USPS OIG Report: Assessment of Overtime Activity

Objectives Our objective was to assess Postal Service controls over managing overtime. Overtime pay is a premium that eligible employees receive when they perform work in excess of eight paid hours in a day, or 40 paid hours in a week. Per union contracts, regular overtime is paid at one and one-half times an employee’s…

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USPS OIG Report: Facility Condition Reviews – Northern NJ District

Background This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of facility conditions at the Short Hills, Roseville, and Wood Ridge Post Offices in the Northern New Jersey District. The Postal Service is required to maintain a safe and healthy environment for both employees and customers in accordance with its internal policies and procedures and…

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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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