Postmaster General DeJoy calls mail delays 'unacceptable,' apologizes

  • Postmaster General DeJoy calls mail delays 'unacceptable,' apologizes

Postmaster General DeJoy calls mail delays 'unacceptable,' apologizes

DeJoy on February 9 said he was working on a 10-year plan, and Maloney said that lawmakers "have been trying to get information about the new strategic plan, which has yet to be made public". The governors select the postmaster general, and under Republican leadership previous year chose DeJoy, a shipping executive and donor to former President Trump.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Wednesday offered a sobering review of the mail agency's finances and performance capabilities but reaffirmed his intention to overhaul the agency and remain at its helm, telling one Democratic lawmaker: "Get used to me".

DeJoy appeared at a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, where Democrats grilled him on the slowdown in mail deliveries over the summer, amid the coronavirus pandemic and an uptick in voting by mail ahead of the November election. But they still had plenty of questions about DeJoy's stewardship of the USPS: in October, the USPS inspector general issued a report finding that the changes DeJoy made to delivery schedules and protocol led to the worsening delays. In Washington, D.C., just 40 percent of all first-class mail arrived on time by the end of December 2020-compared to almost 90 percent the same time the year before. "We must acknowledge that during this peak season we fell far short of meeting our service goals", he said. "I apologize to those customers who felt the impact of our delays" But Lawrence expressed concern about DeJoy's forthcoming "strategic plan" to get the USPS through this hard stretch. A five-figure check that an OH veterans services center sent by certified mail to Falls Church, Virginia, on December 9 wasn't delivered until January 9.

To account for those delays and manage costs, DeJoy said the USPS may need to reduce the amount of mail transported by plane, thereby increasing the amount of time it may take for some mail to be delivered. "He has to prove himself".

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy looks on during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill. She was also a prominent voice in rebuking false claims about mail voting in the 2020 election.

DeJoy said he is devising a 10-year strategy to restore the postal service to the level of services that people expect.

President Biden announced three nominees Wednesday to fill vacant seats on the U.S. Postal Board of Governors. "My hope is the newly constituted Board will do the right thing and bring in a new, qualified Postmaster General."A majority of the nine-member board would be required to support DeJoy's removal". If confirmed by the Senate, Democrats would have a majority on the board, which now has four Republicans and two Democrats.

Hice earlier in the hearing sought to defend DeJoy from allegations that he was installed at the Postal Service to disrupt election mail and prevent voters from casting ballots for Biden.

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who serves on the Senate committee overseeing the USPS, said the delays are a point of frustration. It's part of an effort to make the USPS more environmentally friendly by switching a portion of its massive fleet to electric vehicles. "It's not some theoretical concept", said Krishnamoorthi. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.