The new changes, which include longer first-class mail delivery times and shorter post office hours, are part of the contested Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan for the agency that he unveiled earlier this year.
According to USPS spokeswoman Kim Frum, most premium mail (61%) and magazines (93%) will not be affected by the new service standard changes. The standards for one-piece first class mail within a local area will continue to be two days.
However, the postal service will increase the transit time for mail over longer distances, resulting in slower mail delivery in some cases.
“These changes would enable us to use more cost-effective means of transporting first-class parcels over the ground instead of costly air transport, which is less reliable due to weather, air traffic, availability constraints, space competition and additional factors Handovers involved, “said Frum.
In March, DeJoy, a holdover from the Trump administration, told reporters at a news conference that the plan “takes a holistic view of the organization and aims to improve our business, our competitiveness and our ability to meet the needs of the nation.”
Lawmakers and some USPS board members have criticized the plan, and many Democrats have called for DeJoy to be removed.