One of Many

One of many things I don’t understand: Why is Louis DeJoy still Postmaster General?

This is a guy who admitted when he was appointed that his intent is to destroy the organization he’s supposed to be running.

It might not seem like it when you look at the piles of junk it delivers, but the USPS is a key piece of the national infrastructure*.

* It’s also a key piece of the government’s efforts to keep tabs on its citizens, but let’s not go there right now.

Seems like getting a new Postmaster General installed should have been one of President Biden’s top priorities. Certainly something that should be done well before the mid-cycle elections.

Okay, granted, it’s not as simple as just handing the incumbent his pink slip and appointing a replacement. The president doesn’t have the power to remove a Postmaster General. That’s reserved to the USPS’ Board of Governors. Ditto for the governors themselves.

The board is supposed to have nine members, plus the Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster General. Legally, no more than five of the nine can belong to the same political party. Prior to Biden taking office, there were three vacancies, and the lone non-Republican–a Democrat appointed by Trump–is (per Wikipedia) considered one of DeJoy’s strongest supporters. Not exactly an unbiased group, in other words.

And one that’s hard to update. Fortunately, unlike the Supreme Court, appointments to the USPS Board of Governors aren’t for life, so there is a possibility of rebalancing it.

Still, it seems like Biden is dragging his feet. It took him until May to fill the three vacant slots. That’s not enough to remove DeJoy, but one would have hoped that prompt action might have let the new members slow him down a bit. Remember that, while the PG is responsible for the day-to-day management of the USPS, it’s the board that sets policy.

And there are two more slots coming open soon. Both are Trump appointees–one being the aforementioned Democrat–and their terms expire next week, though they’ll continue to serve until their successors are approved by Congress.

Biden has announced his nominations, but as far as I can tell, no date has been set for Congress to act on the nominees. Bets on how long it’ll take–and, assuming the nominations are approved–how long it’ll be before DeJoy is looking for a new job?

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