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GAO reported on the Postal Service's need to improve overtime controls.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Postal Service 1. The Postmaster General, to improve control over the use of overtime, should ensure that planned overtime hours be included in the work-hour budget and reported on the work-hour report.
Closed - Not Implemented
The Postal Service maintains that effective control over overtime is possible without including it as a line item in the budget.
United States Postal Service 2. The Postmaster General, to improve control over the use of overtime, should ensure that employees with constant and high overtime use be periodically identified for a determination as to whether the work can be done on straight time.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Postal Service 3. The Postmaster General, to improve control over the use of overtime, should ensure that facility managers be instructed to not hire additional employees to reduce overtime until its underlying causes are determined.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Postal Service 4. The Postal Service should require facility managers to prepare periodic reports showing the extent of retroactively approved overtime.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Postal Service 5. The Postal Service should require facility managers to monitor forced overtime to identify supervisors who are not fulfilling their responsibility to control work schedules.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Postal Service 6. The Postal Service should require facility managers to periodically remind supervisors and timekeepers of their respective responsibilities for maintaining control of employee work schedules.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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