Wednesday, June 10, 2015WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held the hearing, “Nomination of Peter V. Neffenger to be Assistant Secretary (Transportation Security Administration), U.S. Department of Homeland Security and David S. Shapira to be a Governor, United States Postal Service Board of Governors”
…“Following our discussion with Admiral Neffenger, we’ll consider our second nominee today, David Shapira, to serve as a Governor on the Postal Service’s Board of Governors. We’re considering this nomination at what is a very challenging time for the Postal Service. But as Albert Einstein said, ‘in adversity, lies opportunity.’
“The Postal Service operates at the center of a massive printing, delivery, and logistics industry that employs millions of people. Even as First Class mail is lost to other forms of communication, the future is promising for the Postal Service in a number of other ways. Advertising mail is still a popular and effective option for mailers. Millions of people still look forward to receiving a wide range of magazines in the mail every week. E-commerce and package delivery are booming, making the Postal Service a vital partner for businesses large and small. Even the Postal Service’s traditional competitors rely on it to carry items the last mile to rural communities around the country.“I look forward to talking to Mr. Shapira today about what he thinks needs to be done to address the ongoing challenges facing the Postal Service and to hear about the skills and experience that he will bring to the Board. As a leader of a $10 billion company with nearly 40,000 employees, Mr. Shapira will bring a unique business perspective to the Board of Governors that is very much needed.
“If confirmed, Mr. Shapira and the four other Board nominees pending before the Senate would double the size of the current Board. I see a real opportunity here with this new injection of talent to make significant progress towards strengthening our Postal Service.
“In closing, I would like to thank both of our nominees today for agreeing to take on the positions for which they have been nominated. I would also like to thank their families for all of their support. Both Admiral Neffenger and Mr. Shapira are exceptionally qualified and I urge my colleagues to support their nominations.”