Signature Confirmation Service: Elimination of Signature Waiver Option, 1346-1348 [05-135]

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The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Indian River, Cocoa, FL. The safety zone includes all waters within in a 700-foot radius of the fireworks platform located at position 28°21.03′ N, 080°43.13′ W located at Lee Wenner Park. (b) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, anchoring, mooring or transiting in this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Jacksonville, Florida. (c) Dates. This rule is effective from 11:30 p.m., February 26, 2005, until 12:30 a.m. on February 27, 2005. Dated: November 16 2004. David. L. Lersch, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Jacksonville. [FR Doc. 05–293 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 111 Signature Confirmation Service: Elimination of Signature Waiver Option Postal Service. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This rule changes the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to eliminate the signature waiver option for Signature Confirmation service under DMM S919.1.10. The Postal Service is making this change because E:\FR\FM\07JAR1.SGM 07JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 5 / Friday, January 7, 2005 / Rules and Regulations the signature waiver option is no longer necessary. EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald Lagasse, 202–268–7269, Donald.T.Lagasse@usps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2004 (69 FR 53665), the Postal Service proposed an amendment to Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) standards eliminating the signature waiver option for Signature Confirmation service. The Postal Service adopts the proposal as described below. Signature Confirmation service provides Postal Service customers with information about the date and time a mailpiece was delivered and, if delivery was attempted but not successful, the date and time of the delivery attempt. A delivery record, including the recipient’s signature, is maintained by the Postal Service and is available to the customer via fax, e-mail, or mail, upon request. No acceptance record is kept at the office of mailing. Signature Confirmation service currently includes a signature waiver option that allows the sender to waive the signature requirement and accept the Postal Service delivery employee’s signature, date, and time of delivery as VerDate jul<14>2003 16:17 Jan 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 proof of delivery. If a mailer selects the signature waiver option, the mailer is provided only with the date and time of delivery in the delivery record. The signature waiver option is not available when Signature Confirmation service is combined with other special services. Signature waiver was requested initially by Delivery Confirmation service mailers who agreed to participate in testing the Signature Confirmation service but did not want to inconvenience their customers by requiring them to sign for their items. Now that Signature Confirmation service is fully implemented and widely recognized, the signature waiver feature is no longer necessary. Summary of Comments The Postal Service did not receive any comments in response to this proposal. Therefore, the Postal Service will eliminate the signature waiver option for Signature Confirmation service as of February 1, 2005. Customers who do not need to obtain a signature but wish to know the date and time that their mailpiece was delivered can do so using Delivery Confirmation service. List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1347 PART 111—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001–3011, 3201– 3219, 3403–3406, 3621, 3626, 5001. 2. Amend the following sections of the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) as set forth below: I S SPECIAL SERVICES * * S900 * * * * Special Postal Services * S910 * * * Security and Accountability * S919 1.0 * * * * Signature Confirmation BASIC INFORMATION * * * * * [Delete 1.10, Signature Waiver, in its entirety.] * * * * * 2.0 LABELS * * * Exhibit 2.1a * Form 153 BILLING CODE 7710–12–P E:\FR\FM\07JAR1.SGM 07JAR1 * 1348 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 5 / Friday, January 7, 2005 / Rules and Regulations An appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 will be published to reflect these changes. Neva Watson, Attorney, Legislative. [FR Doc. 05–135 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–12–C POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 501 Authorization to Manufacture and Distribute Postage Meters Postal Service. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: Under 39 CFR 501.1, only manufacturers and distributors authorized by the Postal Service,(tm) may manufacture and/or distribute postage meters in the United States. This final rule provides that the Postal Service may revoke or suspend, wholly VerDate jul<14>2003 16:17 Jan 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 or in part, authorization to distribute postage meters if the authorized entity or its agent makes or distributes false or misleading statements about actions or proposed actions of the Postal Service regarding the postage meter program. In addition, minor editorial changes were made to correct references to sections of part 501 that were in error. DATES: This rule is effective January 7, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wayne Wilkerson, Manager of Postage Technology Management, at 703–292– 3691 or by fax at 703–292–4073. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on November 20, 2003, to amend 39 CFR part 501, Authorization to Manufacture and Distribute Postage Meters. Comments on the proposed rule were due on or before December 20, 2003. We received no comments objecting to the proposed rule or requesting any changes. Therefore, the rule is adopted as final PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 without any changes. The editorial changes to correct references to sections of part 501 necessitated by the redesignation of certain sections are as follows: In section 501.2(c), the reference to section 501.21 is corrected to 501.22. In section 501.4, the reference to section 501.23 is corrected to 501.24. In section 501.6(d), the reference to section 501.20(c) is corrected to section 501.6(c). In section 501.23(i), reference to section 501.26 is corrected to section 501.27. In section 501.24(b), the reference to section 501.26 is corrected to section 501.27 and the reference to section 501.25 is corrected to section 501.26. In section 501.27(e), the reference to section 501.23 is corrected to section 501.24. In section 501.30(a), the reference to section 501.22(b) is corrected to section 501.23(b). List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 501 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. E:\FR\FM\07JAR1.SGM 07JAR1 ER07JA05.003</GPH> BILLING CODE 7710–12–P

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 5 (Friday, January 7, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-135]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


Signature Confirmation Service: Elimination of Signature Waiver 
Option

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This rule changes the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to eliminate 
the signature waiver option for Signature Confirmation service under 
DMM S919.1.10. The Postal Service is making this change because

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the signature waiver option is no longer necessary.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald Lagasse, 202-268-7269, 
Donald.T.Lagasse@usps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a proposed rule published in the Federal 
Register on September 2, 2004 (69 FR 53665), the Postal Service 
proposed an amendment to Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) standards 
eliminating the signature waiver option for Signature Confirmation 
service. The Postal Service adopts the proposal as described below.
    Signature Confirmation service provides Postal Service customers 
with information about the date and time a mailpiece was delivered and, 
if delivery was attempted but not successful, the date and time of the 
delivery attempt. A delivery record, including the recipient's 
signature, is maintained by the Postal Service and is available to the 
customer via fax, e-mail, or mail, upon request. No acceptance record 
is kept at the office of mailing.
    Signature Confirmation service currently includes a signature 
waiver option that allows the sender to waive the signature requirement 
and accept the Postal Service delivery employee's signature, date, and 
time of delivery as proof of delivery. If a mailer selects the 
signature waiver option, the mailer is provided only with the date and 
time of delivery in the delivery record. The signature waiver option is 
not available when Signature Confirmation service is combined with 
other special services.
    Signature waiver was requested initially by Delivery Confirmation 
service mailers who agreed to participate in testing the Signature 
Confirmation service but did not want to inconvenience their customers 
by requiring them to sign for their items. Now that Signature 
Confirmation service is fully implemented and widely recognized, the 
signature waiver feature is no longer necessary.

Summary of Comments

    The Postal Service did not receive any comments in response to this 
proposal. Therefore, the Postal Service will eliminate the signature 
waiver option for Signature Confirmation service as of February 1, 
2005. Customers who do not need to obtain a signature but wish to know 
the date and time that their mailpiece was delivered can do so using 
Delivery Confirmation service.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.

PART 111--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 
416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3626, 5001.


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2. Amend the following sections of the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) as 
set forth below:

S SPECIAL SERVICES

* * * * *

S900 Special Postal Services

* * * * *

S910 Security and Accountability

* * * * *

S919 Signature Confirmation

1.0 BASIC INFORMATION
* * * * *
[Delete 1.10, Signature Waiver, in its entirety.]
* * * * *
2.0 LABELS
* * * * *
Exhibit 2.1a Form 153
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    An appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 will be published to 
reflect these changes.

Neva Watson,
Attorney, Legislative.
[FR Doc. 05-135 Filed 1-6-05; 8:45 am]
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