We’re finally learning more about what, exactly, has gone amiss at the U.S. Postal Service, because Congress has begun to pry loose some answers. On Thursday, lawmakers heard new testimony that shined some light on the appointment this May of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has been accused of inappropriately slowing down the agency’s delivery in the crucial runup to the presidential election. The process behind that appointment now looks much more dubious.
David Williams, a former member of the Postal Service Board of Governors, which oversees USPS and selects the postmaster general, told the Congressional Progressive Caucus during a hearing that he resigned in April partly because of how DeJoy’s hiring was handled. “He didn’t strike me as a serious candidate,” Williams said of DeJoy, a former logistics executive. According to Williams, the board selected the executive search consultancy Russell Reynolds to produce a list of candidates for the position. Late in the process, however, board member John Barger suggested moving forward with DeJoy after having lunch with him. Barger and DeJoy are both Republican donors. According to Williams, it appeared that DeJoy’s name did not come from Russell Reynolds.