In addition to carrying the mail and delivering Christmas packages, U.S. Postal Service carriers may soon be doubling as pothole reporters, air-quality testers, or bank tellers.
The USPS inspector general outlined in a report made public Monday a host of ideas to rescue the financially-troubled agency by taking advantage of its existing infrastructure to create new revenue streams that don't depend on customers buying postage stamps.
Most of the ideas would require Congress to scrap existing legislation that limits the ability of the postal service to diversify. Laws currently prohibit the agency from offering “new products that do not meet the definition of a postal service,” the report said.
In the last three years alone, the postal service has lost $26 billion.