USPS OIG Report: Stamps, Money Orders, and Cash – Las Vegas


The Las Vegas, NV, James Brown Jr. Station is in the Nevada – Utah District of the WestPac Area. This audit was designed to provide U.S. Postal Service management with timely information on potential financial control risks at Postal Service locations.

OIG data analytics identified this site as having large retail floor stamp inventory count shortages and one overage from October 1, 2019 through April 30, 2021. Retail associates who work at window services are not assigned a stamp stock inventory and instead work from a shared retail floor stamp inventory.

The objective of this audit was to determine whether the James Brown Jr. Station properly accounted for stamps, money orders, and cash.

Finding #1: Stamp and Cash Inventories

We determined the James Brown Jr. Station properly accounted for money orders but did not always properly account for stamps and cash. Based on our independent counts and observations we identified issues with cash drawer balances outside of tolerance levels, unit cash reserve differences, and retail floor stamp differences.

Finding #2: Depositing Found Money

We observed a large number of coins and some bills stored in a locked general purpose mail container. Coins, mostly unrolled, were mainly sorted for pennies and nickels, which filled several boxes and trays. There were no records documenting how much money retail associates received, deposited, or used as change.

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Source: USPS Office of Inspector General

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