Last week NALC reported that “Another Postal Board of Governors nomination announced.” The White House nominated Jeffrey A. Rosen to become a member of the Postal Service Board of Governors to serve a term expiring on Dec. 8, 2021. Surprisingly, not one media outlet mentioned Mr. Rosen’s background (after this post is published watch for that oversight to change).
Here is the March 17, 2016 White House press release:
Jeffrey A. Rosen, Nominee for Governor, Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
Jeffrey A. Rosen is a Senior Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he has worked since 1982, except six years of federal service. Mr. Rosen was General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2009 and was General Counsel at the Department of Transportation from 2003 to 2006. At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Mr. Rosen has held positions of Associate, Partner, Co-Head of the Washington, D.C. office, and member of Kirkland’s Firmwide Management Committee. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Government Operations, Oversight, and Consumer Affairs Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center. Mr. Rosen received a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
It appears several positions were omitted from Jeffrey A. Rosen’s resume. For instance, Rosen’s resume did not include that he was a legal advisor to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his campaign. His resume did not include that he served as the Government’s representative on the Amtrak Board of Directors which was responsible for overseeing the company’s management, personnel, operations, and finances during the Bush administration. Rosen and other board members fired the head and pushed for privatizing Amtrak in order to reportedly pad the accounts of their Republican cronies. Rosen represented the Republican National Party on several occasions in court cases. He was also nominated by President Bush to be a Federal District Judge.
In 2013, he testified in front of Congress in favor of the Regulatory Accountability Act, which would harm the ability of agencies like the EPA from making regulations in a timely manner.
Rosen is also close with the Chamber of Commerce and has given financial contributions to Republicans, most recently to former presidential candidate Marco Rubio in 2016.
Rosen’s background is similar to another USPS Board of Governors nominee– James C. Miller III
There are 5 other nominees waiting for confirmation:
Two favor privatization (Miller, Rosen)
Five favor the proposal to convert postal employees to Medicare.
James C. Miller, III, (Republican) of Virginia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2017. (Reappointment)
David Michael Bennett, (Democrat) of North Carolina, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2018, vice Thurgood Marshall, Jr., term expired.
David S. Shapira, (Democrat) of Pennsylvania, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2019, vice Dennis J. Toner, term expired.
Mickey D. Barnett, (Republican)of New Mexico, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2020. (Reappointment)
Jeffrey A. Rosen, (Republican) of Virginia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021, vice Louis J. Giuliano, term expired.
Stephen Crawford, (Democrat) of Maryland, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2022. (Reappointment)
The lone member of the USPS Board of Governors James Bilbray (Democrat) is currently in a one year holdover term.
Even if all 6 nominees were confirmed the Board still would be three members short of the required nine Senate confirmed members.