Congressional Mandate on Excess Space graphic
  • Project Title:
  • Congressional Mandate on Excess Space
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • November 2018

In December 2016, Congress passed the Federal Property Management Reform Act (FPMRA). The purpose of the FPMRA is to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government, including the Postal Service, in managing its property by:

 - Requiring USPS to take measures to better manage and account for its property;
 - Providing for increased collocation of federal facilities with Postal Service facilities and guidance on Postal Service leasing practices; and
 - Establishing a Federal Real Property Council to develop guidance and strategies for better property management.

According to the FPMRA, the term ‘excess property’ refers to any Postal Service property the Postal Service determines is not required to meet its needs or responsibilities. 

Per the law, each year the Postal Service must make a list of its properties that have space available for federal agencies’ use and provide the list to Congress. The law further mandates the OIG to issue a report and make recommendations for repurposing the identified excess space and submit it to Congress. 

  • How can the Postal Service use its excess space to generate much needed revenue?
  • What hurdles do you think the Postal Service faces in leasing out excess space?

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  • anon

    I have written about and been promoting this cost-saving logical process since the year 2000, asking for the US Postal Service to PLEASE use the vacant space within US Postal Service plants as Warehouse excess space logically, for regional small & medium mail businesses, to store their numerous mail products for inventory controls, secure tracking, and rapid "Same-Day" deliveries of their products to customers by US Postal Service. The US Postal Service has over 34k Postal facilities and offices, and can logically adapt and set aside the extra spaces in larger plants, for customers' businesses. The process would setup separate delivery space to orderly place within controls bins all customers' items for sale to customers. Customers would ship their products to nearest US Postal Service plant, and these items would managed and controlled by the US Postal Service, and all items would be place within "company bins", for separate business inventory tracking storage within the US Postal Service. The company would pay the US Postal Service minimum fees for storage, and run their public business web sites to collect orders, and pay the US Postal Service mailing fees for "Same-Day" delivery to customers within regions of the nation. The business company saves because all storage and tracking is within a federal government facility, and the US Postal Service saves because mail is ready for delivery on-demand to customers throughout the nation. This method is similar to the method large car dealers such as Toyota has undertaken. So, again I ask the US Postal Service to try this offer, we have full documentation, etc. to justify and validate. And, we are ready to begin.

    Aug 07, 2018
  • anon

    PLEASE help the Cactus/19th Ave. station!! They need help getting things moving a little! Thanks! :)

    Aug 04, 2018
  • anon

    There is a good deal of space in the Berkeley Post Office. Currently the government is renting a space on the same street for the Social Security Office. It would make a lot of sense to save the rent money and move them to to PO Building. Also, the bulk mail has been moved across town for no apparent reason. It is not in an accessible location and should be moved back to the Main Post Office on Allston.

    Jul 28, 2018
  • anon

    Use the excess space for postal banking.

    Jul 27, 2018
  • anon

    RE: FEDERAL PROPERTY REFORM ACT, FPMRA, EXCESS PROPERTIES AND MANAGEMENT BY LEASING. How does the USPS managed excess properties in a post war environment when the mail volume is down, revenues have decreased in years and the national levels of stock shortages continue to surge in troublesome districts such as New York. Do we, USPS continue to report and account for the realty of vacant USPS properties of commercial size just like our PM, Postmaster Red Book of vacant properties? I would have to state that just like normal realty properties and the utilities that increase with the vacant properties should always be saleable real estate and find suitable commercial owners. No one nor company is capable of stock piling commercial properties on their financial statements when their is no revenues or cash proceeds received. This would be an example, of banks that extend too much funds or cash liquidity to customers than to have customer delinquent their loans, than eventually a bad debt with the decrease of cash funds on hand or vault decreasal. Never hang onto properties especially large commercial properties may lead to foreclosures, as such with Time Warners Properties mergence with ATT, is not of the same when one of the companies is a utility. Take Care.

    Jul 26, 2018
  • anon

    Rent the space to retailers at competitive price (considering the location), or to not for profit organizations at a subsidized price. (Small income is better than empty space and unattended facility, which is a magnet to vandalism) Problem: People still doesn’t understand that their tax money doesn’t fund USPS, so renting it out in a competitive price might come with a backslash...people think they own it because (they thhink) its their tax money. Shady renters. Maintenance can be costly if the renters are negligent. Shady contractor maintenance crew.

    Jul 26, 2018
  • anon

    You could use it as a storage for drones and shipping boxes. And start shipping mail with drones. Make another shipping factory

    Jul 25, 2018

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