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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.


USPS Board Meeting, Annual Financial Results Briefing next Friday

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet Nov. 15 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 a.m. in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to order and remarks of the Chairman of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of minutes of previous meetings
  4. Committee reports
  5. FY 2013 10-K and financial statements
  6. FY 2014 Integrated Financial Plan and Financing Resolution
  7. FY 2015 appropriations request
  8. Quarterly service performance report
  9. Approval of Annual Report and Comprehensive Statement
  10. Tentative agenda for the Dec. 10, 2013 meeting
  11. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors
  12. Adjourn

Open session meetings of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

CFO Briefing
Following the Board’s open meeting on Nov. 15, Postmaster General & CEO Patrick Donahoe and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 1 p.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

How to Participate:
Important Notice: The procedure to join the briefing has changed. To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the link 

Attendee Direct URL:

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate login below:
Alternate URL:
Event Number:  993 503 302

To join by phone only, dial (855) 293-5496 and enter conference ID: 93813849.

The briefing will also be available on live audio webcast (listen only) at:

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