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 March 31, 2016. 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 Acting Inspector General
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service. On September 30, 1996, President Clinton signed the amended Inspector General Act of 1978 to establish a separate enforcement and oversight agency for the Postal Service, moving that responsibility to the newly created and fully independent OIG.
Since then, we have worked to fulfill our mission of ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. This report, submitted pursuant to the Inspector General Act, outlines our work and activities for the 6-month period ending September 30, 2016.
During this period, we issued 91 audit reports, management advisories, PARIS risk models, and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 86 percent of our recommendations. We completed 2,586 investigations that led to 389 arrests and nearly $321 million in fines, restitutions, and recoveries, $30.4 million of which was turned over to the Postal Service.
Tammy L. Whitcomb
Acting Inspector General