Politics paralyzes postal board  – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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Several ideas have surfaced to improve the postal service’s bottom line, but the board which oversees its operations is essentially paralyzed.

The problem is political. It turns out the man who now serves as the Chairman of the National Postal Service Board of Governors is a lifelong Las Vegan who says he is frustrated to see political squabbles interfere with mail delivery.

Jim Bilbray is no stranger to political tussles. He was a Nevada regent, state senator, and served four terms in Congress, but when this lifelong Democrat was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service, he may have thought he was entering a non-political arena.

But instead, he says he found that hyper-partisan political battles are being waged.“If we don’t get any new appointees by Dec. 6 of this year, I will be the only governor in the United States Postal System” explains Bilbray. He is currently one of only three appointed members for what should be a nine-person board.

The other six spots are vacant because congress has been unable, or unwilling, to approve nominees who could then be appointed by the President.This is not a trivial matter. The board sets policy for a gigantic operation. It has a $67 billion in annual revenue, and more than 500,000 employees working in 30,000 post offices.

Source: I-Team: Politics paralyzes postal board – Story | LASVEGASNOW

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 20th, 2015 at 6:24 pm

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