It’s not uncommon for the OIG to be asked to testify before a congressional committee, usually to provide an informed view of postal-related matters or to discuss one of our reports that speaks to an issue of lawmakers’ interest. And sometimes it’s both.

Recently the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing entitled “It’s Electric: Developing the Postal Service Fleet of the Future,” which focused on the Postal Service's planned acquisition of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) to replace its aging delivery fleet. Inspector General Tammy L. Whitcomb was one of five witnesses asked to appear before the committee.

IG Whitcomb’s statement mainly focused on two recently released OIG reports. First, she talked about our white paper that identified and reviewed the opportunities and challenges of adding electric vehicles into the USPS delivery fleet. The second was a recent audit that assessed the clauses within the contract with the NGDV manufacturer and found a few ways they could have been stronger to mitigate against potential fraud, waste, and abuse.

IG Whitcomb also noted that we have initiated an audit focusing on the Postal Service’s vehicle acquisition process and its compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. We’ll also examine the reliability and reasonableness of the Postal Service’s Environmental Impact Statement and its supporting analysis.

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  • anon

    I am so glad the USPS is investigating whether to electrify it's fleet of vehicles. Electrification of this fleet will not only reduce costs, saving tax payer dollars, but also help serve our communities by reducing air pollution from USPS vehicles. Electric Vehicles work well, require less maintenance and pollute less than current combustion USPS vehicles. I am glad USPS is moving in this direction.

    Jun 22, 2022
  • anon

    How will discarding used/dead electrical vehicle batteries take place? What is the process/procedure the USPS handling environmental aspects of electrical vehicle batteries.

    Apr 25, 2022

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