Number of Empty Chairs on Postal Service Board Increasing

As the U.S. Postal Service’s problems grow, its governing board is shrinking. The board, which is supposed to have 11 members, currently has eight and will lose another when Chairman Thurgood Marshall Jr. steps down, leaving it with just one more member than the six needed for a quorum to conduct business. As of Nov. 30, however, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hasn’t scheduled confirmation votes on three board nominations that have been awaiting action since summer.

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