As I mentioned in my last several commentaries, I am battling the United States Post Office (USPS) for the theft of material that belonged to my deceased brother, a decorated veteran. I have no illusions that any of that material will be recovered but I am going to shine a light on what is a systemic problem at the USPS—theft.

I have enlisted the help of Congressman Knight and State Senator Scott Wilk. Since this is a federal issue, Knight’s office has been more directly involved but Wilk and his staff have taken a solid interest in this matter as well by adding support and pressure where needed. I just want readers to know that when you send a coherent request to your representatives, they do respond and they do take them seriously. Currently, Knight's office is engaging the Congressional Liasion to the USPS.

On the local front, I have gotten an investigation under way by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which has oversight of the USPS. Their investigation will employ several techniques that may help to root out the thief or thieves. I have also started proceedings in getting rid of the letter carrier that delivered mail to our home since it was clear thus far that the veracity of her statement regarding the box that was delivered to my home has been called into question.

On a side note, we as citizens of the United States have little recourse when it comes to the USPS. Because it is a Federal Agency, we cannot file a lawsuit or use the court system to remediate any wrong doing. I’ve been told by the inspector from OIG that theft of mail by postal employees is a systemic problem. And yes, with any organization that employs tens of thousands of individuals there will always be a few bad apples. But, with the USPS because there is little recourse by the public there is a disproportionate number of issues that are happening at the USPS.

Since there is little recourse for wrong doing by the USPS, the public is effectively disenfranchised. That is something that needs to be changed. There needs to be more options for the public to hold the USPS accountable for their behavior.

The next steps that I will be taking is to contact the consumer advocates at the local television stations to see if they can help to spot light the theft problem at the USPS. The more light that shines on this issue, the more it will be taken seriously and the more action will occur. The theft issue increases especially during the holidays.

I will keep you posted on this matter as I steamroll along.

Dave Bossert—Commentary

Dave Bossert is a community volunteer who serves on several boards and councils. His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.