Like clockwork they arrive: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then the SARC.
The SARC?! Yes, we submit our Semiannual Report to Congress, or SARC, in the late fall and spring each year. This SARC outlines our work and activities for the six-month period of April 1 through September 30, 2018, and serves as one way we fulfill our mission of ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service.
We report to Congress and also to the Postal Service Board of Governors. And for the first time in two years, we have independent governors to report to. In August, two independent governors were sworn in.
This period, we issued 95 audit reports, management advisories, data analysis memorandums, and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 75 percent of our recommendations. We completed 1,577 investigations that led to 400 arrests and nearly $72.8 million in fines, restitutions, and recoveries, $37.2 million of which was turned over to the Postal Service.
But it’s not just about the numbers. Our investigative work seeks to protect the mail and ensure the integrity of postal processes, finances, and personnel. We group our work around a handful of broad focus areas: health care fraud (claimant and provider); mail theft; contract fraud; financial fraud; computer crimes; and narcotics in the mail.
Our audit work and white papers look to promote efficiencies in postal operations and processes. This period, we focused on five areas: mission operations; finance and pricing; supply management and human resources; retail, delivery and marketing; and information technology.
Many of the audit reports and white papers we released in this period were featured in this blog and via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. The reason for this outreach is simple: we want to engage stakeholders through as many channels as possible.
Please take a few minutes to read though 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.