by: Scott MacFarlane Updated:
ATLANTA - The U.S. Postal Service is
under additional budgetary scrutiny in Washington, and dozens of Georgia post offices are at risk of being shut down.
The Atlanta Distribution Center is being ordered to improve its
Internal investigators with the Postal Service told MacFarlane thousands of "man hours" are being squandered at the facility each
MacFarlane found there's added
It's one of only a handful of its kind
The facility is a hub for business mail, and it's designed to increase efficiency and save money, the
According to an internal Postal Service audit obtained by
Mail trucks can be seen languishing in the
According to investigators, "drivers performed more truck moves and expended more driver work hours than necessary."
More than 8,000 hours of worker time
The internal investigators even snapped a photo of a trailer sitting in the yard.
"I hope they send out their agents from other offices to check other facilities to make sure this isn't an
In part, she said, because the post office is broke and facing collapse.
At least six Atlanta post offices are facing closure, plus dozens more statewide.
MacFarlane spoke with several sources trying to diagnose why there are slowdowns at the Atlanta hub.
He was told the big trucks are supposed to be "live loaded."
Local managers told investigators they don't have the space to do
Officials told MacFarlane there are more than 600 workers employed at the Postal Service network distribution center in Atlanta.
Local managers told the feds they will try to cut back some of the waste and some of the worker hours they use there.