USPS OIG – Fiscal Year 2021 Officers’ Travel and Representation Expenses

Background

The U.S. Postal Service has 50 authorized officer positions, including the postmaster general, deputy postmaster general, and all vice presidents. Forty-four positions were active during fiscal year (FY) 2021. Officers filed 364 expense reimbursement requests totaling $417,075.

Further, the Postal Service hired limited-term contract employees (contract employees) that were not officers, but management elected for their travel reimbursement requests to receive the same level of review as officers. During FY 2021, the contract employees filed 91 reimbursement requests, totaling $157,755.

What We Did

Our objective was to determine whether Postal Service officers complied with policies and procedures regarding travel and representation expense reimbursements. We reviewed 15 reimbursement requests for each quarter totaling $152,804. We also reviewed all 91 reimbursement requests submitted by the contract employees.

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