1-4 Overview of the AMP Process

The major events that occur during the AMP process are summarized below in sequence and in Exhibit 1-4.

  1. With the bottom-up approach, the process begins when the district manager or senior plant manager notifies the area vice president (AVP) about their intention to conduct an AMP feasibility study. The AVP informs Headquarters’ senior vice president (SVP) Operations. With the top-down approach, the SVP Operations contacts the AVP about initiating a feasibility study.
  2. When either one of the approaches is used, communication to stakeholders must occur when there is a clear intent to proceed with an AMP feasibility study. The notification of intent to perform the study will include an invitation to the public to submit any comments or concerns to a Postal Service representative.
  3. Within two months, the AMP feasibility study is completed, approved by the district manager (DM), and submitted to the AVP along with the required documentation.
  4. Within 45 days after submission of the study, the DM must conduct a public input meeting. Fifteen days are provided for the public’s submission of additional written comments after the meeting and for the district’s summary of the meeting.
  5. Also, after the DM’s submission of the study, a 60-day review is conducted concurrently by the area and Headquarters management. Every AMP worksheet is verified and issues are resolved; after which, the study is provided to the AVP for consideration.

Exhibit 1-4 

Area Mail Processing Process

Exhibit 1-4, Area Mail Processing Process

  1. Following receipt of public comments and finalized AMP worksheets, the AVP determines if the AMP proposal should advance to Headquarters. If the AMP is supported, the AVP must sign the Approval Signatures page and submit the AMP proposal to the SVP Operations. Generally, this step should be completed within two weeks. If the AMP is not supported, the AVP must submit an explanation to the SVP Operations.
  2. The Vice President Consumer Advocate also receives a copy of the complete AMP proposal. A review by the Office of the Vice President Consumer Advocate ensures that adequate attention and resolution were given to the public input at the district and area levels prior to the consideration of the AMP by the SVP Operations.
  3. The SVP Operations takes into account costs and benefits outlined in the AMP proposal along with summaries of public input when making the final decision to approve or disapprove the consolidation. A decision is expected within two weeks of receipt of the proposal.
  4. Prior to the implementation of an approved AMP, national-level employee organizations must be notified and local employee organizations must be briefed in accordance with current employee agreements.
  5. The area must conduct two post-implementation reviews (PIRs) to assess whether planned savings, workhours, and levels of service are met. The first PIR will cover the first and second full quarters after implementation, and the final PIR will cover the first full four quarters following implementation.
  6. The AMP process is completed once the final PIR has been evaluated by Headquarters and feedback is provided to the area.