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Post Offices Stay Open

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ANNOUNCED IT WILL NOT CLOSE ANY OF THE 134 POST OFFICES IN KANSAS THAT WERE BEING CONSIDERED FOR CLOSURE OR CONSOLIDATION, NOR WILL IT CLOSE THE MORE THAN 3,600 POST OFFICES NATIONWIDE THAT WERE INCLUDED IN USPS’ EXPANDED ACCESS STUDY.
INSTEAD OF CLOSING THE POST OFFICES THAT WERE UNDER STUDY, THE SERVICE WILL ADJUST HOURS OF OPERATION TO MATCH CUSTOMER USE AT POST OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RESULTING IN AN ESTIMATED SAVINGS OF HALF A BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. DECISIONS ON NEW SERVICE HOURS WILL BE BASED ON COMMUNITY PREFERENCES AND NEEDS. USPS IS CONSIDERING OPTIONS INCLUDING ALLOWING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO SELL STAMPS AND OTHER POSTAL SERVICES OUTSIDE OF POST OFFICE HOURS. EVEN WITH REDUCED HOURS, ACCESS TO RETAIL LOBBIES AND POST OFFICE BOXES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AND SATURDAY DELIVERY WILL NOT BE AFFECTED. IN APRIL, LANGUAGE ORIGINALLY PROPOSED BY SEN. MORAN TO REQUIRE USPS TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES TO CLOSURE PRIOR TO CLOSING ANY POST OFFICE PASSED THE SENATE AS PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY POSTAL SERVICE ACT OF 2012. THESE OPTIONS INCLUDED REDUCING THE NUMBER OF HOURS THE POST OFFICE IS OPEN, OR PROCURING A CONTRACT TO PROVIDE RETAIL POSTAL SERVICES IN AN ALTERNATIVE ESTABLISHMENT SUCH AS THE LOCAL HARDWARE STORE OR GROCERY STORE. SEN. MORAN’S SUCCESSFUL LANGUAGE ALSO REQUIRED USPS TO SET MINIMUM STANDARDS OF SERVICE THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED PRIOR TO CLOSING ANY POST OFFICE. SENATOR MORAN HAS WORKED CONSISTENTLY TO MAKE CERTAIN RURAL COMMUNITIES ARE NOT FORGOTTEN AS USPS RESTRUCTURES.