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Hearing Hearing Date: February 7, 2017 10:00 am 2157 Rayburn HOB

Accomplishing Postal Reform in the 115th Congress – H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017

Accomplishing Postal Reform in the 115th Congress – H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017
February 7, 2017
10:00 am
2157 Rayburn HOB
Full Committee on Oversight and Accountability


  • USPS is past the point where it is salvageable as it exists now – legislation is necessary to implement needed reforms.
  • USPS has more than $119 billion in unfunded liability, and is projected to run out of cash.
  • The postal delivery fleet is at the end of its expected life. Average age of vehicles is 24 years.
    • USPS is working with six suppliers for a new fleet that will be tested in the next 18 months.
    • USPS is awaiting responses for commercial off-the-shelf options.
  • All four of the major postal employee unions support H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017.


  • To examine the need for timely and comprehensive postal reform legislation.
  • To discuss provisions that stakeholders believe are necessary in a comprehensive reform bill.


  • USPS reported a net loss of $5.3 billion for FY2016, representing the tenth consecutive year of net losses.
  • USPS has more than $120 billion in unfunded liabilities, including a $21.3 billion pension funding shortfall.
  • USPS has been unable to make statutorily required payments to unfunded liabilities and is poised to run increasingly large operational deficits in the coming years, having already exhausted its $15 billion in statutory borrowing authority.


Chairman Chaffetz (R-UT): “One of the choices that is before us is to do nothing, right? Just let her go, just keep on the same trajectory. . . from your perspective, do nothing, what happens?”

Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA): “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the third quarter and you’re down by 25 points, and if Tom Brady doesn’t come in, you’re bankrupt. You’re beyond bankrupt, you’re in record deficit”

Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Meadows (R-NC): “I’m willing to invest political capital [and] we have a number of stakeholders who are here as we are looking to truly save the Postal Service as we know it.”

Witnesses and testimonies: The Honorable Megan J. Brennan

Postmaster General
United States Postal Service


The Honorable Robert G. Taub

Postal Regulatory Commission


Ms. Lori Rectanus

Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office


Mr. Arthur Sackler

Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service


Mr. Fredric V. Rolando

National Association of Letter Carriers