• Project Title:
  • Baltimore P&DC Physical and Environmental Site Security Review
  • Start Date:
  • Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • September 2018

The Postal Service’s mail processing resources, information technology network, and transportation infrastructure delivers mail to every residential and business address in the country. The mail processing resources include facilities, equipment, and systems used to process, transfer, and store data for vital business operations.

USPS implements physical and environmental security controls at these facilities to reduce the risk of system and equipment failure, damage from environmental hazards, and unauthorized access to information technology assets.

One of these facilities is the Baltimore, MD, Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) which spans more than one million square feet and processes approximately 69 million pieces of mail annually. The facility also houses a retail store and handles mail delivery.

The OIG is auditing the Baltimore P&DC to determine whether the Postal Service has established and implemented effective physical and environmental security controls over information technology according to USPS policy and industry best practices.

  • Are you aware of any physical or environmental security incidents at the Baltimore P&DC?
  • Do you have any concerns relating to the physical and environmental controls over information technology at the Baltimore P&DC? For example, does the facility house a fire suppression system, emergency shut off switch, and/or security cameras where necessary.
  • In your opinion, what is the biggest strength or weakness in the physical and environmental controls at Postal Service facilities?

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  • anon

    Not IT related but I worked for an electrical contractor installing a new fire alarm system at the Baltimore P&DDC back in 2009. I must say, the basement of that building was an absolute disaster. Pieces of conveyor/sorting equipment haphazardly strew about. While making a path for a scissor lift I accidentally smashed a bottle of hydrofluoric acid that was hidden near some equipment. Its an extremely dangerous acid that when exposed immediatly sinks to the bone. Both arms were exposed as well as my lungs from the fumes created. I immediately rinsed it off with water and reported the incident to my supervisor as well as the general contractor. I didn't want to make a big deal of it due to the tanking economy at the time, I was lucky to have a job. A horrible nagging cough developed, I became extremely fatigued, lost 30lbs and it got so bad I couldn't work. Ended up quitting but was denied any benefits because I quit instead if claiming injury. To this day Im affected.

    Jun 13, 2018

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