Political and Election Mail are part of a long tradition in American political history. Political Mail is defined as any mailpiece sent for political campaign purposes by a registered candidate, a campaign committee, or a committee of a political party to promote candidates, referendums, or campaigns. Election Mail refers to items such as ballots, voter registration cards, and absentee applications that an authorized election official creates for voters.
Field Operations Reviews
OIG auditors conduct field operation reviews at select plant and delivery units in specific areas around the country. The reviews consist of reports for delivery units and the processing and distribution center that serves them. We also issue another report summarizing the results of our audits at all delivery units with specific recommendations for management to address.
The Postal Service’s ability to provide acceptable service is an ongoing concern across the United States. The Office of Inspector General reviews service performance and makes recommendations on where and how the Postal Service can improve. Our work encompasses nationwide performance, as well as specific areas of particular concern. It is critical that service performance be properly tracked, measured and reported transparently. To that end, we will continue to update this page with our most recent service reports and data to track the Postal Service’s progress in this area.
Our special agents focus on postal employees, contractors, or others who may be involved in contract fraud, financial fraud, general crimes, healthcare fraud, internal mail theft, narcotics, and special investigations. This interactive map provides an overview of OIG closed investigations. Closed investigations are defined as completed investigations that resulted in administrative, civil, or criminal actions and those that are either unfounded or where our special agent found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Upcoming Audit Work
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.
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In response to the ongoing concern about postal services in rural areas, the OIG has published a series of reports on this topic. We found rural postal customers value and have a greater interest in using the mail compared to urban customers. The relative size of rural areas is important.