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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence, 30-Year USPS Veteran, Blasts Postmaster General DeJoy on USPS Service Standards Changes After Not Receiving Response from Congressional Letter

October 1, 2021
Press Release
The changes go into effect today, October 1st

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), a 30-year veteran of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, blasted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for implementing service standard changes as outlined in USPS’s “Delivering for America” plan. The changes, which go into effect today, October 1st, modify existing service standards for First-Class Mail Letters and Flats from a current one-to-three-day service standard within the continental United States to a one-to-five-day service standard. On September 20th, Rep. Lawrence sent a letter requesting answers by September 30th from the Postmaster General and USPS Board of Governors Chairman Ron Bloom on the proposed changes. Rep. Lawrence has yet to receive a response. 

“As a 30-year veteran of the Postal Service, I'm extremely disappointed that I haven’t heard back from the Postmaster General DeJoy or Chairman Bloom. The concerns over these service standard changes are shared by many, including the Postal Regulatory Commission and the USPS Inspector General. The American people deserve answers,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Seniors, small business owners, and families across the country rely on the Postal Service for the prompt delivery of life-saving medication, important documents, and packages. Instead of trying to move the goal post and slow down mail delivery, Postmaster General DeJoy should be more focused on supporting the Postal Service’s mission of providing prompt, reliable, and efficient service.” 

While Postal Service leadership advocates that these service standards changes would uphold service performance, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued an opinion stating that the Postal Service had not modeled the impact the changes would have on mail service.