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Three US Lawmakers Call On USPS To Freeze Oshkosh Vehicle Contract

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Posted 02/27/2022   3:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In my rural area all of the town use contract personnel for delivery. They use their own vehicles. This must be true for a large portion of America.

The final award is executed. Oshkosh has been given NTP with production.
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Posted 02/27/2022   5:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, I should have written just "re-examined," as the contract has been awarded.

The non-fleet vehicles driven by contractors or by USPS carriers are out of scope, though, aren't they, unless the USPS was planning to expand the vehicle pool?

Does make me curious about the proportion of miles driven and that of addresses served by private vehicles vs. USPS fleet vehicles, but have not found those figures.

Some years ago, the USPS reported that 98% of US delivery addresses were served by USPS employees, so Contract delivery service (private contractor with private vehicle) at 2% is a small percentage of deliveries, but that doesn't deal with miles.

Nor does that figure reflect USPS employed city carriers (a few of these) or rural carriers (most of them I believe) who are required to use personal vehicles instead of fleet vehicles.

I wonder if use of fleet vehicles is for 90% of addresses and 60% of miles driven. That's just a guess cause I am not finding figures in between the other stuff I have to do today....


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Posted 02/27/2022   5:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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The U.S. Postal Service has almost 80,000 rural delivery routes serviced by some 133,000 rural letter carriers. For some of those routes, USPS provides the vehicle; for others, the carrier uses a private vehicle and receives a maintenance allowance from the Postal Service for wear and tear. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, the Postal Service paid out nearly $583 million in maintenance allowances a rise of $71 million, or 13 percent, over FY 2015.

Not long ago, the Postal Service started converting some private-vehicle rural routes to USPS-vehicle routes, estimating the change would save $888 million over six years. For a recent audit, we reviewed a sample of these completed conversions nationwide as well as future conversions, and found that the Postal Service's strategy for these changes was generally effective. We also discovered a few shortcomings.

For instance, maximum savings weren't realized because USPS wasn't implementing conversions in a timely manner, and we determined that some of the future conversions wouldn't be the most cost-effective. We made a couple recommendations to improve the process, and Postal Service management agreed with both.

Are you a rural letter carrier, or do you know one? How does a USPS-vehicle route compare with the private-vehicle route? Does one seem more cost-effective from your point of view?


https://www.uspsoig.gov/blog/drivin...livery-route
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Posted 02/27/2022   5:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Thanks Rog - answers the question of expanding the USPS reliance on fleet vehicles in order to avert apparently slightly highly per-mile costs of re-imbursing either CCA or RCA or CDS private vehicles. Might be one or two cents per mile savings but given the enormous number of miles, the pennies add up.

The scale and extent of the operation is really something. Ben Franklin would be proud. And would probably have a few ideas for us....
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Posted 02/27/2022   6:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I miss Ben.
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Posted 02/27/2022   6:22 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't. He always wanted to shotgun beers every Friday night... man, the hangovers...
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Posted 02/27/2022   6:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
He was a party animal, and few could hang with Kite Man.
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Posted 02/28/2022   12:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
He was an electrifying personality to be sure.

But unlike Washington, who seems to have been invited to sleep everywhere all the time; very few invited Ben back a second time to crash at their pad, what with his habits of midnight "air-bathing."


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Posted 04/28/2022   4:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And now the UAW and some green groups are suing to stop the vehicle contract. By the time they take delivery it will be time for newer vehicles.

https://www.autonews.com/manufactur...le8-headline
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Posted 04/29/2022   06:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The vehicle is a similar to the saying "A camel is a horse designed by a committee." It is also is being managed in a similar manner.

It actually needs to be re-designed to get better gas mileage.
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Posted 04/29/2022   08:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Given the duration of the contract it can be stated as fact that they will be producing technically obsolete vehicles by the end. UPS, FedEx and Amazon are already deep into transitioning to EV's and within five years they will account for most of their fleets.

The quintessential government boondoggle birthed by aggressive bipartisan lobbying.
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