U.S. Postal Service looking to close 2,000 offices
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 18:30:59 GMT —
UPDATE 1:54p.m. We wanted to know if any of our local post offices were being considered for closure. A United States Postal Service media representative who covers most of Texas told us that as of yet, a list of the offices that are under scrutiny has not been released. He referred us to a national media representative, who has not replied back to us yet.
Its no secret that U.S. Postal Service is trying to stay afloat as more and more people move their business online. From increasing stamp prices and other services the government agency is looking for even more ways to save money.
Now, the postal service is hoping to ramp up a cost-cutting program that will result in the closings of thousands of post offices across the nation. According to the Wall Street Journal, beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year.
They are also reviewing another 16,000-half of the nation's existing post offices that are operating at a deficit. The postal service is lobbying Congress to allow it to change the law so it can close the most unprofitable offices. Currently, the law allows the postal service to only close post offices for maintenance problems, lease expirations or other reason that don't include profitability.
We spoke with our local and state offices to find out if any of the offices to be closed are here in the Texas Panhandle. They said that the list of the post offices being looked at has not been made available to them.
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