At a recent Mailers Technical Advisory Committee meeting, he suggested, “Perhaps we’d be a lot better off if we didn’t have a PRC.” This was clearly a joke, but there’s a kernel of consternation in DeJoy’s words. The regulatory agency has not been keen on the postmaster’s cost-cutting plans and consolidation agenda. Despite this tension (and Dejoy’s musings), it’s critical that the U.S. Postal Service and its regulator closely work together in implementing postal reforms. Loggerheads and inaction will only result in mass misery for taxpayers and consumers.
Created in the early 2000s, the Postal Regulatory Commission has served as a valuable check on the Postal Service’s dubious decision-making.