WASHINGTON — During an open meeting of the Temporary Emergency Committee (TEC) of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service today, Robert M. Duncan of Kentucky was elected chairman of the Board of Governors. David C. Williams of Illinois was elected vice-chairman of the Board. Continue reading
PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2018 — S. David Fineman, Former Chair of the United States Postal Board of Governors, has released the following statement on “postal politics.”
The Postal Service should not be a political football. We should move ahead with providing needed oversight of the system. Continue reading
(Note: the “Temporary Emergency Committee” consists of the Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster General) Continue reading
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
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.”
Donald Trump today nominated the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service: Continue reading
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
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
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.
The 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
The U.S. Postal Service loses hundreds of millions of dollars per year, in part because of competition from email and social media. People simply don’t send letters anymore. Several ideas have surfaced to improve the postal service’s bottom line, but the board which oversees its operations is essentially paralyzed. The problem is political.
It turns out the man who now serves as the Chairman of the National Postal Service Board of Governors is a lifelong Las Vegan who says he is frustrated to see political squabbles interfere with mail delivery.
“If we don’t get any new appointees by Dec. 6 of this year, I will be the only governor in the United States Postal Service” explains Bilbray.