NAPS: OIG to conduct unannounced financial audits

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:

May 18, 2016
Attention Members,

The Office of Inspector General will be starting Financial Control audits at all postal facilities. Teams will show up unannounced with the attached letter.

Audits will consist of;
*Voyager Cards
*Money Orders
*Voided Transactions
*Excessive Refunds
*BMEU Indicators

naps-logoWhen the OIG performs these audits, it is vital that you have all documentation on hand.  It remains imperative that all documentation for the retention period is maintained for record keeping purposes.
If there are any issues with the audits, the OIG will contact the specific Financial Unit.  As stated earlier this week; District Leadership needs to be included with that process.  Once the OIG finishes this audit, the facility will be given recommendations and action items.  The turnaround time will be 7 days.

Click here to read letter to Area Vice Presidents

Source: The National Association of Postal Supervisors

  • Zeus

    The audits will be useless since only management not the OIG can take action if there is any embezzlement or improprieties that come out of these audits.

  • Outsider looking In

    I agree wit Zeus, you don’t see theft of gift cards, mail thrown in the trash, OWCP fraud or the like on here with craft…it is all management…keep up the great post Zeus.

  • postalnews

    I think you have that backwards. The OIG is a law enforcement agency. If they find embezzlement, they can arrest you, charge you with a crime and potentially send you to prison. The most management can do is fire you.

  • Mailman030

    Zeus is correct in that administrative action against a management employee is up to the higher level of management and while OIG agents are law enforcement officers, it is up to the US Attorney in each area to determine whether or not charges are filed. The OIG can only refer the case to the US Attorney, they cannot decided whether or not the person is criminally charged. In my area a customer assaulted a carrier to the extent that the employee had to file a claim with OWCP over the injuries that he sustained. The OIG told the employee that the US Attorney in this area does not prosecute this type of crime unless there was a threat to the employee’s life and the local authorities refused to prosecute because it was a federal issue.

  • postalnews

    No, Zeus was wrong. He said “only management not the OIG can take action”. Management has no input as to whether or not an employee is charged with a crime.

    Yes, administrative action is up to management. So what? And in any case, Zeus’s comment doesn’t mention “administrative action”. What I said in my comment is verifiably true- the OIG can arrest you. They can charge you with a crime. They can, if they have done their investigative work properly, send you to jail.
    Management can do none of those things. As I said in my comment, the most management can do is fire you.

    Sure, it’s up to the US Attorney to prosecute the case. Again, so what? Are you saying policemen are useless because it’s the District Attorney, and not the arresting officer that has to prosecute a case? That’s nonsense. (And by the way, your story about the carrier assault case strikes me as nonsense too- the OIG doesn’t investigate attacks on postal workers- the Inspection Service does. And I don’t see any links to support your story. Surely the employee would have filed an assault complaint with the local police? That has nothing to do with the US Attorney’s supposed policy?)

  • Mailman030

    I’m not saying that policemen are useless, I’m saying that the OIG is useless and as a postal employee, I often use OIG and Inspection Service interchangeably because to me they are two sides of the same coin. But you are correct, it was the inspection service that failed to refer the assault to the US Attorney. If you give me a way to send you a private e-mail, I will send you a copy of the local police report and then because you are a journalist, you can investigate and discover that no charges were ever filed by either local of federal law enforcement agencies.

  • postalnews

    You’re missing my point. You said that only the US Attorney decides whether a case goes to trial, not the OIG. My point was that it’s exactly the same for any law enforcement agency at any level. Zeus said that the OIG can’t “take action”- and you agreed with him. By your logic, no police department in the country can “take action” against any criminals.

    That is still nonsense, and there’s a ton of people behind bars who could probably explain it to you better than I can.

    If you have something to support your story about the letter carrier assault, send it to postalnews@gmail.com. If your story is true, however, it’s hard to see why it’s relevant. Obviously, US Attorneys all over the US routinely prosecute people for assaulting federal employees- and so do local authorities.

    Try to remember what the issue is here- Zeus claimed that “only management not the OIG can take action if there is any embezzlement or improprieties”.

    That is still blatantly false, and your story, even if it’s true, doesn’t change that.

  • Mailman030

    Police officers can only arrest someone, the person does not go to jail unless they are prosecuted by the prosecuting or district attorney in the area. My point is that it does not matter if the OIG arrests a postal employee if the US Attorney refuses to prosecute them. As far as my story about the employee who was assaulted by the customer not being relevant, what it shows is that no matter what the OIG or PIS wants, if the criminal is not prosecuted for the crime, then no action was taken outside of the arrest.

  • postalnews

    No, sorry, but you don’t have a point. If you go out and rob a bank, the DA isn’t going to run after you- a cop is. If you embezzle funds from the PO, the US Attorney isn’t going to do a thing until the OIG arrests you, and presents him with the results of the investigation.

    This whole nonsensical thread is based on Zeus’s ridiculous suggestion that only management, not the OIG can “take action” against someone found stealing from the USPS. That is objectively false. Nothing you have written in your comments changes that.