Nov 21, 2021
Date on which the terms of Ron Bloom, chair of the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors, and board member John Barger end: 12/8/2021
Number of organizations that are part of a coalition urging President Biden to replace Bloom, a Democrat, and Barger, a Republican--both Trump appointees--because of their support for Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a wealthy North Carolina businessman and major GOP donor whose tenure has been marked by numerous conflict-of-interest controversies: over 300
Besides that coalition, number of other public interest groups that sent a letter to Biden asking him not to reappoint Bloom, who is the vice chair and managing partner of the Brookfield Asset Management investment firm: 77
Between October 2020 and April 2021, value of bonds DeJoy purchased from Brookfield, raising new conflict-of-interest concerns: $305,000
When DeJoy took office as U.S. postmaster last year, number of companies doing business with the USPS in which he held investments: 14
Estimated value of holdings in USPS competitors and contractors DeJoy and his wife, former N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, reported at the time of his appointment: $30.1 million to $75.3 million
Rank of XPO Logistics--a USPS mail processing contractor that acquired DeJoy's firm New Breed Logistics in 2014--among their biggest investments at that time: 1
Number of months into his tenure as postmaster general before DeJoy agreed to divest his financial holdings in XPO Logistics--and transferred some of them to his children, raising concerns among ethics watchdogs of a sham divestiture: 4
Value of USPS contract XPO Logistics landed in August of this year, while DeJoy's family maintained ties to it: $120 million
Month when the U.S. Justice Department announced it was investigating DeJoy over possible campaign finance violations at New Breed Logistics, where employees said he or his aides would ask them to write checks for congressional and presidential campaigns and that the company would then reimburse them through bonus payments--a felony violation of the law prohibiting what are known as "straw donors": 6/2021
According to a September 2020 complaint filed with the Federal Elections Committee by the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, value of political contributions DeJoy obscured through the alleged straw donor scheme: more than $1 million
Month in which the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a criminal complaint against DeJoy for undermining voting by mail, apparently for the political benefit of President Trump, whose nominating convention got almost $700,000 in contributions from DeJoy: 8/2020
Percent of mail that was being delivered on time at the start of this year, down from 92% in the spring of 2020 before DeJoy took office: 61
Date on which the attorneys general of 19 states including North Carolina and Virginia along with the District of Columbia filed a complaint against the USPS for implementing the slowdown without first requesting an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission: 10/7/2021
In addition to his salary of $305,681, amount DeJoy received last fiscal year in bonuses and perks: about $131,000
According to a recent Center for Public Integrity investigation, number of postal managers nationwide who have been caught illegally changing time cards for mail carriers--whose mean annual wage is just over $53,000--to show them working fewer hours than they did, a form of wage theft that preceded DeJoy but has continued under his watch: hundreds
Date on which the Washington Post reported that Biden is expected to replace Bloom on the nine-member USPS board, which currently has four Democrats, four Republicans, and one independent, only three of whom have been appointed by Biden: 11/19/2021
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