At the Heart of the U.S. Postal System – the USO
Event to Feature Key Discussions on Defining the USO
As the recent report by the President’s Task Force on the Postal Service pointed out, the USPS’ Universal Service Obligation (USO) is not clearly defined in the United States. “The USO is a public policy that defines what citizens and businesses need from a government provided postal service, representing a mission statement for a country’s postal system. The generally accepted attributes for defining the USO include specifying the geographic coverage for postal delivery, frequency of delivery, processing standards, mode of delivery, range of required postal products, level of access to post offices, and rules for affordable postal rates,” the Task Force reported.
The Task Force pointed out, as many have before it, that the USO in the U.S. is not clearly defined, and that for the USPS’ business model to achieve sustainability, it needs to be defined with greater specificity.
Appreciating that the USO must describe the mission of our American postal system and how it will serve future generations, PostalVision’s upcoming June 5-7, 2019 event will include thought-provoking discussions about what government’s obligations should be and what new opportunities exist for the greater postal-parcel delivery ecosystem to meet them.
Beginning with a keynote luncheon presentation by Postal Regulatory Commission chairman Robert Taub on the need to define the USO based on prior and current work done by the PRC, event attendees then will hear from a high level panel on thoughts about specific USO attributes and guiding principles for the government’s responsibilities as a federal platform.
Panelists for this insightful session will include: Jennifer Bradley, Senior Economist, USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG), who led the OIG’s past work developing a trilogy of research papers on the USO; Lori Rectanus, Director of Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office (GAO), who has led GAO’s work on defining the USO; Jim Sauber, Chief of Staff, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) who has testified in Congress and led the NALC’s work around defining the USO; and Paul Steidler, Senior Fellow, The Lexington Institute, whose research focuses on financial and operational policies pertaining to the Postal Service, supply chains and transportation as well as energy supply and transmission matters.
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Don’t miss out on hearing more about USO as well as a wealth of other topics at the upcoming June 5-7, 2019, PostalVision 2020/9.0 event to be held at The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City (just outside Washington DC). Check out the latest event working agenda to get a taste of all the other important topics and speakers this event will include – with more to be announced soon!
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