 1486) earlier this year with a more flexible delivery conversion provision. According to testimony during the hearing, the Administration favors centralization, but is concerned about changes to deliveries already in place.
NMHC/NAA support USPS delivery policies that protect safety and convenience for apartment residents and staff, as well as the security of mail and packages. In addition, cost and efficiency for existing and future apartment communities must be considered when policies encourage or mandate conversion to centralized mail delivery from existing door delivery.
Date Posted: April 11, 2014
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