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This report, submitted pursuant to the Inspector General Act, outlines our work and activities for the six-month period ending March 31, 2020. During this period, we issued 66 audit reports, management advisories, and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 93 percent of our recommendations.
Opportunities exist for the Postal Service to improve IOCS sampling efficiencies. Specifically, the current sampling design results in a significant number of readings scheduled when employees are unavailable.
In late June, early July, Butts, Levi and Bruce Moyer, NAPS’ legal counsel, sat down with legislators, including Rep. Elijah Cummings, then chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and representatives from Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D-VA), Rep. Stephen Lynch’s (D-MA) and Rep. Brenda Lawrence’s (D-MI) offices.
The 1815 page Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R. 6800) provides some resources to lessen the impact of COVID-19 including direct stimulus payments to Americans, aid for state and local governments, and emergency appropriations for the Postal Service.
On March 23, House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) and other committee chairs, including House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 6379, a bill to make emergency appropriations to stimulate the United States economy due to the coronavirus crisis.
Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced the Postal Supervisors and Managers Fairness Act (H.R. 6085).
Earlier this summer, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Ann Fisher and Ashley Poling to the Postal Regulatory Commission. These newest members have extensive postal and legislative experience; both served on the staffs of senators who sat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
With the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Thursday, Democrats lost a powerful figure at the forefront of government oversight and reform, and a steadfast advocate for civil servants.
In late July, the National Association of Postal Supervisors filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service, challenging its administration of the pay system that covers approximately 50,000 managers and supervisors.
Although the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service-commissioned factfinding panel found in its report that the USPS Pay-for-Performance (PFP) system is “seriously flawed”—the panel’s characterization, not mine—the Postal Service elected not to commit to reforming PFP in any meaningful way.
Meadows has been a leading proponent of a viable, universal Postal Service. He represents a rural district in North Carolina that is reliant on the USPS. Levi asked Meadows what impact the Postal Service and universal service have on his district in the era of e-commerce.
After the Postal Service largely ignored the non-binding findings of a mediation panel, supervisors sued for retroactive pay increases.
In case you don’t appreciate the extraordinary consequence that postal legislation has for American businesses, allow me to share some eye-opening lobbying data filed for calendar year 2018. In a way, this information can quantify the value that enactment or defeat of meaningful postal legislation has to specific postal stakeholders.
The Office of Inspector General is tasked with ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We also have the distinct mission of helping to maintain confidence in the mail and postal system, as well as to improve the Postal Service’s bottom line.