There are 3,652 postal facilities across the nation facing a review for possible closure due to U.S. Postal Service budget woes. In 2009, the Postal Service began review of 728 other postal facilities for possible closure.

The Postal Service has stated that no changes or closures to the postal facilities included in the 2011 review process will be implemented before late December 2011.

A portion of the Postal Reorganization Act (PRA) of 1970 states: “The Postal Service shall provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities, and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining. No small post office shall be closed solely for operating at a deficit, it being the specific intent of the Congress that effective postal services be insured to residents of both urban and rural communities” (39 U.S.C. 101(b)).

If the agency moves forward with a closure, “it must notify the persons served by the post office of its decision and the findings used to arrive at this decision. The USPS must wait at least 60 more days before proceeding with the closure, and any person served by the post office slated for closure may appeal the closure to the PRC, which has up to 120 days to consider the appeal. The USPS is not required to wait for the PRC to issue its opinion. It may close a retail facility 60 days after it makes its closure announcement.”

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