The postal service gives its executives moving expenses of $10,000 or $25,000 without requiring receipts, allowing employees to pocket any leftover money.
That practice has now gotten the attention of Congress. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa, has written to the Postmaster General complaining of what Grassley calls "handouts."
The mail service says it uses the payments as a way of keeping executives from being lured away by competitors. Officials say the payments are also used to ease transitions into new, sometimes more expensive cities.