USPS OIG: Thinking Strategically About PVS

It takes a lot of vehicles to move 154 billion pieces of mail each year. And a lot of fuel to power those vehicles. While the Postal Service’s Postal Vehicle Services (PVS) fleet is a small part of the entire fleet — about 4,300 vehicles made up of cargo vans, tractors, and smaller tractor-trailers known…

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OIG Report: PVS Fuel Cost and Consumption Strategies

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) fuel cost and consumption strategies. The PVS fleet moves mail between U.S. Postal Service processing facilities, inner-city delivery offices, and local businesses and mailers. The usual travel distance is about a 50-mile radius of their Postal Service location. The PVS fleet currently…

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OIG Report: Fuel Consumption and Cost Risk Mitigation

Background The U.S. Postal Service has a surface transportation network that, in fiscal year (FY) 2016, consisted of almost 16,000 supplier-operated highway contract routes (HCR) and about 7,600 Postal Service-owned mail transport vehicles. This fleet makes USPS one of the largest users of diesel fuel in the U.S., purchasing about 251 million gallons in FY…

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USPS OIG: Is the Fuel Price Index Program Effectively Managing Fuel Costs?

Project Title: Highway Contract Route Fuel Price Index Program Start Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Estimated Report Release Date: November 2016 The U. S. Postal Service uses highway contract routes (HCRs) to transport mail and equipment between plants, post offices, or other points where mail is received or dispatched, such as business mailers’ facilities. HCRs…

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