As a former U.S. Postal Service manager with 40 years of experience, I think I have a good idea about how the Postal Office works. After watching several hours of congressional oversight committee questioning of the Postal Board of Governors and various other meetings, it is very clear what needs to be done to solve the dilemma.
• Keep the Postal Service a semi-quasi government agency, but give it an opportunity to compete in a free market without restrictions. Privatizing the Postal Service will only result in higher prices and less coverage. A private business would not send shipments from Florida to small towns in Alaska for the same price as across town.
• Change the law regarding who oversees the Postal Service and eliminate Congress from the equation; it shouldn’t take an act of Congress to get something done.
• Totally eliminate the Postal Regulatory Committee.
• Dissolve the old part-time, 11-member Postal Board of Governors and establish a full-time, eight-member Postal Board of Governors. Give it total responsibility for all decisions made and let the board decide its own future.
• Have the president assign Jim Miller to be the head of the new eight-member Board of Governors. Since he is the chairman of the current Audit & Finance Committee on the Postal Board of Governors and isn’t afraid to speak out and have a different opinion than the other board members, he would be the best choice.