By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Obama administration official was named the new chairman of the United States Postal Service (USPS) board of governors on Tuesday as Democratic lawmakers push for changes. Ron Bloom, who has been on the board since 2019 and served as a senior Treasury Department official overseeing the restructuring of General Motors (NYSE 🙂 and Chrysler, was elected unanimously by the board. Service changes made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a supporter of then-President Donald Trump, came under heavy criticism for delaying deliveries, prompting DeJoy in August to suspend operational changes ahead of the US presidential election. 2020. Bloom said Tuesday that the board was working on “a bold and comprehensive plan … to revitalize the United States Postal Service.” He added that it will “further embed the Postal Service as a vital part of our government‘s critical national infrastructure.” At least two Democratic lawmakers want President Joe Biden to fire the entire postal board. There are currently three vacancies on the nine-member board. A White House official said that “President Biden’s approach is to fill these vacancies, appointing officials who reflect his commitment to United States Postal Service workers who fulfill the post office’s vital universal service obligation.” . The President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, said Tuesday that “it is imperative that the Biden administration fill these vacancies promptly so that we can right this ship that has been diverted. The mail is not moving as it should.” Under court supervision, the USPS delivered and processed more than 135 million blank and completed ballots and said 99.89% were delivered to officials within a week. On Tuesday, the USPS reported $ 318 million of revenue for the quarter ending December 31, delivering a record 1.1 billion holiday season packages even as first-class mail revenue fell by $ 177 million, or 2, 7%. Shipping and parcel revenue increased $ 2.8 billion, or 42.1%, on a volume increase of 435 million pieces, or 25%. The Postal Service reported total quarterly revenue of $ 21.5 billion, an increase of $ 2.1 billion, or 11.1%, compared to the same quarter in 2019.
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