Wanted: Medium-Weight Land Forces Issue Brief One lesson to emerge from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is that, at times, U.S. ground forces proved to be too powerful. This seems counterintuitive when the war was won in approximately five weeks with minimum casualties. Yet, there [Read More...]
If Only Lance Delivered Our Mail Article Published in The Indianapolis Star Like the mythic postmen of yore who were delayed by “neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow nor gloom of night,” it seems Lance Armstrong can’t be stopped from winning the Tour de France. On [Read More...]
Privatize Mail Article Published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review As the President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service is looking for solutions to the agency’s financial nosedive, it ought to reach out and grab the hand brake of privatization. Without it, they are [Read More...]
Postal Service Needs Improved Productivity Letter to the Editor Published in The Wall Street Journal In its latest attempt to increase mail volume, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed offering new worksharing discounts for one of its largest corporate mailers (“Post Office Plan Could Produce [Read More...]
The Compelling Case for Postal Privatization Issue Brief President Bush created the Commission on the U.S. Postal Service with an executive order charging the panel with considering, among other things, “the extent to which postal monopoly restrictions continue to advance the public interest.” Halfway through its [Read More...]
Cluster Boxes, Not Door-to-Door Delivery Article Published in the Providence (RI) Journal The President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service (USPS) met last Thursday to discuss the agency’s mounting financial problems. When private businesses face such troubles, hard budget constraints and bottom-line incentives drive [Read More...]
Postal Commission Getting Some Sound Advice For Change Issue Brief With one-third of its available study time consumed, the Presidential Postal Commission has heard some sound advice on how to change the Post Office to limit future risk of failure. But it remains unclear if this advice is [Read More...]
The Postal Service Business Model: Broken or Poorly Managed? President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service To what degree is the Postal Service’s business model the source of the Service’s present financial problems, as compared to the failure of postal management to manage effectively within the constructs of that [Read More...]
How the Presidential Commission Can Fix the U.S. Postal Service Issue Brief The newly-appointed Presidential Commission on the U.S. Postal Service faces a powerful opportunity to steer the Service through perhaps its most critical period. But its success may depend upon its ability to remain focused on a few central [Read More...]
Proposed Revamping of USPS Retirement Obligations Is Good News, But Highlights Need for Better Financial Issue Brief With the recent accounting revelations proposed by the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget, $30 billion of U.S. Postal Service retirement debt goes up in smoke. A mere $5 billion debt remains, financed over 40 [Read More...]
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