Background

This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of Local Purchases and Payments: Miscellaneous Services – Dickinson, ND, Main Post Office (MPO). The Dickinson MPO is in the Dakotas District of the Western Area. This audit was designed to provide Postal Service management with timely information on potential financial control risks at Postal Service locations.

Based on our data analysis of miscellaneous services for fiscal year (FY) 2019, Quarter (Q) 2, we determined the Dickinson MPO made local purchases and payments totaling $7,060. This is a significant change from having no activity in FYs 2017 and 2018.

In addition, the amount of these payments for FY 2019, Q2, at the Dickinson MPO, was the highest in the Dakotas District, or 23 percent of the district total of $30,123. It is unusual for one office to have such a high percentage of local purchases and payments by cash or money order, compared to other offices in the same district.

The objective of this audit was to determine whether local purchases and payments made at the Dickinson MPO were valid, properly supported and processed.

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