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Report: Communities Have No Idea How Upcoming Postal Closures Will Affect Them - The Washington Post

The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate more than 80 mail-processing centers next year, but communities are almost entirely in the dark about how the changes will impact service in their areas, federal auditors said Wednesday. The USPS inspector released a report on Wednesday saying the agency did not complete impact studies for any of the 95 facilities that are scheduled to absorb the operations of other centers starting in January. The review also found that the agency has not informed stakeholders about the expected service changes, despite a 2006 law that requires public input before they take effect. The changes will increase delivery times and eliminate overnight delivery for “a large portion of First-Class Mail and periodicals,” the report said. USPS could not complete the impact studies on time because it had not yet finalized its new processing guidelines, according to the report. But instead of postponing the consolidation plan, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced in June that the agency was ready to move forward with the initiative early next year.

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings - The Republic-Monitor

The U.S. Postal Service should evaluate the impact of slower service to newspaper subscribers before proceeding with 2015 closings of mail processing plants, National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., said this week. 

The U.S. Postal Service should evaluate the impact of slower service to newspaper subscribers before proceeding with 2015 closings of mail processing plants, National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., said this week. Edgecombe is the publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE. NNA seconded the concern expressed by the USPS Office of the Inspector General that the Postal Service has not completed service impact evaluations on the planned closings of 82 more mail processing plants starting in January 2015. The evaluations should include public notice and comment. The OIG strongly recommended that USPS complete these evaluations and requested confirmation that they are being completed. NNA has previously reminded the Postal Service that the impact of moving mail processing operations into urban areas creates mail delivery problems for its subscribers, who may judge the effectiveness of the mail by the on-time arrival of their newspapers.