United States Postal Service: Information on the Irradiation of Federal Mail in the Washington, D. C. , Area
DIANE Publishing, 2009 - 41 pages
In Oct. 2001, spores of the deadly bacterium anthrax were found in mail sent to members of the news media and congressional leaders. In all, 22 people were infected with anthrax and 5 people died, including 2 postal workers. The U.S. Postal Service took a variety of steps to protect people from biohazards in the mail. For ex., it began contracting for the irradiation of mail to recipients at the Congress, the White House, and fed. agencies with specific ZIP Codes (20201 through 20597) in the Wash., D.C., area. This report describes: the vol. of mail irradiated and how the vol. has changed; the cost of irradiating mail and how the cost has changed; and the extent to which irradiation delays mail deliveries and how these delivery delays have changed. Illus.
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$7 million appropriation 1.2 million containers 15 incidents 2001 anthrax incident 2001 through April According to Service Additional delays Additional Delivery Delays agency mail rooms April 30 associated with designing Available contractor data backlogged mail boxes of mail congressional contractor costs contractors the Service Cost of Irradiating costs for transporting current irradiation contractor Current Irradiation Process D.C. federal mail delays in delivering delivery delays associated designing ventilating equipment entire trailer loads exceeded $74.7 million facility in Washington federal agencies First-Class Mail funds GAO Briefing individual mailpieces irradiate the mail irradiating D.C. federal irradiation facility Irradiation of Federal Irradiation Process cont'd loads of mail mail containers irradiated mail irradiated mail preparation facility Mail Recovery Center monitoring air number of mailpieces packing errors performing environmental sampling Postal Service sampling of irradiated Service officials Service's delivery facility Service's mail preparation supplies and staffing totes transporting the mail volume of mail ZIP Codes