Oversight Committee Passes Bill To Save USPS $2 Billion Over Next 10 Years

May 21, 2014

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee adopted bills to enhance postal delivery, improve the Government’s use of design-build contracts, and promote federal information transparency.

H.R. 4670, Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014, was reported favorably to the House as amended on a vote of 18-13. Introduced by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the bill will require the Postal Service to convert 1.5 million addresses per year over the next 10 years from “to the door” delivery to more cost-effective modes of delivery, including secure centralized delivery. USPS estimates that converting 15 million addresses to secure centralized delivery or curbside delivery will save more than $2 billion a year.

The Committee also reported H.R. 2750, the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act of 2013, favorably to the House as amended by voice vote.  The bill, introduced by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), modifies the procedure for awarding design and construction contracts for federal buildings and facilities. The bill, among other changes, requires the use of the two-phase selection process for contracts costing more than $1.5 million and requires relevant agencies to submit annual reports to the Government Accountability Office.

H.R. 4671, Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act of 2014 was reported favorably to the House as amended by voice vote. Introduced by Chairman Issa, the bill extends the authorization of the Public Interest Declassification Board, which is set to expire on December 31, 2014, for an additional 3 years.

The following postal namings were adopted by unanimous consent:

·         H.R. 43, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Red River Avenue North in Cold Spring, Minnesota, as the “Officer Tommy Decker Memorial Post Office;”

·         H.R. 451, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 North Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Florida, as the “Richard K. Salick Post Office;”

·         H.R. 606, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 815 County Road 23 in Tyrone, New York, as the “Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building;”

·         H.R. 1671, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6937 Village Parkway in Dublin, California, as the “James ‘Jim’ Kohnen Post Office;”

·         H.R. 1707, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the “James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building;”

·         H.R. 1865, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont, as the “Thaddeus Stevens Post Office;”

·         H.R. 2112, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 787 State Route 17M in Monroe, New York, as the “National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office;”

·         H.R. 2223, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 220 Elm Avenue in Munising, Michigan, as the “Elizabeth L. Kinnunen Post Office Building;”

·         H.R. 2291, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 450 Lexington Avenue in New York, New York, as the “Vincent R. Sombrotto Post Office;”

·         H.R. 2678, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10360 Southwest 186th Street in Miami, Florida, as the “Larcenia J. Bullard Post Office Building;”

·         H.R. 2802, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 418 Liberty Street in Covington, Indiana, as the “Fountain County Veterans Memorial Post Office;”

·         H.R. 3027, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 442 Miller Valley Road in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Barry M. Goldwater Post Office;”

·         H.R. 3085, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3349 West 111th Street in Chicago, Illinois, as the “Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building;”

·         H.R. 3534, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 113 West Michigan Avenue in Jackson, Michigan, as the “Officer James Bonneau Memorial Post Office;”

·         H.R. 4355, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office.”

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