Oversight Committee, Rep. Huffman Ask Postal Service IG to Investigate Environmental Impacts of Vehicle Contract
Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2022)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. Stephen Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Committee Member Rep. Brenda Lawrence, and Rep. Jared Huffman sent a letter to the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb requesting that the IG initiate an investigation into the Postal Service’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when issuing the contract for Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV).
“We write to request that the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiate an investigation into the Postal Service’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act particularly the filing of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle,” wrote the Members. “The Environmental Protection Agency, the White House Council for Environmental Quality, and numerous environmental stakeholders have raised concerns that the Postal Service did not meet its NEPA obligations during its contracting process for the NGDV. These significant concerns warrant an investigation by the OIG.”
The NGDV contract represents a substantial investment and could lead to the Postal Service’s acquisition of up to 165,000 vehicles over ten years.
“The Oversight Committee strongly supports the purchase of electric vehicles for the Postal Service’s fleet, which would significantly cut emissions and position the Postal Service as an environmental leader,” the letter continued. “Given the substantial public interest in this acquisition and the significant deficiencies in the EIS identified by EPA, it is critical that Congress understand whether the Postal Service properly met its statutory environmental obligations.”
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