Postal Service Gets in Shape to Ship

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has contracts with carriers, such as Federal Express and United Parcel Service, to provide goods and services to federal agencies at discount prices. During fiscal years (FY) 2011 and 2012, federal agencies spent approximately $343 million and $337 million, respectively, to ship goods and services through GSA contracts. The U.S. Postal Service earned $1.2 million of that revenue in FY 2011 and $4.8 million in FY 2012, less than 2 percent of the overall market share.

Abbott Laboratories Pays $1.5 Billion Settlement for Illegal Marketing of Drug

U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General special agents joined other federal investigators in a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of Abbott Laboratories’ “off-label” marketing of the drug Depakote, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug for the treatment of bipolar (manic depression) symptoms.

Achieving 'Best Value' in the Postal Service Purchasing Process

Between October 2009 and December 2011, U.S. Postal Service purchases totaled over $4 billion on newly awarded contracts and task orders. For these purchases and for all of the Postal Service’s sourcing decisions, ‘best value’ is used as the basis and determined by an analysis of a contract solicitation’s evaluation factors and weightings in combination with a price analysis. In the purchasing process, best value is generally achieved through competition, which brings market forces to bear and allows the direct comparison of proposals and lifecycle costs.

RARC Summary

Short-Run Costs and Postal Pricing

Janurary 09, 2013 (RARC-WP-13-004)

Putting the 'Global' in the Postal Service's GPS Strategies

The U.S. Postal Service uses an estimated 15,500 highway contracted routes (HCRs) nationwide to move mail between cities and major facilities. The intent of the GPS strategy was to provide the Postal Service with tracking information on HCR routes of over 50 miles every 30 minutes.

Leveraging Customer Relationships Increases Postal Service $$

September 24, 2012 -- The U.S. Postal Service has two types of carriers: city and rural. City carriers deliver mail in populated areas, while rural carriers deliver mail in areas traditionally considered rural or remote. Recently, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) looked at how city and rural carriers generate revenue and promote customer service.