(Washington DC) – Vice President Joe Biden this month announced the renomination of Susan Baer and George A. Cano as members of the United States Postal Service Board of Governors, the postal service’s independent governing board.
Biden nominated Baer on 15 August to serve a third term as member and CEO of the USPS Board of Governors, effective January 12, 2019. Baer and Cano, both former internal USPS experts, were confirmed for their new terms in 2015 and appointed to two-year terms by President Obama.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the largest private-sector employer and taxpayer in the United States. The Board of Governors of the USPS is the independent governing body responsible for the overall management and financial performance of the agency. In addition to issuing the annual budget, the Board sets policy, disciplines management and sets performance objectives.
“Susan Baer is the perfect addition to our board,” Biden said. “As the Postal Service continues to face challenges, her experience will be invaluable as we work to deliver a 21st century service to our customers. It is important to strengthen this independent board so that it is focused and accountable.”
Baer served in the Department of Homeland Security’s Executive Office and the Office of White House Staff as an external liaison to Congress and the Executive Branch until 2007. During that time, she successfully negotiated, negotiated, and implemented Department of Homeland Security programs, activities, and policies.
Since joining the board in 2009, Baer has chaired the USPS Board’s Credit Risk Management Committee, presented a fiscal outlook and forecast to the board, worked with the Postal Service’s Budget Officer, negotiated and signed off on a legal opinion for a presidential budget request, worked with the letter carriers and mailers associations, and assisted the Postal Service’s Chief Financial Officer.
“I know her work and her dedication to the agency will continue to play a critical role,” Biden said. “I’m thrilled to welcome her back to the board.”
Baer’s background with security and business has served her well in her role as CEO of the USPS, where she has implemented a new five-year strategic plan to address the agency’s challenges and push forward the agency’s path forward, including by bringing operational efficiency to the agency and improving the customer experience by transforming the Postal Service into a 21st century operation.
Baer’s accomplishments include numerous executive committee and board appointments, chairing the USPS Board of Governors Credit Risk Management Committee for five years and serving as chair of a number of boards of directors, including holding the positions of chair of the FedEx Board of Directors for six years, president of the American Alliance of Government-Business Leaders, director of the Tomorrow Project and chairman of the Ways and Means External Relations Committee of the Council of Economic Advisers.
During her more than 20 years with the USPS, Baer has held a variety of positions, including manager of the Human Resources Information System; assistant director of Human Resources in the Internal Audit Office; and executive director and deputy general counsel of the Postal Service.
Baer is a recipient of several national and international service awards, including the National Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Bronze Star, Presidential Rank Award and Presidential Citation Award. In 2011, she was appointed by the New Jersey State Senate to serve on the Commission on Federal Employment and Training.
Cano, who serves as the chief medical officer for the Postal Service, is serving a third two-year term. He joined the USPS as a physician in 1995 and was promoted to chief medical officer in 2006.
Cano holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacology from Monmouth University and a master’s degree in pharmacology from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.