Is USPS efficiently managing Vehicle Operations in the Houston District?

Project Title: Postal Service Vehicle Driver Overtime-Houston District
Start Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Estimated Report Release Date: November 2018

The Postal Service has one of the largest transportation and logistics networks in the world, transporting mail and equipment between processing and distribution centers (P&DCs), post offices, or other designated points that receive or dispatch mail. The Postal Service is also one of the largest consumers of fuel in the United States.

The Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) fleet moves mail between processing facilities, inner-city delivery offices, and local businesses and mailers. PVS is primarily used for distances within a 50-mile radius of a Postal Service location. The fleet currently consists of cargo vans, tractors, and other vehicles. Despite the reduction in mail volume, miles, and fuel, the number of PVS drivers, total work hours, and overtime hours have increased.

We are conducting an audit to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service’s use of overtime for PVS drivers in the Houston District.

  • What improvements can the Postal Service make to ensure efficient PVS operations?
  • How can the Postal Service ensure, when used, overtime is a valid need for PVS drivers?

Source: Is USPS efficiently managing Postal Service Vehicle operations in the Houston District? | USPS Office of Inspector General


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