DeJoy is poised to remake a resurgent USPS. Now comes the hard part.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has privately told associates in recent days that the hard part of his job at the U.S. Postal Service is just beginning.

President Biden just signed legislation that will allow DeJoy the financial freedom to remake the nation’s mail service as the postal chief sees fit. It’s an improbable bipartisan success for DeJoy, who before he even took office drew criticism over his connections to the Trump administration and his role as a major Republican political donor.

Within his first month on the job, he issued orders that slowed mail service in the run-up to the 2020 election and faced a barrage of lawsuits that accused him and the agency of tanking postal delivery as tens of millions of voters prepared to mail in their ballots. Delays dragged into the holiday season; consumers widely reported problems paying bills by mail and sending and receiving Christmas packages.

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