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.
From USPS News Link:
President Obama has nominated Stephen Crawford and James Miller III to the Postal Service Board of Governors.
Crawford is a research professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Miller, a senior advisor at law firm Husch Blackwell, previously served as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Miller served on the Board of Governors previously.
The White House announced the nominations March 11. The Senate must confirm nominees before they join the board.
Earlier this year, Obama nominated two others to the board: David Bennett, formerly an executive with aerospace company BAE Systems, and David Shapira, chairman and chief executive officer of supermarket chain Giant Eagle.
The president also re-nominated Mickey Barnett, a lawyer and former New Mexico state senator who joined the board in 2006.
The board directs and controls USPS expenditures, reviews its practices, conducts long-range planning and sets policies, among other duties.
The board is comprised of nine governors and the Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General. There are six open seats on the board.
The US Postal Service Board of Governors has created a Temporary Emergency Committee that it says will have the ability to continue conducting official business in the absence of the legally required quorum. The committee will consist of the Governors currently in office.
Inaction on the part of the President and the Senate have resulted in the lack of enough Governors to constitute a quorum. There are currently five nominees awaiting confirmation by the Senate.
The resolution creating the emergency committee was passed by the Board while it still had a legal quorum. Here is the text of today’s Federal Register notice, including the legal rationale for the move: Continue reading
Senator Tom Carper, the outgoing chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the USPS, warned his colleagues yesterday that if they don’t act soon to approve appointments to the USPS Board of Governors, the Board will be unable to conduct business. The speech came after the Carper committee approved the nomination of lobbyist and New Mexico GOP boss Mickey Barnett for another term on the board:
“I’d like to spend some time on the floor today discussing Mr. Barnett’s nomination, and those of several other lower-profile nominees that we urgently need to confirm as soon as we can. Mr. Barnett is among a group of five bipartisan nominees to the Postal Board of Governors – two Republicans and three Democrats. If we don’t confirm Mr. Barnett and his colleagues by December 8th, Mr. Barnett – currently the Board’s chairman – would be forced the leave the Board. If that happens, the Board will no longer have enough members to achieve a quorum and won’t be able to conduct business. At a time when the Postal Service is struggling to address a number of financial challenges and to adapt to the digital age, this would be an avoidable disaster.
“Today, because of our inability here in Congress to come to consensus on postal reform legislation, the Postal Service is just twisting in the wind, able to do only so much to address the financial challenges it faces and transform itself for the digital age. Customers are left with uncertainty, then, about what the future holds for the Postal Service. We would make that uncertainty even worse if December 8th comes and goes and our five Postal Board nominees are still waiting for us to act.
“The same goes for our nominees to fill vacancies on the Postal Regulatory Commission, Nanci Langley and Tony Hammond. They’ve been waiting since the spring of 2013 to be confirmed, and the Commission has been working with only three commissioners as a result.