• Project Title:
  • Facility Condition Reviews - Western Area
  • Start Date:
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • September 2017

How Clean, Safe, and Inviting is your Western Area Post Office?

The post office lobby is the principal business office of the Postal Service and often the only close-up view customers get of postal operations. The lobby’s appearance and maintenance directly affect the Postal Service’s image and are essential to its business. A bright, clean, and welcoming post office is more likely to leave customers with a positive impression.

 
  • Project Title:
  • Oversight of Contracting Officer Warrant Levels
  • Start Date:
  • Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • August 2017

Are Contracting Officers Improperly Exceeding their Delegated Contracting Authority?

The Postal Service has 137 contracting officers (CO) who manage contracts in three systems—the Contract Authoring and Management System, Transportation Contracting Support System, and electronic Facilities Management System. COs are granted authority to make purchases at one of four warrant levels ranging from up to $250,000 to unlimited contracting authority.

 
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  • Project Title:
  • Consolidation of Mail between Network Distribution Centers-Chicago and San Francisco
  • Start Date:
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • October 2017

Is USPS efficiently and cost effectively consolidating mail between Chicago and San Francisco NDCs?

The Postal Service has 21 network distribution centers (NDCs), which consolidate mail processing and dispatch to increase operational efficiency. At 19 NDCs, there are also consolidation deconsolidation facilities (CDFs).

 
  • Project Title:
  • Network Operations Continuous Improvement Processes
  • Start Date:
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • October 2017

Is the Postal Service effectively using continuous improvement processes to make improvements?

The U.S. Postal Service uses continuous improvement methodologies based on collaborative team efforts to improve performance as well as systematically remove defects. The methodologies include the A3 process, Kaizen, and the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC). 

 
  • Project Title:
  • U.S. Postal Service’s Revenue, Pieces, and Weights (RPW) Report Processing
  • Start Date:
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • October 2017

How accurate is the Revenue, Pieces and Weight (RPW) sampling data?

The Adjustment Revenue, Pieces, and Weights (ARPW) system combines data from multiple sources to produce the Postal Service's official revenue, pieces, and weight (RPW) report for domestic and international mail categories, as well as fees by type of service.

 

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