Postal Industry Leaders Gather for Forum on New Postal Reform Law

WASHINGTON, DC, March 01, 2007 - Just two months after President Bush signed a sweeping overhaul of postal operations into law, government and corporate executives gathered here to glean insights from top postal officials about the new postal environment and what it will mean for the nations $900 billion mailing industry.

The new law, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, completely reshapes the postal landscape. Over the next sixteen months, the new Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) and the United States Postal Service will use newly-established powers to create a more flexible and efficient postal system through which the nations commerce can flow.

American Universitys School of Public Affairs hosted the forum, which was sponsored by Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI). Featured speakers included PRC Chairman Dan G. Blair, Postmaster General John E. Potter and, representing the mailing industry, Michael J. Critelli, chairman of the Mailing Industry CEO Council and chairman and CEO of Pitney Bowes. The event also included a panel of congressional staff members who were instrumental in crafting a law that passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming majorities.

This kind of exchange is essential to the successful implementation of postal reform, Critelli said. We need to understand the thinking of the leaders who are writing the new rules, and they need to know the concerns of the organizations that use the mailstream to drive their results. Together, we can secure an exciting future for ourselves and for the nine million Americans whose jobs depend on a healthy postal system.

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About American Universitys School of Public Affairs

Ranked among the top ten institutions of its kind, American University's School of Public Affairs offers educational programs on the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. The School of Public Affairs is also home to research centers and institutes in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy and justice. Alumni are active in global policy legislation advocacy and the public and private sector.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes provides the worlds most comprehensive suite of mailstream software, hardware, services and solutions to help companies manage their flow of mail, documents and packages to improve communication. Pitney Bowes, with $5.7 billion in annual revenue, takes an all-inclusive view of its customers operations, helping organizations of all sizes enjoy the competitive advantage that comes from an optimized mailstream. The companys 87 years of technological leadership have produced many major mailstream innovations, and it is consistently on the Intellectual Property Owners Associations list of top U.S. patent holders. With approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, Pitney Bowes serves more than 2 million businesses through direct and dealer operations. More information about the company can be found at