USPS OIG: Assessment of the U.S. Postal Service’s Leased Trailers

Objective Our objective was to assess the management of the U.S. Postal Service’s leased trailers. The Postal Service uses trailers, including leased trailers, to transport mail products between plants, major mailers, and businesses. Routine evaluation of the trailer fleet is required to monitor daily trailer utilization and Postal Service policy requires the return or relocation…

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December is USPS Motor Vehicle Safety Month

According to the National Safety Council, more than 38,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2019 — that’s over 100 fatalities per day. The three most common causes of fatalities on the road were alcohol, speeding, and not wearing seat belts.1 Many of these crashes occurred during the workday or…

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USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Program Update

December 2, 2020 In 2016, the United States Postal Service began a multi-year research program, with select suppliers, to replace its aging fleet of right-hand drive Long Life Vehicles (LLV) with the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), and is now nearing the end of the extensive process. The COVID-19 pandemic previously resulted in the expected…

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APWU MVS Division Settles Step-4 Grievance on FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

December 1, 2020 Earlier this summer, MVS announced a National Dispute on the Postal Service’s unilateral implementation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse Consent Form and Program. During the Step-4 meeting, the parties discussed the form, program and issues involved including the Article 1, 5 and 19 violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement…

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APWU: McMullin resigns, Langley appointed Eastern Region MVS NBA

November 30, 2020 Eastern Region MVS National Business Agent (NBA) Francis (Frank) McMullin has resigned, after a little over two months in office. Garrett Langley of the Lancaster Area Local (PA) is the newly-appointed MVS NBA effective, November 16, 2020. Brother Langley began his United States Postal Service career in February 2009, as an Automotive…

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APWU: MVS Division Resolves National Dispute on Article 32.2 Vehicle Costs

On November 23, the National MVS Craft Division came to agreement with the USPS on a class action Step-4 dispute regarding PVS Costs, case no. Q10V-4Q-C 16534585/HQTV20160326. The issue presented was whether or not the USPS violated Article 32.2 of the National Agreement when they assigned the full cost of a vehicle as a line…

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USPS OIG: What other ways could USPS use GPS?

Many of you likely use Global Position System (GPS) on a regular basis, driving to someplace new or maybe using a GPS-driven app to avoid traffic. But did you know the Postal Service uses GPS to manage its highway transportation contracts? In 2016, the Postal Service implemented a new program, the Enterprise Transportation Analytics (ETA)…

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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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