Biden to nominate 2 for US Postal board, oust DeJoy allies

Nov 19, 2021, 9:35 AM | Updated: Nov 21, 2021, 1:39 am

President Joe Biden announced plans Friday to nominate two new members to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, a potential first step in removing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

A Trump-era appointee, DeJoy became a political lightning rod during the 2020 elections as changes he made to the Postal Service slowed delivery times during a key period when voters were trying to mail in their ballots. Biden is replacing two of DeJoy’s backers on the board, chair Ron Bloom and John Barger. However, the president would likely have to make additional appointments as terms expire in order for the board to replace DeJoy, since the board is responsible for choosing the postmaster general.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at Friday’s news briefing that the administration is “deeply troubled” by reports of DeJoy’s “potential financial conflicts of interest and take serious issues with the job he’s doing running the Postal Service.”

Psaki noted that the president lacks the authority to dismiss DeJoy.

The Associated Press reported in 2020 that DeJoy has held significant financial stakes in companies that both do business and compete with the Postal Service, something critics argue could present a conflict of interest. DeJoy about has disputed claims about conflicts of interest, saying in a statement last year that he takes his ethical obligations seriously and “will remain in compliance with those obligations.”

The president is nominating Daniel Tangherlini and Derek Kan to the board. Up to nine governors appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate can serve on the board. And to give the board joint partisan representation, only five governors can belong to the same political party.

Tangherlini works as the managing director of the Emerson Collective, a private philanthropic firm. He served as the administrator of the General Services Administration during the Obama presidency and as the chief financial officer of the Treasury Department.

“If confirmed, I look forward to serving and working to make sure the Postal Service is run as efficiently and effectively as possible,” Tangherlini said in a statement.

Kan is an executive at Deliverr, an ecommerce fulfillment startup. During the Trump presidency, he was the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and served as the under secretary for policy at the Transportation Department. He also worked as a policy adviser to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Kan said he “will work to strengthen the Postal Service so that it will continue to serve the American people well into the future.”

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Biden to nominate 2 for US Postal board, oust DeJoy allies