Yesterday's Federal Register contained a notice that the USPS Board of Governors has changed its rules for determining a quorum, lowering the number of governors required for voting on rate decisions from five to four. The Board is intended to have nine members (in addition to the Postmaster General and Deputy PMG, who serve ex officio, and are not included in votes on rates). The board currently has only six members, one of whom, James C. Miller III, is a "recess" appointee, whose term will expire at the end of this year's Senate session unless he is confirmed. Chairman S. David Fineman's term actually expired last December, but was, in the absence of a confirmed successor, extended for a year.
Without the change, the BOG ran the risk of being unable to make rate decisions after December.