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OIG / PostCom Bulletin

The Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) is defending its request for $293,950,000 as part of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget request. The budget justification noted that, compared to all other OIGs, the Postal Service OIG has the lowest ratio of employees relative to its parent agency (one OIG employee for every 648 postal workers). At the same time, it stated, the agency provides a prudent return on investment (ROI), as the financial benefits to the Postal Service from the OIG’s work are greater than the total cost of the annual budget. For example, in FY 2023, the OIG said it returned nearly $7 for every $1 invested in its FY 2023 budget. The OIG also argued that it needs to be fully funded in order to protect the nation’s Postal Service, particularly since the OIG complement has declined steadily over 10 years, while the Postal Service’s total personnel and revenue have grown substantially during that same period, with increases of 4 percent and 16 percent, respectively. The OIG stated the budget request will enable the agency to continue to play a critical role in overseeing the Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, a key part of our nation’s infrastructure, ensuring confidence in the integrity and safety of the mail.