WASHINGTON: In the face of rising costs and deficit, the US Postal
Service's Board of Governors has awarded a contract with a budget
between dollars 84,000 and dollars 99,000 to Podesta Mattoon for a
The Washington public affairs firm will develop a plan for the Board of
Governors as to what it can do - collectively or individually - to gain
support for postal legislative reform.
Bob Anderson, spokesman for the USPS, said the goal is to increase
public awareness for the need for postal reform legislation among a wide
cross section of postal customers, which includes both residential and
business customers. The board hopes to find allies to support the
quasi-government agency's attempt to become more flexible about offering
competitive pricing and new services.
The seemingly large price tag for the short-term project, which will be
completed July 15, is due in part to the cost of the research explained
Michelle Tessier, spokesperson for Podesta Mattoon. Also, she said that
there are some "high-level folks working on this plan," indicating that
account people with the highest billing rates are working on the
There is no provision in the contract for Podesta Mattoon to implement
any part of the plan once it is complete.
Podesta won the business against two other firms, the names of which
were not disclosed.