A PostalVision 2020 Special One-Day Excursion
Monday, January 23, 2017
NEW: PostalVision 2020 has published the Exec Summary of the white paper from this event, prepared by the GAO and PostalVision. Video of the event re-cap (provided at PostalVision’s March 2017 event) is available on our YouTube Channel (“Postal Policy for a New Age” Part 1 and Part 2).
This “excursion” focused on today’s mail/parcel delivery environment and the growing challenges from ecommerce growth. Participants discussed the changes that need to occur within the delivery supply chain, on the legislative/regulatory front, and in ecommerce to prepare to meet growth and consumer demand challenges!
The morning sessions of the event focused on today’s delivery landscape and its regulatory, legislative and business challenges, as well as a look to forecasts and trends for the future of ecommerce and the impact on delivery in the U.S. The afternoon sessions were designed to complement a parallel effort being undertaken by the Goverment Accountability Office (GAO) at the request of Congress to assess and report on the USPS’ monopoly.
Details on the Agenda can be found here (click on Speaker names to see their bios, click on Session names for more information on each session)
Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
George Mason University
3351 Fairfax Avenue
Arlington VA 22201
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Leading Dignitaries Debate USPS Mailbox Monopoly
“Delivery by Design” Event Held January 23, 2017
Key stakeholders in our postal ecosystem participated in the PostalVision 2020 “Delivery by Design” event in a session that staged 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” was 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 focused on looking at today’s mail/parcel delivery environment and the growing challenges from projected ecommerce growth. Participants explored the existing delivery landscape, trends for tomorrow, and the challenges for users, service providers and other stakeholders. This event complemented parallel efforts by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its Congressionally-requested study of the USPS monopoly.
A highlight of the day was 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 included 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 took a position on the existing monopoly (to retain, modify, or abolish), with participation and feedback around each position provided by the diverse group of stakeholders attending the event.
Hon. 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.
Hon. 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.
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 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 included 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.