The top 150 U.S. Postal Service suppliers “represent more than half of the total spend of the Postal Service” in 2012, explained Husch Blackwell Partner David Hendel, Chair of the firm’s Postal Service Contracting practice, during an “In Depth” interview on Federal News Radio. The Postal Service spent $11.9 billion contracting out in 2012, down slightly from 2011. The top 150 suppliers provide “meat and potatoes” items directly related to the agency’s mail transportation and delivery mission. For example, 12 of the top 20 contractors provide transportation-related services. While Hendel does not expect too many changes to the list in 2013, the agency will eventually need to replace its carrier vehicles, which are over 25 years old. There may also be additional spending related to the alteration of facilities that are being consolidated as USPS reduces its footprint.