USPS OIG Report: Mail Delivery Issues – Vista Station, Sparks, NV

Background The Vista Station is in the Nevada-Sierra District of the Western Area. The delivery unit has a total of 52 routes (42 city and 10 rural). The 42 city routes are delivered by 54 carriers (44 full-time and 10 city carrier assistants [CCA]). The 10 rural routes are delivered by 17 carriers (nine full-time…

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USPS OIG Report: Manual Parcel Processing Operations at the Harrisburg P&DC

Background The Harrisburg Processing & Distribution Center is in the Central PA District of the Eastern Area. During fiscal year (FY) 2019, it manually processed 86.9 million letters, 11.4 million flats, and 1.6 million parcels. Mail is processed manually when its dimensions or address quality prevent it from being processed on mail processing equipment. It…

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USPS OIG: Express or Bust

You get what you pay for with Priority Mail Express, the U.S. Postal Service’s fastest mail product. It’s not cheap, but it comes with a money-back guarantee should USPS fall short of the promised one- or two-day delivery. The nationwide service performance goal for Priority Mail Express is 96.85 percent on time. However, it’s falling…

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USPS OIG Report: Transportation Network Operations and Cost Optimization Practices

Objective Postal Service transportation costs have increased $1.7 billion (or about 25 percent) since fiscal year (FY) 2014 despite an overall decline in mail volume of 8.8 billion pieces (or about 6 percent), as well as several initiatives to reduce transportation costs. Our objective was to analyze practices and cost trends and identify risk areas…

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USPS OIG Report: U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Charlotte Division

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Charlotte Division, implemented effective controls for accountable property, training, and case management. Based on a risk analysis of closed case count and workhours, number of hotline referrals, and National Compliance Review occurrence, we selected the Charlotte Division. The OIG has a statutory requirement…

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USPS OIG Report: Service Performance of 2018 Election and Political Mail

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the U.S. Postal Service’s performance in processing Election and Political Mail for the 2018 midterm and special elections. The Postmaster General requested this audit. We previously reviewed the Processing Readiness for Election and Political Mail for the 2018 Midterm Elections and issued a report in June 2018. Midterm and…

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USPS OIG Report: Customer Service, City Delivery and Vehicle Operations – Performance Indicators

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service Workload and Workforce Performance Indicators for Customer Service, City Delivery, and Vehicle Operations for fiscal years (FY) 2014 to 2018. In FY 2018, the Postal Service delivered more than 140 billion letters and flats and 6 billion packages to more than 158 million delivery points. It…

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USPS OIG Report: Custodial Workhours

Objective In July 2014, the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding custodial workhours. The MOU dictated that custodians receive additional compensation when certain facilities fail to use 90 percent of their calculated annual custodial workhours. These hours are based on facility size and designated cleaning…

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