The report details the results of the investigation initiated by Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat who is a ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. The report alleged that Dejoy had not researched or researched the effects that his changes would have on the postal service.
According to data analyzed by Peters’ office, each of the Postal Service’s 67 districts nationwide saw a decline in timely delivery of first-class mail, which is to be delivered the fastest. In early August, the report found, on-time delivery of first-class mail declined by 9.1 percentage points compared to the week before the USPS implemented Dejoy’s changes.
Reportedly, in the second week of August, there were approximately 85 million more late deliveries of first class mail than would otherwise have been made. In some areas of the country, the timely delivery of first-class mail declined by 15–20 percentage points in the weeks following the day-truck order.
The report also noted that in early September, while some states were gearing up to send absentee ballots via mail, timely deliveries began to recede in many parts of the country.
The report was released shortly after a court hearing in New York about some of the changes made by Dejoy and his ability to influence the election.
During the hearing, the USPS vice president for logistics, Robert Cintrone, testified that service standards had “bounced back” from their July cows. But when asked if the new rules could be returned after hours, the election could leave the mail behind, Cintron said it was possible.
Another senior USPS official, who testified Angela Curtis, admitted that the delay was due to a change in the rule but also blamed a spike in coronovirus cases among postal personnel.
DeJoy had until Wednesday to comply with a subcommittee issued by the House Oversight Committee, after which he caused delays by failing to change documents on changes made to the Postal Service. A source familiar with the case said that the USPS was working with the committee to fix the deadline. A committee staffer confirmed this, but noted that not all documents were commissioned, “The Postal Service has started to produce some documents, and we look forward to more spectacular production today. ”
In recent weeks, DeJoy has acknowledged service disruptions, but the USPS says the situation is improving and that many changes are routine in nature and have been planned for months.
Dejoy also denied that he ordered a change in the deliberately sabotaged election mail this year, when the epidemic of coronavirus virus would have a record level of absentee ballots in the mail.