Following our ON THE RECORD segment on a Washington Examiner report about travel card abuse by the U.S. Postal Service, the USPS contacted us with a response. They pointed out the Postal Service does not use tax dollars for operating expenses. We looked into their claim and found that while it is true the Postal Service does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses, the Postal Service reached its $15 billion borrowing limit from the taxpayer-funded Treasury in September 2012.
When asked about that figure, the USPS told us: “We always pay back what we have borrowed. The taxpayer does not get stuck with the Postal Service’s bill.” We also looked into that claim, and according to the Federal Financing Bank, the USPS debt owed remains at its statutory limit of $15 billion as of February 28, 2014 – we would love for them to start paying it back!
In the interest of being fair, here is the full response from the USPS:
“The U.S. Postal Service takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously. Claims are thoroughly investigated and action is taken to ensure compliance with Postal Service policies as well as applicable federal and state laws.
The more than 500,000 men and women working for the Postal Service are hard-working, responsible and exceptional employees. The allegations regarding the individuals referenced in the Examiner article do not fairly represent the Postal Service nor the actions of its employees.
The Postal Service is in the process of implementing more stringent controls including enhanced monitoring, oversight and approval requirements to ensure compliance.
The Postal Service does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses. Revenue is generated solely from the sale of Postal Service products and services.
It should be noted that the personal credit card charges referred to in the article are the obligations of the employees and not paid by the Postal Service.
It is inaccurate to report that Postal employees spent thousands of taxpayer dollars using their credit cards.”