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: Scanners improve transportation fleet visibility

The Postal Service’s deployment of cellular scanners to postal vehicle service (PVS) drivers has improved tracking of the transportation fleet, new data shows. The scanner initiative is part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program. The PVS scanners are similar SV mobile scanners, except they have GPS capability and operate on cellular networks. More than 5,000…

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USPS seeks supplier for benchmarking vehicle fleet maintenance

By Tony Ware – December 29, 2016 A recent request for proposal by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General seeks a supplier well-versed in large fleet operations and maintenance. A firm fixed-price contract will be awarded for a study benchmarking best practices to support technologies and performance measures benefiting the Postal Service’s 214,933 delivery,…

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OIG: Where are the Postal Service’s Trailers?

Project Title: Global Positioning System Trailer Visibility Start Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Estimated Report Release Date: March 2017 The U.S. Postal Service plans to begin using Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled trailers to increase operating efficiency, reduce costs, and improve reliability of its transportation network. GPS technology has been used in private industry to…

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USPS OIG Management Alert – Security of Mail Transported on Trailers

This management alert presents concerns regarding mail on a contractor’s trailer that was missing for 25 days. We identified these concerns during our review of U.S. Postal Inspection Service Vulnerability Risk Assessment Tool Assessments. Summary Mail processed at the Pittsburgh NDC (originating facility) and transported on a contractor’s trailer was missing for 25 days while…

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Latest edition of Postal Bulletin highlights driver safety

The Postal Bulletin’s latest edition highlights driver safety and ways to avoid accidents on the road. December is USPS Motor Vehicle Safety Month, a time to remind employees to be vigilant behind the wheel. Inclement weather, temporary workers and increased workloads historically contribute to increases in postal vehicle accidents during the month. USPS reported almost…

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USPS OIG Report: Consolidation of Mail for Transportation – Memphis NDC

Background As of June 1, 2016, the U.S. Postal Service had over 8,300 highway contract routes (HCR). HCR contracts are competitive fixed-price contracts the Postal Service awards to contractors to transport mail between post offices, network distribution centers (NDC), and other designated stops. The Postal Service has 21 NDCs it uses to increase operational efficiency…

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Private Carriers Sue Post Office to Keep Routes

By Britain Eakin – December 2, 2016  WASHINGTON (CN) — An association of private mail carriers has sued the U.S. Postal Service, claiming its cancellation of 102 contracts to give the work to Post Office employees will not save any money, but will cost the trade group’s members hundreds of jobs. “The terminated contractors…

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