Overtime Overload

This sounds like a math problem on a standardized test: If the amount of mail processed in fiscal year (FY) 2018 declined by 5 billion pieces and total number of workers used to process mail declined by 5,000 career employees (with workhours also dropping by 4.3 million), how much did overtime costs decrease?

Answer: They didn’t. Overtime costs to process mail increased by $257 million (31 percent) in FY2018 from the previous year. What happened?

 
USPS OIG Semiannual Report to Congress cover art image of the front of the Arlington Post Office.

Spring Semiannual Report to Congress

It was an especially lively six-month period covered by our most recent Semiannual Report to Congress – October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. The period included the partial government shutdown in December, and January saw the official appointment of our acting Inspector General to the IG position – only the third IG in our 20-year history. And then there’s all the work we did.

 

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    I have a package being volleyed back and forth between Fayetteville NC P O and Proctorville NC for days now. My zip code was typed wrong by one number in the last digit. Everything else City,state...
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    I do believe that USPS is trying, but needs to address some core inefficiencies that plague the system. Here's my personal story as an example. I called to ask a question about my package...

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