Have you ever heard of the USPS Board of Governors? If you haven’t, that’s ok! We’re here to educate you! It helps to think of this governing group as no different than a board of directors at a publicly traded company. The only difference is, the President of the United States appoints all of the members with the consent of the Senate. Pretty heavy duty stuff!
USPS Board of Governors
The Board of Governors typically consist of nine governors. However, right now there are only five. Below are all current members of the USPS Board of Governors:
- Robert Duncan – Chairman of the Board of Governors
- Louis DeJoy – Postmaster General of the US Postal Service
- Ron Bloom – Appointed by the Senate on August 1, 2019
- Roman Martinez IV – Appointed by the Senate on August 1, 2019
- John Barger – Appointed by the Senate on August 1, 2019
What Do They Do?
In a nutshell, the Board of Governors oversees the USPS leadership organization, and directs how the Postal Service exercises its powers. The Board also monitors and controls expenditures, reviews practices, conducts long-range planning, approves officer compensation, and sets policies on all postal matters. In addition, the USPS Board of Governors also oversees matters such as service standards and capital investments.
The Board meets regularly throughout every fiscal year. Meetings typically take place in Washington, DC. However, board members also travel to other cities to get firsthand accounts of a particular USPS operation. In addition to an annual salary of $30,000 as well as covered travel expenses, each member of the Board receives $300 per day for a maximum of 42 days of the year.
If you want to check out more of the nitty gritty legal specifics, feel free to read more about the Board of Governors on USPS’ website.