• September 28, 2021

Exclusive: Postal regulator slams DeJoy’s plan for a more expensive, less efficient postal service

 Exclusive: Postal regulator slams DeJoy’s plan for a more expensive, less efficient postal service

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DeJoy has allies on the board of governors—including four Trump Republicans and Ron Bloom, a Trump-appointed Democrat—which is why he’s still there despite the fact that he tried to destroy the institution. But he’s now gained a powerful opponent: the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). That’s an independent agency that is responsible for oversight of USPS, including oversight of rates and services, and ensuring the Postal Service meets all of its legal requirements.

Its legal requirement, by the way, is to “provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and … render postal services to all communities.” It shall also “provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities, and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining.”

Back to the PRC, which is not happy with DeJoy’s new plan. The PRC issued an advisory opinion slamming the slowdown.

It said that the change in service standards, which DeJoy has argued will make the USPS more cost-effective, will not result in “much improvement, if any, to the Postal Service’s current financial condition.” It also said that DeJoy’s USPS “has not demonstrated evidence” showing that the plan will not hurt customer satisfaction, and said the agency has not addressed “the concerns or issues raised by its customers and stakeholders.”

“The Commission finds that the [Postal Service] relies upon assumptions that may not be well founded and it may be unable to achieve successful implementation where reliability and efficiency are required,” the PRC said in its advisory opinion. Unfortunately, this opinion in and of itself won’t stop DeJoy from moving forward with the plan—that’s going to have to come from the board. Which is going to make next week’s meeting quite interesting.

The agenda for the board of governors meeting includes a “quarterly service performance report,” by the way, and also the board says that “members of the public may comment on any item or subject listed on the agenda for the open session above.” So that should be lit.

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