USPS pauses on downgrading Sioux Falls processing center

A plan to downgrade some U.S. Postal Service processing centers, including one in Sioux Falls, is on hold until at least 2025.

The move was made public in a letter from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), who sent a bipartisan letter signed by himself and 25 other senators, including Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), “calling on USPS to pause the facility and transportation changes in its network plan until they can be studied to ensure they do not harm mail delivery service.

In the case of Sioux Falls, the downgrade would mean mail sent from the city would first go to Omaha, where its final destination would then be determined, even if it went straight back to Sioux Falls.

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While DeJoy said in the letter that he agreed to suspend the shift in processing operations until at least Jan. 1, 2025, he continued to say in the letter that the efforts “will both improve facilities and facilitate the significant cost savings we absolutely must achieve for any hope of financial sustainability.”

He also warned that the pause would also mean a pause in the $133-$137 million in cost savings they had expected.

Rounds tweeted Monday afternoon that he was “pleased to see the Postal Service halt the reduction of mail processing facilities in SD in response to concerns and my subsequent letter to Postmaster Louis DeJoy.” This is a step in the right direction to protect rural postal services across the region. our state.”