USPS OIG: Special Agents at Work

In a recent blog, we noted how we organize our work. Our blogs tend to feature our audit work because it allows us to seek input and feedback that can shape ongoing or future work. That doesn’t mean it’s quiet in the Office of Investigations. In fact, there’s always a lot going on there. Our…

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USPS OIG Report: HCR Contracting Practices and Conflicts of Interest

Objective Our objective was to determine if the U.S. Postal Service’s Highway Contract Route (HCR) contracting practices, including avoidance of conflicts of interest, are in compliance with Postal Service policies and procedures and in line with industry practices. What the OIG Found We found that the Postal Service’s HCR contracting practices were not always in…

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Honest assessments needed to determine next steps for Postal Service

The Hill - Opinion

By Leslie K. Paige – December 11, 2015 If Americans have noticed that their mail is being delivered later and more erratically in 2015 than in the past, it is not their imaginations — it is true. On Aug. 13, 2015 the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General released a report highlighting a…

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A Story of Tyranny: How one man grabbed power and came to be untouchable

I found the following story on “This American Life” yesterday. The parallels with postal management are uncanny. The psychopath discussed here had identical traits of a USPS Maintenance Manager in Philadelphia who terrorized, humiliated, bullied and abused all of the employees “under his control” for many years. And there are a lot more like him…

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USPS: Zero tolerance – USPS promotes threat-free workplace

The Postal Service is committed to fostering a positive and safe work environment that’s free of threats, fear and violence for every employee. To help fulfill this commitment, a Threat Assessment Team (TAT) is available at headquarters and in every district office to respond to threats and potential violence. TAT members are trained to assess…

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Maine postmaster accuses employer of retaliation after death threats against her

Diana Mallard says in a suit the Postal Service didn’t take an employee’s threats against her seriously.  (August 29, 2014) A U.S. Postal Service worker who was in charge at the Unity Post Office until last year has filed a lawsuit accusing her employer of retaliation after she demanded that they take a death threat…

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Postal arrestees’ charges dropped, Activists vow to escalate pressure on the postal service

August 13, 2014 – For Immediate Release “I suspect the authorities dropped the charges because their persecution just emboldened us to further spotlight waste, fraud, and abuse at the people’s postal service,” said Rev. John Schwiebert. Schwiebert was one of the “postal protector” arrestees who were charged with “impeding a mail delivery vehicle” and “blocking a…

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