DeJoy’s plan “to crack down on mail theft” and “enhance employee safety” dismayed Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) at a May 17 House Government and Accountability subcommittee hearing. Raskin said the plan is “baffling to me” and “very light on proactive protection for letter carriers.” The nationwide plan includes installing 12,000 high-security blue mailboxes and electronic locks on 49,000 mail receptacles.
DeJoy responded, “I don’t have the authority to patrol the streets. And they haven’t done that in the past …. We don’t have the legal authority to do that.”
He’s wrong about past practice and that’s not exactly what a federal district court found about his authority.