Kickbacks and Conspiracy

Most people know the start to the TV show Law & Order: In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups… If we were teeing up the OIG for an introduction in that vein, it might go like this: The OIG mission is to ensure efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We do that through independent audits and investigations.

 
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How We Organize Our Work

You may have noticed that most of our blogs are based on our recent audit reports, which lets us highlight some of our work and solicit feedback from readers. Stakeholder input often provides ideas for future reports. 

In fact, our ideas for audit work must be balanced between stakeholder requests, projects mandated by law, and discretionary work. Projects mandated by law include last week’s blog on the U.S. Postal Service’s inventory of unused space. 

 

Narcotics

The Narcotics Program focuses on Postal Service employees involved in possessing or using illegal drugs as well as facilitating distribution of them. When the OIG receives allegations or develops information about any such instance, special agents investigate using a variety of means and techniques.

Our Spring Semiannual Report to Congress

Two times a year, we publish a report of our work and activities for a just-ended 6-month period. This Semiannual Report to Congress (SARC) is required by law, but it’s also a chance for us to share our record of work with our many stakeholders. The work reflects our mission to help maintain confidence in the postal system and improve the Postal Service’s bottom line through independent audits, investigations, and research.

 

Our Semiannual Report to Congress – and You

Two times a year, we publish a chronicle of our work and activities for a just-ended 6-month period. This Semiannual Report to Congress (SARC) is required by the IG Act, but it’s also a chance for us to share a summary of work with our many stakeholders, including the public. The work reflects our mission to help maintain confidence in the postal system and improve the U.S. Postal Service’s bottom line and overall efficiency through independent audits, investigations, and research.

 

Health Care Claimant Fraud

A critical cost-control area within the Postal Service is the funding of workers’ compensation benefits for employees who sustain job-related injuries. It is a violation of federal criminal law for a claimant to knowingly make a false representation on an OWCP claim. A false representation typically involves misrepresentation of one’s physical limitation or failure to report income.

Health Care Provider Fraud

A critical cost-control area within the Postal Service is the funding of workers' compensation benefits for employees who sustain job-related injuries. It is a violation of federal criminal law for a claimant to knowingly make a false representation on an OWCP claim.

Hotline Hot Tips

“If you see something, say something.” You’ve probably heard that directive piped through a train station or other public places, encouraging people to report suspicious activities. At the OIG, we make it easy to say something if you see something.

 

General Crimes

General crimes include Postal Service employees’ misuse of Postal Service computers, destruction or theft of Postal Service property, falsification of official documents and forgery, theft of funds, abuse of authority, sabotage of operations, narcotics use or sale of drugs while on duty, and alcohol abuse.

During fiscal year 2018, OIG special agents completed 619 general crimes investigations, resulting in 24 arrests, 28 indictments/informations, 12 convictions, 518 administrative actions, and more than $78,700 in recovered funds for the Postal Service.

Internal Mail Theft

 

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.

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