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Senator Questions USPS Role in Television Series

A leading senator involved in the oversight of federal agency operations is questioning the role of the Postal Inspection Service in a television program whose episodes are based on mail fraud and other scams that its inspectors targeted.

“I know postal inspectors do great and important work–but I’m not sure they need to be sponsoring a scripted TV drama when the agency is having such massive financial problems and closing post offices in Missouri and across the country,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill of that state, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

She asked USPS who approved involvement with the show; how much has been spent and how it was funded; what alternatives were considered toward the stated objective of improving the public’s ability to detect and avoid such scams; and what metrics have been used to review the show’s effectiveness in achieving that goal.