If you look at the OIG Office of Audit page, you’ll read our audits are “designed to protect assets and revenue, ensure efficient and economical mail delivery, and safeguard the integrity of the postal system.”
If you live in the U.S., you’re probably pretty familiar with your local voting options. But did you ever wonder how American citizens living abroad cast their votes? They do it by mail, and special procedures are necessary to ensure their ballots are received on time. For example, U.S. election officials should send out international absentee ballots at least 45 days prior to a federal election. And Express Mail service is available for some international ballots.
The U.S. Postal Service considers mail to be delayed when it’s not processed in time to meet the established delivery day. Pretty straightforward, isn’t it? But determining whether mail is actually delayed — even when it’s reported as delayed — isn’t always a straightforward proposition.
You’ve probably noticed that wherever you go in this country, it’s pretty easy to find a post office. After all, the U.S. Postal Service has the largest retail network in the country, using its more than 31,000 locations to provide vital services like mailing and shipping, passport processing, and money orders to the American public. But did you ever wonder if post offices produce enough revenue to cover their operating costs?