Wishing Everyone the Very Best

The Pushing the Envelope blog team, along with the entire OIG, would like to wish everyone very happy holidays and a safe, healthy, and happy new year. We're taking a break this week, so we'll see you all next Monday, January 4, when we present our Top Ten Postal Stories of 2020.

 

A New Lease on Managing Leases?

When it comes to trailers that are hauling mail, the Postal Service prefers to lease — it only owns about 23 percent of its fleet of more than 12,000 trailers.

That’s a lot of trailers to manage, especially when you consider USPS leased trailer policies. For example, any leased trailers that aren’t consistently used 10 days or more in a month are supposed to be returned or relocated, meaning regular monitoring of usage is pretty important.

How’s the Postal Service doing?

 

Bringin’ Joy Through Operation Santa

Each year, hundreds of thousands of children write letters to Santa Claus, but did you know that sometimes Santa responds? Operation Santa, a program run by the Postal Service, allows children to mail a letter to a special Santa address. Then volunteers — including postal employees, customers, or teams — can adopt the letter and send a gift to the letter writer.

 

Keeping Postal Workers Safe During the Pandemic

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on many American businesses, disrupting operations of every type and size. While the U.S. Postal Service has also been adversely affected, it continued to deliver mail and packages throughout the pandemic to every address in the nation, ensuring people receive medication and other important material every day.

But what about the safety of the 641,000 postal workers working out of 31,500 facilities across the United States?

 

Reporting to Congress

As we release our Fall Semiannual Report to Congress (SARC) highlighting our work from April 1 through September 30 of this year, the country still finds itself amid a global health crisis that has impacted just about all aspects of American life, including the bedrock of any democracy — the voting process.

 

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