Termination Of US Postal Board Proposed By 36 Members Of Congress

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Over three dozen members of Congress are requesting the immediate replacement of all six current members of the Postal Service Board of Governors, all of whom were nominated by Trump. As these members of Congress explain it in a newly released letter to Biden, the Postal board has been complicit in Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s gross mismanagement of the Postal Service, which has resulted in substantial slowdowns across the nation. Among other serious consequences, veterans relying on mail delivery for prescriptions have faced lengthening delivery times — yet DeJoy is pushing ahead with his operations changes.

The members of Congress demanding the Postal board members’ removal were led by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.). In a joint letter, those involved in the advocacy effort wrote of their “great concern about the Postal Service’s continued failure to meet its own standards of service, the repeated failure of the current Postmaster General (PMG) to effectively and appropriately engage Congress and other stakeholders, and the gross negligence of the current Board of Governors (BOG) in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities to run an effective Postal Service.”

The members of Congress added as follows:

‘Under the tenure of this BOG, the Postal Service was blatantly misused by President Trump in an unsuccessful gambit to influence a presidential election, the Postal Service is currently failing to meet its own service standards with historically low rates of on-time delivery, and conflicts of interest appear to be a requirement for service.  Because of their lax oversight, many families struggling through the pandemic still await delivery of their stimulus checks, credit card statements, or event holiday cards.’

DeJoy has cast the reforms that he has implemented as designed to make the Postal Service more financially efficient, but in reality, he appears to have completely ignored basic principles surrounding the successful implementation of operational changes. As the members of Congress summarize it, DeJoy implemented shifts like a drastic reorganization of the Postal Service’s executive hierarchy but “did not complete a study or analysis of the impact the changes would make on mail service prior to implementation.” Recently, DeJoy unveiled additional “plans to consolidate Postal Service Districts, centralize certain marketing functions, and offer employees early retirement,” the members add — although the Postal Service has blamed understaffing for recent challenges.

The appointment of the Postmaster General is the responsibility of the nine-member Board of Governors, so replacing DeJoy requires reliance on that board. Biden recently announced three nominees to fill the seats that are currently empty.