Leading Dignitaries to Debate USPS Mailbox Monopoly

“Delivery by Design” Event to be Held January 23, 2017

Key stakeholders in our postal ecosystem will participate in the upcoming PostalVision 2020 “Delivery by Design” event in a session that will stage a critical debate on the pros and cons of the existing USPS mailbox monopoly in relation to the anticipated growth in ecommerce and increasing consumer delivery demands.

“Delivery by Design” will be a one-day event held on January 23, 2017, at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, Founders Hall, in Arlington, VA.  It will focus on looking at today’s mail/parcel delivery environment and the growing challenges from projected ecommerce growth.  Participants will help us explore the existing delivery landscape, trends for tomorrow, and the challenges for users, service providers and other stakeholders.  This event will complement parallel efforts by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its Congressionally-requested study of the USPS monopoly.

A highlight of the day will be a debate around the pros and cons of the existing USPS mailbox monopoly by three prominent industry influencers.  Moderated by the Hon. Robert Taub, Acting Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), debaters will include James Campbell, renowned consultant and USPS monopoly expert; the Hon. David Williams, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government (and former Inspector General for the USPS), and Jim Sauber, Chief of Staff for the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC).  Each panelist will take a position on the existing monopoly (to retain, modify, or abolish), with participation and feedback around each position being provided by the diverse group of stakeholders attending the event.

Robert-Taub150x150Hon. Robert Taub was sworn in as Commissioner at the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in October 2011, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate. He was then designated Acting Chairman by President Obama on December 4, 2014. Commissioner Taub has more than 30 years of experience in public service. At the time of his appointment as Commissioner, Mr. Taub had been the Special Assistant to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh.  In a variety of leadership roles on the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee for 12 years, Mr. Taub also worked closely with Congressman McHugh on matters relating to the nation’s postal and delivery sector.

Dave Williams sqHon. David C. Williams is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.  He served as Inspector General for the USPS from 2003 until his recent retirement in 2016.   Prior to that, Williams served as IG for five federal agencies, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Social Security Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the Tax Administration of the Department of Treasury, and Acting IG for HUD, while he was also serving at the Department of the Treasury.


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Jim Sauber, Chief of Staff, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), James is responsible for coordinating the research, collective bargaining, public policy and legislative activities of the union at the direction of NALC President Fred Rolando and on behalf of the union’s 275,000 members.



James Campbell Jr.James Campbell is an independent legal consultant and author of numerous papers, books and testimony on domestic and international postal regulatory issues. His recent projects include surveys of national and international postal laws and practices for the European Commission; a study of the history and development of postal law and the postal monopoly in the United States for the Postal Regulatory Commission; advising FedEx on U.S. postal reform and international postal policy; and consulting with the President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service.


The “Delivery by Design” event will include additional education and participation sessions, including a facilitated session by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as part of its ongoing study into the USPS’ monopolies.  More information and registration details can be found on our web site.

Registration is also open for our Annual Event March 21-22, 2017

PostalVision 2020/7.0, our annual event for 2017, will be held March 21-22, 2017 (with evening VIP reception March 20, 2017), at The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City (just outside Washington DC).  Our theme for the event, is “Business NOT as Usual,” which sums up the changes we are seeing  in our global postal/delivery/logistics ecosystem.  Our annual event again will feature a fast-paced agenda to engage stakeholders, global posts, entrepreneurs, visionaries, regulators, and other members of our diverse and expanding postal/delivery ecosystem.  More information and registration details can be found on our web site at http://www.postalvision2020.com/2017-annual-event/.

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