USPS OIG: What Can the Postal Service Do to Retain Noncareer Employees?

June 10, 2016 Employee turnover costs the Postal Service thousands of dollars per employee. Retaining employees within the organization eliminates the administrative costs of hiring new employees, training, and the impacts on performance associated with learning a new job. Although turnover cannot always be avoided, the Postal Service can reduce it by doing the right […]

Maryland Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $92,148

September 1, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland – Tonya Lucille Higgs, age 50, of Owings Mills, Maryland pleaded guilty today to misappropriation of postal funds. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Paul L. Bowman of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of […]

Former Ohio postmaster charged with stealing over $57,000 from USPS and customers

Former Gates Mills postmaster charged with stealing more than $55,000 The former postmaster of the Gates Mills Post Office was charged today with theft of property used by the U.S. Postal Service, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Monica Weyler, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. […]

USPS OIG Audit Report: 911 Emergency Services Policy

This management alert presents concerns with regard to the U.S. Postal Service’s 911 Emergency Services Policy (Project Number 15RG012HR000). The nation’s 911 system, which has become the backbone of emergency reporting and response, was designed to provide a universal, easy-to-remember number for people to use to reach police, fire, or emergency medical assistance. People can […]

OIG White Paper: USPS financial condition, higher postage rates due to prefunding

USPS OIG White Paper: Considerations in Structuring Estimated Liabilities Be Careful What You Assume: Postal Service closer to being fully funded, or potentially overfunded February 16, 2015 – What if your credit card company told you: “You will charge a million dollars on your credit card during your life; please enclose the million dollars in […]

Former Postal Employee Indicted on Identity Theft, Fraud Charges

1.16.2015 GREENSBORO, N.C. – United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina Ripley Rand announced today that a former United States Postal Service employee has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly (1) committing Social Security fraud, (2) committing identity theft, and (3) committing the unauthorized use of an access device […]

OIG: Could flexible workplace policies help USPS adapt to its new environment?

USPS OIG white paper: Flexibility at Work: Human Resource Strategies to Help the Postal Service Organizations in the United States and abroad are embracing flexibility policies that improve work-life balance for employees. Could flexible workplace policies help the U.S. Postal Service adapt to its new environment? Our research suggests that it can. The Postal Service […]

USPS closing bulk of plants starting in April 2015, postal employees retiring on VER in January

Some Postal Employees in USPS Western Area retiring January 31, 2015 As PostalReporter (correctly) reported in November, USPS sent out “Special Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) opportunity letters to eligible employees” at targeted post offices.  The VER letters were also sent to ” eligible employees within 50 miles” of the targeted locations. This VER (with no […]

OIG: USPS Capital District’s security controls for data lacks protection from hackers

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Information Technology Security Risk Model identified the Capital District as being among the five most at-risk districts for multiple quarters during fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014. Security events during those periods included instances of malicious software which can affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive […]

OIG: USPS security lapses on ‘Tracking and Reporting System’ could result in hackers gaining access

The USPS Office Of Inspector General audit  report: “Parcel Readiness– Product Tracking and Reporting System Controls” 12.16.14 PTR (formally known as Product Tracking System-II) went into production in April 2013, and provides tracking and performance data for all domestic and international package and extra services products. It is the system of record for all delivery […]