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What are some pertinent Post Office facts?


The U.S. Postal Service was established by Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution.  Benjamin Franklin was its first Postmaster General.  From 1775 to 1971 the Cabinet level Post Office Department was overseen by Congress and funded by taxpayers.  Since 1971, the U. S. Postal Service:

  • Is governed by a Board of Governors and receives no federal tax dollars.
  • Is funded by the products and services it sells.
  • Handles more than 40% of the world’s mail more efficiently and at lower cost than other services.
  • Continues to support a $1 trillion mailing industry with more than 8 million jobs, despite the growth of the digital world.
  • Has a workforce that is made up of 40% women, 40% minorities, and 22% veterans, many disabled.
  • Our post offices are public buildings that were paid for by taxes supplied by our grandparents and great-grandparents.
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commented 2013-12-21 16:21:03 -0800 · Flag
Thank you