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POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-NINTH CONGRESS

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WILLIAM J. FINCH, General Counsel/Subcommittee Staff Director

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REORGANIZATION OF U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 1986

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SUBCOMMITTEE ON POSTAL
PERSONNEL AND MODERNIZATION, AND THE SUBCOMMIT-
TEE ON POSTAL OPERATIONS AND SERVICES, COMMITTEE
ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE,

Washington, DC.

The subcommittees met, pursuant to call, at 2:07 p.m., in room 311, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. Frank McCloskey presiding.

Mr. MCCLOSKEY. I am Congressman McCloskey. I will be sitting in for Congressman Leland who will be with us soon to chair this joint postal oversight hearing today.

I would like to welcome our two witnesses, Mr. Albert V. Casey, Postmaster General of the U.S. Postal Service, and Mr. John T. Garrity, managing director of Kendall Associates.

Thank you both for appearing before these two subcommittees to give testimony on the continuing postal reorganization. When the two postal subcommittees met last month, both Mr. Casey and Mr. McKean acknowledged that Mr. Casey's tenure would be a short one. That is not stated in terms of the desire, Mr. Casey. We will get a little bit of an update on that today. I think it is necessary that we convene again today at what could prove to be the halfway point of the reorganization under Mr. Casey.

As you know, we have been following the changes at the U.S. Postal Service very closely. I and many of my committee colleagues expressed concern at the oversight hearing held last month about the lack of notice given to committee members regarding changes at the Postal Service. At that time, I think we all agreed to keep the lines of communication open. Now that several significant new policies have been announced and are beginning to be implemented, I want to make sure Congress understands exactly what is planned. Our offices are getting scores of questions, to say the least, and maybe today's hearing will go far to clear those up.

I want to obtain today the specific details of the reorganization. I want to know what the structure of the Postal Service was when Mr. Casey began his tenure, what he found about that structure which was inefficient or unduly cumbersome, what changes will be implemented and exactly how they will solve these problems.

We have several questions and concerns which will be aired at this hearing today. First I would like to be absolutely clear on the nature of the specific changes that have been implemented in the Postal Service so far. According to recent briefs and news releases, a large field reorganization is underway. An entire administrative

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