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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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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APWU: Postal Vehicle Service Scanning Duty Settlement Reached

Web News Article #: 92-2017 09/28/2017 – On August 31, the APWU Motor Vehicle Service Craft Division and the USPS came to a settlement for case numbers Q10V-4Q-C 16466169/HQTV20160275, Q10V-4Q-C 15300453/HQTV20150846 and Q10V-4Q-C 16466163/A19V20160276. The issue concerns the deployment of scanners to Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers, as part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program….

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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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APWU: Motor Vehicle Service PSE Salary Exception Agreement Reached

Web News Article #: 30-2017 03/23/2017 – On March 10, the Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Postal Service that remedies the situation where Motor Vehicle Service Postal Support Employees (PSE) who had been granted a salary exception were converted to career status within the same craft but to a lower level…

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