Boy did I blow it. I thought the Postal Service was actually going to implement its network optimization on the schedule they told mailers, unions, and management associations. That schedule would have required beginning the process last week in order for the Postal Service to implement the service standard change in late may and start reassigning employees in late June.
Now, it looks like the Postal Service has blinked. What is unclear is for how long.
The Postal Service continues to state that the Network Optimization Initiative is the core of its business plan. Pat Donahoe testimony today before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and Labor Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will cover the network optimization plan as part of a broad defense of the Postal Service’s proposed business plan and the legislative initiatives required to implement them.
The written testimony provides no hint for the timing of implementing the network optimization plan., or for that matter any other part of the plan that does not require Congressional approval. Both mailers and employees need a member of the subcommittee to ask the Postmaster General to provide specific dates on when the Postal Service will implement the network optimization initiative. Mailer’s need this information so that they can plan their operations and ensure that their mailing software has the correct sort plans and drop-ship locations to minimize mailing costs. Employees need this information so that they will have a sense as to when the Postal Service will make personnel moves necessary to cut the workforce to the size needed by the slower service standards and smaller network.