OIG: Highway Contract Route Irregularity Reporting – Chicago NDC

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of the U.S. Postal Service’s irregularity reporting process for highway contract routes (HCR) at the Chicago Network Distribution Center (NDC). Each NDC reports HCR irregularities using the Yard Management System (YMS). The YMS automatically creates a Postal Service (PS) Form 5500, Contract Route Irregularity Report, when an…

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OIG Report: Internal Controls Over Walk-In Revenue Refunds

Background The objective of this audit is to determine whether internal controls for issuing refunds for walk-in revenue were in place and effective at the Kissimmee, FL, Main Office. The OIG Field Financial Risk Model identified the Kissimmee Main Office, for quarters (Q) 3 and 4 fiscal year 2017, made over 50 percent of all…

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OIG Report: Facility Security at Network Distribution Centers

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service effectively addressed security deficiencies at Network Distribution Centers (NDC) to enhance the safety and security of the work environment. NDCs are highly mechanized Postal Service mail processing plants that distribute standard mail and provide package services. There are currently 21 NDCs nationwide and Inspection…

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Efficiency Review of the Chicago, IL, Network Distribution Center – Operations and Transportation

Audit Report – NO-AR-15-003 – 01/22/2015 Background The U.S. Postal Service has 21 network distribution centers (NDC) linked by a dedicated transportation network. NDCs are primarily responsible for sorting and transporting bulk mail — Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services. Our objective was to evaluate the efficiency of the Chicago, IL, NDC’s mail processing and…

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USPS OIG: Delegations of Contracting Authority Outside of Supply Management

Audit Report – SM-AR-14-007 – 08/05/2014 Background The U.S. Postal Service’s Supply Management organization is responsible for approving contracts to acquire goods and services. However, the postmaster general and the vice president, Supply Management, can delegate contracting authority to personnel outside of Supply Management. In response to a U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General…

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How Aging Trucks Could Doom Nationwide Mail Delivery

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has been saying for three years that his agency is in danger of running out of money because of declining mail volume. And since bills and greeting cards continue to be delivered six days a week, it’s little surprise that Congress has largely ignored his call for sweeping postal reform legislation….

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USPS OIG: Recycling Opportunities in the San Francisco District

Audit Report – HR-AR-14-002 – 06/13/2014 BACKGROUND: Recycling is the process of changing used materials into new products to reduce waste. Each year the U.S. Postal Service generates recyclable material, and although there are costs to recycle, it also generates revenue. In 2012, Postal Service recycling efforts generated $49.5 million, with only about one-third of…

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The US Postal Service Sucks at Tracking Suspicious Mail

Ever wonder how so many of the goods bought and sold over the hidden Internet’s illegal markets seemingly slip through the cracks of the US Postal Service, Postal Inspection, and, by proxy, law enforcement and federal investigations? Besides shadowy LSD chemists who are really good at coring out books? This might have something to do…

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