All things considered, the U.S. Postal Service performed well in processing and delivering election and political mail during the 2018 midterm elections. But there are areas that could be improved for the general election in 2020.
This month’s infographic, taken from our audit on workload and workforce performance indicators in customer service, delivery and vehicle operations, shows First-Class Mail volume has declined more than 11 percent since 2014 while Package Services volume has increased at an extraordinary rate. Still, the growth in Package Services has not been nearly enough to offset total U.S. Postal Service mail volume declines.
Cost-savings from new technologies and other programs have proven elusive.
Case in point: Dynamic Route Optimization (DRO), a technology-based initiative to reduce miles and costs for surface transportation. The U.S. Postal Service did not save the $22.4 million it projected for fiscal years (FYs) 2017 and 2018, our recent audit report found.