EFF Sues USPS For Records About Covert Social Media Spying Program

EFF Press Release – July 27, 2021 Washington D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and its inspection agency seeking records about a covert program to secretly comb through online posts of social media users before street protests, raising concerns about chilling the privacy…

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USPS OIG: Fighting Opportunistic Crime

USPS OIG Blog – June 28, 2021 As the nation struggled with containing the fast-paced coronavirus outbreak, instances of pandemic-related mail theft and mail fraud were also spreading. Indeed, over the course of a year, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) received 339,747 complaints of mail fraud and mail theft, leading the agency to open…

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RedWave Technology Awarded $14M Purchase by USPIS to help protect Nation’s Mail

June 9, 2021 Redwave Technology, an innovative homeland security company, today announced the receipt of a $14M purchase order from the United States Postal Inspection Service. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for protecting the United States Postal Service, securing the nation’s mail system and ensuring public trust in the mail. Postal Inspectors within…

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U.S. Postal Inspection Service Pandemic Response to Mail Fraud and Mail Theft

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Inspection Service’s response to mail fraud and mail theft during the COVID-19 pandemic. After we began the audit, we received a congressional request from seven members of Congress asking us to identify what actions, if any, the Postal Inspection Service had taken to address the increase in…

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USPS: Initiative safeguards veterans from fraud

The Postal Inspection Service is marking Military Appreciation Month in May by promoting Operation Protect Veterans, a joint campaign with the AARP Fraud Watch Network aimed at stopping scams against current and former service members. The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in swindles involving stimulus checks, unemployment insurance, fake COVID-19 cures and more. These scams are…

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USPS OIG Report: U.S. Postal Inspection Service Washington Division

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Inspection Service, Washington Division, implemented effective controls for case management, accountable property, and training. Based on a fiscal year (FY) 2020 risk analysis of closed, jacketed cases, case workhour data, the number of hotline referrals, and National Compliance Review occurrences, we selected the Washington Division for…

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USPS: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week begins April 18

The U.S. Office for Victims of Crime has chosen April 18-24 for this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. An informational kit including a poster, brochures and counter card display was shipped to more than 11,000 Post Offices last month and should already be on display. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it an…

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DOJ: Philadelphia Man Charged With Kidnapping and Robbery of Postal Workers

DOJ Press Release – February 26, 2021 PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that James Chandler, 54, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested and charged by Indictment with two counts of robbery of a United States Postal Service employee, and one count of kidnapping. The defendant made his initial appearance in federal…

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