The Biden Administration’s Strategic Pause On Postal Board Nominations

The Biden Administration seems quite happy with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and its leadership, i.e., Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a former sizable fundraiser for Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And it is easy to understand why. Yes, really.

USPS’s strong performance in delivering 2022 election mail on time, the ongoing delivery of COVID test kits, a December 20 announcement that most new USPS vehicle purchases will be electric, and DeJoy’s pivotal role in getting Republicans to support the 2022 Postal Service Reform Act have all been priorities for the Biden Administration. They are wins for the Postmaster General and the President.

Exhibit A of the Administration’s happiness is that it has not yet announced two additional nominations to USPS’s nine-member Board of Governors, which has similar powers and responsibilities to a corporation’s board of directors and determines who will be Postmaster General. The positions could have been filled as soon as December 8, 2022. Instead, two Governors President Donald Trump nominated may continue to serve as long as December 8, 2023.


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