The United States Postal Service, or post office, is an independent establishment, not a government agency. It is one of the few establishments “explicitly authorized” by the U.S. Constitution, after being created by Benjamin Franklin in 1775. The Second Continental Congress signed a decree that established the post office; in 1792, the Post Office Department was created as a part of the United States Cabinet. In 1971, the post office was transformed into its current incarnation under the Postal Reorganization Act. The post office is not funded by the federal government, but it has borrowed money from the U.S. Treasury so it could cover operating deficits. The post office is said to employ nearly 600,000 workers and own over 218,000 vehicles. Learn more about the post office with our Bright Hub guides.
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