Board of Governors

Table in conference room

The U.S. Senate confirmed three nominations to the Postal Service Board of Governors on Aug. 1.

The Senate confirmed John Barger, a California resident; Ron Bloom, a New York resident; and Roman Martinez IV, a Florida resident.

President Trump nominated Bloom and Martinez last year, while Barger was nominated this year.

“The U.S. Postal Service is pleased with this action by the U.S. Senate to confirm nominees to the Postal Service Board of Governors,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “We look forward to working with John Barger, Ron Bloom and Roman Martinez IV when they begin their terms as governors, and thank the administration for nominating them to serve on the board. The public interest and the Postal Service are best served by a board made up of well qualified individuals with diverse perspectives and experience, so we welcome the addition of our new governors to join Chairman Robert Duncan and Governor David Williams.”

The USPS Board of Governors acts much like a board of directors, conducting long-range planning and setting strategic policies, among other duties.

Under current law, the board is intended to be comprised of nine governors and the Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General.

The Postal Service’s Leadership page on has more information about the board.

New stamps

The Postal Service has announced release dates for two stamps and plans for a third.

The latest Literary Arts stamp, which will honor Walt Whitman, will be released Thursday, Sept. 12, while the Winter Berries stamps will be released Tuesday, Sept. 17.

USPS announced both stamps last fall.

Additionally, the Postal Service unveiled plans this week for a Purple Heart Medal stamp to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who served in the U.S. military.

The stamp will be a redesigned version of the 2012 Purple Heart Medal stamp and feature a purple border matching the brilliant purple of the medal and its ribbon.

Ira Wexler photographed the medal, while William J. Gicker served as art director and Bryan Duefrene designed the stamp.

More details about the stamp will be announced later.

Honoring the victims

Flag at half-staff

President Trump has ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH.

Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday, Aug. 8.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

For additional information, refer to the Postal Service’s Administrative Support Manual, which explains the organization’s guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.