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United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General

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The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Postal Service was created by federal statute in 1996, assuming internal oversight duties over the United States Postal Service (previously carried out by the United States Postal Inspection Service, in addition to their federal law enforcement duties). The Inspector General of the United States Postal Service, who is independent of postal management, is appointed by and reports to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. The current Inspector General is Tammy L. Whitcomb.

As one of the federal Offices of the Inspector General, the purpose of the OIG is to prevent, detect, and report fraud, waste, and program abuse, and promote efficiency in the operations of the USPS.

Special agents stationed in 100 offices nationwide conduct investigations in the following program areas:

Contract Fraud, Financial Fraud, Internal Mail Theft, Official Misconduct, Special Inquiries (includes whistleblower reprisal and workplace environment), Major Fraud, Healthcare Provider Fraud, Healthcare Claimant Fraud.

Special agents also investigate bribery, kickbacks, extortion, conflicts of interest, and allegations against Postal Service executives. In addition, the Office of Investigations combats fraud and theft through the Countermeasures Directorate’s crime prevention efforts. As sworn federal law enforcement agents, Special Agents have the power to serve arrest and search warrants and subpoenas issued under the authority of the United States; make arrests without warrant for postal-related offenses committed in their presence; make arrests without warrants for postal-related felonies cognizable under the laws of the United States, if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person arrested has committed or is committing such a felony; carry firearms, and make seizures of property as provided by law.

The United States Postal Inspection Service is a separate agency.

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