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Representatives from Spanberger, Virginia, meet with Postmaster General over mail delays

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and a bipartisan delegation of Virginia lawmakers met with Postmaster General Louis Dejoy in Washington, DC, on Wednesday to continue discussions about mail delivery in the state. File photo by MadRapp/GreeneJournal.

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger and a bipartisan group of Virginia congresswomen released the following statement after meeting with U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in Washington, DC, to receive a status report on the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) ongoing work to improve service in Virginia while implementing new efficiency reforms.

“Yesterday, we met with Postmaster DeJoy for a productive conversation about the progress made since our last meeting – and continued to express the concerns of Virginians who know there is still significant room for improvement,” said Spanberger and her colleagues. “While we are pleased to see some improvements in on-time delivery in Virginia, there is still much work to be done. We will continue to advocate for greater transparency, increased public engagement and a higher standard of service for communities across Virginia.”

Due to the efforts of Virginia’s congressional delegation, Virginia’s on-time delivery rate for first-class mail improved from 66 percent to 77.4 percent in the first quarter of this year.

More recent data shows further improvements, but much work is still needed to reach the USPS goal of 93 percent.

Wednesday’s meeting came after the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit report earlier this year evaluating the effectiveness and operational impact of the Richmond Regional Processing and Distribution Center (RPDC) in Sandston.

The report highlighted several problems, including a glaring lack of attention to detail, such as mail falling off conveyor belts and getting lost; poor synchronization between the machines that process mail at the facility and the trucks that transport mail to and from the facility; and broader questions about whether the RPDC model is delivering the promised cost savings and efficiency gains.

Spanberger, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), and U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) attended the meeting. A representative from the office of U.S. Representative Jennifer McClellan (D-VA-04) also attended the meeting.

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