On Friday, The Washington Post reported that President Joe Biden is expected to announce he will not nominate Ron Bloom, the United States Postal Service board chairman and the board's most powerful supporter of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, for a new term when his current term expires at the end of the year.
"The move casts doubt on DeJoy's future at the agency, said the three people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations," reported Jacob Bogage. "Biden's decision potentially gives liberals on the panel another crucial vote to oust the postmaster general, who can only be removed by the board of governors. The nine-member board currently is split with four Democrats, four Republicans and one independent, though Biden has only appointed three members."
While Bloom is a Democrat, he was appointed by former President Donald Trump, who was required by law to balance control of the board between the parties. Bloom has consistently voiced support for DeJoy, continually frustrating efforts to remove him.
DeJoy, a former executive for XPO Logistics, has been controversial from the start. In 2020, he was accused of slowing the mail down to frustrate the counting of absentee ballots in the presidential election — an accusation that he denies. This year, he began implementing a long-term cost-saving plan for USPS that, among other things, slows down delivery of some first-class mail and hikes postage rates. He has also faced an FBI investigation for an apparent political fundraising scheme where he allegedly pressured employees to make improper donations.