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May 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

U.S. Postal Service: Facilities sold when too costly or large

As news organizations have reported, the U.S. Postal Service is in a financial crisis that necessitates the passage of comprehensive postal-reform legislation. In response to Froma Harrop’s syndicated column “Mail today, gone tomorrow,” [Opinion, May 1], one initiative that has gained attention is the efforts to sell some Post Office buildings with historic significance.

Each facility’s size, location, costs and revenue, and the operations housed there, are taken into account. If the facility is too large for our needs and too costly to maintain, It needs to be sold, even if it is a historic property.

When it comes to these actions, it is important to know that the Postal Service strictly adheres to all federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the sales of historic properties.

The Postal Service also ensures that these historic buildings are in better condition because of the covenants and easements that are in place for the future when it decides to relinquish ownership

Tom Samra, Facilities vice president at the U.S. Postal Service, Washington, D.C.

Comments | Topics: Froma Harrop, Mail, Tom Samra

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