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Postal Service IG: 'Procedures for Calculating Workshare Discounts for Letters'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 -- The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General issued the following audit report (No. 23-131-R24) on Feb. 14, 2024, entitled "Procedures for Calculating Workshare Discounts for Letters."

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Background

The U.S. Postal Service offers reduced postage rates (i.e., worksharing rates) to mailers for handling, pre-applying barcodes, pre-sorting, and transporting mail. Worksharing rates are also referred to as workshare discounts because postage rates are reduced based on costs the Postal Service is estimated to avoid from worksharing activities the mailing industry ... Show Full Article

Postal Service IG: 'Inventory Controls Over Law Enforcement Surveillance Equipment'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 -- The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General issued the following audit report (No. 22-174-R24) on Feb. 13, 2024, entitled "Inventory Controls Over Law Enforcement Surveillance Equipment."

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Background

The mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is to support and protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers. Postal inspectors are law enforcement agents who are assigned accountable property, such as surveillance equipment, for investigative purposes. Surveillance equipment is an electronic or mechanical device ... Show Full Article

Postal Service IG: 'Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Annual Report FY 2023'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 -- The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General issued the following report on Feb. 15, 2024, entitled "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Annual Report Fiscal 2023."

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In June 2020, Inspector General Tammy Hull, on behalf of herself and the executive leadership team (ELT), committed to listening, learning, and acting to ensure an inclusive workplace. Since then, we have worked to develop and implement a DE&I structure and strategic vision for the OIG, where DE&I informs and infuses all our work and personal interactions.

In FY 2023, we celebrated the third ... Show Full Article

NSF IG: 'Performance Audit of Incurred Costs - Montana State University'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (TNSrep) -- The National Science Foundation Inspector General issued the following audit report (No. 24-1-006) on Jan. 31, 2024, entitled "Performance Audit of Incurred Costs - Montana State University."

Here are excerpts:

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At a Glance

AUDIT OBJECTIVE

The National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General engaged Sikich CPA LLC (Sikich) to conduct a performance audit of costs that Montana State University (MSU) incurred on 176 NSF awards during the period of November 1, 2019, to October 31, 2022. The auditors tested approximately $1.2 million of the more than ... Show Full Article

NSF IG: 'Performance Audit of Incurred Costs - Dartmouth College'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (TNSrep) -- The National Science Foundation Inspector General issued the following audit report (No. 24-1-007) on Feb. 2, 2024, entitled "Performance Audit of Incurred Costs - Dartmouth College."

Here are excerpts:

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At a Glance

AUDIT OBJECTIVE

The National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General engaged Sikich CPA LLC (Sikich) to conduct a performance audit of costs that Dartmouth College (Dartmouth) incurred on 209 NSF awards during the period of October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2022. The auditors tested approximately $1.1 million of the more than $51.6 million ... Show Full Article

EPA IG: 'Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics & Training Incorporated Essential Discovery Elements Into Its Policies & Procedures, But Additional Training Could Improve Awareness'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (TNSrep) -- The Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General issued the following 29-page report (No. 24-E-0021) entitled "The Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training Incorporated Essential Discovery Elements into Its Policies and Procedures, but Additional Training Could Improve Awareness."

Here are excerpts:

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At A Glance

Why We Did This Evaluation

To accomplish this objective:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General conducted this evaluation to determine whether the EPA's collection, retention, and production of mandatory ... Show Full Article

EPA IG: 'Agency's Enhanced Personnel Security Program Is on Track, But Challenges to Full Implementation Remain'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (TNSrep) -- The Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General issued the following 35-page report (No. 24-E-0020) on Feb. 8, 2024, entitled "Agency's Enhanced Personnel Security Program Is on Track, but Challenges to Full Implementation Remain."

Here are excerpts:

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At A Glance

Why We Did This Evaluation

To accomplish this objective:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General conducted this evaluation to determine the EPA Personnel Security Branch's progress in implementing a fair and effective enhanced personnel security program in accordance ... Show Full Article