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.

 

Official Misconduct

Misconduct includes 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 2017, OIG special agents completed 705 official misconduct investigations, resulting in 48 arrests, 29 indictments/informations, 30 convictions, 571 administrative actions, and $91,049 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.

Financial Fraud

Embezzlements may involve Postal Service employees stealing money from cash drawers, using sophisticated schemes to manipulate postal money orders or money order funds, or falsifying financial retail records. When post offices experience unusual or significant shortages, OIG special agents employ various investigative techniques to uncover embezzlements.

Contract Fraud

 

The Postal Service manages billions of dollars in contracts, ranging from multi-million dollar national contracts for services such as transportation networks and IT infrastructures, to local contracts at individual postal facilities. The sheer volume of contracts and the huge dollar value provide opportunities for contractors and employees to defraud the Postal Service.

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