USPS to be Left ‘Twisting in the Wind’ in 2015?
Quite the quandary is shaping up for the U.S. Postal Service, which may affect direct (and all) mail service.
Friday afternoon's 15-minute meeting may have been the last gathering of the USPS Board of Governors for the foreseeable future. The Senate needs to confirm nominees by today or board quorums will be impossible, USPS Media Relations Manager Dave Partenheimer tells Target Marketing.
"The board directs the exercise of the powers of the postal service, directs and controls its expenditures, reviews its practices, conducts long-range planning and sets policies on all postal matters," according to USPS.com. "The board takes up matters, such as service standards and capital investments. It also approves officer compensation."
USPS has a lot going right now that the board needs to oversee. From upcoming union negotiations to January's processing center closures, the board and the incoming postmaster, Megan J. Brennan, will have a lot to discuss.
It's a situation that had Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, so concerned he addressed the Senate about it on Nov. 13.
"We do our country no service—and ourselves no honor—when we leave key institutions without proper leadership and leave honorable men and women willing to serve in government twisting in the wind," Carper tells Congress that day.
Friday's USPS BOG meeting was scheduled to discuss the annual report for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30 (Opens as a PDF). According to a Dec. 1 Nextgov article quoting USPS General Counsel Thomas Marshall, the USPS had been looking into whether a recent cyber attack that hacked into employee and customer records affected the "integrity of its financial data systems."
Partenheimer says that approval was the board's only business on Friday.
"No numbers changed," he tells Target Marketing on Friday. "So the end of year financials we reported in November are unchanged."