WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers the U.S. Postal Service faces a “dire” financial outlook, as lawmakers considered reducing retiree health care costs to bolster the service plagued by slow delivery.
DeJoy, embattled since service plunged last summer ahead of an election that featured unprecedented volumes of mailed ballots, called the service’s congressionally imposed requirement to fund retiree health benefits decades in advance “unfair and unaffordable.”
Mail delivery still hasn’t recovered from the drop in on-time delivery that began after DeJoy made changes such as cutting overtime and extra trips by delivery trucks. The changes were put on hold in August but performance lagged, with first-class mail falling below 63% on-time delivery the week before Christmas, according to a document posted online by the Oversight Committee.