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Postal Industry Leaders Gather for Forum on New Postal Reform Law

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WASHINGTON, DC-- Just two months after President Bush signed a sweeping overhaul of postal operations into law, government and corporate executives gathered here to glean insights from top postal officials about the new postal environment and what it will mean for the nation's $900 billion mailing industry. The new law, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, completely reshapes the postal landscape. Over the next sixteen months, the new Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) and the United States Postal Service will use newly-established powers to create a more flexible and efficient postal system through which the nation's commerce can flow. American University's School of Public Affairs hosted the forum, which was sponsored by Pitney Bowes. Featured speakers included PRC Chairman Dan G. Blair, Postmaster General John E. Potter and, representing the mailing industry, Michael J. Critelli, chairman of the Mailing Industry CEO Council and chairman and CEO of Pitney Bowes. The event also included a panel of congressional staff members who were instrumental in crafting a law that passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming majorities. "This kind of exchange is essential to the successful implementation of postal reform," Critelli said. "We need to understand the thinking of the leaders who are writing the new rules, and they need to know the concerns of the organizations that use the mailstream to drive their results. Together, we can secure an exciting future for ourselves and for the nine million Americans whose jobs depend on a healthy postal system." The podcast of Postal Reform: From Legislation to Implementation will be available in its entirety at spa.american.edu