Postmaster General Louis DeJoy apologized Wednesday for"improper" mail alerts throughout the holiday period, an acknowledgement of all troublingly low service delivery criteria that plagued the beleaguered postal service for a lot of 2020.
"Through this peak seasonwe fell far short of fulfilling our service aims. Too many Americans were left waiting months for significant deliveries of packages and mail," DeJoy advised lawmakers. "That is unacceptable, and I apologize to all those clients who felt the effect of our flaws."
Tapped to direct the Postal Service last summer, DeJoy's tumultuous tenure atop the email agency was marked by extreme partisan scrutiny along with a reform effort which slowed mail deliveries throughout the nation.
Though the Postal Service is still one of the country's most common federal agencies, its chief turned into a political lightning pole before this 2020 presidential election, when Democrats accused DeJoy -- a longtime GOP donor -- of intentionally delaying email in an attempt to undermine mail-in ballots, which were mostly anticipated to support Democratic candidates.
Regardless of DeJoy's profound unpopularity among Democrats, the incoming Biden government was unable to substitute him. That power lies with the Postal Service's governing board whose six surviving members were appointed by President Donald Trump as a consequence of a Republican-controlled Senate obstructing a record of President Barack Obama's nominees.
The current slate of governors has voiced support for DeJoy and ignored repeated calls to eliminate him as postmaster general.
Because of this, Democrats and powerful email union leaders have openly pushed President Joe Biden to appoint new governors, who'd require Senate approval.
Last week, over 80 congressional Democrats urged Biden to nominate new governors"as expeditiously as possible" to"seriously consider whether the recent Postmaster General is appropriate to remain in his job."