Thanks to cost-cutting measures and a shrinking work force, more mail deliveries are missing their evening deadline, reports 11Alive News.
That's according to a new report by the U.S. Postal service office of inspector general.
The problem is worse in four areas; Atlanta, Washington DC, Richmond and Arlington, Virginia and South Florida. The report shows mail in those areas being delivered later than 5 p.m. about 70 percent of the time.
The report 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.
The postal agency's goal is to complete deliveries before 5 p.m., 95 percent of the time.
The inspector general's report suggests the delays follow cost-cutting moves to reduce the USPS workforce.