Background

This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of Meter Revenue Refunds – Fredericksburg, VA, Post Office. The Fredericksburg Post Office is located in the Richmond District of the Capital Metro Area. This audit was designed to provide Postal Service management with timely information on potential financial control risks at Postal Service locations.

Account Identifier Code (AIC) 526, Refund Spoiled/Unused Customer Meter Stamps, is used to record refunds of spoiled/unused postage meter stamps from customer postage meter. The OIG’s data analytics identified the Fredericksburg Post Office as having $41,960 in meter revenue refunds from January 1 through March 31, 2019, as compared to $9,535 for the same period of the prior year (January 1 through March 31, 2018). The spoiled/unused customer meter stamp refunds for the Fredericksburg Post Office were 72 percent of the overall amount of refunds within the Richmond District for the same timeframe. This percentage ranked the highest within the Richmond District.

The objective of this audit was to determine whether meter refunds were valid, timely, and properly supported at the Fredericksburg Post Office.

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