USPS OIG Report: Nationwide Employee Background Screening

Objective During fiscal year (FY) 2017 and 2018, the Postal Service hired 165,543 employees nationwide. Applicants must complete the initial pre-screening process, which is the first step in determining suitability for an initial job offer. The pre-screening process includes conducting the interview, drug screening, and local criminal background check. Upon acceptance of the job offer…

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USPS OIG Report: Release of Personnel Information

Objective This report responds to two congressional requests. One request came from Sen. Thomas Carper and another was a joint request from Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and Gerald E. Connolly, Ranking Member and Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, respectively. Their requests asked for an investigation into the Postal Service’s…

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USPS OIG Report: Employee Background Screening in the Pacific Area

Objective Our objective was to assess the U.S. Postal Service’s employee background screening process in the San Francisco, Bay-Valley, and Sierra Coastal districts to determine whether they ensured individuals selected for employment were suitable to maintain the safety and security of the mail and uphold public trust in the Postal Service. We selected the San…

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USPS: Looking forward – Tools and resources available for retirement planning

Whether you are new to the Postal Service or a longtime employee, it’s never too early — or too late — to begin planning for your retirement. These tools can help: Federal ball park estimator: Includes projected federal annuity and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) benefits to help you quickly approximate how much you need to…

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Take Charge of Your Retirement

In 1985, I began a new position at FBI headquarters in Washington as a retirement counselor. This position laid the groundwork and provided the training for my future career as a retirement specialist that I continue today. My official title was Employee Relations Specialist-Employee Benefits, and my duties included communicating laws, policies and regulations regarding…

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