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USPS Network Rationalization Initiative


The U.S. Postal Service in August 2011 announced its plans to pursue an aggressive network rationalization initiative that would result in a significant reduction in processing plants (going from 508 processing locations today to approximately 200), changes in service standards and mail entry times, and changes in mail preparation, transportation and other areas.   Because these changes will have a significant impact on businesses that use the mail, PostCom has dedicated this area of its web site to providing information on the initiative and changes as they occur or are announced by the USPS.

Check back regularly for updates to the information provided here on the USPS' Network Optimization Initiative.   In addition, PostCom will continue to provide news coverage on the initiative and changes in its weekly PostCom Bulletin as well as its periodic Post Ops Update publication.

Comments and feedback on the below information or on this web page are welcome.


The Nuts and Bolts of the Proposed Network Changes

USPS News, Testimony and Presentations on Network Optimization




Industry/PostCom News and Information


May 24, 2012:
  PostCom's Post Ops Update Issue 04-12 (includes update on service standards changes and network redesign)

Feb 13, 2012:  Comments submitted by PostCom in response to the USPS' proposed rules outlining service standard changs in support of network optimization

October 19, 2011:   Comments submitted to the USPS by PostCom in response to its advance notice of proposed rulemaking

October 4, 2011:   USPS presentation to PostCom Postal Operations Committee on Network Optimization initiative

August 18, 2011:   MTAC notes from MTAC industry feedback session on USPS Network Optimization initiative (questions/concerns raised by MTAC association representatives during the break out sessions)

August 18, 2011
:   PostCom notes from MTAC industry feedback session on USPS Network Optimization initiative (questions/concerns raised by MTAC association representatives during the break out sessions)

August 17, 2011:   PostCom notes from USPS' Network Optimization presentation at MTAC meeting



USPS Time Line (with links to documents as they are released)

May 2012 -- Final Rule to be published in the Federal Register
May 2012 -- USPS Announcement of Implementation Plan and Phase 1 Facilities List
Feb 2012 -- Outcome of AMP studies released by USPS
Dec 2011 -- Proposed rule published in the Federal Register (comments due 2/13/12)
Sept 2011 – Advanced notice published in Federal Register:   published 9/21/11; comments due to USPS by Oct 21, 2011
Sept 21, 2011 – PCC Day
Sept 28, 2011 – Industry Association Executives meeting
Oct 2011 – File with Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) / Proposed rule published


Information on USPS Processing Facility Changes


USPS Area Mail Processing (AMP) studies.   The USPS publishes status reports and information on its mail processing consolidation/closure reviews, as well as information which describes the review process.   According to the USPS' August 2011 presentation, it plans to utilize the AMP process for its network optimization processing facility changes.

USPS proposed facility AMP studies list

USPS Area Mail Processing (AMP) guidelines (USPS Handbook PO-408)


Information on USPS Service Standards

Final Rule to be published with service standards changes
(posted on USPS' web site prior to publication)

USPS notice of proposed rulemaking on Service Standards Changes, published in the Federal Register 12/15/11.  Comments due to USPS by February 13, 2012.

USPS advance notice of proposed rulemaking on Service Standards Changes, published in the Federal Register 9/21/11.  Comment due to USPS by October 21, 2011.

Current USPS Service Standards (origin/destination 3-digit ZIP Code matrices).    Excel spreadsheets showing current USPS service standards by 3-digit ZIP Code origin/destination and mail product can be found here.

Current USPS Service Standards -- Final Rule December 2007 (includes business rules service standards are based on)

USPS Quarterly Service Performance Reports.   The most recently published USPS service performance reports are posted here by the USPS.


Related Documents and Reports