Two times a year, we publish a report of our work and activities for a just-ended six-month period. This Semiannual Report to Congress (or SARC, as we affectionately call it) is required by law, but it’s also a chance for us to share our record of work with our many stakeholders.
The work reflects our mission of ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We also help maintain confidence in the postal system and improve the Postal Service’s bottom line through independent audits, investigations, data analytics and research.
In this report period ― April 1 through September 30, 2017 ― we issued 105 audit reports, management advisories, risk models, and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 83 percent of our recommendations. We completed 1,584 investigations that led to 430 arrests and more than $68 million in fines, restitutions, and recoveries, $21 million of which was turned over to USPS.
We have aligned our work with the strategic challenges facing the Postal Service, many of which stem from modernizing and adapting to a changing communications market. But even as we pursue those issues, new threats are emerging. One particularly insidious challenge is the use of the mail to move illicit narcotics, including opioids. Multiple agencies and private organizations have mobilized to identify strategies to address the broader problem of opioid addiction in our country, and coordination at the highest levels is critical. We have stepped up our investigative, auditing, and data analytics work in this area as we have recognized this is the best way to identify and prevent drug trafficking activities using the mail.
Please take a few minutes to read though the Semiannual Report to Congress and then let us know what you think. You can comment below, visit our Facebook page, or tweet us a message.