Despite all these extra burdens, the USPS actually managed to pay its bills until 2006. In that year, a budget crisis was created purposely by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which mandated the funding of 75 years of pension obligations within 10 years. The same law prevents the service from raising rates to fund the pensions. This law costs the service a cool $5 billion a year. No other organization, public or private, has such a requirement in law.