“We all feel bad about the dip in our service,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at a Friday hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. DeJoy has faced criticism from Congress and the public regarding changes to USPS operations that union leadership, U.S. Postal Service stakeholders and employees claim will slow — or have already slowed — mail and parcels.
DeJoy issued a press release last week stating he would stall changes to the USPS and its operations until after the Nov. 3 election “to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” and promised to add flex capacity to the USPS network by Oct.1.
But DeJoy’s responses during the hearing indicated the reported changes most likely to affect parcel service may still be in place — policies such as forbidding extra trips and curtailing overtime (the latter of which DeJoy denied, though postal workers and union leadership confirm the practice).