All mail going into and out of Killeen is now being processed in Austin.
Starting Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service began processing all the mail in ZIP codes starting with 765 in Austin. USPS Central Texas spokesman Sam Bolen said the move reflects the Postal Service’s ongoing consolidation efforts.
“The Killeen-area mail in ZIP codes starting with 765 is going to be processed going and coming in Austin,” Bolen said. “All outgoing mail from 765, 766, and 767 goes to Austin now.”
Bolen, who said the USPS loses about $25 million a day nationally, does not think the change will impact USPS service in the Killeen area.
“Last summer, we did 46 consolidations, and the consolidations were virtually unnoticeable to our customers,” Bolen said.
“Killeen’s mail has traditionally been processed at two separate facilities in Waco, but one of them closed recently. The local consolidations reflect national trends.”
According to figures available at www.usps.com, the service ended the third fiscal quarter of 2012 (April 1 through June 30) with net losses of $5.2 billion, compared to a net loss of $3.1 billion during the same period in 2011. Bolen said there was a 25 to 30 percent decrease in first-class mail volume in that time.
“We’ve seen increases in parcels, but we have seen decreases overall in first-class mail,” he said.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe thinks Congress’ inability to act is exacerbating the problem.
“The 112th Congress adjourned without having passed postal legislation,” Donahoe said. “Such legislation could quickly restore the Postal Service to profitability and put the organization on a stable, long-term financial footing. This lack of action is disappointing.”
Bolen said the shake-up should not cost local USPS employees their jobs. He said the recent consolidation did eliminate some jobs, but he said there were no layoffs. He said employees were offered “early-out incentives” to retire early.
“Last week there were 122 mail processors in Waco, but that was cut by 33 jobs,” Bolen said. “Thirty-three positions were eliminated, but we didn’t lay off any employees. Many employees will fill other positions by attrition.”
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