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USPS Announces They Will Slow Mail Delivery Starting Oct. 1, Could Affect Seniors And Rural Areas Most

The United States Postal Service has announced it is slowing down mail delivery in the aftermath of the pandemic.

You will pay more.

The move by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is meant to cut costs – and comes after many Americans learned that USPS has a secret spy program that monitors Americans’ social media accounts and reports to law enforcement.

Modifications to delivery times can cause issues with paying bills, or getting medication by mail. It is likely that rural Americans will be most affected.

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Is Mail Slow?

The new delivery program will see standard first-class mail delivered anywhere in the U.S. within five days instead of three. These include letters, bills, and tax documentation.

A Washington Post analysis of delivery systems earlier this year found that certain western states such as California or Nevada may experience the biggest impact due to their large rural populations. Florida, however, has a high senior population and may also feel it. 

CNN reported that in certain areas, the hours of post offices will be reduced.

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Cut costs and response from critics to the plan

USPS forecasts it will lose $160m over the next ten year. That is the reason for slower deliveries, high shipping prices, and shorter hours at certain offices.

The USPS also claims that, “We’ll make better use of our trucks and existing surface network to move the mail, relying less on costly air transportation. By improving service reliability and increasing efficiency, we can keep costs at reasonable levels and help keep postage rates affordable for our customers.” 

But Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute, and a postal service expert, says that around four out of ten pieces of mail will be delivered more slowly, and that “means mail delivery will be slower than in the 1970s.” Steidler called DeJoy’s plan “disastrous.”

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Spies, Mail and Money are not allowed.

Politico published a report recently on an obscure operation at the USPS. The postal service that is apparently desperate for money has no problems running a “covert operations program” that monitored the social media activity of Americans after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The program, known as “iCOP” was up and running five days after the violence at the Capitol. Among their activities was sending information to the nation’s law enforcement agencies “on how to view social media posts that had been deleted.”

Yahoo first published this operation on April 1, and claimed that it had been in operation since March. The Politico report says that iCOP began to work in January.

 

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