The USPS is still in big trouble under Biden

In reality, Biden does not get to nominate or fire the postmaster general—that’s up to the USPS Board of Governors, the majority of whom are Republican.

It’s easy to understand the confusion because the inner workings of the Postal Service are just that: confusing.

It’s a semi-governmental agency that runs like a business but functions like a public service. It’s politicized but supposed to be apolitical, and there have been a number of large restructurings of the post office in the past 50 years. Until 1970, postmaster general was a cabinet position, nominated by the President, but the power shifted away from the White House in Nixon’s Postal Reorganization Act as an attempt to depoliticize the job.

And so DeJoy, who has told Congress that he would like to privatize parts of the USPS and who made changes with the intent to slow mail delivery, will remain at the helm of the post office for the foreseeable future.

Ahead of the election, DeJoy instituted changes to eliminate overtime distribution and sorting, resulting in unprecedented slowdowns of mail and package delivery.


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