Reporting Time!

Twice a year, as required by the IG Act, we publish a Semiannual Report to Congress — or SARC, as we call it — that chronicles our activities for the preceding six months.

Our Fall 2021 SARC covers the period April 1 through September 30, 2021, and it contains a wealth of details about our work in that time. You can see some of the reports and white papers we highlighted in this SARC in the infographic. For example, the pandemic continues to impact the Postal Service, thus our look at its administration of COVID-related leave. And with service performance also a concern, we devoted significant attention to postal operations.

During this period, we issued 96 reports with 287 recommendations providing a combined monetary impact of almost $3 billion. We also completed more than 1,500 investigations, leading to 520 arrests and more than $70 million in recoveries, fines, and restitution, $17 million of which went to USPS.

 

Who’s Ready for Peak Season?

Each year, increased mail and package volume during the U.S. Postal Service’s peak mailing season — November through January — significantly strains the USPS processing and distribution network. And each year, the Postal Service hires temporary employees and leases additional temporary facility space to help ease the strain.

 

Not Quite Seamless

You’ve likely gone to a post office to mail a parcel to a friend or family member. Sometimes the postal clerk simply weighs the package, and other times the clerk also measures the dimensions. Or perhaps you have used the U.S. Postal Service’s flat-rate boxes and paid the flat fee. Did you ever wonder how this process works for large mailers who give the Postal Service thousands of different-sized packages daily?

 

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