• Project Title:
  • Oversight of the U.S. Postal Service Uniform Allowance Program
  • Start Date:
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • August 2019

Using the Uniform Allowance Program enables the Postal Service to simplify the purchasing process for its 300,000 plus employees. Eligible postal employees receive a Uniform Allowance Purchase Card to purchase authorized uniforms items from a licensed Postal Service uniform vendor, costing the Postal Service about $70 million annually. Therefore, it is crucial that the Postal Service manage the Uniform Program effectively with adequate controls in place to ensure that employees use the funds for approved uniform purchases only.

  • Where do you make your Postal Service uniform purchases? 
  • Are merchants knowledgeable  about authorized-uniform items?
  • Have you received training on the use of the Uniform Allowance Purchase Card?
     

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  • anon

    I retired last week from the Clerk Craft (WNY). I ordered from Skaggs; never had training regarding the uniform allowance program. In 2013 I went on limited duty and was no longer allowed to work the window. Although I usually wore my uniform, I didn't need to. The USPS could have saved money by taking me out of the program; I don't know what the rules are in that regard.

    Mar 06, 2019
  • anon

    I am a retired letter carrier. I am a NALC union steward. We have been having problems getting uniform allowances and cards ever since the contract changed the way allotments were done for CCAs and newly converted regulars. It takes MONTHS to get allotments after they are due. The approval process is broken in DALLAS!!!!

    Mar 04, 2019
  • anon

    The Post Office wants Retail Clerks to wear green tagged Postal approved shoes, but we can't purchase with our allowance. We are also required to have name tags but can't purchase them with our allowance.

    Mar 03, 2019
  • anon

    One of the questions I noticed did we receive training skills on purchase our uniforms the answers is no the merchant just show up and show us how to order our uniforms and its really no discount or sales caused by the time you buy two pairs pants and three tops that its dont buy a jacket and a pr pants that take up your whole uniform lottment yes there are plenty ways that USPS to save money on uniforms solid dark blue polos and pants that why FedEx save so much the USPS we get now are made with less quality the new pants torn time you put them own the light shirt they give us get stained that dont come out city's carrier face customers everyday with stains in the uniforms safety pen take place as buttons a loss and waste of money FedEx have a limited to what been issues but in good quality USPS waste money caused these uniforms dont last and they but uniforms once of years need good quality polos shirts that hang out like FedEx employees and well made quality pants that last if I remember correct FedEx gave out the first set and then after another year you may have gotten another set of uniforms as need there is a way to save money and the new employee's that coming on board need to be issues a uniforms shirt (polos) so when they own the street they are represents the USPS and that the customers will know who they are I noticed some of the new employee's coming in with and thing own that's poor customers services and a bad way to represents the USPS its might be ok to some companies buts most companies dont allowed their employees to face theirs customers with piercings all on their faces it very poor customers services that's send the wrong signal to the future of tomorrow just think if you had a business that were prospers you a million a day and you send one of your new hire to deliver mail and that CEO of that company just happened to notice a piercings mail carrier delivered the mail with all these tattoo and piercings decide oh no I need to change delivered services caused that dont look good customer service to my business and here it is that million dollar business we just loss you still got a business to run but you cant keep losing business if the dress code doesn't look good yes you can save money and Management the cost if we were up to standards when they purchased look at those transactions been made but one thing I can say you do save money when employees are put off the clock's caused Management just dont like you caused you report them for doing stuff unjustly we loose our uniforms allowance even if we off the clock's for two years yes you only just save 600 per employees but no it's not much I have noticed sometimes the Management are in polos USPS shirts then they back in regular clothes think about how much you loose in that point either they going to wear uniform or they going to wear regular clothes I used FedEx for example caused they a top fortune 500 company most of theirs Management that work in a business or office warehouse, or plant or in uniform not going back and for to uniforms and regular clothes either they going to wear a uniform and save money or they going to wear regular clothes and save the company more money in a dress code professional way you got so many employees in and out of USPS uniforms and not look at how many people's that USPS pay for uniforms one day this Management is in a uniform top tomorrow in regular clothes that's costly

    Mar 03, 2019
  • anon

    Thank You

    Mar 03, 2019
  • anon

    I have been able to purchase my uniform items for BME each year. The # of items available has changed. I can no long purchase the 'hoodie' w/zipper that was issued when this program started. I have been in BME since August 1987 when I completed the training.

    Mar 02, 2019
  • anon

    I purchase my uniforms through www.postaluniformdiscounters.com I call them and place my orders over the phone. I usually have to have my balance and anniversary date on hand before I place an order. The company is aware of items I may not purchase with my allotment that is not in my craft. I ordered online once a sweater not in my craft and it was not sent and I was not charged. I have never received training on how to use my card. Just used the instructions that either came with the card or just asked the vendor how ordering works.

    Mar 01, 2019
  • anon

    Yes I ue the program..I purchase through skaggs.com Merchants are knowelegable Yes I have received training. I would prefer the uniforms become more body friendly...warmth, coolness, and especially the waiist cut for woman....not to mention the skorts are ugly and the skirts are made for 6 foot tall women

    Mar 01, 2019
  • anon

    I am a retired letter carrier of Branch 1690 in West Palm Beach, Florida. I have been working with a lot with CCAs and carriers newly converted, several of them have been having issues the last 2 years getting their uniform allotments. I have found the problem is originating with the supervisors not being aware of how the program works and postmasters not processing the paperwork for vouchers or credit cards. The vendors will order the uniforms but don't get paid. This is a large problem in Southern Area.

    Mar 01, 2019
  • anon

    I really wish the footwear was more affordable than the options we are given. Overall the experience is fine, the shipping is fast, the online vendors do give a 20% discount if you use your entire allotment, but the prices are high enough that the discount is probably inconsequential anyway. I purchase my uniforms online through several vendors, the vendors will only let you order in your designated craft, which is just fine with me. I was never given any training or information about using the card I was assigned.

    Mar 01, 2019

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