Netza Suastegui delivers the mail in Los Angeles, California. Legislation would begin a move away from door-to-door delivery. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)
The Postal Service would be able consolidate up to 15 million mailboxes into centralized locations or to curbside service, under legislation passed by a House committee May 21.
The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee passed the Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014, which would save the agency $2 billion a year, according to bill sponsor Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
The Postal Service would convert 1.5 million mailboxes a year into more centralized formats from fiscal 2015 to fiscal 2024. The agency may offer waivers in the cases of physical hardship or vouchers to help businesses or individuals pay for curbside mailboxes, according to the legislation.
A proposal to allow the Postal Service to end Saturday delivery was dropped from the legislation after encountering resistance.
Fredric Roland, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the bill would damage one of the most valuable assets of the Postal Service – its ability to deliver mail to the front door. The Postal Service generates billions of dollars a year through programs such as business lead generation that rely on door-to-door delivery.
He said moving away from door-to-door delivery would hurt the Postal Service’s improving financial situation.