Looking Overseas for Ideas to Preserve Rural Post Offices

For many rural residents, mail is a lifeline, providing connections with government, commerce, and each other. The local post office offers a community a sense of identity as well as a retail hub that serves a central role, even as rural populations continue to decline. It’s not just an American thing: post offices function similarly in rural communities around the globe.

For many international posts, rural networks may lose money. How they’ve dealt with that can provide lessons for the U.S. Postal Service.

 

No Letting Up

The health and safety of U.S. Postal Service employees and customers is a priority. Over the past few years, our office has done a series of audits to determine if USPS management is adhering to building safety, maintenance, and security standards at its facilities.

 

Taking Stock of Stamp Inventory Controls

Postage stamps, records manipulation, and a clandestine call to report suspicions. It has the makings of a good series to binge watch on a rainy weekend.

Instead, it’s a recent audit report on improving the controls around stamp stock at postal retail outlets. And it started with a call to our Hotline to report suspicious transactions involving stolen stamps from a Louisiana postal station.

 

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