The U.S. Postal Service, looking to cut costs after losing $16 billion last year, defaulting twice on money it owed the federal government, and blowing through a $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury, is considering cutting out doorstep delivery of mail and replacing it with centralized locations where citizens could pick up their mail.
CNN Money reports that GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who is leading the charge to save the Postal Service, said, “A balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt to America’s changing use of mail.”
Some new houses and developments already feature a curb mailbox or group of mailboxes where numerous people can retrieve their mail, and some GOP House members want to use that idea for everyone. The change would save the Postal Service $4.5 billion a year; the Postal Service currently spends $30 billion to deliver the mail.