Deep in debt, USPS spends millions at business forum - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Deep in debt, USPS spends millions at business forum

Posted: Updated:

By CLAUDIA COWAN, FOX News

SAN FRANCISCO -- The ailing United States Postal Service is cutting Saturday service and shutting down small town offices to stay afloat. But, that hasn't stopped the cash-strapped agency from spending millions of dollars to wine and dine a few hundred employees.

At the annual National Postal Forum, 400 postal service executives will spend much of the next four days meeting with thousands of shippers and those in the direct mail industry.
       
Then, everyone gets to have a good time in San Francisco: there's a golf outing, dance, and a fancy buffet featuring the foods of Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown.
       
Documents show the travel, $220,000 in exhibit space, and other incidentals will cost the USPS $2.2 million.
       
According to the USPS, "the agency receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations".  
       
A spokesperson claims the agency makes more money than it spends because of the new businesses generated at the forum. But critics argue the post office is a monopoly that shouldn't need to spend millions of dollars to network, especially when it's $16 billion dollars in debt.

"The postal service is deep, deep in the hole and then to see that they're having this lavish conference with golfing outings and dance party. It's just beyond the pale, said Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense.
       
In a letter fired off to the postmaster, Congressman Tom Graves of Georgia said, "spending millions to participate in the conference seems to exhibit extremely poor judgment by USPS leadership. In fact, as the USPS cuts services and nears bankruptcy, the expense defies logic."
       
But, attendees like Theresa Peterlein, a direct mail consultant, argue postal execs need to be at the forum.

"If they just sat in their offices in Washington, they really wouldn't get a feel of what the mailers want and need out of the industry, because the industry's changing, technology's changing, and the postal service is changing with it," said Peterlein.

The expense is getting close scrutiny in Washington, as the House Oversight Committee holds formal hearings into wasteful travel by government agencies.

  • More National NewsMore>>

  • Second-grader says teacher took away Bible during reading time

    Second-grader says teacher took away Bible during reading time

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:41:16 GMT
    The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter's teacher took her Bible away during a "read to myself" session. The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again.The teacher reported...
    The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter's teacher took her Bible away during a "read to myself" session. The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again.The teacher reported...
  • IRS employees awarded bonuses despite tax issues

    IRS employees awarded bonuses despite tax issues

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:19:25 GMT
    IRS employees who had been disciplined for tax and conduct issues were nonetheless rewarded with monetary awards or time off, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.
    IRS employees who had been disciplined for tax and conduct issues were nonetheless rewarded with monetary awards or time off, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.
  • Humanist group suing school district over Pledge of Allegiance

    Humanist group suing school district over Pledge of Allegiance

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:34:41 GMT
    A humanist group is suing a New Jersey school district over the Pledge of Allegiance phrase “under God.” According to a Fox News report the group is suing on behalf of a New Jersey family that believes the phrase is discriminatory toward atheist children. The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was announced Monday by the Washington D.C. based advocacy organization American Humanist Association. The group says the phrase "marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as som...
    A humanist group is suing a New Jersey school district over the Pledge of Allegiance phrase “under God.” According to a Fox News report the group is suing on behalf of a New Jersey family that believes the phrase is discriminatory toward atheist children. The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was announced Monday by the Washington D.C. based advocacy organization American Humanist Association. The group says the phrase "marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as som...
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices