USPS

Post Office Appeals Prove Costly to USPS, PRC

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According to a joint audit between the USPS OIG and PRC, appeals of post office closings are proving costly to the law departments of both agencies:

The Postal Service OIG estimated the average costs and staff hours the Law Department needs to process each appeal are about $1,365 and 15 hours, respectively. The PRC OIG’s review determined the costs and staff hours the PRC needs to process an appeal ranges from $1,806 to $2,496 and from 19 to 29 hours, respectively. In addition, the Postal Service OIG found the Law Department did not consistently track attorney and staff hours spent on individual appeals. The Law Department recognizes the need for additional resources to handle the estimated workload and, accordingly, issued a statement of work to obtain support through contracting.

See the report at http://www.uspsoig.gov/foia_files/CI-AR-12-005.pdf