• Project Title:
  • Transportation Cost System
  • Start Date:
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • August 2017

The U.S. Postal Service uses the Transportation Cost System (TRACS) Air Sampling Data Collection Process to collect a statistical sample of data that is used to estimate costs by mail product for the purchased air transportation cost accounts. The Postal Service uses Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and commercial airlines to transport mail and packages. 

The Postal Service employs trained data collectors to sample mail and record mail by product, shape, and other characteristics. This information is used to distribute transportation costs to different categories of mail, set prices, develop the costs of products and services, and provide operations information to management.

  • Are some air modes more difficult to sample than others? If so, why?
  • Are there any obstacles in the sampling process that would prevent the collection of accurate and complete data?
  • Do data collectors have the resources, training, and support they need to properly perform their duties?
  • Are the Postal Service’s sampling methods practical, or would other efficient and cost-effective alternatives yield more reliable data?

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  • anon

    Before I can offer an informed opinion based on my networks and operations experience (postal and private sector), it would be helpful to review the audit plan to answer the questions posed regarding TRACS.

    Mar 16, 2017
  • anon

    Hello, thank you for your comment! The objective of our audit is to assess the accuracy and reliability of TRACS Air sampling data, with a focus on data collection and analysis. We appreciate any insight you may be able to offer based on your experience and background.

    Mar 17, 2017

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