Inspectors General:

A Comparison of Certain Activities of the Postal IG and Other IGs

AIMD-96-150: Published: Sep 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1996.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed certain activities of the Postal Inspector General (IG) with the activities of IG in other federal agencies.

GAO found that the: (1) Postal IG cannot conduct audits of the Postal Service's law enforcement operations in accordance with required auditing standards because it is also the Chief Postal Inspector and therefore not organizationally independent of the law enforcement operations; (2) Postal IG performs internal quality reviews of Postal law enforcement operations; (3) peer review results of Postal IG audit activities are similar to those of other IG; and (4) Postal IG policies and procedures on audit resolution are consistent with guidance in OMB Circular A-50.

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