Federal Times - by Sean Reilly
The U.S. Postal Service last year reduced by nearly a third the number of hours it pays some employees to do nothing, a report by the agency's inspector general shows.
From almost 1.25 million hours in fiscal 2009, the amount of "stand-by time" tumbled to about 875,400 hours last year and is on track to fall even more in fiscal 2011, which ends next month, the report found. The cost of that time fell accordingly from $30.8 million in 2009 to $22 million last year. The cost for the first six months of fiscal 2011 dropped to $4.3 million.
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