OIG: USPS loses databases after backup on same hardware

During the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Information Technology Internal Controls audit, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) became aware of a hardware failure that resulted in the loss of the Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) database used to record and monitor computer incidents. The U.S. Postal Service’s Data Management Services group periodically […]

USPS OIG Seeks Help From Postal Employees To “Pick Out the Bad Apples”

USPS OIG creates new fraud awareness poster The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is distributing a new fraud awareness poster. Poster 204 encourages employees to help the OIG “pick out the bad apples” by reporting postal crimes or misconduct. The poster features a Quick Response (QR) Code, which allows employees to report misconduct to the OIG […]

USPS OIG Finds Whistleblower Reprisal At Medford, OR Post Office

From a PostalReporter.com reader: The following is an extremely rare instance of the USPS OIG finding whistleblower reprisal.  Astonishing, since ELM 666.3 | Whistleblower Protection is very weak.This letter from the USPS OIG was published in the local paper by the Southern Oregon Area Local, APWU, in Medford OR. The letter is addressed to Christopher Olivas.

USPS OIG Audit Found $717.5 Million in Unauthorized Overtime Over Past 2 Years

USPS OIG Audit on Unauthorized Overtime WHAT THE OIG FOUND: The Postal Service has established procedures to monitor and control unauthorized overtime. However, managers and supervisors did not always follow the prescribed procedures, as we identified issues relating to Postal Service (PS) Form 1017-B, Unauthorized Overtime Record; PS Form 3996, Carrier – Auxiliary Control; Time […]

PMG Approves Postal Execs Alcohol Purchases With USPS Funds If…

The following excerpts were taken from the USPS OIG Report on “Officers’ Travel and Representation Expenses for Fiscal Year 2011” WHAT THE OIG FOUND: Officers’ travel and representation expenses totaling about $700,000 were supported. However, officers did not always comply with Officers’ Travel and Representation Expense Guidelines (Guidelines) when claiming expenses incurred during official travel […]

OIG Finds Problems with application of criteria used by USPS To Select Post Offices For Closure

OIG also found: “The Postal Service provided information on the RAOI offices by the four groups on two public websites, USPS.com® and PRC.gov, on July 26 and 27, 2011, respectively. We noted that composition of the four groups differs between the two public postings.”‘ The USPS OIG issued audit report “Postal Service-Operated Retail Facilities Discontinuance […]

OIG Report On USPS Health and Safety Program

OIG found in some locations that safety was not always a priority to management Highlights of the USPS OIG audit: Previously, the Postal Service, as a federal agency, was exempt from private sector provisions of the OSH Act. When PESEA became effective, the Postal Service became fully subject to the OSH Act. This gave OSHA jurisdiction […]

OIG: USPS Should Offer eMailboxes To Consumers

An Opportunity for the Postal Service? Out of 23 posts in industrialized countries, the U.S. Postal Service is one of the few remaining posts not offering an eMailbox solution to its citizens. And while there are private sector technology industry standouts in the U.S. that have developed widely popular e-mail and secure storage services, their […]

OIG: USPS Had More Than 3.4 Billion Delayed Mailpieces During Fall 2010

…a 37 percent increase over the same period last year. We have referred three instances of intentional misreporting of delayed mail to the Office of Investigations over the past several years. Mailers expressed concerns over the substantial amount of delayed Standard Mail® and Periodicals during the 2010 Fall Mailing Season. Approximately 95 percent of this […]