USPS OIG Report: Automated Delivery Unit Sorter Cost Savings

Objective Our objective was to determine if the Postal Service’s Automated Delivery Unit Sorter (ADUS) achieved projected cost savings. The Postal Service has deployed a wide range of automated sorting equipment to achieve cost savings associated with reducing less-efficient manual processing and enhancing productivity. The ADUS is one of its most recent efforts, automating the…

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PMG DeJoy confirms additional resources to ensure successful delivery of Election Mail

October 1, 2020 WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the ongoing preparations by the United States Postal Service for the November election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requested the issuance of an internal directive to authorize and instruct the use of additional resources to satisfy any unforeseen demand and ensure that all Election Mail is prioritized…

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Notice to All Post Offices with Rural Delivery Service: Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

Postal Service™ managers must effectively manage rural carriers who work under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), section 7(b)(2). Those carriers are paid overtime for all hours actually worked in excess of 2,080, up to 2,240, within the 52-consecutive-week guarantee period. If a carrier works more than 2,240 hours within the guarantee…

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USPS OIG Report: Package Delivery in Rural and Dense Urban Areas

September 16, 2020 (RISC-WP-20-008) Package delivery in rural and urban environments comes with challenges not experienced in suburban environments, such as numerous apartment buildings in urban areas or long distances between delivery points in rural areas. The Postal Service could make package delivery more efficient by installing more parcel lockers, encouraging larger curbside mailboxes, and…

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USPS OIG Report: Recovery for Private Party Damage to Postal Service Vehicles

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of management controls over recoveries for private party damage to U.S. Postal Service vehicles. The Postal Service maintains one of the nation’s largest fleets, with over 200,000 vehicles used for daily operations. In fiscal years (FY) 2018 and 2019, Postal Service vehicles were involved in over 58,000…

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USPS OIG: Delivery of a New Delivery Vehicle

When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life…

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USPS OIG Report: Arrow Key Management Controls

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service’s management controls for arrow keys. The Postal Service uses a universal key, known as an arrow key, to access collection boxes, outdoor parcel lockers, cluster box units, and apartment panels. Supervisors assign these keys – generally one per route – to letter carriers…

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USPS OIG Report: Delivery Vehicle Acquisition Strategy

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s acquisition strategy for delivery and collection vehicles. The Postal Service’s mission is to provide reliable and affordable universal mail delivery and postal retail services to the U.S. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, the Postal Service delivered to about 160 million delivery points, six days a week….

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