WASHINGTON — Many post offices will be closed for at least the next two Saturdays and new construction projects will be cut by half as part of a package of budget-cutting measures, the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday.
Saturday mail delivery will continue, but as many as half of the nation's post offices will be closed this Saturday and Jan. 2, Postmaster General Preston R. Tisch said. In addition, service could be further reduced with closings of as much as one half-day each week, he said.
The cuts were required by federal deficit-cutting legislation enacted Tuesday that Tisch contended put an unnecessary burden on the postal agency.
Cuts in Customer Service
Requirements in the bill specifying where spending reductions must be made force the agency to cut both customer service and capital spending, he said.