Written by PostalVision 2020 Guest Writer Written by Kate Muth, IMAG
The International Mailers Advisory Group (IMAG), which represents primarily U.S.-based international mailers, works to ensure the efficient flow of information and goods across borders. As one of our services to members, we produce an occasional infographic called IMAG Facts & Figures that provides important information in a quick-hit, eye-catching format.
Our latest Facts & Figures looks at upcoming events that could have a significant impact on the Postal Service and the mailing and shipping industries. Top of the list – not only because it is first on the calendar – is the end of the term for the Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors James Bilbray. On December 8, if the Senate takes no action, the Postal Service will be without an independent governor on its board. While the Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General serve on the Board of Governors, the board is supposed to include nine independent governors appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. Chairman Bilbray is in his carry-over year and his term will officially end Dec. 8.
If the USPS does not have any independent governors on the Board of Governors, it calls into question the board’s authority to complete a wide range of activities, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. Among those activities the USPS might not have legal authority to do are: fire or appoint the postmaster general; approve a budget or financial statements; make capital expenditures; establish or change rates; and create and market new products.
Other upcoming events of note include the last day of the 114th Congress and the effective date of new postage rates. Take a look at the infographic for more information.