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As the U.S. Postal Service downsizes its network through consolidations and closures, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends the agency provide the underused resources to federal, state, and municipal agencies. A move to optimize the estimated 24-percent excess space and retail transactional resources could potentially allow the Postal Service to expand citizens’ access to government departments, increase revenue, and potentially lower lease costs.
The recommendation was based on a recent, nationwide OIG review of excess Post Office™ resources and federal, state, and municipal agencies as well as interviews conducted with postmasters. OIG auditors also looked at a number of non-postal, government services the Postal Service currently provides, such as accepting passport applications, offering Selective Service registration, and renting excess space to government entities. Auditors determined that expanding these types of initiatives could lead to other mutually beneficially partnerships between the Postal Service and other government entities.
The Postal Service agreed in part with the OIG recommendation, specifically, as it related to federal agencies. The Postal Service plans to provide services to state and municipal agencies when it has the statutory authority. To read this report in its entirety, click here (PDF). Would you like to know what viewers had to say about the Postal Service providing its surplus resources to government agencies? Click “21st Century Post Office: Opportunities to Share Excess Resources,” to read the blog and its related comments at Pushing the Envelope, the OIG blog site.
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