This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of Local Purchases and Payments - Old National Branch, Atlanta, GA. The Old National Branch is in the Atlanta District of the Capital Metro Area. This audit was designed to provide U.S. Postal Service management with timely information on potential financial control risks at Postal Service locations.
The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) data analysis identified that Old National Branch, Atlanta, GA had a 164 percent increase in dollars for local payments from October 1, 2017, to April 13, 2018, compared to fiscal year (FY) 2017. Of the local payments, $8,003, or 87 percent, were recorded to account identification code (AIC) 594, Vehicle Fuel and Oil Expense Paid Locally. It is unusual for one post office to have such a high percentage of local purchases for vehicle fuel and oil in one fiscal year, since the Postal Service vehicle card is the primary means to pay for all commercial fuel and oil. However, Postal Service employees can use cash for emergency one-time expenses, not to exceed $25, and can use no-fee money orders for emergency one-time local expenses, not to exceed $1,000.