Our Semiannual Report to Congress is a record of our work over a 6-month period that reflects our mission of ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. As required by law, we publish the SARC – as we affectionately call it – twice a year.
In our just-released report, for the period April 1 – September 30, 2016, we issued 91 audit reports, management advisories, risk models, and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 86 percent of our recommendations. We completed 2,586 investigations that led to 389 arrests and $321 million in fines, restitutions, and recoveries, $30.4 million of which was turned over to the Postal Service.
Our efforts focused on identifying ways to improve Postal Service efficiencies, reduce strategic and financial risk, and lower operational costs. Among the reports featured in this semiannual report are audits on the effects of network consolidation on mail service, the condition of postal facilities, and postal products that did not cover their costs in the most recent fiscal year.
The role of a federal inspector general includes evaluating the challenges facing its specific agency. Starting with this report, we've added a section on management challenges, in which we've identified the top challenges facing the Postal Service, such as financial difficulties and business constraints; workplace relations and culture; changing customer demands and competition; service performance; and cybersecurity. These strategic challenges will guide our work in the new fiscal year.
Please take a few minutes to read though the SARC to learn more about what we do, then let us know what you think below, visit our Facebook page, or tweet us a message.