Background

This report presents the results of our audit of the Local Travel Reimbursement – Santa Ana, CA, Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) Window. The Santa Ana P&DC retail facility is in the Santa Ana District of the Pacific Area. This audit was designed to provide U.S. Postal Service management with timely information on potential financial control risks at Postal Service locations.

Postal Service employees use the eTravel system to claim regular and local travel reimbursements. Those not using eTravel should submit all claims for local travel reimbursements using Postal Service (PS) Form 1164, Claim for Reimbursement for Expenditures on Official Business.

The OIG’s data analytics identified that the Santa Ana, CA, P&DC Window had local travel reimbursements totaling $38,082 — or 76.5 percent of all local travel reimbursements in the Santa Ana District — for the period April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. The Santa Ana P&DC Window increased local travel reimbursements from $267 to $13,195 at the end of the first quarter5 of fiscal year (FY) 2017 to the same period in FY 2018.

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