USPS Will Keep Running, Despite Congressional Inaction
Three governors do not a U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors make, but it's good enough to keep the USPS running until there's a full board. That's the gist of comments from a USPS spokesman and the Federal Register, the federal government's daily newspaper.
As of Dec. 8, the board lost its quorum because Congress failed to confirm board nominees. But ahead of time, the board ensured its remaining members would have the powers available to board members who need to keep the postal service running. Effective Nov. 14, the board created a "Temporary Emergency Committee" to "provide for continuity of operations," according to Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register.
On Wednesday, Dead Tree Edition published a blog post titled "Legal Trick Means No Postage Increase—For Now."
USPS had already said there wouldn't be any postage increases in January, but the Dead Tree post mentions a rate hike rumor slated for this week. But that rate hike won't happen, the post states.
"Assuming the resolution withstands any legal challenges," reads the Dead Tree post, "it means congressional deadlock won't prevent USPS from increasing rates when it chooses. That appears likely to be in a few months, after an appeals court rules whether the 4.3 percent 'exigency' surcharge on most postage should be increased or extended."
USPS Media Relations Manager Dave Partenheimer previously told Target Marketing that unless the postal service's appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, is successful, USPS will need to wait until exigent rate increase brings in $3.2 billion to the USPS. That mile-marker will likely arrive during the second half of 2015, he believes. There's no opinion yet from the court (opens as a PDF).
On Wednesday, Target Marketing asks Partenheimer:
1. How temporary can "temporary" be?