OIG: Is USPS Effectively Reporting Highway Contract Route Irregularities?

Project Title: HCR Irregularity Reporting Start Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: July 2017 In fiscal year 2016, the Postal Service spent over $3 billion for almost 8,700 highway contract routes (HCRs). The Postal Service awards these contracts to transport mail between post offices and other designated stops. They are the largest…

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USPS OIG Report: Use of the Run Plan Generator

Background The U.S. Postal Service has about 265 mail processing facilities nationwide. Mail processing is an integrated group of activities required to sort and distribute mail for delivery. The Run Plan Generator (RPG) is a software application used by processing facilities to optimize machine usage and operational efficiency. The RPG combines site-specific mail processing machines,…

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USPS OIG Report: Accuracy of Grievance Settlement Payments

Background Under its national agreement with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the U.S. Postal Service must make every effort to promptly pay monetary grievance settlements and arbitration awards. The Postal Service uses the Grievance Arbitration Tracking System (GATS) database to manage grievance payments and conduct labor relations activities, such as researching appeals, disputes, and…

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USPS OIG Blog: Social Security Administration is again pulling back on mailed statements

Goodbye paper statements…again. Two years after reinstating paper statements amid a firestorm of criticism for having ended them, the Social Security Administration is again pulling back on mailed statements. In a recent news article about a Social Security Administration blog post, the agency announced it would mail fewer statements this year to reduce costs by…

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Internal Promotions, Postal Service and CIA Among Trump’s Hiring Freeze Exemptions

By Eric Katz – January 31, 2017 A slew of positions are now exempt from President Trump’s government wide hiring freeze, according to new guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. In the second piece of guidance obtained by Government Executive since Trump signed the presidential memorandum last…

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USPS invites employees to participate in National Wear Red Day Friday, Feb. 3

The Postal Service is inviting employees to participate in National Wear Red Day Friday, Feb. 3. The day aims to raise awareness of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart disease accounts for about 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the Centers…

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Can FMLA Leave Ever Be Used for the Flu?

By Margaret Bartiromo – January 27, 2017 The flu season has begun. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s weekly updates, influenza activity is rapidly increasing in Connecticut and throughout the region. Since the flu is contagious, employees should be encouraged to stay home if they come down with the virus, but did you…

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