Background

The U.S. Postal Service uses contracted delivery suppliers to support mail delivery needs and ensure it meets its universal service obligation. CDS is a contractual agreement between the Postal Service and an individual or company for the delivery and collection of mail for customers. CDS is considered one of the Postal Service’s three primary carrier delivery types (city and rural carriers, and contracted delivery suppliers). CDS suppliers1 are not Postal Service employees, but independent contractors who provide delivery service on specific routes not serviced by city or rural carriers.

The objective of our audit was to assess the effectiveness of controls over CDS and its costs.

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  • anon

    5500 and a contact person overseeing contract were simply jokes. Had a stack of 5500's on one contract carrier on numerous issues. Turned out that several carriers were past due for security checks. The problem carrier did not pass drug test. But this was after months of poor deliveries, missing packages, customer issues, non deliveries and returning to office AFTER dispatch. So including 5500 to a specific person prior to issuing a new contract is an excellent idea. Other issue that comes to mind is emergency contracts are awarded at higher rates assuming to get a willing person on the route immediately. However, the route is never reevaluated and the higher rate continues to be paid, instead of returning the contract to a more accurate rate. Years of overpayment occur and continue. In this review, no notable vehicle inspection. Utilizing inspection such as rural carriers inspection would be useful

    Aug 22, 2019