Turning now to the report, and the section regarding the financial and statistical controls, we find that it says:
It has been recognized in the department for some time that there is a lack of information on which to base policy decisions and control activities. The only existing data which can be used to compare the operations of two post offices is the dollar revenue received by the post offices. This is not an adequate measure of the volume of work performed by each.
The report continues with other criticisms along the same line, which I shall not set out in the record. I have no doubt that later on the Postmaster General will tell us about all the things he has done to implement the report and what he is going to do later on. He will tell us what a bright picture there will be. I would like to put on the record something regarding past history and what might have been done by a particular division. The report says:
A cost ascertainment division was established to devise a practical method whereby the cost of handling various types of mail could be established or estimated.
We know that the cost ascertainment division was established in 1946. Then quoting again from the report:
The division has made some progress and each year produces a statistical report in which the cost of the various postal services is estimated. During recent months-
And remember that is six years after.
-a few of the large post offices have been asked to estimate their expenditures in advance and submit monthly reports comparing their actual expenditures with these estimates.
And so, six years after we established a division to do something, the cost ascertainment division, they are still beginning to go into action. This is one of the reasons 1 hesitate to put any confidence in any statement to the effect that we are going to rush into action on all the recommendations in this report, or any statement that they have been already implemented or that they are going to be implemented very shortly.
Topic: POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954