WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with plans to cut mail delivery to five days a week instead of the current six, in an attempt to improve its financial position.
Postmaster General John Potter plans to submit a formal request to the Postal Regulatory Commission by the end of the month. Before any change takes place, public hearings will be held around the country. Congress must also approve any change, because federal law requires six-day per week delivery.
As more people use the internet to pay bills and communicate, the volume of mail handled by the post office continues to decrease. Labor and fuel costs continue to rise, creating an untenable situation for the postal service, according to officials.