The overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees work conscientiously to move the nation’s mail to its proper destination. Unfortunately, a small number of employees abuse the public’s trust by delaying or stealing the mail. It is the job of OIG special agents to identify dishonest employees and take proper investigative steps to have them prosecuted and removed from the Postal Service.

During the reporting period from October 2019 through September 2020, OIG special agents conducted 1,221 internal mail theft investigations, resulting in 333 arrests, 1,000 administrative actions, and approximately $588,000 in monetary benefit for the Postal Service.