OIG Report: Unscheduled Leave in the New York District

Background The U.S. Postal Service categorizes unscheduled leave as any absence from work that is not requested or approved in advance. Unscheduled leave could contribute to increased compensation expenses by requiring management to increase workhours and overtime hours. The OIG developed a Human Resource Risk Model (risk model) to monitor key Postal Service metrics, including…

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OIG Report: Global Positioning System Trailer Visibility

Background The U.S. Postal Service has spent about $7.6 million since fiscal year (FY) 2010 on its Logistics Condition Reporting System (LCRS). The system was intended to collect and report Highway Contract Route (HCR) Global Positioning System (GPS) data and monitor HCR performance. Because of inaccurate data reporting and system compatibility issues the Postal Service…

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OIG Report: Shortpaid PC Postage Parcels

Background PC Postage is a service offered by the U.S. Postal Service that allows customers to print U.S. postage stamps with their own printers. Customers access PC Postage through USPS.com or PC Postage vendors licensed by the Postal Service. The Postal Service recorded PC Postage revenues of about $[redacted] billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016….

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Unions Prevail in National Level Decision on Voting Rights

In a decision issued on June 21, 2017, Arbitrator Shyam Das, concluded that postal employees including mail handlers are entitled to administrative leave (voting) under ELM 519.32 when they participate in presidential caucuses. The case was filed by the NALC, and the NPMHU and the APWU intervened. Notably, fifteen states and several territories held party…

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NALC: Redesigned Heat Safety Tool app released (updated)

June 20, 2017 The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have collaborated to update OSHA’s original Heat Safety Tool app for smartphones. The updated app, available for both Android and iPhone, provides a clearer user interface while still providing the same information to help keep employees…

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Latest Postal Bulletin highlights Regulations for Proper Flag Display

Regulations for the proper display of flags are in part 47 of the Administrative Support Manual (ASM). We have reprinted these sections of the ASM so Postmasters can ensure that the American flag, the Postal Service™ flag, and the MIA-POW f47 flag are properly displayed. To read all of the regulations concerning the display of…

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OIG Report: Mail Processing Variance Model

Background The U.S. Postal Service established its Mail Processing Variance (MPV) model in fiscal year (FY) 2011 to measure annual mail processing operational performance and efficiency. The MPV model is a management tool that calculates mail processing productivity by dividing total mailpieces handled by workhours. The MPV model calculates national annual targets by excluding the…

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