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Mailer Input Required in Defining a Long-Term Plan for the Agency

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2018 – The American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA), a trade group whose members rely heavily on a healthy national postal service, applauds President Trump’s recent formation of a task force to craft recommendations to reform the US Postal Service and return it to a durable business model.

Meaningful change will require Congress to pass postal reform legislation. History has shown that reform initiatives are always difficult to get enacted into law and are virtually impossible without broad support from the key stakeholder groups (postal customers, postal management and postal labor groups). Any meaningful recommendations need the support from as many of these stakeholders are possible. The ACMA hopes the Task Force work will include hearing all of these perspectives and needs.

The US Postal Service is not supported at all by taxpayer dollars. Postal customers – ratepayers – fund the entire cost of operating this national treasure. Any solution must take into account the needs and wishes of those footing the bill for an agency that all Americans benefit from.

“Too many jobs and too much economic impact are on the line for this agency to fail,” says ACMA President & Executive Director Hamilton Davison. “The Task Force defers to the Chair to engage any agency head it sees as helpful, but nowhere does the order include any input from the mailing industry. We need the people who pay the bills involved in this task force.”

While the ACMA hopes it and other mailing industry entities will be added a seat at the table, “we continue to keep pushing the postal reform bills from the House and Senate,” Davison says. “These and task force recommendations need not be mutually exclusive.”