Update: the USPS has confirmed Stroman’s appointment. It’s worth noting, in response to some of the comments that have been posted concerning the appointment of a non-postal person to the position of Deputy, that earlier this month the USPS removed the DPMG from the line of emergency succession in case anything happens to the PMG. The Chief Operating Officer, (currently Megan Brennan, an experienced postal operations manager), is now first in line, followed by the Eastern and Western Area Vice Presidents. The position description for the DPMG job, though loaded with corporate buzzwords, made it pretty clear that Donahoe was looking for someone to serve “as chief legislative strategist for the USPS on Capitol Hill and throughout the federal government.”, not someone to help run the business day to day.
Here’s the press release:
Ronald A. Stroman will bring more than 30 years of professional experience in government, legislative affairs and leadership when he joins the U.S. Postal Service as Deputy Postmaster General on April 4.
Stroman, who most recently served as staff director, Committee on Oversight and Government Relations at the U.S. House of Representatives, will lead all outreach and communications with congressional and mailing industry leaders as well as help ensure that every customer experience is a positive one.
The Deputy Postmaster General (DPMG) position, like the Postmaster General position, is hired by the Postal Service Governors. As Deputy Postmaster General, Stroman will serve on the Board of Governors and on Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoeâ€™s Executive Leadership Team. The vice presidents of Government Relations, Corporate Communications and Consumer and Industry Affairs will report to Stroman.
â€œThe Board of Governors are pleased that Ron has accepted this appointment,â€ said Louis J. Giuliano, chairman, Postal Service Board of Governors. â€œHis depth of understanding of the legislative process as well as his demonstrated ability to work with members on both sides of the aisle makes him an important addition to the USPS team as we work through the many issues facing us today.â€
As DPMG, Stroman will play the lead role in continuing to work with Congress to restructure the prefunding of retiree health benefits, adjust delivery frequency, and gain greater flexibility in aligning the Postal Service processing, distribution and retail networks. He will work closely to help strengthen relationships with the mailing industry and identify opportunities to improve interactions with postal customers.
Stroman has held senior positions at the U.S. House of Representatives, the General Accounting Office and the U.S. Department of Transportation, among other positions. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University Law Center.
â€œA manager and a leader, Ronâ€™s career is a testament to his ability to work in a bipartisan fashion and communicate effectively through challenge and change,â€ Postmaster General Donahoe said. â€œI look forward to working closely with Ron as we continue our evolution as a forward-thinking, fast-acting company with outstanding service as its foundation.â€
And here’s our earlier story:
According to Postcom: “Word has it that Ron Stroman will be the next Deputy PMG.”
Stroman is currently the Staff Director and Senior Policy Advisor for the Democratic Staff at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (Yes, that’s the committee, now chaired by Republican Darrell Issa, that will be holding hearings on the new APWU contract next week).
From 2001 to 2009 Stroman was the Managing Director for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to that he served as general counsel to the full Oversight Committee from 1988-1994, staff director and chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations from 1993-1994, and deputy minority staff director and procurement counsel from 1995-1997. He also served as assistant counsel on the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary from 1984-1988. Stroman holds a law degree from Rutgers.