Washington, D.C.- Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), who held various roles in the United States Postal Service prior to serving in Congress, issued the following statement regarding the United States Postal Service Inspector General’s (USPS IG) newly released report on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes. The report was undertaken by USPS IG Tammy Whitcomb upon request from Rep. Lawrence and other members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2020.
“The Inspector General’s conclusions were predictable, yet avoidable: an analysis of service standards and service performance targets revealed significant declines for all mail products the Inspector General reviewed. Amid a global pandemic, and as the Postal Service had already been dealing with employee availability issues, Mr. DeJoy’s initiatives lacked analysis on the potential service impacts they may have, and were primarily disseminated orally, leading to confusion in the field. I also have serious concerns with the Board of Governor’s assessment of the Inspector General’s report, as its comments further lead me to question their fitness to oversee Mr. DeJoy and the Postal Service.