Mail Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs Can Further Reduce Its Postage Costs Gao ID: GGD-91-44 March 19, 1991

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed opportunities to reduce the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) postage costs through improved mail management.

GAO found that: (1) during fiscal year 1989, VA incurred $48 million in postage costs and obtained about $6.3 million in postage discounts; (2) VA could save an additional $4 million annually by increasing its mailing of prescription drugs and other pharmacy items at the fourth-class rate; (3) VA could alleviate concerns regarding the timeliness of fourth-class services to some areas by changing its prescription renewal schedule policy or using alternative private-sector mail carriers when it did not consider fourth-class service adequate; and (4) VA had no plans to increase its use of fourth-class mail, since it was considering the possibility of centralizing the prescription mailings, but those plans were in the proposal stage and would not be implemented until 1992 or 1993.


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