USPS: In-house IT work should deliver savings

Career employees, not government contractors, will perform the bulk of the Postal Service's IT management, according to the agency's new strategic blueprint.

In its Strategic Transformation Plan 2006-2010, approved late last month by the Postal Service board of governors, the agency said it will reduce costs and streamline operations by transitioning its IT infrastructure from 'high-cost IT contractors' to in-house staff.

The Postal Service proposes to reduce costs by improving efficiency in operational and business processes based on new technology, postmaster general John Potter said.

Specifically, the plan envisions modernizing the agency's IT infrastructure across the board by installing digital-subscriber-line or cable connectivity in at least 14,000 locations still served by dial-up connections.

Also, by 2009 the agency will reduce costs by standardizing printers, scanners, photocopiers and other IT equipment. To read the transformation plan, go to www.gcn.com and enter 492 in the GCN.com/box.

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