The Office of Inspector General is tasked with ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We also have the distinct mission of helping to maintain confidence in the mail and postal system, as well as to improve the Postal Service’s bottom line. We use audits and investigations to help protect the integrity of the Postal Service.
Our Semiannual Report to Congress presents a snapshot of the work we did to fulfill our mission for the 6-month period ending September 30, 2014. Our dynamic report format provides readers with easy access to facts and information, as well as succinct summaries of the work by area. Links are provided to the full reports featured in this report, as well as to the appendices.
A Message from the Inspector General
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) – together with the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, Congress, and Postal Service management – plays a key role in maintaining the integrity and accountability of the U.S. Postal Service, its revenue and assets, and its employees through our audit and investigative work.
OIG efforts have resulted in significant savings opportunities and improved efficiencies. The financial impact from our workers’ compensation fraud cases alone more than covers the OIG’s budget. When all of our investigative work and audit and research efforts are taken into account, we are providing strong value to stakeholders as we fulfill our mission of promoting integrity and accountability.
During the 6-month report period ending September 30, 2014, we issued 100 audit reports, management advisories, PARIS risk models and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 87 percent of our significant recommendations. We completed 2,082 investigations that led to 335 arrests and nearly $573 million in fines, restitutions, and recoveries, $52 million of which went to the Postal Service.
David C. Williams