The Postal Service processes payroll for more than 500,000 employees. To handle this monumental task, time and attendance information is gathered through the Time and Attendance Collection System (TACS). TACS then transmits the payroll data to the mainframe run by the Information Technology and Accounting Service Center (ASC) in Eagan, MN, for payment processing.

Recent news stories have identified a few instances where Postal Service employees have had time deleted from electronic time card records. There have also been other time and attendance instances where managers inaccurately calculated employee work hours for out–of-schedule work.

If you are a Postal Service employee and are experiencing similar problems or any other time and attendance issues at your work place, we would like to hear from you. Please take our brief survey or provide comments below.

This topic is hosted by the OIG's Human Resources and Security audit team.

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  • anon
    Roland Petit

    This is an obvious waste of time. Just as an FYI, the OIG is likely aware of more than "a few instances" yet they address these federal crimes as an "issue" with a "blog comments section" and a "survey" rather than an official investigation into the complaints they have received. - RP

    Sep 04, 2010
  • anon

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking the time to post to the site.

    Sep 03, 2010
  • anon

    Apr 24, 2008. OIG responded to my letter of TACS and lost earned wages, suggested to file eeo or grievance. The problem was my manager could care less about the UNION or EEO. To this day, it continues.

    Sep 03, 2010
  • anon
    Felix

    I have to agree with Zack. The OIG knows there are problems....why the "sounding board"? Why is this blog even needed? All you have to do is talk to any, ANY of the union branches across the country and they can point you to numerous problems they have been having for years with management changing the clock rings, etc. This [blog] is a small forum that is dealing with a major problem. If the OIG really cares, please just fix the problem. Reading post after post of people with issues wont change anything.

    Sep 02, 2010
  • anon

    Oversight agencies are a tragic joke - PERIOD! Workers have no more faith in these agencies than they do their own government. We live in a plutocracy where big money (e.g., Corporations, etc.) run our governments. Just look at who our President's appoint into these offices - ex lobiests, who lobied for the very companies they are no in charge of overseeing. I've reported atrocious deeds to the OIG before. What I got back was a post card telling me that they'll look into it. Never ever heard back again. OIG - "Give me a break; you could care less!"

    Sep 02, 2010
  • anon

    Check Van Nuys California and North Hollywood California.

    Sep 01, 2010
  • anon

    Higher managers pressure lower aggressive supervisors into forcing craft to get off the clock. With that, craft workers who like to get their job done with no hassle are forced to work off the clock or skip lunches to get work done mainly for less stress on themselves. This practice is done through out the USPS. Upper managers don't see this on there reports. The numbers is all they see.... Horrible place to work when dealing with these supervisors. Would not recommend this job to anybody if they what a satisfied career.

    Sep 01, 2010
  • anon

    Thank you for the many comments we’ve received so far on our blog. Unfortunately there are some we cannot post because they are a violation of our language and/or privacy comment policies. If you provided an email address when you submitted your comment and it isn’t in line with our comment policy, we’ll return your post and give you the opportunity to resubmit it. If not, then we have no option but to delete the comment, since we do not edit comments. As for questions on what we are doing with the survey information and your comments, we are currently conducting an audit on this topic. For more information please visit: https://www.uspsoig.gov/audit_detail.cfm?projectid=10382

    Sep 01, 2010
  • anon

    If you really want to investigate time just look at all the comp-time MDO's take that they claim they are entitled to. MDO's are salary so if they are needed 12 hours it goes with the job.

    Sep 01, 2010
  • anon

    I have a standing Dr. appt. every week and would work 6 hrs. with no lunch break . My intention was not to create a big problem for the supervisor. This was taken advantage of and the supervisor would dock me for a lunch break even tho none was taken. When I realized what was happening I attempted to get a correction more than one time but nothing was ever done.

    Aug 31, 2010
  • anon

    The rural carriers are being told to backtrack and redeliver any mail piece that was cased incorrectly. We see customers bringing pieces back to the window every day, multiple times a day but the clerks are paid by the hour to fix their mistakes. We are not. Also I have been called out on my route and asked to come back to the PO to pick up a package that the clerk threw in the wrong hamper. I was not offered any extra pay to do it. We are also asked to check our scanners every day for total scans and yet we were not given time for any of this at mail count.

    Aug 31, 2010
  • anon

    OIG has its preferences this post has already been removed once. USPS is in violation of the RICO act as payroll is handled across state lines in most cases, thus false information is also given across state lines (time Keeping). The problem with attendance record keeping is a nation wide issue, meaning every Post Office in every City. I have seen many employees get back from the street clock out go back out on the street to finish their routes and or, sometimes both, clean their daily mess off the clock. We refer to them as the brown nose bunch, but in reality they are so intimated by Postal management. The ones that don't follow the weaker craft employees habit are subject to a letter, failure to maintain. OIG knows what is going on, I love how OIG phrases, "We would like to hear from you", bull crap you don't want to hear from us at all. Congress right now is to busy to deal with this they have more important issues such as sending Roger Clemens to a 30 year jail term. Just like the old Pink Panther movie when Peter Sellers is informing someone of a traffic violation when another party, with-in his eye sight, is attacked, where is the priorities. Our ancestor's have to be turning in their graves at this point. Think about the reason for Colonization to America what were they trying to get away from? I just got one thing to say, MORONS!!!

    Aug 31, 2010
  • anon

    Is it really going to do any good to complain to the OIG when your MDO forces you to come in an hour BEFORE your tour to do your mail count "Off the clock"? Then, expects you to stay another hour "off the clock" after your tour ends? Can something be done about this? Or is this simply another sounding board which gives us the opportunity to get our blood pressure up.....

    Aug 31, 2010
  • anon

    on 2 occassions that i know with my paycheck and at least another 3 from other carriers in my office..we have been docked annual leave when it should have been sick leave.

    Aug 31, 2010
  • anon

    One of the POOM's from NE Ohio made his way up the ladder by deleting 100's of OT hours. When you promote these thieves, you are encouraging rampant misuse of power. Good Luck trying to stop it now. Idiots.

    Aug 31, 2010
  • anon

    Guess what folks...we supervisors get ripped off by our managers more than any craft people. An incompetent MDO gets away with not bothering to enter our hours, and they are NOT made to correct it. We have mandatory 10 hour days, but get paid for 8 at best. My MDO was so incompetent that I, as a supervisor, was issued a time card because my manager didn't know how to do TACS!

    Aug 31, 2010
  • anon

    so if you are a retired employee the OIG does not want to hear from you.. what a crock... any way check san diego ca. maintenance.

    Aug 30, 2010
  • anon

    what about when you call in sick and have time on the books and the supervisor who is now in the position of judge, jury, and executioner just gives you awol and you have to fight to get your sick leave time. yup that is the one supervisors job oh yeah and it's only if she doesn't like you. does this fall into a time and attendance complaint. or silly season, and this is from the people who rant and rave about you doing your job and then don't do theirs.

    Aug 30, 2010
  • anon

    One can only hope that you also are investigating rings done by others to cover folks that leave early come in late or never show

    Aug 30, 2010
  • anon

    I am a 27 year Carrier, form City, State, and Federal Police Officer. I could write a book on what I have witnessed EAS do. Dept. Of Labor States the Postal Inspection is the main violator of civil and federal labor law. They are simply the uneducated thugs of Management. Just as in the 1920s. Their first commitment is to harrass employees rather than police their own who are the real criminals. I retire soon, let them all rot in hell.

    Aug 30, 2010
  • anon

    Really.

    Aug 30, 2010
  • anon

    Why is it that some of the smaller AO's do not even have EBR's. We work over our end of tour and never get paid, we also start work without being able to cock in. This is America and every station should have EBR's.

    Aug 30, 2010
  • anon

    Talk about the teapot calling the kettle black. (location withheld on request)-OIG refuses to investigate illegal activity by EAS personnel on a daily basis. Don’t EVER expect anything positive to come from this group. Maintenance tour manager threaten federal employees on the clock & was found in possession of firearm on federal property. NOTHING! Maintenance supervisor was found with stolen postal property (using for private business). NOTHING! Same supervisor stole Union documents from union office (protected material under client-rep privilege).NOTHING! Postal Police has report-OIG refuses to fill out report. No report- no crime. Postal Police, postal inspectors, OIG, GAO all work UNDER EAS supervision. They are not independent. How else could USPS management actually cite “We have the right to mismanage” in hearings? USPS EAS admit to fraud & waste daily in arbitrations. Although technachily under Homeland Security, the post office is left to run their affairs under Postal EAS direction. This is more than institutionalized mismanagement, it’s multi-agency collaboration equal to 3rd world governments.

    Aug 30, 2010
  • anon

    Why not put our clock rings on Liteblue in the ePayroll section, so "errors" can be discovered sooner? With sunshine, this problem would go away.

    Aug 30, 2010

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