U.S. Rep Bob Brady has called for an investigation of the Southwest Philadelphia Postal Service's processing plant by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

In a Dec. 5 letter, Brady asked Gene L. Dodaro, acting U.S. comptroller general, to have the GAO investigate procedures at the plant after reports of chronic late deliveries, missing mail, the undercounting of hundreds of thousands of pieces of mail and serious understaffing at the $300 million plant in his district.

The congressman said he was aware of an investigation by the Postal Service's Office of Inspector General, "but the level of concern being raised" requires the GAO to investigate the impact of the delayed delivery of 6 million pieces of mail processed daily. *

- Kitty Caparella