Lest anyone forget, today’s the last day on the job for some U.S. Postal Service administrative employees who agreed to leave or retire early in return for a $20,000 buyout. It’s part of an organizational “redesign” aimed at cutting some 3,000 administrative positions, or almost 21 percent of the total.
But that overall number masks some pretty big differences in how the reductions are being apportioned among different USPS organizations.
At Federal Times’ request, the Postal Service provided a breakout of the impact on area offices, district offices and headquarters and HQ-related field units, such as the USPS accounting service center. The chart includes the initial number of positions, the projected level after the redesign takes effect and the difference between the two figures. (Fed Times has added the percentages.) Proportionately, the numbers show that area offices are taking the biggest hit, losing more than 27 percent of their posts. HQ and its field units get off much easier, with about a 16 percent reduction. District offices are in the middle.
Asked why HQ and its field units are taking the smallest share of the cuts percentage-wise, spokesman Mark Saunders said “because our plans are to continue to identify opportunities to consolidate and centralize work into our centers.”
|HEADQUARTERS & HQ FIELD UNITS||7,276||6,099||-1,177(-16.2%)
|AREA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES||1,123||817||-306(-27.2%)
|DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES||5,791||4,347||-1,444(-24.9%)