Postal Service Waste

The United States Postal Service (USPS) spent over $717 million in 2010 and 2011 on unauthorized overtime pay. That’s right taxpayers, you gave an industry that is nearing bankruptcy $717 million more than you should have. According to National Journal:

“The USPS inspector general’s audit found that field operations employees worked about 1.2 billion hours in fiscal 2010 and 1.1 billion hours in fiscal 2011. Many of those hours were unauthorized by managers and supervisors. In numerous cases, managers failed to check overtime reports.

“Auditors said conditions ‘created opportunities for employees to receive overtime without prior approval, clock-in for work before their scheduled tour began, and clock-out after their tour ended.’ Employees told auditors that they worked overtime without authorization, and their supervisors never mentioned it was needed.

“‘Postal Service policy states that supervisors are responsible for controlling employee access to timecards,” the report stated. “They are required to take all necessary action to restrict employees’ access to the timecards before their scheduled tour begins and make certain employees clock in and out according to their assigned schedules.’”

This audit comes as Congress debates how to save the USPS, which is bleeding money at an alarming pace. Here’s a great idea: crack down on unauthorized overtime!

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