The USPS has responded to at least one of the phony travel card scandal stories we’ve been telling you about. The web site “In the Capital” ran a story based on the Washington Examiner’s claim that postal employees were stealing money by misusing travel credit cards. The site copied the Examiner’s “on the taxpayer’s dime” charge, despite the fact that the cards were in the employees’ names, and not the USPS or the federal government. While the site has attached a correction to the story, it didn’t actually correct the misinformation in the story itself, which still refers to a “gross misuse of public funds” even after being told that no public funds were involved.
Yesterday afternoon, a USPS PR person responded:
The U.S. Postal Service takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously. Claims are thoroughly investigated and action is taken to ensure compliance with Postal Service policies as well as applicable federal and state laws.
The more than 500,000 men and women working for the Postal Service are hard-working, responsible and exceptional employees. The allegations regarding the individuals referenced in the Examiner article do not fairly represent the Postal Service nor the actions of its employees.
The Postal Service is in the process of implementing more stringent controls including enhanced monitoring, oversight and approval requirements to ensure compliance.
The Postal Service does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses. Revenue is generated solely from the sale of Postal Service products and services.
It should be noted that the personal credit card charges referred to in the article are the obligations of the employees and not paid by the Postal Service.
It is inaccurate to report that Postal employees spent thousands of taxpayer dollars using their credit cards.
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