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Congress members Barbara Lee and Jose Serrano come through...again!

Last week. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) spoke at the full committee mark-up of the Financial Services Appropriations Bill. She voiced her strong support of the recommendations included in the OIG and ACHP reports related to the USPS’s sale of historic post offices.

Last week. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) spoke at the full committee mark-up of the Financial Services Appropriations Bill. She voiced her strong support of the recommendations included in the OIG and ACHP reports related to the USPS’s sale of historic post offices. The language that was included is copied below and is the result of close work with Ranking Member Jose Serrano (D-NY):

"The Committee appreciates the work of the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in reviewing the Postal Service’s relocation and disposal process for historic properties. The Committee believes the Postal Service should refrain from the relocation of services from historic post offices, and should suspend the sale of any historic post office until it is has implemented the recommendations of the OIG and ACHP.

Title 39 of the U.S.  Code requires the Postal Service to provide the public with notice prior to closing or consolidating a post office. The Committee understands that it is the Postal Service’s policy to inform Member of Congress’ district and Washington, D.C. offices when  the public receives notice. The Committee directs the Postal Service keep Members of Congress informed of Postal Service activities impacting their constituents and expects the Postal Service to ensure that Members of Congress are appropriately informed simultaneously or prior to all public notices."

In a letter of response to the ACHP report, Tom Samra (USPS Director of Facilities), discounted the ACHP recommendations citing that the USPS was conforming to required procedures relative to the disposition of historic properties.  You can read his letter here.

The NPOC has prepared a response to Mr. Samra's letter with specific reference that discount his claims.  (Read our response here.)

You can help save our historic post offices.  Reach out to your Congress member or Senator and request that the support the recommendations of the ACHP and OIG. We can only preserve these important American assets through our judicial system and through legislative pressure.  Donate to the NPOC to help us continue to fund our fight through the court system!

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