Two times a year, we publish a chronicle of our work and activities for a just-ended 6-month period. This Semiannual Report to Congress (SARC) is required by the IG Act, but it’s also a chance for us to share a summary of work with our many stakeholders, including the public. The work reflects our mission to help maintain confidence in the postal system and improve the U.S. Postal Service’s bottom line and overall efficiency through independent audits, investigations, and research.
Our most recent SARC is now available. For the period April 1 – September 30, 2015, we issued 99 audit reports, management advisories, and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 84 percent of our significant recommendations. We completed 2,218 investigations that led to 415 arrests and nearly $47 million in fines, restitutions, and recoveries, $22 million of which was turned over to the Postal Service.
Many of the audit reports and white papers we released were featured in this blog and via our other social media outlets, while the audit projects started with input from you via our Audit Asks site. The reason for this outreach is simple: We want to engage stakeholders through as many channels as possible. Using social media allows us to have something of a two-way conversation. We can inform you of our work and solicit your input as well.
Please take a few minutes to read through the Semiannual Report to Congress and then let us know what you think. You can comment below, or visit our Facebook page or tweet us a message.