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The US Postal Service (USPS) will introduce controversial new service standards on Friday that could slow some mail deliveries in another disruptive and widely condemned move by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

important facts

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Transit time will be extended for first class mail traveling long distances.

The change, part of DeJoy’s “strategic 10-year plan,” will cut costs by transporting first-class mail via trucks, not airplanes as is the current standard.

a USPS Spokesperson claimed that 61% of first class mail and 93% of magazines would not be disrupted by the changes.

main background

DeJoy’s plan, which was announced in March, has been widely criticized by congressional Democrats, 21 state attorneys general and the Postal Regulatory Commission, a regulatory oversight board. The new strategy is one of DeJoy’s many controversial moves, and the reason Democrats are hoping for his ouster. DeJoy, who took over the reins of the organization last year, made drastic changes to the way mail is processed and the tools available to employees in the lead-up to the 2020 election, when the COVID-19 pandemic has caused more people to use the mail than ever before. voted, According to 538. DeJoy’s former employer, XPO Logistics, was awarded a $120 million contract with the USPS in April – and although DeJoy withdrew from the bidding process, his critics did not give up. Despite the complaints, the USPS says cost-cutting measures are necessary to keep the organization afloat—the agency lost $69 billion over 11 years.

what we don’t know

Exactly how much mail will be affected. a Washington Post An analysis of the plan soon after the announcement calculated that 5 billion mail could be slowed down due to the changes.

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