A group of 20 attorneys general, including Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania, recently sent the Federal Postal Regulatory Commission a formal complaint ordering the US Postal Service to seek an advisory opinion on Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan to transform the postal service.
The plan is being implemented without any significant oversight or review, Shapiro said, and will impact mail delivery in Pennsylvania and across the country.
“The plan will transform virtually every aspect of the postal service, rework the way the postal service transports mail and other products; overhaul its processing and logistics network; adopt slower service standards for first-class mail and periodicals and first-class parcel services; reconfigure the location of places where customers can purchase postal products and services; and adjust the rates, ”the complaint said. “To date, the Postal Service has only submitted two requests for an advisory opinion to the committee on important but limited changes that are only a small part of the scope of the plan.”
The complaint claims DeJoy adopted his plan, which will make significant changes to the postal service, without first obtaining an advisory opinion from the commission, an independent federal body tasked with ensuring the transparency and accountability of the postal service.
The postal service is required by law to address the commission whenever it makes changes that will affect the whole country.