Leaving a job involves a number of steps: returning computers, turning in IDs, revoking access, and a host of other administrative tasks. Every step needs to take place in a timely manner to maintain physical and digital security for an organization.  

Does the Postal Service do a good job of revoking physical access when employees and contractors leave? This is one of the questions we sought to answer in a recently released audit report, U.S. Postal Service Exit Processing, which looks at exit processing procedures over a two-year period.

We found that over a quarter of the 198 randomly selected employee separations we examined were not handled in a timely manner, with processing taking place between one and 114 days after separation. Processing problems extended to collecting badges as well as building keys, parking passes, and other accountable items. We found that documentation was not maintained, with 90 percent of the separations missing completed clearance checklists.

Furthermore, almost half of the employees with missing checklists had active badges on their separation date. The problem extended to contractors, as well, with the Postal Service lacking proper paperwork supporting inactive contractors’ return of Postal Service property or revocation of property access.

These findings show the Postal Service is at risk of former postal employees and contractors gaining access to facilities or misusing Postal assets and other accountable items.

How does your employer ensure former employees can no longer improperly access company assets and facilities?

Comments (6)

  • anon

    Haven't received a paycheck. And Everytime I called or went to the office I keep getting the run around. I just want to resolve this.

    Jun 29, 2021
  • anon

    I've enclosed, and used USPS and good service providers for my job and good work with me Braxton.

    May 04, 2021
  • anon

    Well I for one think the postal service is and all ways be the back bone of this country and do a great job.

    Apr 30, 2021
  • anon

    I want to give a compliment to the day shift on April 27th at the ELWAY STATION in St Paul MN on west 7th street. I had a serious problem with a few packages that were not delivered. The 2 clerks were exceptional, pleasant, kind, warm, extremely helpful and courtious. Please pass this on to that postal station. Thank you for a Extremely pleasant dealings with them

    Apr 28, 2021
  • anon

    Thank you for your essential and heroic work.

    Apr 26, 2021
  • anon

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, my local post office branch. Great personnel, quick, friendly, knowledgeable, super helpful. And my delivery person is always on time and has delivered in some awful weather - and ALWAYS on time. THANK YOU!!!

    Apr 26, 2021

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