• Project Title:
  • Terminal Handling Services - Capital Metro Area
  • Start Date:
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • December 2017

How effective are THS contracts in meeting operational requirements?

The U.S. Postal Service enters into Terminal Handling Service (THS) contracts for the handling and transportation of mail between the Postal Service and FedEx. The Postal Service currently has contracts with nine suppliers at 67 locations nationwide.

 
  • Project Title:
  • Small Package Sorting System Performance
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, May 8, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • November 2017

How effective is USPS Small Package Sorting System at meeting productivity and throughput goals?

The rapid growth in ecommerce and expansion of the package delivery market has created opportunities for the Postal Service, helping drive double-digit growth in package volume since 2015. To expand package processing capacity, the Postal Service plans to purchase and install an additional seven Small Package Sorting Systems (SPSS) before the 2017 peak mailing season.

 
  • Project Title:
  • Highway Contract Route Contracting Practices and Conflict of Interest
  • Start Date:
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • October 2017

How effective are the Postal Service contracting practices for the Highway Contract Routes?

The Postal Service uses competitive fixed-price contracts to hire Highway Contract Route (HCR) contractors to transport mail between post offices and other designated stops. In fiscal year 2016, the Postal Service spent about $3 billion for about 8,664 HCR contracts, making them the largest single group of contracts in the Postal Service.

 
  • 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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