“It is essential that the Postal Service does not slow down mail or in any way compromise service for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, and the millions of Americans who depend on the mail – including a significant number of people who will rely on the postal service. to exercise their right to vote, ”they wrote.
“However, your failure to provide Congress with relevant information about these recent changes or to clarify to postal workers the changes you have led as Postmaster General undermines public confidence and only increases fears that service compromises increase ahead of the elections and the mail volumes spike in November, ”they added.
Senators asked DeJoy to provide a full explanation of each change he implemented, provide a list of all fulfillment centers and post offices that have implemented operational changes, and clarify the effect. changes in service performance. They demanded a response by August 4.
The letter comes after reports surfaced earlier this month highlighting changes made by DeJoy that raised fears of delivery delays. Among other things, DeJoy told employees to leave mail at distribution centers if package delivery was delaying letter carriers on their routes, a move he championed as a cost-cutting measure.
The USPS finds itself in a deep financial hole, seeing its coffers draining in the age of email and social media.
“When making changes to postal service operations, you should carefully consider their service impacts, costs, and other factors in advance, and implement them in a clear and well-documented manner, with the cooperation of unions and major postal stakeholders, ”Senators wrote:“ It is unacceptable to implement broad, non-transparent changes that may slow down service during a pandemic, while the capacity of the postal service as a critical agency is already strained, ”wrote the senators.
The move prompted accusations that DeJoy, a North Carolina logistics official who has donated millions to Republican committees in recent years, is working as a political ally of President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump campaign cancels ad purchases to review messaging strategy: Nunes report refuses to respond if it received information from Ukrainian lawmaker intended to harm Biden Poll: plurality of ‘generation’ voters Z ”say they see more political announcements from Trump than from Biden.
Trump has cursed at postal ballots, arguing without evidence that they are particularly vulnerable to fraud and this week suggested that the Nov. 3 election be postponed.
A spokesperson for the Postal Service told Reuters that the agency “is taking immediate steps to increase operational efficiency by re-emphasizing existing plans that have been designed to provide fast and reliable service in the within current service standards ”.