OIG Report: Fuel Consumption and Cost Risk Mitigation

Background The U.S. Postal Service has a surface transportation network that, in fiscal year (FY) 2016, consisted of almost 16,000 supplier-operated highway contract routes (HCR) and about 7,600 Postal Service-owned mail transport vehicles. This fleet makes USPS one of the largest users of diesel fuel in the U.S., purchasing about 251 million gallons in FY…

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APWU: Motor Vehicle Service PSE Salary Exception Agreement Reached

Web News Article #: 30-2017 03/23/2017 – On March 10, the Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Postal Service that remedies the situation where Motor Vehicle Service Postal Support Employees (PSE) who had been granted a salary exception were converted to career status within the same craft but to a lower level…

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OIG Report: HCR Survey Compliance – Southern Transportation Category Management Team

Background The U.S. Postal Service uses highway contract routes (HCR) to transport mail between plants, post offices, or other designated points where mail is received or dispatched. This includes contract delivery service (CDS) route contracts, which are contracts with individuals or companies to deliver and collect mail from homes and businesses. As of January 2016,…

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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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