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Upcoming Audit Work

Below is a list of some of our recently announced audit projects with the estimated release dates. If you have knowledge or experience related to any of these topics, we encourage you to get in touch with us via the link provided in the project description. Please note, the titles of these projects may change during the course of the audit and have a different name when the audit is issued.

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Fleet Modernization – Electric Vehicle & Charging Infrastructure Incentives

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The Postal Service is investing $9.6 billion to install modern charging infrastructure at hundreds of facilities; electrify delivery vehicles; and modernize mail delivery by creating an efficient network to reach its 163 million delivery locations across the country and strengthen the sustainability of its critical public service. As $3 billion of this investment stems from congressional funding, it is essential for the Postal Service to capture cost-savings. Our objective is to determine if the Postal Service is participating in incentive programs related to its electric vehicles and requisite charging infrastructure. If not, identify opportunities for participation and associated cost savings.

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Measuring Performance of Sorting and Delivery Centers

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In 2022, the Postal Service announced it will convert select facilities into Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DCs) in support of its Delivering for America plan. According to the Postal Service, the goal of S&DCs is to reduce transportation and mail handling costs, as well as provide customers with additional services; and allow for easier standardization and management of operations while improving building and operating conditions for employees.

The OIG will evaluate whether the Postal Service established and met operational goals for the implementation of S&DCs. Specifically, we will focus on S&DCs that began operations in or prior to September 2023.
 

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Service Performance of the New Sorting and Delivery Center in Everett, WA

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Under Delivering for America, the Postal Service is targeting key markets where they can aggregate delivery units into fewer, larger, centrally located Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DCs), to provide faster and more reliable mail and package delivery over a greater geographic area. The Postal Service plans to deploy over 400 new S&DCs in the next few years, with 21 conversions being implemented in February 2024. The objective of this audit is to evaluate service performance before and after implementation of the new Everett, WA S&DC – which will occur as part of the February 2024 conversions.

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Service Performance of the New Sorting and Delivery Center in Binghamton, NY

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Under Delivering for America, the Postal Service is targeting key markets where they can aggregate delivery units into fewer, larger, centrally located Sorting and Delivery Centers (S&DCs), to provide faster and more reliable mail and package delivery over a greater geographic area. The Postal Service plans to deploy over 400 new S&DCs in the next few years, with 18 conversions being implemented in January and February 2024. The objective of this audit is to evaluate service performance before and after implementation of the new Binghamton, NY S&DC – which will occur as part of the February 2024 conversions.

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Effectiveness of Package Shipping Services

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One of the key objectives of Delivering for America, 10-year plan, is to shift from air to surface transportation. In July 2023 the Postal Service retired three package shipping services (Retail Ground, Parcel Select Ground, and First-Class Package) and introduced one new package shipping service, Ground Advantage. The current three package shipping services are Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Ground Advantage. Our objective is to evaluate the service performance and effectiveness of package shipping services. The scope of our audit is packages shipped July 2023 - March 2024 compared to the three retired services for the same period last year.