What Are Your Experiences with the High Throughput Package Sorter?

Project Title: Performance of the High Throughput Package Sorter at the Queens, NY, P&DC Start Date: Monday, October 29, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: April 2019 The rapid growth of ecommerce has created many opportunities for the Postal Service. This holiday season, online spending is expected to grow between 17 and 22 percent; driving package…

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Should USPS’s Retirement Funds Be Invested in a More Broadly Diversified Portfolio?

Project Title: Foreign Posts’ Retirement Asset Investments Start Date: Monday, September 10, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: March 2019 Employees of the Postal Service participate in two government-wide pension plans administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM): the Civil Service Retirement System and Federal Employee Retirement System. The assets of these plans are…

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Is USPS Maintaining HVAC Equipment to Ensure Comfortable Working Conditions?

Project Title: Postal Service HVAC Preventive Maintenance Program Start Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: March 2019 The goal of preventive maintenance is to improve and prolong building and equipment life, avoid unplanned maintenance, and lower overall maintenance costs. An effective and efficient preventive maintenance program must be in place to ensure…

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Has USPS ever released your personal information without your permission?

Project Title: Controls over Dissemination of Personnel Information Start Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: October 2018 On August 28, 2018, the New York Times published an article reporting that the Postal Service released the full, unredacted federal security clearance application of former Postal Inspector Abigail Spanberger. The Postal Service released this…

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USPS OIG: Does MODS Work Hour and Mail Volume Data Accurately Reflect Work Performed?

Project Title: Management Operating Data System (MODS) Errors and Adjustments Start Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: January 2019 The Management Operating Data System (MODS) provides data on workload, work hours, and machine-use. In addition to supporting operational planning, MODS data are used extensively in Postal Service costing and pricing activities. Supervisors…

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How can the Postal Service put its excess space to good use?

Project Title: Congressional Mandate on Excess Space Start Date: Monday, July 23, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: November 2018 In December 2016, Congress passed the Federal Property Management Reform Act (FPMRA). The purpose of the FPMRA is to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government, including the Postal Service, in managing its property by:…

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USPS OIG: Is the Postal Service Saving Maintenance Workhours as Planned?

Project Title: Effectiveness of the U.S. Postal Service’s maintenance optimization initiative in the Southern Area Start Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: November 2018 The Postal Service’s Five-Year Strategic Plan – Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to 2021 outlines an initiative to evaluate, right-size, and equip the mail-processing infrastructure and transportation networks to…

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USPS OIG: How Clean, Safe, and Secure are Postal Service Processing Plants?

The Postal Service has over 300 processing plants where more than 150 billion pieces of mail are sorted each year. The OIG has recently conducted a series of audits on facility conditions at retail facilities and is now looking at processing facilities nationwide. The safety, security and cleanliness of these facilities is essential to the…

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