The House Oversight Committee requires the United States Postal Service (USPS) to release a contract with a private company for a new fleet of delivery vehicles reportedly worth up to $ 6,000. millions.
Chairperson of the Committee and Supervision Carolyn maloneyCarolyn Maloney Schumer and Gillibrand ask Cuomo to resign How two controversies collided for Cuomo Nadler, NY Democrats ask Cuomo to resign MORE (DN.Y.) sent a letter to the Director General of the Post Office Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoy Watch Live: Postmaster General DeJoy Testifies Before House Panel Prepaid Postcards Going to Every Household in Canada to Drive ‘Meaningful Connection’ USPS Announces Next Phase of Organizational Changes MORE on Friday expressing various concerns about possible interference and requesting documents related to a contract with Oshkosh Defense.
The USPS is under contract to purchase up to 165,000 new fuel-efficient or electric postal vehicles.
USPS announced the deal with the Wisconsin-based company in late February, under which it paid an initial investment of $ 482 million. The Postal Service said in a statement that the contract was the first part of a 10-year multi-million dollar effort to replace its delivery fleet.
According to Maloney, the contract was a “surprise announcement” and marked the end of a “top secret” selection process that lasted six years.
In his letter, Maloney expressed concern that the vehicles would not be fuel efficient. The New York legislator noted that part of President BidenJoe Biden The Pentagon receives criticism for extending the Guard’s time on Capitol Booker to try to make the expansion of the child tax credit permanent Sullivan says tariffs will not take center stage in talks with China MOREThe plan to combat climate change is the transition to an all-electric fleet.
Maloney wrote that Oshkosh presented a prototype with a gasoline engine despite competitors’ prototypes incorporating electric powertrains. The initial announcement claimed that Oshkosh’s vehicles would be fuel efficient or include electric powertrains.
However, Maloney pointed out that DeJoy told the committee in a hearing last month that only 10 percent of the fleet’s initial order would be electric.
Maloney also expressed concern about the contract, pointing to a report from Bloomberg News, which alleges that an unknown party bought $ 54.2 million worth of shares in Oshkosh the night before the deal was announced.
Maloney demanded documents before March 26.
“These reports raise concerns about the Postal Service’s selection process and contract award for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program,” Maloney wrote. “A thorough review is warranted to ensure the adjudication process is free from undue influence and potential interference.”
The news comes amid Maloney’s support for an invoice of Rep. Jared huffmanJared William Huffman Democrats debate fast track to infrastructure package Lawmakers unveil measure to grant Postal Service B for electric vehicles Democrats don’t trust the Republican Party in 1/6 commission: ‘These people are dangerous’ MORE (D-Calif.) To allocate $ 6 billion to the Postal Service and require that at least 75 percent of its new fleet be electric or zero-emission.
The Hill has reached out to DeJoy and Oshkosh for comment.