Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: 2...

The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: 2018

Last year, the U.S Postal Service (USPS) lost more than $2 billion. This operating deficit was not a rare occurrence, as the agency has run deficits regularly over the past decade. This is because plunging mail volume has cut into its revenues. It is also $15 billion in debt and has more than $100 billion […]

The struggle between objectivity vs. neutrality continues at the Congressional Research Serv...

The struggle between objectivity vs. neutrality continues at the Congressional Research Service

Recently, leadership of the Congressional Research Service and the Library of Congress were presented with a memorandum. It expressed concern that the agencies’ analysts, attorneys, and reference experts were being muzzled a bit. “We are concerned that CRS risks falling short of its mission if it holds back the independent analysis that Congress has directed us […]

Who’s afraid of autonomous mail truc...

Who’s afraid of autonomous mail trucks?

Highly automated vehicles (HAVs) have gone from fantasy to reality in the past decade. It is remarkable to witness the various prototypes motoring about courses and taking test drives on America’s roads. Already, related technology helps people parallel park their cars — some don’t even require the driver be in the car. Among other benefits, […]

Bring in the nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessm...

Bring in the nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment

Read it at http://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Final-128.pdf

Cronyism charges jump the sh...

Cronyism charges jump the shark

If I had a dollar for every time the words “crony” and “cronyism” appear in print these days, well, I’d be flush. When I plugged those terms into Nexis, the database warned me it would take a while to tally the thousands of media stories from the past few years containing either expression. As an […]

There’s more than one reason the Postal Service is losing mo...

There’s more than one reason the Postal Service is losing money

“Listening to President Trump, one might get the impression the U.S. Postal Service is unprofitable because it is under-charging Amazon.com. “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber […]

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