Iowans for Post Office Services (IPOS)
We are a group of Mayors and Community leaders working together to help preserve our Post Office Services. An increasing number of Post Offices are being studied for closure and consolidation. We are not a group formed to just fight the U.S. Postal Service, rather to help save it. We want the USPS to continue to provide adequate, effective, efficient service to all communities, including rural communities. The Post Offices being targeted for closure in Iowa are primarily in rural communities. Unlike large cities, rural communities face great hardship with the closing of their Post Offices. We do not have the luxury of going to another retailer that sells stamps or accepts packages. The situation has a serious and negative impact on our towns. For instance, loss of Post Offices in rural Iowa creates very serious economic development issues. A town without a Post Office will find it extremely difficult to attract new businesses. Further, not having a post office creates a real hardship on the existing businesses. A mail carrier can only take packages up to 13oz. Most businesses mail packages larger than that every day. These businesses would have to take the time and expense of taking their packages to a “real” Post Office in a neighboring community. It is also a hardship on senior citizens. These older citizens receive medications in the mail, and their primary connection to the outside world is through mail they send and receive. It would be difficult for them to get their mail from a cluster box, blocks away from their home and dangerous for their medications to sit in a box outside in extreme weather until they can get to them. This could also be dangerous for the senior citizen, particularly during the winter when there is ice and snow build-up around the boxes.
For more information contact:
Donny Hobbs, Mayor of Lohrville; IPOS director
IPOS Member List
IPOS Community Meetings Calender
Handbook PO-101 2011 - This is the USPS handbook that outlines the entire process of studying a Post Office for closure. This is the latest version.
Red Book: a NAPUS Action Guide - A book with lots of information about the closure process and appeals process. It also includes suggested action when your Post Office is being studied.
Senate Committee's Website - (2/14/2012) The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be working in 2012 to move the 21st Century Postal Service Ac, S. 1789, through Congress before August, when the U.S. Postal Service's financial condition will reach the breaking point.
Reuters Special Report - (2/14/2012) "Towns go dark with post office closings" discusses the challenges Cities are faced with when posted offices close.
Audit Projects Webpage - (1/13/2012) This site provides a forum to discuss ongoing audits of the United States Postal Service and how we can improve upon them. We encourage you to share your ideas, concerns, comments, and documents.
Save the Post Office - (12/20/2011) The five-month moratorium on closing post offices and processing plants was the big news of the week, but that's not all that happened in postal world. This article gives a review of some of this week's news.
The Postal Regulatory Commission - The PRC is who provides advisory opinions to the USPS on major changes to postal service. They are also who you submit an appeal to when your Post Office is changed.
Save the Post Office - A collection of information, the latest news and analysis about the Post Office closings.
Summary of July 2011 Closing Lists - The full July list showing the percentages by state.
Post Office Expanded Study list released July 26, 2011 - The list right on the U.S. Postal Services website.
Docket N2011-1 - The full docket can be viewed at this link.
How to Submit Comments to Docket N2011-1 - This is an outline on how to provide comments for Docket N2011-1. This link provides instructions on how best to submit your comments.
Testimony submitted to the PRC for Docket N2011-1 - Retail Access Optimization Initiative by Donny Hobbs on behalf of the National League of Postmasters.
IPOS Moratorium Letter - This letter was mailed on August 26, 2011 to our U.S. Congressmen and copied to the PRC & USPS leadership
Moratorium Outline - This is an outline for a letter than individuals and communities should send showing support for a moratorium. This files includes a list of addresses for sending the letters. The more letters they receive, the more they realize the importance of taking action.