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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USPS OIG Blog: Test Driving Left-Hand Drive Vehicles

It’s not easy to find something the entire postal community can agree on. But the U.S. Postal Service’s need to replace its delivery vehicles just might get all heads nodding. Given package volume growth, the Postal Service needs vehicles with increased cargo-handling capacity to replace the existing fleet of left hand drive (LHD) vehicles, many…

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USPS OIG: The Importance of Planned Maintenance

In its five-year strategic plan, the U.S. Postal Service emphasizes the importance of regularly maintaining its facilities. In fact, it outlines an initiative to standardize, upgrade, and realign maintenance operations across field offices to reduce operating expenses. However, the Postal Service only established and tracked maintenance optimization planned savings at the national level and not…

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USPS OIG: Thinking Strategically About PVS

It takes a lot of vehicles to move 154 billion pieces of mail each year. And a lot of fuel to power those vehicles. While the Postal Service’s Postal Vehicle Services (PVS) fleet is a small part of the entire fleet — about 4,300 vehicles made up of cargo vans, tractors, and smaller tractor-trailers known…

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USPS OIG: Returns Season Is Upon Us

The holidays might be over but the package returns season is in high gear. It kicked off in mid-December, shortly after the first wave of holiday deliveries, and is expected to run through most of this month. Returns track with the online retail market — as shopping online grows, so, too, do package returns. About…

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