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One of the things the government cant do is run anything The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads and both of them are bankrupt This quote from American Businessman Lee Laccoca gets to the core issue the post office faces The United States Postal Service USPS is slowly sinking deeper into debt and the people who run it are powerless to stop it Henri Fayols 2nd of 14 managerial principles is Authority and Responsibility meaning give sufficient authority to managers and the responsibilities that the authority belies Unfortunately in the USPS there is a clear divide between the responsibility that lies with the USPS executives and the power that the federal government holdsI chose this topic because like many Americans I find going to the post office one of the most frustrating tasks of my day The if I was in charge feeling the inevitable byproduct of my frustrations inspired me to research the topic and contemplate the solutions My research into USPS problems has shown me that no matter how clever the fix there needs to be someone capable of implementing the solution 1The US Postal Service Nears Collapse Bloomberg Business Week Magazine Cover Story May 26 2011By Devin LeonardMr Leonards article introduces Phillip Herr the person who Congress appointed to compile a report on the financial woes of the USPS and gives a brief summary of Herrs report The report delivered to Congress in April 2010 lists many of the USPS problems includingFall of first class mail the backbone of USPSs profits due to the internetHigh percent of budget used for salaries and benefits Rise of competition such as United Parcel Service UPS and FedExFDXLack of long term plan Herr also defines who we should be comparing the USPS to arguing that to get a clear picture we need to compare the USPS to other countries Governments Postal Services Mr Leonard describes the steps that other
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