Current PRC Chairperson Once Advocated Privatization of the Postal Service

Commentary by
Rick Owens – Postal Employee Network

January 18, 2010

Ruth Y. Goldway (D) is the current Chairman of the Postal Rate Commission (PRC).

In 2004, for a guest commentary with Citizens Against Government Waste, Ms. Goldway stated…

“…while neither the political climate nor the capital markets make such a transformation feasible now, the ultimate goal–USPS privatization– needs to be kept in sight. The best-intended laws cannot supplant the incentives nor create the requisite vigor provided by a competitive marketplace.”

In her commentary Ms. Goldway further stated…

“Because current law does not require the USPS to be efficient nor empower the regulator to order change, the PRC is, in effect, required to give the USPS more money when it requests it–even if we think the USPS could improve its operations or is embarking on questionable business ventures. And after the PRC considers all future predicted and explained cost increases, and accounts for them in recommending higher rates, by law we still have to give the Service a further amount–a contingency–for unexpected occurrences. Billions of “contingency” dollars since 1970 have simply been absorbed into the fat of the system because the Service spends this money on everyday operations rather than “unexpected occurrences.”

At PEN we wonder…does Ms. Goldway still believe that our nation would be better served by privatizing USPS? Should Ms. Goldway wish to respond we would certainly be interested in hearing her 2010 opinion.

Rick Owens

12 Responses to "Current PRC Chairperson Once Advocated Privatization of the Postal Service"

  1. GOP   January 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Private or not there is nothing she said that is not true. “Oversight” body’s need to have power to make changes or there may as well not be any such committee’s.

  2. Bill Sells   January 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    It is essential that the Postal Service be saved; it is America in every sense of the word. We need to change a lot of things within the current framework; particularly laborers who perform many hours of unnecessary overtime work that could be eliminated completely. We need to recreate the Postal Service to respond to the needs of our people; and increasing stamp prices does not help in our volume of letters mailed. Once we have an outside investigation completed; I’m positive we can make the cuts to insure profitability again. But an inside audit will not give you the intelligence to make the right calls. It must be done covertly by the PRC and not even the PMG shoud be aware of it.

  3. John Bonanno   January 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Like it or not, if you believe in the United States Constitution you will recall that one of the few functions that document tasks the federal government to perform is to provide post offices. Anything else is unconstitutional.

  4. mike lundberg   January 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Remember this was 2004.
    Today she MAY feel different.
    Why did the reporter not ask her for comment before publishing something six years old? Trying to stir up trouble?
    We are getting slanted journalism here.

  5. Rick Owens   January 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I needed no clarification from Ms. Goldway on something she said herself.

    She was invited to respond. I feel certain she will read this. Her response is solicited.

  6. Concerned Employee   January 19, 2010 at 7:37 am

    This business initially set in place to serve the public has transformed with the times to fit into every other corporate business model of today with only one goal in sight, for those in the higher echelons to “do more with less” at any cost for the sake of personal financial gain through whatever bonus system they have created for themselves while drawing these unrealistic salaries for a position that is not even a mission essential function to the business’ survival. Furthermore for the sake of trying to justify their positions, catering to large mailers at the cost of the general public in which this company was initially established to serve. Now the trust of the public is destroyed and they continue to follow the wrong path until there is no recovering from what they have created. It is sad just looking at us now as America that we no longer can fend for ourselves by making any one thing as they have outsourced everything to overseas only to be returned and sold back to us eliminating our ability to self sustain while relying on these individuals creating this situation to pull us back out of the hole they dug us into. In the end, the Bilderberg theory will be successful at the rate they are going while the inept management system the USPS has put in place continues to follow a false path all for the sake of a few to benefit financially and control everything whether its worth it or not.

  7. BCIB   January 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I agree with “Concerned Employee”, this could not have been stated any better! However, as true as this statement is it will never be heard by anyone with the power or influence to rectify these problems. The “TRUTH” always seems to get swept under the rug when you deal with the USPS. Potter and the BOG and the OIG all need to be put on the street and get someone in here who cares about the customers and the service of this business. Start at the top and work your way down through ALL of management. I dont think people realize that the USPS is currently operating with approx. 1 manager for every 8 employees, and their goal is to get rid of as many craft jobs as they can, and cut customer service at every corner in the name of saving money! Who’s business plan is that? As long as Potter is holding the reigns along with his 40+ VP’s, CEO’s, or any other made up title at “ELEPHANT PLAZA” this company will continue its descent in record fashion.

  8. Bill Sells   January 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    We need to look at our ratio of managers per employees. I feel this is another area of over-abundance; we need to eliminate unnecessary redundancy in the management teams. We need to eliminate all overtime nationwide immediately for all crafts and management ; this is a waste of time and mostly funds that could be saved. Has anyone ever asked : How much OverTime Do USPS personnel perform on a yearly basis? I know for most personnel it exceeds 35 dollars per hour. This is money we can save. I do agree with PMG Potter that 5 day delivery is needed immediately; but don’t cut Saturdays, Cut Wednesdays Out instead so impact on customers will be minimal. Good luck Ruth we need immediate innovations; I hope your team is up to it.

  9. Anthony G   February 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    On the money with the comment of too many managers in the USPS. From DC to every Post Office in the Country. Mr. Potter needs to rethink his Mission. The Service has cut the Craft Employees to a point were the work required to be done on a daily basis can no longer be accomplished. There are more Managers standing or sitting at computers supervising no one. Hugh money savings cutting the Management Staffing.
    A hugh money saving going to a 5 day work week but who is the Post Office to shift the work of Private Companies from a weekday to Saturdays and increase their exspenses. Monday to Friday is the best solutions for everyone and the Service needs to keep their retail units open six days a wek with exspanded hours. You can not bring in the money with a closed store.

  10. Bill Sells   February 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    With a commitment of VERA with a $25,000 incentive and the complete removal of the 2 percent penalty on CSRS employees; you will see 100,000 retirements, people are waiting for the USPS to make a decent offer. This early retirement offer should not have any limit on number of personnel accepting the offer; that is why you fell short on the last offer. And pay the amount in full and not in separate payments like the last one. Taxes can be deducted on the spot and incentive paid at time of retirement. 100,000 personnel gone; something to think about.

  11. michael m   January 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

    As a postal worker with 33 years, I wish that they WOULD PRIVATIZE THE PO!!! Hell what do we got to lose. Then a private Company would dump the loser manageers who dont even have a high school diploma or GED’s. Delivery guys at UPS earn more than PO carriers. UPS and FedEx are turning a profit while USPS is bleeding cash.

    PEN: Link deleted. Site cannot be found.

  12. Bob   January 21, 2011 at 12:35 am

    michael m

    Do you really think UPS and Fedex could turn a profit if they had to deliver standard mail to every business and home in the USA everyday, you are getting your apples and oranges mixed up, Average UPS driver makes 70 stops a day USPS makes 700 stops….

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