PVS Operations in Houston District audit asks graphic
  • Project Title:
  • Postal Service Vehicle Driver Overtime-Houston District
  • Start Date:
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • November 2018

The Postal Service has one of the largest transportation and logistics networks in the world, transporting mail and equipment between processing and distribution centers (P&DCs), post offices, or other designated points that receive or dispatch mail. The Postal Service is also one of the largest consumers of fuel in the United States. 

The Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) fleet moves mail between processing facilities, inner-city delivery offices, and local businesses and mailers. PVS is primarily used for distances within a 50-mile radius of a Postal Service location. The fleet currently consists of cargo vans, tractors, and other vehicles. Despite the reduction in mail volume, miles, and fuel, the number of PVS drivers, total work hours, and overtime hours have increased.

We are conducting an audit to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service’s use of overtime for PVS drivers in the Houston District.

  • What improvements can the Postal Service make to ensure efficient PVS operations?
  • How can the Postal Service ensure, when used, overtime is a valid need for PVS drivers?

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  • anon

    I refuse to leave my name. I can't speak for Houston, but Windsor, SC (29856) Post Office is horrible. There is a wicked woman at the front desk that USPS refuses to fire and a mail carrier who delivers mail while drunk and steals my PAYCHECK. Do I have to call Highway Patrol to get the mail carrier fired?

    Jun 09, 2018
  • anon

    Besides additional mail volumes during peak season, what are the other needs for PVS driver overtime?

    Jun 07, 2018
  • anon

    Start with a Zero Base. Route surveys would also help, sarcasm on my behalf.

    Jun 02, 2018
  • anon

    HOUSTON PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITY: Only make additional transport services as "Special Delivery (1) and Semi transport, Full (2)": 1) Do not forget to charge for special Delivery Fees Income for this service, 2) And just like the Christmas Season, if there is too many Priority, First Class and Express continue to work the mail during the day shift and make an additional transport to the stations with the PO Unit aware of a noon or 11:00am van, hold the Letter Carriers for this van.

    Jun 01, 2018
  • anon

    Responding to Myrtle...Hold letter carriers for late work...Great idea....Then when the carriers do not return in time for cut off, let's hold trucks to plants until all carriers return.... Just maybe your idea isn't so good.... Plants not getting the work done should not flow down on carriers to make up plant's inabilities.... It just gums up the whole process.

    Jun 16, 2018

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