Alliance Alert – Changes Coming to USPS Board – November 19, 2021


November 19, 2021

Alliance Members and Sponsors:

The White House today indicated its intention to nominate two new USPS Governors.  The replacement of two Governors, appointed by President Trump and involved in selecting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, could lead to the PMG’s eventual departure.  If the new Governors are confirmed by the Senate, President Biden will have appointed five of the nine Governors who hire and fire Postmasters General.

The Washington Post reported this morning that the White House will nominate Democrat Daniel Tangherlini, the former administrator of the General Services Administration in the Obama administration, to replace current Democratic Chair Ron Bloom.  Derek Kan, a Republican and the former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, would replace Republican John M. Barger.

The nine-member postal board currently comprises four Democrats, four Republicans, and one independent; Biden appointed three of them.

No more than five Governors may be from the same political party.  Bloom is a Democrat who has firmly supported PMG DeJoy’s ten-year plan that includes maximum use of the agency’s new rate authority twice a year and slower delivery standards for mail.

The postal law requires: “The exercise of the power of the Postal Service shall be directed by a Board of Governors composed of 11 members appointed in accordance with this section. Nine of the members, to be known as Governors, shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, not more than 5 of whom may be adherents of the same political party.”

We will keep you posted.


Stephen Kearney

Executive Director

The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

Tel: 202-360-3776

The leading voice for nonprofits on postal issues for over 40 years.

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