In his 2014 report, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General proposed that the USPS offer financial services targeted to consumers who do not have access to affordable, mainstream financial products.
On July 16, Pew hosted a one-day conference to:
- Explore the implications of offering financial services at the post office.
- Review international models that might be instructive for the U.S.
- Discuss the economics of offering financial services at the post office.
- Unveil findings from our new national survey of public attitudes about financial services and the post office.
Agenda and More Video Footage
UPDATE: The conference has ended. Its original agenda, below, is annotated with archival video and other assets.
Opening Remarks: Travis Plunkett, senior director, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Presentation of Pew Research:
- American attitudes about the post office and the provision of financial services: Results of a Pew survey—Alex Horowitz, research officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Post office and bank locations: Gaps and overlaps—Clinton Key, research officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Welcome: Susan K. Urahn, executive vice president, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Keynote: Representative Darrell Issa (CA), chair, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Keynote: David Williams, inspector general, U.S. Postal Service
Panel: Providing Financial Services to the Underserved
- Moderator: Brian Naylor, National Public Radio
- Dong Hong, regulatory counsel, Consumer Bankers Association
- Adam Levitin, professor, Georgetown University Law Center
- Ryan Donovan, senior vice president, legislative affairs, Credit Union National Association
- Jana Barresi, director, federal government relations, Walmart
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Keynote: Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA), member, Senate Banking Committee
Panel: Lessons for the U.S. From Other Countries
- Moderator: Stuart Butler, distinguished fellow and director, Center for Policy Innovation, Heritage Foundation
- Alex Berthaud, financial inclusion program manager, Universal Postal Union
- Sheldon Garon, professor, Princeton University
- Jim Campbell, attorney and consultant
Keynote: Ruth Goldway, chairman, U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission
Keynote: former Representative Tom Davis, former chair, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Panel: Economics, Operations, and Efficiency
- Moderator: Bill Sermons, director of research, Center for Responsible Lending
- Michael Scanlon, partner, K&L Gates
- Phil Tabbita, manager of negotiation support and special projects, American Postal Workers Union
- James Gattuso, senior research fellow in regulatory policy, Heritage Foundation
- Michael Crew, professor and director, Center for Research in Regulated Industries, Rutgers University
Concluding remarks: Key themes, unanswered questions, and policy considerations—Travis Plunkett, senior director, The Pew Charitable Trusts