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Postal Service Contracting

We know the USPS.

Postal Service contracts are unique, both in what they contain and how they are awarded. Key procurement rules, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), do not apply. Instead, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has its own set of rules called the Supplying Principles and Practices. In this special world, bid protests are called "disagreements" and “highway contracts” are for transporting mail (not building roads). Important differences include the use of non-appropriated funds, supplier prequalification and specialized forms.

We understand the differences in postal service contracts – we’ve even written a book on it. Having advised hundreds of postal contractors on a wide variety of issues, we use our knowledge to help contractors succeed within this distinctive environment.

Although postal contracting has its differences, many of the same US Postal Service contracting issues still arise. From award to termination, our attorneys have assisted postal contractors on a variety of issues, including:

  • Amendments and modifications
  • Audits
  • Bids and proposals
  • Changes and changed conditions
  • Claims, equitable adjustments, and disputes
  • Contract interpretation and administration
  • Cost and pricing data
  • Delays
  • Fraud and False Claims Act investigations
  • Postal Service Contract Negotiation
  • Protests and disagreements
  • Requests for equitable adjustment
  • Selection, evaluation and contract awards
  • Solicitation analysis
  • Subcontracting
  • Suspension and debarment
  • Terminations
  • Withheld and delayed payments

We help postal service contractors sort through these issues, understand their rights and obligations, and take appropriate legal action on their behalf when warranted.

News Releases | February 14, 2019
Transportation Companies Dominate 2018 List of Top U.S. Postal Service Suppliers

Husch Blackwell announced today the publication of its Top 150 U.S. Postal Service Suppliers list, an annual look at the companies with the largest supplier relationships with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). 

Media Mentions | March 12, 2018
Post & Parcel: Husch Blackwell Publishes Top 150 USPS Suppliers List

According to a statement posted by Husch Blackwell last week, USPS spent $13.9 billion on outside purchases and rental payments during fiscal year 2017, with about half of that total on transportation-related purchases.

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