April 5, 2012 is the date to watch in regards to (plant closure/network realignment, and service standard announcement decisions). If you have been following my blogs (see attachments below) in regards to this, the Postal system is now down to the wire. The hard and fast rule of closing proposed facilities or realigning them may be reconsidered.
Currently, the Congressional moratorium on the current plan expires May 15, 2012. At this point they can execute the current plan to close over 200 facilities by the end of June, 2012. However, summarized below from the March 23rd POSTCOM BULLETIN “POSTCOM BULLETIN 13-12” you will find that they may change their minds. Here are two other choices that could take place.
It has been mentioned that the USPS could choose a portion of the closures and act on them from June 16 through August 31, 2012. They say the ones chosen could be the ones that have the least impact to first class mail. Others may just close anyway as they are too expensive to maintain current service standards.
Wait for a new Presidential election and a new Congress for 2013. Some plant annexes may close but most major facilities could remain open for business. For this to take place Congress needs to pass a bill and if that legislation does not take away the power of the USPS to perform network optimization, the Postal Service could then implement its network optimization strategy beginning February, 2013.
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