The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General released an alert to address the “timeliness of mail processing.” The USPS has been consolidating facilities to save money and many critics were concerned about the impact on mail delivery times. The OIG has ramped up reviews to address these concerns. The OIG found that “in the first 6 months of 2015, delayed processing increased by about 494 million mail pieces (a 48% increase), as compared to the same period last year.”

By alerting management to the issue, the OIG said “no further significant national network or operational changes should take place prior to establishing criteria and stabilizing the network.” For an agency that is struggling with funding, these reviews are necessary to prevent shortcomings.

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