USPS OIG Report: Efficiency and Safety of Lift Gates

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of lift gates used on U.S. Postal Service cargo vans. The Postal Service owns and operates a fleet of over 227,000 vehicles. The Postal Service has 7- and 11-ton cargo vans that Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers use to transport mail between facilities and to…

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Postal Bulletin: Customer Service Includes Removing All Mail Tags from MTE

Fiscal Year 2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the Postal Service™ due to anticipated high mail volumes that will include Election Mail, Political Mail, and Census mail. The Postal Service would like to remind employees that highly visible tags and labels are attached to trays, sacks, and containers to assist with…

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USPS OIG Report: Transportation Cost of Mail Transport Equipment

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s efforts to reduce transportation costs of Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) in the Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) network. The MTESC network is a nationwide network of 14 contractor-operated facilities. MTESC facilities process, repair, store, and distribute MTE (containers, sacks, trays, flat tubs, sleeves, and pallets)…

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Postal Bulletin Highlights Removing MTE Labels

Removing MTE Labels Makes a Big Difference The U.S. Postal Service® collects, processes, transports, and delivers mail across the nation. Mail moves through the network in sacks, trays, and tubs. A “little” label identifies the destination for each container, which means a misplaced label can send the mail to the wrong destination. Postal Service™ employees…

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USPS OIG Report: Terminal Handling Services – Southern Area

Objective The objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Terminal Handling Services (THS) the U.S. Postal Service uses to sort and transport mail in the Southern Area. THS suppliers load mail into FedEx air containers and deliver them to FedEx for transportation across the nation. They also transport incoming FedEx air containers to THS…

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Postal Inspection Service program helps save money

The Postal Inspection Service has recovered more than $30,000 worth of missing mail transportation equipment (MTE) in Atlanta District since last fall, part of a national program to reduce misuse of these materials. MTE includes trays, sacks, pallets and tubs. Misuse of the equipment results in significant financial losses to USPS. More than $10 million…

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Mail Transport Equipment: It Moves the Mail

Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, but serves one common purpose: to move the mail. MTE is used: In plants to support machine and manual separations; In delivery units to present mail to carriers, hold mail in sequence for delivery, and collect mail from the public; In acceptance offices to…

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Management Alert – Mail Left in Mail Transport Equipment Dispatched to the Dallas MTE Service Center

This management alert presents our concerns with Mail Left in Mail Transport Equipment Dispatched to the Dallas, TX Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (Project Number 13XG007NL004). These concerns came to our attention during our ongoing project, Internal Controls and Transportation Associated With the Dallas, TX, Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (Project Number 13XG007NL003). See Video…

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