USPS board names new postmaster general
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 07, 2020
The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service announced its unanimous selection of Louis DeJoy as organization’s 75th postmaster general and CEO.
DeJoy has more than 35 years of experience in supply chain logistics, program management and transportation support. He is expected to begin serving in his new role June 15.
DeJoy is currently in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, will be the first postmaster general in 20 years who has not come up through the agency’s ranks, according to the Washington Post. Since January, he has donated over $360,000 to the President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and about $70,000 to the Republican National Committee, according to campaign finance data from the Federal Elections Commission, NBC News said.
Those political ties prompted criticism of the pick. "President Trump rewards a partisan donor by installing him at the United States Postal Service. The Postal Service is in crisis and needs real leadership and someone with knowledge of the issues,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said. “This crony doesn’t cut it.”
As the Postal Service struggles during with pandemic with the drop-off of first-class mail, it received a $10 billion loan as part of the CARES Act. USPS’ current chief Megan Brennan suggested the organization could take a $13 billion revenue hit in 2020, and the board requested $75 billion in federal support in the next pandemic relief bill.
Trump said he would veto any further relief package that would prop up the finances of the Postal Service, claiming that it would be profitable if it charged more for last-mile delivery of packages from Amazon, Federal Express and UPS.
DeJoy’s appointment comes upon the retirement of Brennan, who announced her intent to step down in October 2019.