GAO: Montana mail service has suffered since 2011 cutbacks

Billings Gazette

by Tom Lutey

Government cutbacks have slowed mail delivery across Montana, according to a federal report issued Tuesday.

Delivery service across much of the state slipped a day or more for first class mail and periodicals after the U.S. Postal Service lowered delivery standards and closed five Montana mail processing facilities according to the Government Accountability Office.

USPS customers told the Billings Gazette mail service has worsened since USPS began cutbacks in 2011. The Postal Service, Responding to the GAO, said severe winter weather had a lot to do with delivery delays in late 2013 and early 2014.

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