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* USPS eliminated one initiative that conflicted with ongoing efforts to
reduce the postal workforce. Specifically, USPS decided not to use its
Human Resource Shared Services Center to offer retirement
management services to other federal agencies, in part, because it
does not currently have sufficient capacity to expand these services.
Figure 2 summarizes the primary reasons cited by USPS for not pursuing
the 25 initiatives.
Figure 2: Reasons Cited by USPS for Not Pursuing the 25 Initiatives
Operational - i.e., insufficient capacity
Not a priority
Risk to brand
8% (2 initiatives)
Lack of statutory authority
Lack of stakeholder interest/participation
Financial - e.g., insufficient return
According to USPS officials, they would like to pursue additional revenue-
generating opportunities in three areas-nonpostal services; shipments of
beer, wine, and spirits; and cooperation with state and local
governments-if provided with additional statutory authority. The officials
stated that USPS staff have briefed congressional members and staff
about these areas.25 In addition, they noted that USPS has outlined its
interests in publicly available reports, including its March 2010 Action
25USPS officials noted that proposed legislation introduced provides additional authority
for USPS to engage in these activities. See S. 1789, 112th Cong. (2012).
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United States. Government Accountability Office. U.S. Postal Service: Overview of Initiatives to Increase Revenue and Introduce Nonpostal Services and Experimental Postal Products, report, January 15, 2013; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298921/m1/19/: accessed February 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.