USPS regulator defends probe into ‘far-reaching’ network shakeup

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A longtime member of the Postal Service’s regulatory body is defending a recent probe into sweeping network changes central to USPS’s 10-year reform plan.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has rebuffed the regulator’s public inquiry into USPS network modernization plans, telling lawmakers that the probe will “put this whole plan in jeopardy.”

But Robert Taub, President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve a third term at the Postal Regulatory Commission, said the commission is well within its jurisdiction to oversee the Postal Service’s “most far-reaching plan” in recent history.

“If one listens to some of the Postal Service’s information on this, it may be the most fundamental change to the network since Ben Franklin was postmaster general. And so this is not a time for the commission to think big thoughts or step back,” Taub told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in a confirmation hearing Thursday.

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