USPS Board of Governors: Two move past Committee (waiting for floor vote)


The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved, by voice vote, the nominations of David C. Williams and Robert M. “Mike” Duncan to be Postal Service Governors.

The third nominated governor, Calvin R. Tucker, withdrew his nomination.

At this time, no floor vote has been scheduled.

If the two nominees were approved by the senate, the USPS could consider seeking their approval to file rate changes and promotions with the Postal Regulatory Commission, PRC.

Additional Background:

The term of the last Governor expired on December 8, 2016. By law, the USPS must notify the PRC of any changes to rates, fees or basic classification rules. Such filings require the prior approval of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors. The Board normally consists of up to nine governors appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate. Currently, the Board of Governors now consists of only the Postmaster General and Deputy Postmaster General.  With no politically appointed members they do not have the authority to approve rate changes or basic classification changes; this include promotions.

On October 26, 2017, the White House announced nominations for three individuals to be postal governors. The Senate has not confirmed the nominations.

  • David C. Williams of Illinois, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2019. Williams was sworn in as the second independent Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Postal Service on August 20, 2003.
  • Robert M. Duncan of Kentucky, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2018, and an additional term expiring December 8, 2025. A 40-year political strategist and veteran of Republican politics, served as the 60th chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2007-2009.
  • Calvin R. Tucker of Pennsylvania, for the remainder of a term expiring December 8, 2023. President and CEO, Eagles Capital Advisors, LLC, a financial, management & Economic Development Consultant firm.