POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 3:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 8:31pm
WASHINGTON — The Postal service could save a substantial amount of money by reducing mail delivery to five days, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday.
The post office, which lost $8.5 billion last year, has proposed eliminating Saturday delivery as one of several moves aimed at reducing costs.
Postal officials have estimated the change would save $3.1 billion annually, and a new GAO study agreed that savings would be large, depending on how efficiently the cutback is handled.
In its analysis, GAO looked back at postal operations in 2009 and calculated that if there had been no Saturday delivery that year the post office would have saved $3.3 billion.