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No, the president cannot fire the postmaster general

April 22, 2024


Amid the frustration over mail delays, it’s put the postmaster general — Louis DeJoy — in the hot seat in the nation’s capital.

At a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington this week, the question about who can appoint and remove the postmaster general actually came up. We heard congressional leaders’ concerns about Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s ability to lead — from both sides of the aisle.

“In my judgment, if you can’t fix this in the next couple of weeks, then he’s demonstrated his incompetence in this position,” Georgia’s Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff told 11Alive’s Liza Lucas after the hearing.

And Republican Rep. Mike Collins, who represents Athens and much of the region southeast of Atlanta in Congress: “Personally I think this guy is in over his head. He’s been over his head and should have already taken that resignation and put it on somebody’s desk.”

So how is the decision made to actually remove a postmaster general from office? It’s up to the Board of Governors which oversees Postal Service operations.
The board is made up of nine people — the president appoints them and the U.S. Senate confirms them.

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