Carrier Technician Program

B-114874: Published: Dec 8, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1976.

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Although a 1972 study concluded that the Postal Service's Carrier Technician Program was ineffective and expensive and should be discontinued, the program has continued. An investigation was conducted to determine why the program has been continued and to make a current evaluation of the program.

The National Association of Letter Carriers objected to the program's termination because it would reduce promotion opportunities for city carriers. As a result of the union's objections, the program was continued. The Postal Service, however, elected not to expand the program. Some of the duties assigned to carrier technicians duplicate those being performed by other Postal Service employees. The higher salaries received by the technicians resulted in additional costs of $7.2 million in 1972 and $9.2 million in 1975. The number of technicians continues to increase. The Carrier Technician Program, as currently operated, is too costly for the benefits received.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Postal Service should negotiate with the National Association of Letter Carriers to discontinue the program.

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