Organizational changes at Postal Service come amid slowdown concerns

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who is facing pressure from Congress over email flaws and concerns about how the U.S. Postal Service would handle mail-in voting during the November presidential election, is shaking up the agency’s organizational structure.

New managerial appointments came together with the removal or reassignment of almost two dozen postal leaders, exemplified by a new list of executive leaders although not explicitly noted by the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement on the shakeup.

The moves Friday also included a hiring freeze and a request for”early retirement authority” for nonunion workers.

“This organizational change will likely capture operating efficiencies by providing clarity and economies of scale which will allow us to reduce our cost base and capture new revenue,” DeJoy said in the announcement.

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From center, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, makes his way to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, for a meeting with her and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at the US Capitol on Aug. 5, 2020. Mandel Ngan / AFP – Getty Images

DeJoy declared a new focus on delivery and retail, logistics and processing, and commerce and business options — with new leaders, Kristin Seaver, David Williams and Jacqueline (Jakki) Krage Strako, respectively.

Above these will be Scott Bombaugh, acting chief technology officer, Steve Monteith, acting chief customer and marketing officer, and Pritha Mehra, acting chief information officer, DeJoy announced.

Also on Friday, the U.S. Postal Service announced a third-quarter net reduction of $2.2 billion. In a statement, the agency said even Congressional relief funds of $10 billion will”not deal with the Postal Service’s broken business model.”

The leadership shake-up came two days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer had a closed-door meeting with DeJoy that Schumer described as”heated”

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The Congressional leaders voiced concerns about how mail delays could impact the election in a pandemic that’s pressuring countries like Nevada to run their November elections almost entirely by email.

President Donald Trump has been critical of mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service, saying it’s ineffective .

DeJoy, a major Trump donor who is the first postmaster not to come from inside the ranks of the Postal Service in almost two years, enforced cost-cutting measures in June that the Democratic leaders, as well as several Republicans in Congress who represent rural districts, who want return.

David Partenheimer, a spokesman for the Postal Service, on Thursday denied that delays in mail delivery were taking place.

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