The US Postal Service made some changes after our hidden camera investigation showed a letter carrier being driven to, from and around his route by other post office employees. The letter carrier had lost his drivers license after a 2nd DUI.
At first the Postal Service defended the action. Then after our story hit the airwaves & internet they switched gears and reassigned the employee to work inside.
We still had more questions though. Like, how often does this kind of “DUI-driving-the-letter-carrier around” thing happen in the country. We received emails from across the country from post office employees claiming it happened at their local offices. A few included offices in Idaho, New York and Kentucky.
So, we decided to ask the USPS Office of Inspector General some questions about it. Afterall, according to their own website, they play “a key role in maintaining the integrity and accountability of America’s postal service, its revenue and assets, and its employees.”
They must be interested in helping us get to the bottom of this, at least to “maintain the integrity and accountability of America’s postal service.”
(Now with apologies to US Postal Service Communications Programs Specialist Al DeSarro.)
They told Al to call us and answer our questions. After I specifically went to the Inspector General, they sent a PR guy to try to placate us instead of letting us talk to one of their 1,100 auditors about the data mining that would be required to get some answers.
Of course, Al didn’t have the answers. Indeed, he said he tried to get the answers, but it would be a very complex and difficult process because the USPS doesn’t keep track of those kinds of records. Exact quote now from Al, “they (USPS) don’t maintain those records on a national level, regional level, even on a local district level.”
Don’t keep track of how many of your drivers have DUI’s?