U.S. Postal Inspection Service Case Management of Arrests

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s oversight of case management reporting requirements related to arrests. We also determined whether the Postal Inspection Service reports its results to National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Postal Inspection Service inspectors lead investigations involving postal crimes such as mail fraud and mail theft, execute…

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Chief Postal Inspector discusses crime, offers tips

October 25, 2021 Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale has a message for Postal Service employees: Be careful out there. “To say the last year and a half has been challenging is an understatement,” Barksdale said, citing statistics that show violent crime has surged during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, FBI data show murders are…

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September is National Preparedness Month – Is your postal facility secure?

September 8, 2021 During National Preparedness Month in September, the Postal Service is reminding employees and contractors to help keep USPS workplaces safe and secure. Employees should always secure entry points when not in use, wear their postal photo ID badge and watch for individuals not wearing badges. To further protect workspaces: Secure unattended USPS…

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USPIS: Can I send live ammunition through the mail?

Think it’s OK to mail ammunition? Watch this video before you head to the Post Office. AMMUNITION Small arms ammunition is categorized as explosive materials by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ammunition that is designed to be fired from a pistol, revolver, rifle, or shotgun, as well as associated primers and blank cartridges (including those…

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USPS OIG Report: Postal Inspection Service Oversight of Its Use of Cryptocurrency 

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of U.S. Postal Inspection Service policies and procedures for managing cryptocurrency in its law enforcement activities. Cryptocurrency is a decentralized form of digital currency that uses a blockchain, or public ledger, to record transactions. The anonymity of cryptocurrency transactions and the significant fluctuations in the value of…

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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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