U.S. Postal Service:

Drug Investigation Data

GGD-95-29FS: Published: Dec 6, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the Postal Inspection Service's investigations of possible employee drug-related crimes, focusing on: (1) the race, gender, age, occupation, and location of the Postal Service employees investigated; and (2) whether confidential informants were involved and what administrative and court actions were taken as a result of the investigations.

GAO found that: (1) 1,760 Postal Service employees were investigated for suspected drug-related crimes from September 1988 through April 1994; (2) the percentage of black males investigated was more than double the percentage of black males in the postal workforce; (3) the percentages of black females and white females investigated were only one-half as large as the total percentages of black females and white females in the workforce; (4) the percentage of white males investigated was about three-fourths of the total percentage of white male employees; (5) employees between the ages of 30 and 39 made up about one-half of those who were investigated and about one-third of the postal workforce; (6) employees over 40 made up about one-fifth of those investigated; (7) postal clerks made up 42 percent of the workforce and 30 percent of the investigations, while city carriers made up about one-fourth of both the workforce and the investigations; (8) mail handlers made up 11 percent of the workforce and 29 percent of the investigations; (9) two-thirds of the investigations involved employees assigned to first-class post offices; (10) confidential informants were involved in about three-fourths of all investigations; (11) 60 percent of those investigated were suspended, 12 percent were placed on administrative leave, and almost 75 percent were terminated; and (12) about 90 percent of the investigations resulted in arrests, and about 93 percent of those arrested were convicted.

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