WASHINGTON (WJZ) – Several frustrated Marylanders testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about persistent post office delays that continue to make their lives difficult.
“I only get sporadic mail deliveries now,” said Joe Golczynski of Dundalk.
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For over a year now, the post office has been causing a lot of trouble for people in Maryland and other parts of the country.
On Tuesday, some traveled to Capitol Hill to testify at a hearing on delivery issues. Fredrick resident Rania Dima relies on the post office to deliver materials to learn braille as she goes deaf and blind, but delays have made things more difficult.
“These prolonged delays impacted my ability to learn braille,” said Dima.
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Forest Heights postal worker Brian McLaurin saw a lot of the problems with his own eyes.
“We are understaffed and we have to adhere to a rigid schedule that forces drivers like me to leave with trucks that are not fully loaded,” McLaurin said.
USPS Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb said policy changes along with employee availability and the sheer volume of mail were the root of the delivery issues. She said they would soon be looking at facilities where mail delivery has been particularly problematic like Baltimore.
“In early fall we will be launching a targeted review of the 10 treatment planes that have been put to the test for years, but we are particularly affected during the Covid pandemic and where the service has really exploded so that we can go under the hood and really see what has been causing the problems for years, ”Whitcomb said.
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Today Whitcomb asked for $ 17 million for his office to try to fix the issues. Now it’s up to lawmakers to decide whether to give them those funds.