Thanks to cost-cutting measures and a shrinking work force, more mail deliveries are missing their evening deadline.
That's according to a new report by the U.S. Postal Service office of inspector general.
The problem is worse in four areas of the country - Atlanta, Washington D.C., Richmond and Arlington, Virginia, or South Florida - where mail being delivered later than 5 p.m. about 70 percent of the time.
The report focuses on delays in the Washington area and points out that mail carriers are putting their lives in danger with the later deliveries. That's because it frequently means mail is being delivered after dark, especially in winter.
The postal agency's goal is to complete deliveries before five 95 percent of the time.
The Inspector General's report suggests the delays follow cost-cutting moves to reduce the USPS workforce.
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