The public should know if the USPS Board of Governors, which has the power to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, hold any conflicts of interests that have impaired their ability to do their job without undue influence. Ever since his appointment, Trump donor DeJoy has caused a great deal of public outrage due to his conflicts of interest and reportedly political “sabotage” of the USPS, including slowing of mail and removal of mail boxes leading up to the 2020 election where there was a record number of mail-in ballots as a result of the ongoing pandemic. DeJoy also reportedly bought $300k in bonds from Board of Governor Ron Bloom’s investment firm, raising questions about conflicts of interest and evidence of any other questionable conduct.
CREW requests records about conflicts of interests, ethics advice, recusals, and certificates of divestiture from members of the USPS Board of Governors. CREW also requests records relating to DeJoy’s conflicts of interest starting from September 1, 2021.
DeJoy’s conflicts of interest have received renewed scrutiny after CREW published records exposing the USPS’s mismanagement of his conflicts. DeJoy held a significant financial interest in USPS contractor and his former company XPO Logistics when he first took office; his failure to initially divest and then to divest by transferring ownership of his shares to his adult children has sparked particular distrust in him and has been a large part of calls for his ouster. Given the scrutiny around Louis DeJoy and his actions as Postmaster General, it is in the public interest to uncover any undue influence affecting the USPS Board of Governors’s decisions.