USPS OIG Report: Accuracy of Surface Visibility Scans and Reporting

Objective The objective of our audit was to evaluate the accuracy of Surface Visibility scans and reporting for Highway Contract Route (HCR) and Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) trips. This audit was requested by the Postal Service’s Surface Logistics group. The U.S. Postal Service’s surface transportation network is managed locally and transports mail and equipment to…

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APWU: DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for CDL Holders

Congress creates a “Clearinghouse” impacting MVS Operators with CDLs By notice dated, February 20, the USPS informed APWU of its compliance with a recent act of Congress which has established a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database providing employers, state licensing agencies, and enforcement officers with real-time information about commercial…

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APWU: USPS Warns Employees of CBD Impacts on Drug Testing

USPS Warns Employees to “Use caution when considering whether to use CBD products” On February 20, the MVS Division received a general interest notice regarding the Department of Transportation’s announcement concerning the use of Cannabidiol products. In pertinent part, the letter states, “DOT requires testing for marijuana and not CBD. However, the use of CBD…

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APWU: First Article Testing Concerns for Mercedes Metris Right Hand Drive Van

In mid-January, MVS APWU representatives attended the First Article Testing of the Mercedes Metris Right Hand Drive van resulting in several concerns. The main issue for the testers was visibility. On January 28, MVS Director Michael O. Foster sent a detailed list of issues that must be addressed by the USPS, per Article 39.3.B. The…

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USPS Service Talk: Surface Transfer Centers Redesign in April 2020

This is a Service Talk that is being given out nationally. STC REDESIGN TALK The United States Postal Service is looking to improve and enhance the surface network that moves America’s mail. This bold step is being taken to reduce costs while at the same time driving first class service to the 95% on time…

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USPS OIG Report: Transportation Cost of Mail Transport Equipment

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s efforts to reduce transportation costs of Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) in the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) network. The MTESC network is a nationwide network of 14 contractor-operated facilities. MTESC facilities process, repair, store, and distribute MTE (containers, sacks, trays, flat tubs, sleeves, and pallets)…

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Postal Bulletin highlights Motor Vehicle Safety Month

December is Motor Vehicle Safety Month According to the National Safety Council, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2017 — that’s over 100 fatalities per day. The three biggest causes of fatalities on the road were alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. Many of these crashes occurred during…

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USPS OIG Report: Transportation Network Operations and Cost Optimization Practices

Objective Postal Service transportation costs have increased $1.7 billion (or about 25 percent) since fiscal year (FY) 2014 despite an overall decline in mail volume of 8.8 billion pieces (or about 6 percent), as well as several initiatives to reduce transportation costs. Our objective was to analyze practices and cost trends and identify risk areas…

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