USPS to announce 2017 financial results on November 14

WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet November 14 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items: Continue reading

PMG “pleased” that Trump has nominated new Governors

The US Postal Service released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s appointment of three new Governors:

“We are pleased that the Administration has announced its intent to nominate candidates for the United States Postal Service’s Board of Governors. The public interest and the Postal Service are best served by a fully constituted Board made up of well-qualified individuals with diverse perspectives and experience. We urge the Senate to confirm Governors to fill the current vacancies.”

Source: Statement from Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan on Board of Governors nominations

With no one in charge, 9 things the USPS can no longer do as of December 8

As we told you last month, as of December 8 the US Postal Service will no longer have a functioning Board of Governors. That’s the day when the term of James Bilbray, the sole remaining presidential appointee on the board, finally ends. While President Obama has made several appointments to the BOG, they have been blocked by Senator Bernie Sanders. Continue reading

And then there were none: last USPS governor’s term ends  December 8

Two years ago the US Postal Service faced a crisis as the Senate failed to confirm President Obama’s nominees for the Board of Governors. That inaction left the BOG without the six member quorum required by law. The board tried to insure continuity, while it still had six members, by delegating its authority to the remaining governors, acting as a “Temporary Emergency Committee”. Continue reading

Mailers organizations urge Senate to vote on USPS board nominees

A group of mailers associations has sent the following letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:

Dear Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Carper:

As of December 8, of a statutorily directed nine, only one Governor of the United States Postal Service’s Board of Governors remains in office. We are writing to urge you, through your roles on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to press your colleagues in the Senate to move expeditiously toward a vote on all of President Obama’s nominees for the vacant Board of Governors positions as soon as possible.

billbrayThe Board of Governors was designed by Congress to reflect a diversity of views, experience, and political perspective. With nine Governors, split between the parties, as well as the Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General, the Board is constructed to ensure that the public’s interests, including the interests of users of the mail, are properly considered in Postal Service decision making. A fully-staffed, well-functioning Board provides the Postal Service with the resources necessary to ensure that its actions best serve the Postal Service and the public, providing reliable, affordable, and self-sustaining service while comporting with the policies established by Congress. One Governor alone, no matter how competent, may be unable to perform the responsibilities of the Board dictated by the statute. Continue reading