Louis DeJoy began his first official day as the nation’s 75th Postmaster General on Monday, June 15, 2020, with a USPS all-employee video message. His first-day message outlined several steps the Postal Service will take to meet the challenges it’s facing as a result of the pandemic, such as the need to ensure the safety of its workers and responding to changes in the way customers use mail. The steps outlined include creating a viable business model that ensures the organization continues fulfilling its public service mission; identifying new and creative ways to fulfill that mission; and continuing to be a diverse and supportive workplace.

“Over the past several months, the importance of the United States Postal Service has been more apparent than ever,” he continued.

“This institution helps to bind our nation together, delivering mail and packages to a nation that has largely been forced to stay at home. We are critical to our national economy and millions of small businesses and their employees, and we are the ‘face’ of the federal government to millions of Americans who count on us to deliver information, census forms and mail-in ballots.”

In the video, DeJoy also paid tribute to his predecessor, 74th Postmaster General, Megan Brennan. 

“Megan has dedicated her life and career to the United States Postal Service,” DeJoy said. “She started as a letter carrier, rose through the ranks, and became our nation’s first female Postmaster General. Over the past five years, she has provided the Postal Service with strong and steady leadership under some of the most challenging circumstances.”

In his first act as Postmaster General, DeJoy honored Brennan with the Benjamin Franklin Award, which is the Postal Service’s highest award. 

DeJoy continues the video by thanking all of the postal workers on the front lines for their continued work during both the pandemic and civil unrest. 

“You are responsible for this institution’s respect and popularity with the American people,” DeJoy said.

Click here to watch the full video: https://link.usps.com/video/usps-all-employee-message/

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