U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque.
In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as filling staff vacancies; maintaining safe and secure facilities; and ensuring the timely delivery of mail.
Last year, after hearing troubling reports from local postal union leaders, Udall and former Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully requested a USPS Inspector General investigation into claims of unsafe conditions, staffing cutbacks, and delayed or unprocessed mail at post office facilities in Albuquerque. After its audit, the Inspector General issued a report finding that USPS facilities in Albuquerque failed to meet the necessary building maintenance, safety, and security standards, along with recommendations to address these issues. While the Inspector General report did not establish cases of undelivered mail, it did identify delays and missing information about mail processing before mail was sent out for delivery.
“We are writing to urge you to act swiftly to address recommendations issued in the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s (USPS OIG) recent audit report… which examined Facility Conditions, Delayed Mail, and Staffing Levels in Albuquerque, New Mexico,” the lawmakers wrote.
“We have serious concerns about the report’s findings, which revealed building maintenance deficiencies including excessive roof leaks, unsanitary conditions, and structural issues… Subjecting customers and postal workers to unsafe or unsanitary conditions is unacceptable and related issues addressed in this report should be remedied by USPS immediately,” they continued.
The lawmakers also emphasized that “[a]ny delay in mail processing, scanning or delivery should not be tolerated by USPS as Americans heavily rely on timely delivery for critical documents, medicine and other items,” while urging USPS to move quickly to fill staffing vacancies and address all building maintenance, safety and security issues.
Finally, they requested regular updates on USPS’ efforts to ensure that the Inspector General’s recommendations are implemented swiftly and effectively.
The full text of the letter is available here.