Below is a list of some of our recently announced audit projects. If you have knowledge or experience related to any of the topics, we encourage you to get in touch with us via the link provided in the project description.
Friday, June 24, 2022
Distribution of Repair and Maintenance Resources
The Postal Service owns over 8,400 and leases over 23,000 properties ranging in size from 273 square feet to 32 acres. This includes retail facilities in communities of all income levels across the nation. As part of the 10-year Delivering for America plan, the Postal Service plans to invest in these facilities as well as refresh the customer lobbies.
Our objectives are to (1) examine the distribution of resources for maintenance and repairs at retail facilities in lower and higher-income communities and (2) assess the impact of the Delivering for America plan on these communities. Congress requested that we perform this audit and include an analysis of the ratio of retail facilities to population in high-income versus low-income communities.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Compensation, Benefit, and Bonus Authority in Calendar Year 2021
The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) amended portions of Title 39 of the U.S. Code regarding compensation limits for Postal Service employees. It limited total annual compensation to the U.S. Government Executive Schedule level 1 rate with exceptions that allow for compensation to exceed this rate for certain critical positions or as the result of a bonus or other reward. Our objective is to determine whether the U.S. Postal Service complied with applicable maximum total annual compensation provisions of the PAEA and related Postal Service policies and guidelines for calendar year 2021.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Independent Report on Employee Benefits, Withholdings, Contributions, and Supplemental Semiannual Headcount Reporting Submitting to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administers pension, health insurance, and life insurance benefits for federal agencies. Postal Service is responsible for withholdings and contributions reported in the Report of Withholdings and Contributions for Health Benefits, Life Insurance and Retirement; and the enrollment information reported on the Supplemental Semiannual Headcount Report. Our objective is to assist the OPM in assessing the reasonableness of retirement, health benefits, and life insurance withholdings and contributions as well as enrollment information submitted via the Semiannual Headcount Report by the Postal Service. This attestation engagement will apply agreed-upon procedures, which are the responsibility of OPM, from October 2021 through August 2022.
Monday, May 16, 2022
U.S. Postal Inspection Service San Francisco Division
The Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement, crime prevention, and security arm of the Postal Service. Postal inspectors support and protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce nearly 200 federal laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use; and ensure public trust in the mail. Our objective is to evaluate whether the Postal Inspection Service’s San Francisco Division implemented effective controls for equipment, evidence, and training. The scope of our audit will include controls in place from July 2021 through June 2022.
Monday, May 2, 2022
Optimizing Workshare Discounts
When mailers presort their mail or bring it closer to its destination, they reduce costs normally incurred by the Postal Service. In return, they receive a discount, which is called a “workshare discount.” The Postal Service generally tries to keep these discounts between 85 percent and 100 percent of the cost savings. Sometimes, however, the discount can stray outside this range. Our objective is to assess if the Postal Service is effectively managing workshare discounts to maintain passthroughs between their optimal thresholds. Our scope is workshare discounts from FY 2017 to FY 2021 with passthroughs below 85 percent and above 100 percent.