The U.S. Postal Service spends billions of dollars every year on contracts for goods and services ranging from transporting mail across the country to mowing the grass at the local post office.
The OIG works to ensure integrity in the contracting process in multiple ways. Our auditors regularly examine different types of contracts to ensure the Postal Service is following its contracting rules. For example, last November, the OIG released an audit report that examined how local facilities managed cleaning contracts and found problems such as sometimes not ensuring cleaners weren’t paid for days when they didn’t show up for work.
Occasionally, problems are more serious, and fraud is involved. Our Office of Investigations has closed 92 contract fraud investigations in the last two years. This past June, as a result of an OIG investigation, a federal judge sentenced a subcontractor who committed wire fraud in connection with overcharging for maintenance and repair work at postal facilities.
Everyone has a role to ensure integrity in the Postal Service contracting process, and we welcome your assistance. If you are aware of any waste, fraud, or misconduct involving Postal Service contracts, please tell us using the USPS OIG’s Hotline.
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