Maine Delegation Calls on Postmaster DeJoy to Urgently Address “Unacceptable” Maine Postal Deficiencies

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) at a Meetig on Maine Vet Homelessness at Hanaford Hall, USM, Portland, Earlier This Year.

The Maine US delegation is calling on Postmasster DeJoy to urgently address troubling deficiencies found among US Postal Service (USPS) operations in Maine.  The letter follows the release of a recent USPS Office of Inspection General (OIG) report request by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) last year, that found over 150,000 pieces of delayed mail across five mail delivery units in Southern Maine.

“The USPS is a lifeline for Mainers, from delivering paychecks and medical supplies to connecting loved ones.  We have heard frequently from constituents in recent months that deliveries have slowed or even stopped for days at a time, prompting concerns about missing essential mail,” the Delegation wrote.  “Unfortunately, the OIG’s report confirmed major deficiencies at all five locations surveyed, impacting mail delivery, customer service, and property conditidons.  On one morning in March 2023, more than 150,000 pieces of delayed mail were found across the delivery units.  Put simply, this is unacceptable.”

In their letter, the Maine Delegation requests that Postmaster DeJoy address these deficiencies and provide an update on implementation of the OIG’s recommendations to improve service and conditions in the surveyed locations and implement previously recommended activities to retain staff.