Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s efforts to transform the Postal Service are the focus of a lengthy profile in Time magazine.
The article outlines many of the goals of the Delivering for America plan, including establishing sorting and delivery centers, converting more than 125,000 part-time employees to full time and making USPS both efficient and profitable.
“That’s what I’m trying to do: to set the organization up to compete,” DeJoy tells the magazine.
The article details his baptism by fire after taking on the job in 2020 — on the uphill slope of a surging pandemic — and how he has worked with politicians, union leaders and former critics to improve the Postal Service.
The passage of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, the delivery of 500 million COVID-19 tests to homes across the country and the electrification of the USPS fleet are described as achievements that few could have fathomed before his tenure.
“DeJoy may be the only person on earth who could have delivered these wins for America’s beloved, beleaguered agency,” the article states, explaining how he has drawn upon his previous experience as a CEO and political fundraiser.
Additionally, the article notes that some early criticisms of DeJoy proved erroneous.
The 3,900-word piece is available on Time’s website, in the magazine’s March 27 print edition and on Apple News, where it appears under the headline “The Mail Man — Initially cast as a Trumpian villain, Louis DeJoy is delivering for the Postal Service, and Democrats.”
The article concludes by indicating the Postal Service still has a long way to go, but DeJoy plans to keep working to turn the organization around.
As he tells Time: “I don’t like to leave a job undone.”