President Biden announced his candidates on Friday to replace two members – and allies of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy – of the USPS Board of Governors.
Why is this important: Biden replaces Ron Bloom, a Democrat, and John Barger, a Republican, with Daniel Tangherlini and Derek Kan. If confirmed by the Senate, Tangherlini’s appointment could give Liberals the votes needed to remove DeJoy as leader, who can only be removed by the governing board, according to the Washington post.
- While a Democrat, Bloom was a supporter of DeJoy’s policies to slow mail delivery and raise prices, the Post notes.
The context: The board is made up of nine members, “and no more than five governors can be from the same party,” according to the White House.
- Right now, the board is made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and one Independent.
Fund: Tangherlini was head of the General Services Administration during the Obama administration and will replace Bloom. Kan, a Republican and Barger’s replacement, was deputy director of the Bureau of Management and Budget and undersecretary at the Department of Transport.
What they say : “The Postal Service congratulates Derek Kan and Daniel Tangherlini on their appointments by the President to serve as Governors of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. We wish them good luck in the confirmation process of the United States Senate,” said the ‘USPS. in a statement to Axios.
- “We thank President Ron Bloom and Governor John Barger for their continued leadership and dedicated service to the Postal Service and to the American people. and service excellence, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as they fulfill their mandate. “
The big picture: Earlier this month, the USPS reported a net loss of $ 4.9 billion for fiscal year 2021, nearly half of the agency’s net loss in 2020, recorded at 9.2 billions of dollars.
- The USPS generated operating revenue of $ 77 billion in 2021, up to $ 3.9 billion or 5.3% as of 2020.