USPS OIG: Spring Semiannual Report to Congress

It was an especially lively six-month period covered by our most recent Semiannual Report to Congress – October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. The period included the partial government shutdown in December, and January saw the official appointment of our acting Inspector General to the IG position – only the third IG in our…

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USPS OIG: Tackling Delivery Delays

More packages and fewer letters to more addresses each year. That’s the daily drill for U.S. Postal Service city carriers and city carrier assistants (CCA), the non-career carriers who make up a growing segment of the workforce. As we’ve noted in past blogs, customers are feeling negative effects of this changing mail mix. Complaints of…

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USPS OIG: Special Agents at Work

In a recent blog, we noted how we organize our work. Our blogs tend to feature our audit work because it allows us to seek input and feedback that can shape ongoing or future work. That doesn’t mean it’s quiet in the Office of Investigations. In fact, there’s always a lot going on there. Our…

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USPS OIG: Excess Space Available

The U.S. Postal Service owns roughly 8,400 properties and leases more than 23,000 others with annual rents totaling more than $800 million. Yet, the Postal Service has “excess space” — property or space not used or needed. Under the Federal Property Management Reform Act (FPMRA) of 2016, the Postal Service is required to identify and…

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USPS OIG: Momentous Veterans Day Salute

This Veterans Day falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, when the armistice was enacted on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Ceremonies and occasions to mark the centennial anniversary are planned nationwide, including a tolling of bells across the country at 11:00…

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USPS OIG: Emergency Suspension Process

In the last several months we’ve seen a lot of post offices suspend operations due to extreme weather. But natural disasters aren’t the only reason for emergency suspensions. U.S. Postal Service district managers may also suspend the operations of any post office, station, or branch under its jurisdiction for: Termination of a lease or rental…

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USPS OIG: What safety issues have you witnessed or experienced?

It might not surprise you that dog bites are among the top accidents involving postal workers. After all, dog bites get a lot of media attention and even have a week dedicated to their prevention. But that’s just one type of accident. Others include accidents involving motor vehicles, falls, and repetitive motion injuries. These risks…

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USPS OIG: FSS Comes up Short

August 13, 2018 Nearly a decade since its rollout, the Flats Sequencing System (FSS) — the football-field sized sorting machines for flats mail — is still falling short of expectations. At its inception, stakeholders were optimistic FSS would improve productivity and reduce the U.S. Postal Service’s costs for handling flats mail. But, declines in flats…

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