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Carper seeks trip details from Postal Regulatory Commission chairman

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As expected, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., has formally asked Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway to explain all official travel since she assumed the position 2-1/2  years ago.

In a letter to Goldway sent today, Carper sought a detailed itinerary and justification for each official trip she’s taken–along with similar information for her two most recent predecessors—by Feb. 20. Carper, who chairs a Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service and the PRC, also requested details on the commission’s travel policy and any procedures in place to prevent wasteful or unneeded travel.

“Given the Postal Service’s ongoing financial challenges and the amount of work the commission has on its plate, a significant increase in official travel by you—or any member of the commission—raises questions,” Carper wrote.

The request follows Monday stories in Federal Times and The Washington Post that Goldway’s trip volume is up in comparison with her immediate predecessor, at a time when postal revenues—which fund the PRC’s $14.3 million budget—are down and the agency’s workload is increasing.  Goldway, however, has described travel as a normal part of the job and said she is confident that Carper will find that all trips were fully justified.

This is  not the first time the two have tangled.  Carper was not happy last year with the length of time it took the commission to issue a legally required advisory opinion on the Postal Service’s bid to end most Saturday delivery. In today’s letter, however, Carper tells Goldway that he is “appreciative of the steps that you, your fellow commissioners, and your staff have taken to improve commission operations and to keep my staff and me informed of your work and the commission’s progress.”

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Comments

  1. dougie Says:
    February 8th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Why don’t they abolish the PRC? There’s one money saver.

  2. mn Says:
    February 8th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    What a coincidence Ruth Goldway trying to do what’s right looking
    Into all the data given her by the post office that’s just not adding up
    And lo and behold she comes under attack by the right. What a bunch
    of lying crooks. Ruth I applaud you for doing what’s right. Don’t let the
    Good ole boys deter you. Hang in there we need you on our side.

  3. bob komar Says:
    February 8th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    carper..leave ruth alone,,just check on the GRAFT going on IN THE CT DISTRICT…(ao’s esp,) then go state by state…SHE WILL LOOK LIKE SHE LIFTED A BABY RUTH..COMPARED to the shit that is going down INSIDE THE PO!..LOOK FOR THE REAL PILFERAGE that is going on..I DARE YOU!

  4. ZACK Says:
    February 9th, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Stop the dog an pony show, and spend tax dollar money on solving real USPS issues!

  5. ZACK Says:
    February 9th, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Hey Sen. Carper, stop the dog an pony show, and try spending your time solving real USPS issues! No wonder nothing ever gets done on Capitol Hill, when your preoccupied with stupid S_ _ T!