Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy provided details of the next phase of organizational changes he first announced in August 2020, designed to improve efficiency, drive success and better serve Postal Service customers.
The next phase of these organizational changes includes the following:
- District Consolidation Plan: USPS will consolidate the existing 67 Postal Service Districts into 50 Districts. New District territories will closely align to state boundaries. Districts will align with the communities the Postal Service serves and provide familiar boundaries for employees, customers, and stakeholders.
- Centralization of Marketing functions: The Post Office will centralize the Marketing functions previously performed at the Area and District levels into the Chief Customer and Marketing organization, including Consumer and Industry Affairs and the Bulk Mail Entry Units (BMEUs). In May, USPS will centralize the District Retail function into the Headquarters Retail and Delivery function. In the interim, the Retail teams will be assigned under one of the 50 District Managers.
- Realignment of Logistics and Processing Operations: To ensure alignment with Retail and Delivery Operations; and Logistics and Processing Operations, USPS will create a thirteenth division. The Postal Service will also organize processing operations into two regions, each geographically aligned with two retail and delivery areas, and divided into 6 or 7 divisions for a total of 13 divisions. USPS will organize logistics into four regions, each geographically aligned to one retail and delivery area, and divided into 3 or 4 divisions for a total of 13 divisions. No divisions or regions will span across more than one area.
“These organizational changes will strengthen our mission and commitment to serve the American people by improving efficiency and streamlining decision making throughout the organization. By improving operational focus and business strategy execution along with greater investment, we will strengthen our public service mission, achieve service excellence, and place the Postal Service on a path toward financial sustainability.”Postmaster General DeJoy
USPS to Announce Final Phase in May
Over the next two months, the Postal Service will be engaged in specific activities to complete the staffing changes for the organizational restructure’s final phase. The announcement of the final structure and staffing is planned for May 2021.
As a part of the Postal Service’s reduction-in-force (RIF) avoidance activities, it is offering a Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) option to most eligible non-bargaining employees at Headquarters, Headquarters-related, Area and District offices.
VER provides an option for employees to consider as the Postal Service moves through this organizational restructuring phase. The VER offer will not include a separation incentive and has an effective date of April 30, 2021.
The previous organizational change phases created three core business functions, centralized administrative support functions at the area and district level into Headquarters, and aligned the core business functions into four areas within Retail and Delivery Operations and two regions within Logistics and Processing Operations.
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