A Virginia congressman this week requested that a government watchdog open an investigation of the U.S. Postal Service’s freight-shipping practices.
The Wall Street Journal reported this month that the agency hires trucking contractors with unsafe driving records.
Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability that oversees the USPS, asked the USPS’s Inspector General on Tuesday to investigate the Postal Service’s policies for selecting and overseeing trucking contractors and subcontractors, according to a letter viewed by the Journal.
The letter also called for investigators to address specific questions, including the number of people killed in crashes with USPS’s trucking contractors between 2017 and 2022 and what policies USPS has in place to screen contractors for safety problems.