Chairman Connolly to Hold Field Hearing on Postal Service’s Poor Performance and Mail Theft in Philadelphia

Washington D.C. (August 31, 2022)—On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a field hearing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to examine drops in the U.S. Postal Service’s mail delivery performance, recent increases in postal mail theft and crime, and whether the Postal Service is prepared to effectively receive and deliver mail-in ballots nationally during the upcoming election cycle.

In 2020, Postal Service senior staff, including the Postmaster General, began making consequential operational changes to mail and package delivery without consulting customers and, as a result, mail delivery service across the U.S. plummeted.  In Philadelphia, the on-time delivery rate for mail that should take three-to-five days to deliver was just 61.9% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021.  While delivery rates have improved nationwide and in Pennsylvania, some of this improvement is the result of new service delivery standards that extend delivery targets, making it easier to achieve on-time delivery.

In recent years, postal mail theft has also emerged as a rampant problem.  Between 2018 and 2021, robberies of mail carriers more than tripled, and robberies involving a gun more than quadrupled.  However, in 2020, the Postal Service put a new policy in place that prevented Postal Police officers from investigating mail theft that doesn’t take place on USPS property.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. ET, at the conclusion of the field hearing, Chairman Connolly and members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation will hold a press conference to recap the information uncovered at the hearing.

 

WHAT:  

 

Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing entitled “Delivering for Pennsylvania:  Examining Postal Service Delivery and Operations from the Cradle of Liberty”

 

WHEN:

 

WHERE:

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. ET

 

Temple University

1810 Liacouras Walk Building – 5th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19122

WHO:    

 

Ivan Butts

President

National Association of Postal Supervisors

Gary Vaccarella
DE-PA2 District Manager
U.S. Postal Service

Melinda Perez

Assistant Inspector General for Audit

U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General

Frank Albergo
National President
Postal Police Officers Association

WATCH:A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.

 

PRESS CONFERENCE:

 

WHEN:2:00 p.m. ET (or immediately following the hearing)

 

 
WHERE:Temple University

1810 Liacouras Walk Building – 5th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19122

 
   

WHO:    

 

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations

Rep. Brendan F. Boyle

Member of Congress, Second District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Dwight Evans
Member of Congress, Third District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon

Member of Congress, Fifth District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Madeleine Dean

Member of Congress, Fourth District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan

Member of Congress, Sixth District of Pennsylvania

WATCH:A livestream of the press conference will be available on the Committee on Oversight and Reform Facebook page.



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Frank Albergo, National President, Postal Police Officers Association, will be at this meeting pitching his Fake News that if only if the “Postal Police” can be cut loose that they can reduce postal crime, mail theft, robberies and assaults. I’d love to see someone actually challenge Frank and give him what he is asking for and see the results. There are only 450 or so postal police in the entire country and turning them “loose” would have no impact expect leave actual postal facilities unguarded and employees without protection. Why is that Frank travels the country spreading fake news? The… Read more »

Maxine Steele: why are you afraid to identify yourself? Hiding behind your keyboard makes you tough? You’re obviously a postal inspector or a worthless headquarters USPIS employee. Enjoying your three-day holiday weekend at home while mail gets stolen throughout the US? Oh, and the stamps on that mail are what pays your obscene salary and unwarranted LE benefits.

Hi Jim, thank you for your comment, Please tell me how the Postal Police will solve the increase in postal crimes that are occurring though out the US, Frank, your union president is pushing that narrative out there in his PR Blitz if the postal police are cut loose they will reduce the increase in postal crime. The postal police are a very small force, 450 or so total postal police nation wide will have no impact on nation wide crime wave brought on by a bad economy and drug addition surge. The postal police are trying to get LE… Read more »

“In recent years, postal mail theft has also emerged as a rampant problem. Between 2018 and 2021, robberies of mail carriers more than tripled, and robberies involving a gun more than quadrupled. However, in 2020, the Postal Service put a new policy in place that prevented Postal Police officers from investigating mail theft that doesn’t take place on USPS property.” Postal Police have never investigated external mail theft, robberies, or assaults off postal property. The Postal Police may have assisted the Postal Inspectors by securing a scene or being a uniform presence on a search warrant but the Postal Police do not… Read more »

Hey Deputy Chief Maxine, if Frank Albergo lied, ever, wouldn’t the Agency seek to investigate such lies and terminate his employment on integrity grounds? That said, he hasn’t EVER lied to the news media, the OIG, or anyone else. I guess his truth hurts those of you postal inspectors who drink the HQ KoolAid and actually believe you’re somehow on par with FBI, ATF, DEA, Secret Service or other real federal agents.

That said, I really respect what inspectors do (sound familiar?).

First Jim, thank you for the promotion, I always wanted to be deputy chief. I have never used the words that Frank Albergo, Postal Police Union President, ever lied… let me break this down so its more easily digested. Frank is spewing B.S., he may believe what he is saying is true but he never backs up anything with facts or stats about cutting loose the Postal Police will reduce the increase in postal crimes. Anything other than providing facts and an actual plan is just B.S. Historically, postal police have never investigated crimes, they may have been first on… Read more »

Jim after reading one of my posts I guess I did use the words Frank “lied”, that was a harsh on my part, Thank you Jim for pointing that out, I was wrong to use that terminology. I should have just said it was B.S. Frank was promoting, I apologize to Frank Albergo , I did not mean to assault his integrity, on that note I was wrong. I think Frank is a good man trying his best to get his people something he thinks they deserve. I don’t think the USPIS is doing anything about Frank’s P.R. Blitz because… Read more »

Max Steele, thanks for proving—with your every breath—that the two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.

Facts Jim, please facts….what are the postal police arrest stats? Please put them out there. If all you have is name calling then your arguments are vapor. Thanks Jim for proving my point. Have a good day and good luck with all you do.

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