USPS: Employees get Carol Stream VMF in tip-top shape

The Carol Stream, IL, Vehicle Maintenance Facility looks — and functions — better than ever these days. Employees recently cleaned the shop from top to bottom and reorganized the equipment, supplies and other materials to make them easier to find. “Before you might have an oil can here one day, and the next day it’s…

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USPS OIG Report: What’s Driving Postal Transportation Costs?

The Postal Service’s transportation costs have increased over the last 10 years, despite an overall decline in mail volume and the relaxation of First-Class Mail service standards. Nearly 40 percent of the increase cannot be explained by changes in mail volume and transportation-related inputs alone. While costs in general are expected to increase over time…

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Owner Of Vehicle Maintenance And Repair Companies Convicted Of Bribery And Tax Fraud

Press Release – December 20, 2018 Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that IBRAHIM ISSA, a/k/a “Tony Issa,” was found guilty yesterday of bribery of public officials and tax fraud. A unanimous jury convicted ISSA after a two-week trial before Chief United States District Judge Colleen…

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Postal Bulletin: December is Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Month

According to the National Safety Council, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2017. The three biggest causes of fatalities on the road were alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. Many of these crashes occurred during the work day or during the daily commute, and employers directly or indirectly…

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USPS OIG Report: Management of VMF Undistributed Labor – Capital Metro and Great Lakes

Objective Our objective was to assess the controls over the management of mechanic undistributed labor in the Capital Metro and Great Lakes Areas. The Postal Service defines undistributed labor as mechanic and garagemen work order hours that are less than the actual paid hours. The target variance between these metrics is +/- 3 percent of…

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USPS OIG Report: Domestic Preference in Vehicle Contracts

Objective The objective was to assess whether the Postal Service applied domestic preference requirements during the award of vehicle and vehicle parts contracts. Since the 1930s, the Buy American Act has required federal agencies to provide preferential treatment in its purchases of domestic end-products. The Postal Service is not subject to the Buy American Act,…

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Is USPS efficiently managing Vehicle Operations in the Houston District?

Project Title: Postal Service Vehicle Driver Overtime-Houston District Start Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: November 2018 The Postal Service has one of the largest transportation and logistics networks in the world, transporting mail and equipment between processing and distribution centers (P&DCs), post offices, or other designated points that receive or dispatch…

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VMF team keeps USPS vehicles operating safely

Brett Hatfield stopped carrying mail several years ago, but that doesn’t mean he stopped delivering for customers in Binghamton, NY. After putting down his satchel, Hatfield became a mechanic and transferred to the Binghamton Vehicle Maintenance Facility. He now leads a five-person team that helps keep 275 delivery vehicles operating safely. “The team of five…

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