Below is a list of some of our recently announced audit projects. If you have knowledge or experience related to any of the topics, we encourage you to get in touch with us via the link provided in the project description.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service San Francisco Division
Start Date:
Monday, May 16, 2022
Estimated Report Release Date:
September, 2022

U.S. Postal Inspection Service San Francisco Division

The Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement, crime prevention, and security arm of the Postal Service. Postal inspectors support and protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce nearly 200 federal laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use; and ensure public trust in the mail. Our objective is to evaluate whether the Postal Inspection Service’s San Francisco Division implemented effective controls for equipment, evidence, and training. The scope of our audit will include controls in place from July 2021 through June 2022.

Start Date:
Monday, May 2, 2022
Estimated Report Release Date:
September, 2022

Optimizing Workshare Discounts

When mailers presort their mail or bring it closer to its destination, they reduce costs normally incurred by the Postal Service. In return, they receive a discount, which is called a “workshare discount.” The Postal Service generally tries to keep these discounts between 85 percent and 100 percent of the cost savings. Sometimes, however, the discount can stray outside this range. Our objective is to assess if the Postal Service is effectively managing workshare discounts to maintain passthroughs between their optimal thresholds.  Our scope is workshare discounts from FY 2017 to FY 2021 with passthroughs below 85 percent and above 100 percent. 

Start Date:
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Estimated Report Release Date:
September, 2022

Supervisor Timecard Administration

The Time and Attendance Collection System (TACS) is the primary application for collecting Postal Service work hour and attendance data. While supervisors are generally not eligible for overtime pay, they are entitled to extra straight time pay for extra hours worked. Generally, supervisors are required to either record their clock rings using an electronic badge reader or document their additional hours manually. Our objective is to determine whether supervisors’ workhours were accurately recorded and to determine whether supervisors performed timekeeping duties according to policy. Our scope will include supervisor timekeeping records from April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022.

Start Date:
Monday, April 18, 2022
Estimated Report Release Date:
September, 2022

Efficiency of Processing Operations and Service Performance in Western Maryland

The Postal Service previously completed a series of mail processing consolidations intended to reduce cost and maintain quality service, including consolidating mail processing operations at the Cumberland Customer Service Mail Processing Center in Western Maryland into the Baltimore, MD, Processing and Distribution Center in 2012. On February 24, 2022, U.S. Representative David Trone requested the OIG to examine service delays and disruptions in Western Maryland, including examining the efficiency of the current postal processing arrangement. The objective of the audit is to assess the efficiency of processing operations and recent service performance for Western Maryland.

Start Date:
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Estimated Report Release Date:
September, 2022

Moving Mail by Rail

In July 2020, the Postal Service began using intermodal (when two or more different modes of transportation are used when conveying goods) transportation to transport mail. Our objective is to evaluate how the Postal Service identifies opportunities for moving standard mail on Intermodal transportation and monitors the rail transportation network performance. The scope of our audit is the Postal Service’s movement of mail on the rail transportation network from its inception in July 2020 through the 3rd quarter FY 2022.

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