"Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at the heart of DeJoy’s and the Postal Service’s actions is voter disenfranchisement. This is evident in President Trump’s highly partisan words and tweets, the actual impact of the changes on primary elections that resulted in uncounted ballots, and recent attempts and lawsuits by the Republican National Committee and President Trump’s campaign to stop the States’ efforts to bypass the Postal Service by utilizing ballot drop boxes, as well as the timing of the changes. It is easy to conclude that the recent Postal Services’ changes is an intentional effort on the part the current Administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections, especially given that 72% of the decommissioned high speed mail sorting machines that were decommissioned were located in counties where Hillary Clinton receive the most votes in 2016."

Stanley A. Bastian,
Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Order Granting Preliminary Injunction
Sept. 17, 2020

Sabotage or Sensationalism?

EMA Aug. 13, 2020 updated Aug. 21: Alarms have been raised about whether the U.S.Postal Service will be ready for the November election, which is expected to see record numbers of people voting by mail due to the pandemic.  In July there were many reports of mail delays. 

President Trump's remarks in an Aug. 13 interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo connecting  his opposition to stimulus funding for the USPS as part of the bogged down coronavirus relief negotiations and his opposition to mail-in voting really put a spotlight on this issue.  (Trump boiled the matter down to "three and a half billion to have mail-in ballots.")   Democrats raised concerns of what can be thought of as "domestic interference" in the election. 
Aug. 13 2020 Headlines:
Trump admits he's refusing to fund the US Postal Service to sabotage mail-in voting - Business Insider
Trump vows to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting - Axios
In the supercharged atmosphere leading up to the November election, it is not surprising that a major controversy has developed.  The spotlight focused Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser and Trump ally who assumed the post on June 15.  In July there were many reports of mail delays.  In August news reports documented mail sorting machines being taken out of service, mail boxes being removed and limits to overtime. 

It is important to note that the USPS is in serious need of reform; it has sustained billions of losses over the last decade and according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office its "financial condition is deteriorating and unsustainable" (>).  COVID has only worsened the situation. 

Changes are needed at USPS, but there are several problems with DeJoy's approach.  Common sense says that a few months before a critical election where record numbers will vote by mail is not a good time to implement major operational changes.  The lack of transparency is troubling.  The USPS has procedures for implementing changes which DeJoy seems to have ignored.  As a lawsuit joined by a number of state Democratic attorneys general points out "before USPS can make substantial changes to service, it must submit a proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission requesting an advisory opinion, the Commission must hold a hearing, and the public may submit comments. None of these steps were taken before Postmaster General DeJoy implemented recent changes." 

On August 18 DeJoy announced he would suspend reforms and measures such as scheduled removal of mail boxes until after the election.  He testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee on August 21, assuring Senators and the public that "the postal service is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation's election mail securely and on-time."  On August 22 the House, called back into session by Speaker Pelosi, passed the Delivering for America Act (H.R. 8015) "to maintain prompt and reliable postal services" by a vote of 257-150, but the measure is not expected to pass in the Senate.  Also on August 22, MoveOn.org Political Action held a "Save the Post Office Saturday" Day of Action.  DeJoy testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on August 24.

See also:
Noah Y. Kim.  "What's happening with mailboxes and mail-sorting machines?"  PolitiFact, Aug. 19, 2020.

Jacob Bogage and Christopher Ingraham.  "Here's why the Postal Service wanted to remove hundreds of mail-sorting machines."  The Washington Post, Aug. 20, 2020.

Hearing.  "Examining the Finances and Operations of the United States Postal Service During COVID-19 and Upcoming Elections."  U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Aug. 21, 2020.  C-SPAN

Hearing.  "Protecting the Timely Delivery of Mail, Medicine, and Mail-in Ballots."  U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Aug. 24, 2020.

 

FUNDING

Excerpts from President Trump's Aug. 13 press briefing:

Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  This morning you said that you do not want to fund the U.S. Postal Service because Democrats are trying to expand voting by mail.  So I’ve got two questions for you.  One, are you threatening to veto any legislation that includes funding for the Post Office?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, not at all.  No.

Q    So you would sign something that does include funding?

THE PRESIDENT:  Sure.  A separate thing, I would do it.  But one of the reasons the Post Office needs that much money is they have all of these millions of ballots coming in from nowhere, and nobody knows from where and where they’re going.  You saw what happened in — Kaitlin — in Virginia.  It was, you know, 500,000 applications coming in, going all over the state; nobody even knows where they came from.  You saw what happened in New York, which was a disaster with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.  It was a — it was a basic disaster.  And you see Paterson, New Jersey, what’s going on there.  And we can give you many other locations and sites.

What has happened is that’s part of a big negotiation.  That’s a actually small part of a big negotiation to get more money to people that it wasn’t their fault; it was China’s fault.  And Post Office is part of it.  Another part of it is they want $3.5 billion just for the ballots themselves.  Why it’s so much, I don’t know.  But that’s what the Democrats want.

But if the bill isn’t going to get done, that would mean the Post Office isn’t going to get funded, and that would also mean that the three and a half billion dollars isn’t going to be taken care of.  So I don’t know how you can possibly use these ballots, these mail-in ballots.

Absentee ballots, by the way, are fine.  But the universal mail-ins that are just sent all over the place, where people can grab them and grab stacks of them, and sign them and do whatever you want, that’s the thing we’re against.

Q    But isn’t that precisely the problem — is that you’re saying you do not want to give this Post Office funding in this coronavirus legislation?  They say they need it so they can be prepared; so if the pandemic is still going on in November when the election happens and people don’t feel safe to go vote in person, they can vote by mail, and it can be safe and it can be secure.

THE PRESIDENT:  I can understand the Post Office.  And if we could agree to a bill — the overall bill, which is obviously a much bigger number than just the Post Office — that would be fine.  But they have the Post Office as one of their requests.  It’s their request.

Q    But this morning you said you were against it, didn’t you?

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m only against — what I’m against is I’m against doing anything where the people aren’t taken care of, and the people aren’t being taken care of properly.  We have — we want people to get money.  It wasn’t their fault that they got shut down.  They got shut down by China.

So whether it’s the Post Office or whether it’s the three and a half billion dollars — you know, they’re asking for three and a half billion dollars just for the universal mail-in ballots, but they’re not willing to make a deal.  These are two points within a very big deal.

The thing they want more than anything else, Kaitlan — and you know this — is bailout money for the states and for the cities that are in trouble, which, for the most part, are Democrat-run states and cities.  So New York has a problem, California has a problem, Illinois has a tremendous problem, and others.  They want to be able to bail out these states, and we don’t want to be doing that, or certainly don’t want to do it to the extent.  They’re looking for $1 trillion; we don’t want to be doing that.

Q    But this morning — I’m just —

THE PRESIDENT:  Please go ahead.

Q    I’m just really confused, because this morning you said they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all these millions and millions of ballots, and you said that would be “fraudulent.”  So it sounded like you said you’re blocking —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no.  No, no.  I said it will end up being fraudulent, because if you look at what’s happened over the last few weeks — just look at the few instances where this has happened — it’s turned out to be fraudulent.

Q    There’s no widespread evidence of fraud, though.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, if you look at New York, it was fraudulent; if you look at Paterson, New Jersey, it was fraudulent.

Q    There’s no evidence of fraud.

THE PRESIDENT:  Of course there is.  The whole thing is a mess.  In fact, Carolyn Maloney’s opponent is — he’s gone crazed.  He said they took the election away from him, and he may be right.  I think they should redo that election.

And if you look at Virginia, it’s terrible.  Look at some of the things that have happened in California.  Look at California, where they found a million non-eligible voters.  That was done by Judicial Watch — Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch.

We have to have an honest election.  And if it’s not going to be an honest election, I guess people have to sit down and think really long and hard about it.  But if the Post Office —

Q    What do you mean by that?

THE PRESIDENT:  — if they’re not going to approve a bill and the Post Office, therefore, won’t have the money, and if they’re not going to approve a big bill, a bigger bill, and they’re not going to have the three and a half billion dollars for the universal mail-in votes, how can you have those votes?
What would mean is the people will have to go to the polls and vote, like the old days — like two years ago, three years ago, four years ago.

They have to go to the — it doesn’t say anybody is taking the vote away, but it means that the universal mail-ins don’t work.  Absentees do work.  It’s a very different thing — an absentee — where you make an application and you send it in, they send you a vote.  It’s different.

But — so, Kaitlan, I’m not saying anything wrong with voting.  I want them to vote.  But that would mean that they’d have to go to a voting booth, like they used to, and vote.

Q    Even if they don’t feel safe voting in person?  People want to vote by mail because of the pandemic.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, they’re going to have to feel safe, and they will be safe, and we will make sure that they’re safe.  And we’re not going to have to spend three and a half billion dollars to do it.

And when you go to a voting — it would be wonderful if we had voting ID.  And some states have that, and some states don’t because they can’t get it passed.  Most states want it.  But we want people to vote.  We want people to vote so when they vote, it means one vote; it doesn’t mean ballots all over the place.

You saw what would — what was happening in Virginia, where piles of ballot applications are dropped all over the state.  They had them named after dogs.  They had them named after dead people.  We want to have an accurate vote.  I’m not doing this for any reason.  Maybe the other turns out to be my advantage, I don’t know.  I can’t tell you that.

But I do know this: I just want an accurate vote — and it’s a fair question, by the way — and so does everybody else.

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THE PRESIDENT:  Go ahead.

Q    Mr. President, thank you so much.  Just to follow on some of the questions that Kaitlan was asking.  You said you do want an accurate vote.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.

Q    Would you direct the Postmaster General to reverse some of the policies changes —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, not at all.

Q    — that have occurred there, in order to prevent delays?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, I wouldn’t do that at all.  No, I want the Post Office to run properly.  But — which makes sense, they would need a lot more money if they’re going to be taking in tens of millions of ballots that just come out of the sky from nowhere.  And so they need additional financial help.

It’s a part of the bill that the Democrats don’t want to make because they want a trillion — much bigger part of the bill — they want a trillion dollars to go to states that are run by governors, who happen to be Democrats, who have not done a good job for many, many years.  And those are states that owe a lot of money and need a lot of money, and they’re talking about $1 trillion.

So, the Post Office and the three and a half billion dollars for the votes themselves, which sounds like a lot of money they’re looking for — three and a half billion dollars.  Think of that: three and a half billion to have mail-in ballots.

Again — absentee, good; universal mail-in, very bad.

Please.  Go ahead.

Q    Just taking a step back, one quick follow-up.  Given that the negotiations are still ongoing about whether to get more money to the Postal Service, why not put more resources and more money, yourself — find a way to do that to make sure there is a free and fair election?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, they can do it very easily.  All they have to do is make a deal.  If they make a deal, the Postal Service is taken care of, the money they need for the mail-in ballots would be taken care of — if we agree to it.  That doesn’t mean we’re going to agree to it.  But all they have to do is make a deal.

But again, more important to them is not that.  That’s a lot of money, but a small time compared to the other.  What they want to do — and very — very, very strongly what they want to do is bail out cities that are run by Democrats and have been for many years.  And these cities and states have done very badly, and they desperately need money for that.

And we’re open to something, but we’re not open to the kind of money that they need.


DEJOY

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
August 22, 2020

Pelosi Floor Speech in Support of Delivering for America Act

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020 and provides $25 billion in critical funding to support the Postal Service: the same level of funding recommended by the USPS Board of Governors, which is composed of 100 percent Trump appointees.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I thank the gentlelady for yielding and her kind words of introduction, but I most importantly want to thank her for being the champion, the champion for the – in defense of the Postal Service. 

I rise in joining her in support of the Delivering for America Act to protect lives, livelihoods and the life of our American democracy during a critical moment for our nation.  I thank you, Madam Chair, again for the intellectual resource you have been in shaping the legislation, making us current in terms of the reports from the Postal Service and what is at stake and why this legislation, Mr. Speaker, is so important. 

I salute House Democrats for their enthusiasm, energy and insistence on delivering for America.  Since day one of the postal crisis, they have conveyed the concerns of their communities to the Congress, holding events, accelerating a drum beat and shining light on this crisis. 

This Postal Service – I'm going to say three things, talk about three things, Mr. Speaker, Madam Chair and Ranking Member.  This is about the provenance of the postal system and how important it has been to America, also, what the challenges are in delaying service and what this – and therefore why this legislation is so necessary. 

First, let me say that the – in the Constitution of the United States, it says, ‘The Congress shall have the power... to establish post offices and post roads,’ Article 1, Section 8.  So, the Post Office is there in the Constitution, but even before that, it has been a pillar of American democracy. 

It is an all-American institution, which enjoys the overwhelming support of the American people for a reason.  Again, enshrined in the Constitution and an inseparable part of our national story, helping transition America from colonies to country. 

In the early 1770s, our Founders relied on the precursor of the Postal Service, the Committees of Correspondence to educate people about the abuses of the British and to build support for independence.  Even before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Continental Congress had established the Postal Service as one of the first and most important offices that would be part of the new government. 

Two of our U.S. Presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman, would proudly hold the title of postmaster.  One of our Founders, Benjamin Franklin, was the Postmaster General.  Actually he established the Postal Service.  So, this goes to the heart of our country and the connection that the Postal Service throughout our history, from the very start, has been in tying our country together. 

In the early 19th Century, when visiting America to write his great book, Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville praised the Postal Service as being the great link between minds and writing that, not ‘in the most enlightened rural districts of France is there an intellectual movement so rapid or on such a scale as this, as the Postal Service.’ 

So, it has been excellent from the start, part of the unity, the unity of America.  As we all know, the postal motto states, ‘Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from their swift completion of their appointed rounds,’ swift completion of their appointed rounds.  

As Members of Congress, we have a responsibility to believe the ensure that those courageous couriers are not strayed of their constitutional duty to serve the American people.  We salute the patriotic – I join you, Madam Chair, in saluting the patriotic men and women who risked their health and safety to serve the American people every day, our postal workers, our letter carriers and all who may bring us together.

There is a second postal motto, inscribed above the original Washington, D.C. Post Office.  It says, and this is really so clearly what the Postal Service has been about, ‘Messenger of sympathy and love, servant of parted friends, consoler of the lonely, bond of the scattered family, enlarger of the common life, carrier of news and knowledge, instrument of trade and industry, promoter of mutual acquaintance, of peace and of good will among men and nations.’ 

Our Postal Service are the beautiful thread that connects our country, delivering sympathy and love, news and knowledge, peace and good will.  And as a grandmother, I will say, we have seen our children and grandchildren write their letters to Santa.  We've seen messages come from the Tooth Fairy.  We've seen photos and drawings of families taking joy in each other that no amount of social media can convey. 

So, again, we must honor their service with our full support and protection and gratitude for what they mean in our lives.  Today, the Postal Service, and this is why this is so important that we have this legislation – the Postal Service provides critical services for Americans in every corner of the country, from our workers, delivering paychecks and tax returns; for our seniors, ensuring social security benefits; for small businesses, providing shipping and essential services; for millions of Americans, particularly rural Americans, delivering 1.2 billion prescriptions including most of the medications delivered by the VA.  

In 2019, 1.2 billion prescription were delivered by the Postal Service, and that was before the coronavirus hit.  And for voters, delivering absentee ballots and election mail, which is essential, especially during the coronavirus epidemic.  No one should be forced to choose between his or her health and the right to vote. 

Across the nation, though, the Postmaster General is pushing sweeping new operational changes that degrade service, delay the mail and threaten to disenfranchise voters, particularly in communities of color.  Now, the Postmaster says he will postpone any further changes until after the election.  That's what he says. 

But this is about more than the election.  This legislation is written in the timely fashion to be about the coronavirus and these changes should be there beyond – until the end of January or the end of the raging epidemic, whichever is later.  It's in that regard that I rise as Speaker to speak on the legislation. 

But as a Representative of my district, where I'm not called Madam Speaker, I'm called Nancy.  This is what they have told me.  ‘Nancy,’ Michael has said, he is a veteran with epilepsy, he reports, ‘the prescriptions sent by the VA through the mail are taking twice as long to arrive.’  Walker says – he is a senior with debilitating health conditions, is now struggling to send and receive his mail after his closest mailbox was suddenly removed.  Claire, an 83-year-old with serious chronic illness, who does not have a car and is afraid to use public transport during the pandemic, is in a panic because, ‘I’m utterly dependent on USPS for my medication and other vital deliveries and, of course, my ballot.’ 

Another San Franciscan, Charlotte, warns that the Postal Service is vital to our country, not only when it comes to mail-in voting, but also for fundamental needs of Americans.  And Mark, another constituent, puts it, ‘Not only does what Trump is doing put the integrity of the November elections at risk, people are suffering every day and they're not receiving their critical medications.’ 

That's what I'm hearing from my constituents.  And they're told to go to the Post Office.  Well, they really can't.  In some cases it endangers them to go to the drug store.  ‘Instead of getting it through the mail, go to the drug store.’ 

So, again, this is immediate in their lives.  We are their Representatives.  That is our job title and our job description.  And representing my constituents, I wanted to convey some samples of concern that we have heard.

Earlier this week, in response to the activism of the American people – people have risen up, I've never seen anything quite like it – and House Democrats, the Postmaster General announced changes were wholly insufficient and doesn't reverse damages already wreaked. 

He said to me frankly, and I have to give him credit for his honesty, he said, ‘I have no intention of replacing the sorting machines that we’re removed from the Postal Service – offices.  I have no intention of replacing the blue mailboxes…’ that have been ripped from our neighborhoods and he had no plans for ensuring adequate overtime, which is critical, critical in the timely delivery of the mail.  He said he had no intention of treating ballots as First-Class mail. 

Yesterday, he said something different, but that's what he told me a couple days ago.  And I said to him, we will have – ago.  And I said to him, we will have the provision in the bill that requires you treat ballots as First-Class mail.  He said, ‘Well, if it's in the bill, then I will have to do it.’  Hence his change of attitude. 

He has not adequately addressed America's concerns about the slowdown and the delivery of medicine to veterans.  He just didn't even seem to know about it.  Really? 

Today, Chairwoman Maloney released new internal Post Office documents that expose the severity of the service declines and delivery delays caused by the Postmaster General's drastic changes.  These documents make clear that the Postmaster General has deliberately misled Congress and the American people about the extent of the damage, brushing them off as a dip in service, an unintended consequence.  These revelations show that we cannot have confidence that the Postmaster General is prioritizing the Postal Service or the millions who rely on it. 

Now, the House is moving forward with a hopefully bipartisan vote, and I think it will be, on the Delivering for the America Act, which will reverse the Trump damage and provide $25 billion to the United States Postal Service. 

Sadly, the Administration has already threatened to veto this legislation, which contains the same amount of funding, the $25 billion, that was recommended by the United States Postal Service Board of Governors.  They are bipartisan, they are 100 percent appointed by Donald Trump and they unanimously recommended the $25 billion that is contained in this bill. 

So, for the sake of every senior who is is delayed in getting his or her Social Security check, every veteran who is delayed in getting his or her medication, every working family who is delayed in getting their paycheck and every voter now facing the prospect of choosing between their vote and their health, we need to pass this bill. 

With that, I urge a strong, bipartisan vote for H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act.  Let's pass this under the leadership of the distinguished Chairwoman Maloney For The People.  

I yield back. 


MoveOn.org Political Action
https://www.savethepostoffice.net  |  chants

"Save the Post Office Saturday" Day of Action

On Saturday, August 22, at 11 a.m. (local time), we will show up at local post offices across the country to save the post office from Donald Trump and declare that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.

Anyone anywhere can participate at the nearest post office. Check out the Materials page for signs and instructions to participate as an individual or a family.

Use the search tools to find a volunteer-led, socially distanced event near you! All hosts are encouraged to set a participant limit of 50 or fewer participants; hosts are expected to set limits in line with local public health guidelines.


We are committed to maintaining public health measures to practice safe protesting during the pandemic. All event participants are expected to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow all local safety guidelines.  Individual hosts are responsible for compliance with their own local laws and event requirements (including orders limiting the sizes of events).

Additionally, a core principle shared by supporting organizations is a commitment to nonviolent, peaceful actions. All actions that are sponsored or organized on this page are intended to be nonviolent and peaceful. We expect all participants to act lawfully at all times and to seek to de-escalate any potential confrontation with those who disagree with our values.

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
August 21, 2020

Postmaster General Debunks Democrats’ Post Office Conspiracy Theories

“There has been no changes in any policy with regards to election mail.”

Democrats know they need a new political insurance policy for November, so now they’re pushing yet another unhinged conspiracy theory. This time, it’s that President Trump is using the U.S. Postal Service to rig the 2020 election. Seriously.

During today’s congressional hearing, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy calmly and factually ripped the Democrats’ conspiracy theories to shreds. Here are the facts.
FACT: The removal of old post office boxes and sorting machines happened during the Obama-Biden Administration as well. It’s “normal,” common, and “data-driven.”
  • DEJOY: Today, there’s about 140,000 collection boxes out in the United States. Over the last 10 years, it averages about 3,500 a year, so 35,000 of them have been removed. It’s a data-driven method… Every year they look at utilization of post boxes, they look at where they place new post boxes, they look at where communities grow... When I found out about it… we looked at the excitement it was creating so I decided to stop it and we’ll pick it up after the election. But this is a normal process… it’s been around for 50 years.
     
  • DEJOY: On the [sorting] machines, the machines we are speaking about, again mail volume is dropping… We evaluate our machine capacity, these machines run about 35% utilization. The mail volume is dropping very rapidly, especially during the Covid crisis and package volume is growing… We really are moving these machines out to make room to process packages. We still have hundreds of these machines everywhere and still not any kind of drain on capacity.

FACT: 
There have been no changes in policies for election mail.
  • DEJOY: First, I’d like to emphasize that there has been no changes in any policy with regards to election mail for the 2020 election.

FACT: 
The Post Office is not eliminating overtime pay.
  • We’ve never eliminated overtime. It’s not been curtailed by me or the leadership team. Since I’ve been here we spent $700 million on overtime. Overtime runs at a 13% rate before I got here, and it runs at a 13% rate now.” 

FACT: 
The process of closing post offices was already in place and was not ordered by Dejoy. He has suspended all closures until after the election.
  • DEJOY: I’ve confirmed post office closures is not a directive I gave. That was around before I got in. There’s a process to that. When I found out about it… I suspended that until after the election.
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U.S. Sen. Gary Peters
Friday, August 21, 2020

Peters Grills Postmaster General DeJoy on Mail Delivery Delays

After Receiving more than 7,500 Complaints, Peters Releases Update on Investigation into how Delays are Harming Michiganders, Americans

DETROIT, MI – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, grilled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at today’s committee hearing over recent changes that have left people in Michigan and across the country struggling with delayed mail deliveries. The hearing – which Peters pressed for and secured – focused on recent operational changes DeJoy directed at the Postal Service that have caused mail delays. Earlier this month, Peters launched an investigation into reports of significant increases in mail delays, and has since received more than 7,500 complaints from people in Michigan and across the country who have seen harmful mail delays under DeJoy’s tenure.

“For more than two centuries, Americans have been able to count on the Postal Service. But in less than two months as Postmaster General – you have undermined one of our nation’s most trusted institutions and wreaked havoc on families, veterans, seniors, rural communities and people across our country,” said Peters in his opening statement. “The country is anxious about whether the damage you have inflicted so far can be quickly reversed, and what other plans you have in store that could further disrupt or damage reliable, timely delivery from the Postal Service.”

At the hearing, Peters pressed DeJoy on how these delays have affected Michiganders, citing reports of delayed medication, lost customers and revenue for small businesses and challenges voting by mail. Peters also shared the stories of constituents whose health and businesses have been severely impacted by delays, including a constituent who was hospitalized after having to ration her medication when her refill did not arrive by mail on time.

To watch video of Senator Peters’ opening remarks, click here.

To watch video of Senator Peters questioning Postmaster General DeJoy, click here.

To watch video of Senator Peters’ closing remarks, click here.

During the hearing, Peters also released an update on his investigation into delivery delays and the serious impacts they have had on seniors, veterans, small businesses, rural residents and others who count on the Postal Service for timely delivery.

READ THE INVESTIGATION UPDATE: “Interim Report on the Threat of Postmaster General DeJoy’s Postal Service Delays.”

As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Peters has fought to protect the Postal Service and its 245-year tradition of reliable, timely delivery. Peters has pressed DeJoy on how service changes and delays are preventing veterans from receiving their prescription medications through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mail-order pharmacy service. Peters introduced legislation to block the Postmaster General from making any changes that would disrupt service for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Peters also called on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to immediately reverse changes made by DeJoy that degrade or delay postal operations and mail delivery, through their authority under the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970.

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District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine
August 21, 2020

AG Racine Joins Suit to Stop Trump's Postal Service Cuts to Undermine Election

Unlawful Changes to USPS Operations Threaten Right to Vote for Millions of Americans Planning to Vote by Mail During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attorney General Karl A. Racine today joined a coalition of seven Attorneys General led by Pennsylvania in filing a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from undermining the United States Postal Service (USPS) in order to interfere with the November election. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the Trump-appointed Postmaster General, the Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors, and USPS, challenges recent operational changes made by USPS. These changes have already caused significant delays in mail delivery and threaten states’ ability to hold free and fair elections amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They come as President Donald Trump continues to baselessly attack mail-in voting as fraudulent. The lawsuit seeks to reverse the changes at USPS, protect the right to vote for millions of Americans who plan to cast ballots by mail, and ensure that states are able to manage their own elections. 

“The objective of this lawsuit is to prevent the Trump Administration from intentionally and unlawfully undermining the delivery of mail in voting ballots for the purpose of interfering with the November elections,” said AG Racine. “Americans need a safe, secure, and reliable way to cast their ballots as COVID-19 continues to spread. Allowing everyone the choice to vote by mail—as President Trump himself has done in several recent elections—is the obvious answer. Our coalition of state Attorneys General is working to undo the damage already done and make sure everyone’s ballot is counted in November.”

Background
The U.S. Postal Service touches the lives of virtually every American and handles 470 million pieces of mail each day. The Postal Service is vital to the U.S. economy and health care system, delivering paychecks, bills, and prescriptions. It is also critical to American democracy. Over the past several decades, voting by mail has expanded nationwide, from 7.8 percent of ballots cast in 1996 to 20.9 percent in 2016. During the 2018 midterm elections, USPS handled 42 million ballots. Today, every state offers some form of voting by mail, and a growing number of states conduct all-mail elections. For seniors and individuals with disabilities or pre-existing conditions, access to mail-in ballots is especially important during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

In July 2020, Trump-appointed U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy implemented service and policy changes at the Postal Service. These included limiting staff overtime, prohibiting so-called “extra or late trips” for mail carriers, and putting letter carriers on rigid schedules. In some areas, substitute workers are not being assigned when others are out for reasons such as contracting COVID-19, despite the fact that USPS is experiencing increased package volume. The combination of too few workers, elimination of late and extra trips, rigid adherence to start and end times, and increased package volume is causing undelivered mail to pile up.  

These changes have impacted millions of Americans, who have been left waiting days or weeks to receive bills, paychecks, medications, and other essential items. They also come as President Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed that vote-by-mail will lead to a fraudulent election. While an unprecedented number of Americans are expected to vote by mail in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump has publicly stated that he opposes additional funding for USPS because he wants to prevent expanded mail-in voting. 

Lawsuit
The Attorneys General allege that the Trump Administration’s changes to USPS operations violate the U.S. Constitution and the Postal Reorganization Act by: 
  • Interfering with states’ ability to manage their own elections: The Constitution grants states the authority to administer “the times, places, and manner of holding elections,” and states exercised that authority when they chose to allow voters to vote by mail. In 2020, many states are heavily prioritizing vote-by-mail to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission, and some jurisdictions, including the District, are mailing ballots to all eligible voters. States made decisions about how to safely and fairly administer their elections based on USPS’s history of delivering election mail in a timely fashion. By making last minute changes that could prevent ballots from being delivered by legally required deadlines, USPS undermines states’ ability to ensure fair elections. 
     
  • Disproportionately preventing seniors from voting: The Trump administration’s changes to USPS disproportionately harm senior citizens over the age of 65, who are both more likely to vote by mail and more at risk of harm from COVID-19. By disenfranchising those over 65 in this way, these changes violate the 26th Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees that U.S. citizens age eighteen or older may not have their right to vote “denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”
     
  • Failing to efficiently deliver mail: Under the Postal Reorganization Act, USPS is required to deliver mail efficiently nationwide, and to prioritize the efficient delivery of important mail when making policy. However, the policies adopted by USPS in July 2020 actively undermine the Postal Service’s “efficient system of collection, sorting, and delivery” of the mail.
     
  • Failing to give required notice of nationwide service changes: USPS is legally required to give advance notice anytime they make a change that “will generally affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide basis.” Under the Postal Reorganization Act, before USPS can make substantial changes to service, it must submit a proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission requesting an advisory opinion, the Commission must hold a hearing, and the public may submit comments. None of these steps were taken before Postmaster General DeJoy implemented recent changes. 
AG Racine filed today’s lawsuit along with the Attorneys General of Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina. 
A copy of the lawsuit is available at: https://oag.dc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/DeJoy-USPS-Complaint.pdf
Voting in the District of Columbia
District residents can find information about registering to vote and voting by mail or in-person in 2020 on the D.C. Board of Elections website: https://www.dcboe.org/

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
AUGUST 18, 2020 PRESS RELEASE

Pelosi Statement on Postal Announcement of Pause to Operational Changes Delaying the Mail

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Postmaster General announced a temporary pause in operational changes that are delaying the mail and threatening to disenfranchise voters:

“Postmaster General DeJoy’s announcement of what may be a temporary pause in operational changes delaying the mail is a necessary but insufficient first step in ending the President’s election sabotage campaign.  This pause only halts a limited number of the Postmaster’s changes, does not reverse damage already done, and alone is not enough to ensure voters will not be disenfranchised by the President this fall.

“The House will be moving ahead with our vote this Saturday on Chairwoman Maloney’s ‘Delivering for America Act,’ which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020 and provides $25 billion in critical funding to support the Postal Service: the same level of funding recommended by the USPS Board of Governors, which is 100 percent composed of Trump appointees.  We also will be demanding answers from the Postmaster General in his testimony next week.

“During a pandemic, the Postal Service is Election Central.  No one should be forced to choose between their health and their vote.”

National Urban League
August 19, 2020

Civil Rights Organizations Sue Postmaster General DeJoy and Other Officials for Disrupting 2020 Election Cycle

Lawsuit Alleges DeJoy is Undertaking Action Intended to Cause Massive Mail Delays

(Washington, D.C.) --The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its pro bono counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP, filed suit this evening in federal court for the District of Maryland on behalf of the National Urban League, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters U.S. against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the United States Postal Service, challenging actions intended to disrupt the 2020 election by making it more difficult for mail ballots to be delivered on time.

“Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has wreaked havoc across the country with reckless policies intended to disrupt the timely delivery of mail just weeks in advance of a general election,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Without question, DeJoy is weaponizing the United States Postal Service (USPS) to disenfranchise Americans who choose to vote by mail amid an unprecedented pandemic gripping the nation. We are filing this lawsuit to stop actions that were adopted unlawfully and that were intended to cause delays intended to disrupt the November election. DeJoy’s statement vowing to suspend changes rings hollow in the absence of remedial action taken to address the damage that his actions have caused.”
 
The suit alleges that DeJoy’s actions in implementing President Trump’s stated desire to undercut the delivery of mail ballots violates the constitutional right to vote because of the burden it places on voters choosing to vote by absentee ballot. The actions also violate the First Amendment, because they target voters who are intending to vote by mail and, the complaint claims, that DeJoy failed to follow the law which required him to submit his plans to the U.S. Postal Commission before implementing them, placing his actions outside the scope of his legal authority.
 
The lawsuit was filed along with pro bono counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP. The suit was filed on behalf of the National Urban League, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters U.S. against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the United States Postal Service.
 
“The drastic and disruptive changes to the Postal Service by the Trump administration have been an attack on every American’s right to vote and their First Amendment right to free speech - and they must be rolled back definitively with more than just a press release,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, President of Common Cause. “These efforts to undermine the effectiveness of the Postal Service under President Trump must ALL be rescinded. In the midst of a pandemic we need to know that ballot applications and ballots will be delivered in a timely manner so that every American will be able to make their voice heard on Election Day without having to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote.”

Less than a month after taking over as postmaster general on June 16, Louis DeJoy circulated an internal USPS memo alerting postal workers to prepare for difficult policy changes, citing an effort to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Changes that took effect July 13 included the elimination of overtime for postal workers; limits on other measures local postmasters use to ameliorate staffing shortages; limits on the number of stops individual mail trucks can make along a route; and instructions to leave mail behind to be delivered the following day rather than make multiple trips to ensure timely delivery as dictated by longstanding policy.  
 
“As the Senate Intelligence Committee report released today reveals, the team surrounding President Trump has pushed the boundaries of voter suppression and interference in unprecedented ways,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “We are determined that the Constitutionally-established institutions of our government will not be twisted into service of the President’s reelection campaign, and we will not abandon those who depend upon the Postal Service for life-sustaining deliveries.”

 The effect on delivery time was felt almost immediately — within weeks, voters and postal workers across the country were reporting noticeable delays, and election officials began instructing voters to drop their ballots off in person rather than return them by mail and risk their late arrival.
 
“There is nothing more precious in the Constitution than the sacred right to vote, and the law will not and cannot stand idly by when that right is infringed for political purposes,” said Kenneth Chernof, partner at Arnold & Porter.

On August 7, Postmaster DeJoy announced a hiring freeze and a request for voluntary early retirement, effectively preventing the alleviation of existing staffing shortages resulting from the pandemic. In the week following that announcement, it came to light that USPS had begun removing mail sorting machines from postal distribution centers across the country, ultimately decommissioning 671 high-volume sorting machines—fully one eighth of nationwide USPS capacity, together capable of sorting 21.4 million pieces of mail per hour. Internal USPS planning documents confirm that this targeted reduction in mail processing capacity included between a 20% and 40% reduction in the number of sorting machines located at facilities in the Great Lakes region, including significant reductions in Indiana. Also revealed was the removal of neighborhood mailboxes across the country which, combined with a reduction in hours at local post offices, may make it more difficult for individual voters to timely cast and place their ballots in the mail.  
   
The lawsuit comes less than two weeks after DeJoy sacked or reassigned more than 30 members of the top leadership and managers at the USPS. The lawsuit also follows a statement issued by DeJoy earlier today promising to suspend further action.
 
The Arnold & Porter team included Kenneth Chernof, John Freedman, Allon Kedem, Doug Winthrop, Andrew Tutt, Daniel Jacobson, Lindsay Carson, Kaitlin Konkel, Ben Halbig, Stephen Wirth, Graham White, Leslie Bailey and Catherine McCarthy.

Read the lawsuit here.


U.S. Postal Service
August 18, 2020

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Statement

WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued the following statement today:
“The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country. There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether the Postal Service is ready, willing and able to meet this challenge.
I want to make a few things clear:

The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards. The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day. The 630,000 dedicated women and men of the Postal Service are committed, ready and proud to meet this sacred duty.

I am announcing today the expansion of our current leadership taskforce on election mail to enhance our ongoing work and partnership with state and local election officials in jurisdictions throughout the country. Leaders of our postal unions and management associations have committed to joining this taskforce to ensure strong coordination throughout our organization. Because of the unprecedented demands of the 2020 election, this taskforce will help ensure that election officials and voters are well informed and fully supported by the Postal Service.

I came to the Postal Service to make changes to secure the success of this organization and its long-term sustainability. I believe significant reforms are essential to that objective, and work toward those reforms will commence after the election. In the meantime, there are some longstanding operational initiatives — efforts that predate my arrival at the Postal Service — that have been raised as areas of concern as the nation prepares to hold an election in the midst of a devastating pandemic. To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.

I want to assure all Americans of the following:
  • Retail hours at Post Offices will not change. 
  • Mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are.
  • No mail processing facilities will be closed.
  • And we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.
In addition, effective Oct. 1, we will engage standby resources in all areas of our operations, including transportation, to satisfy any unforeseen demand.

I am grateful for the commitment and dedication of all the men and women of the Postal Service, and the trust they earn from the American public every day, especially as we continue to contend with the impacts of COVID-19. As we move forward, they will have the full support of our organization throughout the election.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
AUGUST 16, 2020 PRESS RELEASE

Dear Colleague on House Returning to Save the Postal Service

Dear Democratic Colleague,

The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services: delivering prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans, including in our most remote communities.

Alarmingly, across the nation, we see the devastating effects of the President’s campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters.  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, one of the top Trump mega-donors, has proven a complicit crony as he continues to push forward sweeping new operational changes that degrade postal service, delay the mail, and – according to the Postal Service itself – threaten to deny the ability of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming elections in a timely fashion.  These delays also threaten the health and economic security of the American people by delaying delivery of life-saving medicines and payments.  In 2019, 1.2 billion prescriptions were delivered through the Postal Services, including almost 100 percent from the VA to veterans.

Lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy are under threat from the President.

That is why I am calling upon the House to return to session later this week to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Maloney’s “Delivering for America Act,” which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020.  House Democratic Leader Hoyer will soon be announcing the legislative schedule for the coming week.

To save the Postal Service, I am also calling upon Members to participate in a Day of Action on Tuesday by appearing at a Post Office in their districts for a press event.  In a time of a pandemic, the Postal Service is Election Central.  Americans should not have to choose between their health and their vote.

As we protect the Postal Service and access to the ballot, we continue to lead the fight for The Heroes Act as the coronavirus crisis continues to spiral further out of control.

I am grateful to Members for their enthusiasm about returning to Washington, and I am grateful for their suggestions for what else we may consider acting upon when we return.

Thank you for your enthusiasm, leadership and friendship.

NANCY


August 12, 2020

Pelosi, Maloney Joined by 173 House Democrats in Calling on Postmaster General to Reverse Assault on Postal Service

Washington, D.C. – In a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and 173 other House Democrats today called for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail.
 

In the letter, the Members wrote, “[T]he United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to ‘establish Post Offices and Post Roads.’  The Postal Service provides critical services for the American people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters. 

“It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner.  During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy.”


Below is the text of the letter to the Postmaster General.

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August 12, 2020
 

Louis DeJoy
Postmaster General
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza West, S.W.
Washington, DC 20260

Dear Postmaster General:

We write to follow up on the letter that was sent on August 6 to you regarding many serious concerns about operational changes that you have implemented since assuming the position of Postmaster General, which have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service, and specifically have exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail impacting mail delivery times and quality of service for Americans.  We wrote last week, and sadly, the letter sent today to the Oversight Committee is insufficient.

As you know, the United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to “establish Post Offices and Post Roads.”  The Postal Service provides critical services for the American people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters. 

It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner.  During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy.

The House is seriously concerned that you are implementing policies that accelerate the crisis at the Postal Service, including directing Post Offices to no longer treat all election mail as First Class.  If implemented now, as the election approaches, this policy will cause further delays to election mail that will disenfranchise voters and put significant financial pressure on election jurisdictions.  Because many states have traditionally allowed voters to request absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots within a few days of the election, it is essential that standard delivery times remain short and pricing remain consistent.

We also remain concerned about a significant operational restructuring, done without any apparent analysis and consultation, which will weaken the ability of the Postal Service to respond to local needs.  These changes were made without sufficient consultation with Congress, and include reductions of overtime availability, restrictions on extra mail transportation trips, testing of new mail sorting and delivery policies at hundreds of Post Offices, and the reduction of the number and use of processing equipment at mail processing plants. These changes compound the operational and service delays that you have instituted.

During our meeting with Leader Schumer on August 5, you committed to greater transparency and accountability with the Congress and the American people regarding the changes that you have made, which directly reach into the lives of the American people.  We remind you of your pledge to provide documentation of the operational changes that you have and are currently making, and of the Postal Service’s plan to successfully deliver election mail during the 2020 elections.

The Postal Service motto states, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  Let us keep the promise provided for in the Constitution to the American people.

We await your swift reply.



U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform
August 8, 2020

Chairwoman Maloney Issues Statement on Trump Administration Postmaster General’s Continued Efforts to Degrade Postal Operations

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 8, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement in response to continued efforts by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to degrade the operations and structure of the Postal Service:

“The drastic changes to the Postal Service by an overtly partisan Postmaster General are another example of the President’s attempts to prevent millions of Americans from having their votes counted.  These changes were made without sufficient consultation with experts or Members of Congress and are inappropriate this close to the Presidential election, especially since we are in a pandemic and expect a historic number of Americans to vote by mail.  The House recently passed my amendment to prevent the Postal Service from making these significant changes to its operations, and now the Senate must swiftly do the same.”

Background:

On July 20, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, and Committee Member Brenda Lawrence, sent a letter to the Postmaster General regarding documents that appeared to outline operational changes to the Postal Service.

On July 22, 2020, the Postal Service responded to the Committee by stating that these changes had not, “originated from Postal Service Headquarters” and “should not be treated as official statements on Postal Service policy.”

On July 31, 2020, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617, which included an amendment offered by Chairwoman Maloney, to stop the new Postmaster General’s drastic changes to the Postal Service from being implemented and maintain the mail service Americans deserve.

On Aug. 6, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney and Representative Peter King led 84 of their colleagues on a bipartisan letter to the Postmaster General expressing deep concerns about operational changes at the Postal Service that could have negative impacts on service standards and cause significant delays in mail delivery.

On August 7, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Gary C. Peters, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Gerald E. Connolly, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, Senator Thomas R. Carper, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Tina Smith, and Oversight Committee Member Brenda Lawrence sent a letter to the Postal Service Inspector General asking for an audit into the operational changes taking place at the Postal Service under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

On September 17, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney will hold a hearing with the Postmaster General, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. A livestream will be available on the Committee website.

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“The middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic with a national election around the corner is not the time to institute a major reorganization of the Postal Service.  This comes on top of the operational changes that are already causing severe mail delays across the country.  I call upon the Postmaster General to halt these changes now.”  -Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Aug. 7, 2020

U.S. Postal Service
Aug. 7, 2020

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Modifies Organizational Structure to Support USPS Mission

Three Operating Units Created to Increase Efficiency and Better Serve Customers

WASHINGTON, DC — In an effort to operate in a more efficient and effective manner and better serve customers, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy today announced a modified organizational structure for the U.S. Postal Service. 
The new organization will align functions based on core business operations and will provide more clarity and focus on what the Postal Service does best; collect, process, move and deliver mail and packages.
The new organizational structure is focused on three business operating units:
  • Retail and Delivery Operations — basic mission: Accept and deliver mail and packages efficiently with a high level of customer satisfaction. This organization will be led by Kristin Seaver.
  • Logistics and Processing Operations –— basic mission: Process and move mail and packages efficiently to the delivery units, meeting service standards. This organization will be led by David Williams.
  • Commerce and Business Solutions — basic mission: Leverage infrastructure to enable growth. This organization will be led by Jacqueline (Jakki) Krage Strako.
DeJoy also announced the appointment of Scott Bombaugh as acting Chief Technology Officer, Steve Monteith as acting Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, and Pritha Mehra as acting Chief Information Officer. For the complete executive leadership team, please see about.usps.com/who/leadership/officers/.
“This organizational change will capture operating efficiencies by providing clarity and economies of scale that will allow us to reduce our cost base and capture new revenue,” said Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy. “It is crucial that we do what is within our control to help us successfully complete our mission to serve the American people and, through the universal service obligation, bind our nation together by maintaining and operating our unique, vital and resilient infrastructure.”
As part of the modified organizational structure, logistics and mail processing operations will report into the new Logistics and Processing Operations organization separate from existing area and district reporting structures. This includes all mail processing facilities and local transportation network offices. Splitting operations into these two organizations is designed to allow for improved focus and clear communication channels.
These organizational changes do not initiate a reduction-in-force, and there are no immediate impacts to USPS employees. However, to prepare for future changes, the Postal Service has implemented a management hiring freeze and will be requesting future Voluntary Early Retirement Authority from the Office of Personnel Management for employees not represented by a collective bargaining agreement.  
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
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official biography:  https://about.usps.com/who/leadership/officers/pmg-ceo.htm
wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_DeJoy
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Louis DeJoy

Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer

Louis DeJoy is the 75th Postmaster General of the United States and the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest postal organization.

Appointed by the Governors of the Postal Service, DeJoy began his tenure as Postmaster General in June 2020. Prior to joining the Postal Service, he spent more than 35 years growing and managing a successful nationwide logistics company.

As chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics, DeJoy spent decades in collaboration with the U.S. Postal Service, Boeing, Verizon, Disney, United Technologies and other public and private companies to provide supply chain logistics, program management and transportation support. New Breed Logistics was a contractor to the U.S. Postal Service for more than 25 years, supplying logistics support for multiple processing facilities. The company received Quality Supplier Awards from the Postal Service on four separate occasions.

In 2014, New Breed merged with XPO Logistics, with DeJoy serving as CEO of XPO Logistics’ supply chain business in the Americas before his retirement in December 2015. He then joined the company’s board of directors where he served until 2018.

As Postmaster General, DeJoy has committed to creating a long-term, viable operating model for the Postal Service that will ensure the organization can fulfill its public service mission while remaining self-sustaining.

DeJoy is a member of the Board of Trustees at Elon University in North Carolina and the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University.

Latest update: June 2020



American Postal Workers Union
April 24, 2020

Statement responding to President Trump’s remarks today that he will block coronavirus aid for the U.S. Postal Service

President Trump’s shameful comments today that the Postal Service “is a joke” and that USPS  “should raise package prices four to five times” current levels is no laughing matter to the American people.

His comments are an insult to the forty-four postal workers who have died carrying out their vital public service in the midst of this pandemic. It’s also disheartening to the 600,000 proud postal workers who continue to carry out our essential mission to the country at a time when the public needs reliable and affordable postal services more than ever.

Only the U. S. Postal Service reaches 160 million addresses every day to deliver life-saving medicines, vital supplies and important information, at universal, affordable rates.

There’s no longer any doubt what President Trump’s true intentions are for the country’s highest-rated agency, approved by 91 percent of the public, equally among Republicans and Democrats, according to recent data from the Pew Research Center.

President Trump’s clear intent is to raise prices and force a crisis at the Post Office so that his political benefactors at the corporate shippers can increase their company profits at the expense of the people.

A President who boasts of his wealth need not worry about pricier mail and packages. He’s clearly shown how out of touch he is with the concerns of businesses both large and small in the era of e-commerce and the millions of people who rely on affordable mail and package delivery, especially during this pandemic.

Trump’s plan to increase package prices by four or five times would hasten the demise of the public U.S. Postal Service and end affordable, universal delivery to every address in the country.

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The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United States Postal Service. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.