Obama nominates two for USPS Board

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.

Giant Eagle executive chairman nominated to Postal Service board of governors

President Obama nominated David S. Shapira, executive chairman of Giant Eagle (a supermarket chain headquartered i Pittsburgh), to the board of governors of the United States Postal Service, the White House announced on Wednesday.

Shapira has been in his current position with Giant Eagle for two years. He was CEO and chairman from 1980 to 2012 and served as president from 2005 to 2012. He is a trustee of Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon University, director of EQT Corp. and a member of the advisory board of Aquatech International.

He previously served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and is a former director of Mellon Bank Corp.

Read more: Giant Eagle executive chairman nominated to Postal Service board of governors | TribLIVE.

At BOG confirmation hearing, Kennedy warns against further USPS service cuts

At her confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday, Vicki Kennedy suggested that she opposed the USPS plan to cut mail delivery to five days:

Mrs. Kennedy expressed her commitment to helping the Postal Service survive and warned that further cutbacks could hurt the already embattled agency.

“Anytime you have a cutback in service in any way, whether its delivery standards, whether its daily delivery, you know six days a week…I think it’s a black eye. I think it hurts us, and we want people to feel that the postal service is excellent in every way,” Kennedy said.

Read more: 630WPRO.COM | The Voice of Rhode Island – Vicki Kennedy Testifies on Capitol Hill [From ABC News].

USPS Board avoids the cold, flies to Las Vegas for meeting

As letter carriers in much of the country brave bitter cold, and even sub-zero temperatures to deliver the mail, the USPS Board of Governors will be flying to sunny Las Vegas for their regular monthly meeting. The forecast is for partly cloudy skies and high temperatures around 60- above zero!

The public is NOT invited to attend:

Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
DATES AND TIMES: January 7, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., and January 8, 2014, at 7:15 a.m.

PLACE: Las Vegas, Nevada.

STATUS: Closed.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
1. Strategic Issues.
2. Pricing.
3. Governors’ Executive Session.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 7:15 a.m.
1. Financial Matters.
2. Strategic Issues (Continued).
3. Personnel Matters and Compensation Issues.
4. Board Executive Session– Discussion of prior agenda items and Board Governance.

Julie S. Moore, Secretary of the Board,
U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza
SW., Washington, DC 20260-1000.
Telephone (202) 268-4800.
Julie S. Moore,
[FR Doc. 2013-31100 Filed 12-24-13; 11:15 am]

Federal Register | Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting.

GOP lobbyist to remain as USPS Board Chairman; USPS finances improve

Tweets from this morning’s USPS Board of Governors meeting:

Mickey Barnett is a GOP politician from New Mexico who was involved in the US Attorneys scandal during the administration of President George W. Bush. He also unsuccessfully attempted to get the courts to assign New Mexico’s electoral votes to Bush in the disputed 2000 election. Bush later appointed him to the BOG. Billbray is a Democratic politician from Nevada who lost his seat in the House in 1994.