Report: Postal workers expensed private travel and 'adult entertainment'
Postal Workers Buy Porn, Plane Tickets While USPS Drowns In Debt
Even though spending $6.2 million in OSHA fines is ten times more waste than the abuse of travel rules, the attention that policymakers place on it suggests that they believe that the $6.2 million in OSHA fines are less than the $600,000 that would be saved by the Postal Service if no employee abused travel rules and corporate credit cards.
The real reason for the failure of policymakers in elementary school arithmetic is that the travel abuse issue has an obvious fix and the OSHA fine problem only suggests that there is a more serious underlying problem that needs investigation. Doing that investigation is critical particularly as it would likely identify significant capital spending, training, and non-capital equipment and supply needs that fall outside the financial capabilities of the Postal Service with or without relief from all of its retirement benefit accounting issues. Until this and other similar investigations are completed, a significant portion of Congress will believe that all that is needed is to remove "waste, fraud and abuse" making fixing the retirement benefit accounting issues much more difficult.