I read with dismay the March 20 editorial “Closed on Saturday,” which caricatured my views on U.S. Postal Service reform and, in effect, rendered the judgment that neither the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) nor the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a “serious analyst” — since each conducted thorough reviews of the proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery but did not recommend “curtailing Saturday delivery.”
In fact, both have produced useful analyses that examine the potential cost savings and risks associated with such a drastic service change. Both Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and I believe it is prudent to ask the Postal Service — which the PRC found to have overstated annual net savings from eliminating Saturday delivery by $1.4 billion and understated net revenue losses by $0.4 billion — to explain how it arrived at a $2 billion cost-saving figure. In addition, while The Post dismisses the controversy surrounding the Postal Service’s attempt to circumvent the law, a legal opinion I requested from the GAO found that the service does not have the authority to eliminate Saturday delivery without congressional approval.