United States Postal Service (USPS) (Federal Agency Profiles)
PARENT ORGANIZATION: Independent
ESTABLISHED: August 12, 1970
EMPLOYEES: 753,000 (1997)
ADDRESS: 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW Washington, DC 20260
PHONE: (202) 268-2000
POSTMASTER GENERAL: William J. Henderson
CHAIRMAN: Sam Winters
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The stated mission of the United States Postal Service (USPS) is "to provide every household and business across the United States with the ability to communicate and conduct business with each other and the world through prompt, reliable, secure, and economic services for the collection, transportation, and delivery of messages and merchandise." An essential element of the Postal Service's missions mandated by laws to provide postal delivery to the entire nation at a uniform cost.
The USPS has also adopted a vision statement committing itself to becoming the most effective and productive provider of twenty-first century postal communications. To achieve this end, the Postal Service plans to equip itself with leading-edge technologies for letter and parcel delivery, to become active in electronic mail, and to modify its operations to reflect retail practice at the end of the twentieth...
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United States Postal Service (Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns)
475 L'Enfant Plz. SW
USPS IMAGE AND COMPETITIVE ADS Campaign
The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivers more than 40 percent of the world's mail, making it by far the largest postal delivery system in the world. By contrast, Japan's system, the second largest, handles only 6 percent. The USPS also delivers mail more cheaply than the postal systems of other industrialized nations. But the USPS is not just another government bureaucracy like the Department of Agriculture or the military; rather, it is an independent agency operating within the executive branch of the federal government. That makes it an unusual hybridoth a competitor in the world of business and a monopoly holder, a profit-making entity and a subsidized organization of the federal government.
A vast corporation of long standing, the USPS can boast that it delivers more mail in one week than its chief competitors, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (FedEx), together deliver in a year. Yet while UPS and FedEx are the most visible competitors of...
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U.S. Postal Service (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) processes and delivers mail to individuals and businesses within the United States. The service seeks to improve its performance through the development of efficient mail-handling systems and operates its own planning and engineering programs. The service is also responsible for protecting the mails from loss or theft and apprehending those who violate postal laws.
The postal service was created as an independent establishment of the EXECUTIVE BRANCH by the Postal Reorganization Act (39 U.S.C.A. § 101 et seq.), which was approved August 12, 1970. The U.S. Postal Service began operations on July 1, 1971, replacing the Post Office Department, which after years of financial neglect and fragmented control had proved unable to process the mail efficiently. Despite the availability of new technology, as well as skyrocketing mail volume, the department handled mail the same way it did in the 1870s.
As of 2002 the postal service had approximately 750,000 employees and handled more than 200 billion pieces of mail annually. The chief executive officer of the postal service, the postmaster general, is appointed by the nine governors of the postal service, who are appointed by the president, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for overlapping nine-year terms. The governors and the postmaster general appoint the deputy postmaster general, and these...
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