A new era begins

Smiling man speaks at podium

Louis DeJoy took the oath of office as the nation’s 75th Postmaster General on June 16, expressing optimism for the Postal Service’s future and appreciation for the organization’s employees.

“Together, we will put the Postal Service on a successful trajectory for generations to come,” DeJoy said during a ceremony at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

The event was held in a meeting room named for Benjamin Franklin, the nation’s first Postmaster General. Participants observed social distancing guidelines during the ceremony, which featured a small audience that included members of the Board of Governors and the executive leadership team.

Board Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan administered the oath to DeJoy. John M. Barger, a governor who chaired the committee that selected DeJoy for the position, was also present, while the board’s other governors, Ron A. Bloom and Roman Martinez IV, participated in the ceremony through videoconferencing.

The board announced DeJoy’s appointment in May following an extensive nationwide search. He succeeds Megan J. Brennan, who retired last week.

DeJoy spent his 35-year career in logistics, including serving as chairman and chief executive officer of New Breed Logistics, an award-winning USPS contractor that supplied the organization with support for multiple processing facilities.

He is the fifth Postmaster General to join the Postal Service from the private sector since the organization became an independent establishment within the executive branch in 1971.

Earlier this week, DeJoy addressed employees in a video message distributed throughout the organization.

Successful tenure

Americans owe Megan J. Brennan, the nation’s 74th Postmaster General, “a big thank you,” Paul Steidler writes in a new article for Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank.

Steidler, a senior fellow with the Arlington, VA-based institute, highlights multiple accomplishments during Brennan’s tenure, which recently concluded with her retirement and succession by the 75th Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy.

The article commends Brennan for showing “grace and poise” and winning “widespread respect” as she represented the Postal Service in matters with Congress, the administration, labor unions, the mailing industry and others.

It also points out that “under her leadership, the Postal Service has performed its mission to bind the nation together, despite the formidable challenges” of the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.

As the nation’s first female Postmaster General, Brennan’s story “is one of success and it should be shared with young women especially,” the article concludes, adding “best wishes, and a profound thank you, to Megan Brennan as she enters retirement.”

The full article is available on the institute’s website.

Learning to meditate

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar on meditation.

The session, “Emotional Well-Being Through Meditation,” will be held Wednesday, June 24, at noon EDT.

GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will conduct the webinar, which will focus on walking meditation, a technique that combines physical exercise with the stress-reducing benefits of mediation.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. Space is limited to the first 1,000 registrants.

After signing up, directions on accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

Participation is voluntary. Non-exempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.