USPS OIG: Are Scheduled Times and Hours for HCR Trips Accurate?

Project Title: Scheduled Hours and Payments for Highway Contract Routes Start Date: Monday, October 19, 2020 Estimated Report Release Date: April 2021 Highway Contract Route (HCR) suppliers provide contracted transportation service based on established scheduled hours for the drivers to complete the trip. The times for the trip are manually entered in the system. Incorrect…

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USPS OIG: A Tuck that Nips Safety and Efficiency?

USPS OIG Blog Article – October 26, 2020 Three years ago, the U.S. Postal Service began replacing 7-and 11-ton cargo vans and adding new lift gates — equipment on the rear that helps load/unload containers of mail. Transportation managers could choose between a tuck-under lift gate or a rail lift gate. The former tucks beneath…

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USPS OIG Report: GPS for Highway Contract Routes

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s management of Highway Contract Route (HCR) compliance with the Global Positioning System (GPS) program. In June 2016, the Postal Service developed the Enterprise Transportation Analytics (ETA) system which uses GPS technology to provide near real-time visualizations and reports of HCR vehicles and thus enabling management to…

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USPS OIG Report: Efficiency and Safety of Lift Gates

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of lift gates used on U.S. Postal Service cargo vans. The Postal Service owns and operates a fleet of over 227,000 vehicles. The Postal Service has 7- and 11-ton cargo vans that Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers use to transport mail between facilities and to…

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USPS OIG Report: Recovery for Private Party Damage to Postal Service Vehicles

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of management controls over recoveries for private party damage to U.S. Postal Service vehicles. The Postal Service maintains one of the nation’s largest fleets, with over 200,000 vehicles used for daily operations. In fiscal years (FY) 2018 and 2019, Postal Service vehicles were involved in over 58,000…

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USPS aligns transportation network to boost efficiency

September 11, 2020 Continuing work that began in June 2019, the Postal Service is aligning its surface transportation network as planned to help the organization improve service performance and move mail and packages more efficiently. “Aligning our surface transportation network will help us to better serve the evolving needs of our customers, particularly when it…

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USPS OIG: Delivery of a New Delivery Vehicle

When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life…

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APWU MVS Craft Initiates National Dispute Re: Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Consent Form

August 31, 2020 On August 28, the MVS craft initiated a National Step 4 Dispute contesting the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of work requirements related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Click here to view the dispute initiation letter: APWU Case Number HQTV20200376 Re. Unilateral Implementation of FMCSA Clearinghouse…

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