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SAN ANTONIO — As a result of studies begun five months ago, the U.S. Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the Corpus Christi Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) to the San Antonio P&DC, and move all mail processing operations from the Waco P&DC to the Austin P&DC. Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operations of the Corpus Christi P&DC and the Waco P&DC will cease. There will be no change to the retail units, Post Office box operations, passport acceptance units, business mail entry units and vehicle maintenance facilities in these locations.
It also has been determined as a result of the studies of the McAllen Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) and of the Austin Mail Processing Annex that there was no significant opportunity to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations, and no changes will be made at this time.
The Postal Service has experienced a 25 percent decline in First-Class Mail volume since 2006, and receives no tax dollars for its operations, relying instead on the sale of postage, and postal products and services.
“The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure,” said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. “Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation.” Specific dates have not been set for the transition. Until a specific date has been announced, residential and business mailers will continue to be served through the current facilities.
In December 2011, the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities prior to May 15, 2012, to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan.
This delay was designed to allow Congress sufficient time to enact comprehensive postal legislation. In the meantime, the Postal Service continued all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities, including public notifications, public input meetings and consideration of public comments.
Implementation of this consolidation is contingent upon the outcome of pending rulemaking for a proposal to revise existing service standards. This announcement is provided in advance so that appropriate planning and notification can be made in accordance with existing employee agreements.
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