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Friday, December 3, 2021

Biden appoints two new members of the Postal Service Council

WASHINGTON. President Biden on Friday appointed two new members to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service, which could jeopardize Louis DeJoy’s position as postmaster general.

Mr. Biden has appointed Daniel M. Tangerlini, a former General Services Administrator under the Obama administration, and Derek Kahn, a GOP business executive and former deputy director of the Trump Administration of Management and Budget, to serve on the board.

The President selected Mr Tangerlini and Mr Kahn to succeed the two board members, who will expire next month and who were close allies of Mr DeJoy. The two members – Chairman and Democrat Ron Bloom and Republican John M. Barger – were appointed by President Donald Trump.

Mr DeJoy, the Trump campaign mega-donor and former business executive, is mired in a debate over cost-cutting measures that have been accused of slowing mail delivery during the 2020 election, when many voters used absentee ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Only the Board of Governors can remove the postmaster general from his post.

The board is currently composed of four Democrats, four Republicans, and an Independent Representative. There can be no more than five governors from one party.

The announcement came as a surprise to postal officials, who had expected Biden to reappoint Mr. Bloom, a former Obama administration official and managing partner of Brookfield Asset Management, a real estate investment firm. Last week, the board re-elected Mr. Bloom as chairman, despite objections from two board members appointed by Mr. Biden; members urged the board to postpone the vote.

Mr Bloom backed Mr DeJoy and expressed support for his 10-year plan, which will result in some price increases and slower service in an attempt to offset projected billions of dollars in losses. Speaking to a House committee in February, Mr Bloom backed the plan and said he would revitalize the agency.

“Its focus is on ensuring that the Postal Service can fulfill its core mission of public service and fulfill our commitment to universal service in a reliable and affordable manner,” said Mr Bloom.

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In a statement Friday, the Postal Service thanked Mr Bloom and Mr Barger for “their continued leadership and dedication to the Postal Service” and congratulated the new nominees.

“We wish them well in passing the US Senate approval process,” Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said in a statement.

Congressional Democrats and liberal groups have sought to replace Mr. DeJoy since taking office in June 2020, and they have called on Mr. Biden to bring in more Democrats to the board of directors to remove him. In February, Mr. Biden appointed two Democrats and one independent candidate to the board, all of whom were confirmed by the Senate: Anton Hajjar, former general counselor of the American Postal Workers Union; Ron Stroman, former Deputy Postmaster General; and Amber McReynolds, executive director of the National Institute for House Voting.

In recent weeks, several Democratic senators, including Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, have called on the president to replace Mr Bloom given his support for Mr DeJoy.

“I am opposed to re-nominating Ron Bloom because I would like the new Postal Board of Governors to show DeJo the door and appoint a new Postmaster General,” Ms Baldwin said in a statement this month.

Mr. Tangerlini, Managing Director of Emerson Collective, an organization founded by billionaire Lauren Powell Jobs, has served in a variety of federal government positions, including as CFO at the Treasury Department. He also served for several years in the District of Columbia government as a city administrator and deputy mayor.

Mr. Kahn, the chief executive officer of Deliverr, an e-commerce startup, served in the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Transportation before becoming deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. He previously served as political adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, when he was majority leader.

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