In recent days, there have been reckless calls from the Editorial Board at USA Today and Congressmen Bill Pascrell and Tim Ryan for President Biden to fire six members of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. This would compound historic delays in mail, while stripping the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) of the ability to best address this crisis.
Yes, there is a crisis with mail delivery that urgently must be fixed. Only 64 percent of mail arrived on time, through the week of December 26, the last period for which this information was publicly available.
The Congressmen would better serve their constituents by demanding that the Board of Governors outline a plan to return on-time first-class mail delivery to 92 percent by March 1, 2021 and track the progress. This is the level it was at for April-June 2020, a full quarter with the pandemic. The service standard is 96 percent on-time delivery.