U.S. Postal Service:

Status of Inspector General's Recommendations on the Supplier Diversity Program

GAO-04-57R: Published: Oct 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2003.

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This report supplements our previous report responding to a Congressional request for current information on the representation of minorities and women at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). USPS's program to attract and award contracts to small, minority, and women-owned businesses is referred to as supplier diversity. In recent years, the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has questioned the reliability of data related to the Supplier Diversity Program, such as the dollar value of contracts awarded to small, minority, and women-owned businesses. In a September 2001 report, the OIG made nine recommendations that it said would improve the reliability of this data. Our objective was to determine the status of USPS efforts to address the recommendations contained in the OIG report. To address our objective, we obtained, reviewed, and analyzed documentation from USPS and interviewed USPS and OIG officials concerning the status of these recommendations.

USPS has addressed the nine OIG recommendations. According to USPS officials, they have taken actions to implement the OIG's nine recommendations, and they consider the recommendations closed. USPS believes that the actions taken have addressed the OIG's concerns and have strengthened the reliability of data related to its Supplier Diversity Program. The OIG agreed that its recommendations have been implemented and, as a result, it also believes that the reliability of USPS supplier diversity data has improved. Furthermore, USPS provided us with documents showing the actions that it has taken to address the OIG recommendations. However, we did not independently determine whether the actions taken by USPS improved the reliability of its supplier diversity data.

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