Semipostal Stamp Program, 11164-11166 [2016-04646]

Download as PDF 11164 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 42 / Thursday, March 3, 2016 / Proposed Rules (b) Definition. As used in this section, ‘‘designated representative’’ means Coast Guard Patrol Commanders, including Coast Guard coxswains, petty officers, and other officers operating Coast Guard vessels, and Federal, state, and local officers designated by or assisting the Captain of the Port Charleston in the enforcement of the regulated areas. (c) Regulations. (1) All persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated area, except persons and vessels participating in the Xterra Swim, Myrtle Beach, or serving as safety vessels. (2) Persons and vessels desiring to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area may contact the Captain of the Port Charleston by telephone at (843) 740– 7050, or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16, to request authorization. If authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area is granted, all persons and vessels receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Charleston or a designated representative. (3) The Coast Guard will provide notice of the regulated area by Marine Safety Information Bulletins, Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and on-scene designated representatives. (d) Enforcement period. This rule will be enforced on April 24, 2016 from 7:15 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. Dated: February 26, 2016. G.L. Tomasulo, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Charleston. [FR Doc. 2016–04664 Filed 3–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 551 Semipostal Stamp Program Postal ServiceTM. Proposed rule. AGENCY: ACTION: This proposed rule would revise the provisions governing the Postal Service’s discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program to simplify and expedite the process for selecting causes for semipostal stamps, and facilitate the issuance of five such stamps over a 10-year period. It would also remove certain restrictions on the commencement date for the Postal Service’s discretionary Semipostal mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Mar 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 Stamp Program, and clarify how many semipostal stamps issued under that program may be on sale at any one time. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2016. ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Stamp Products & Exhibitions, U.S. Postal Service®, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3306, Washington DC 20260. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at the Stamp Products & Exhibitions office by appointment only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 202– 268–6711 in advance. Email and faxed comments are not accepted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori Mazzone, Manager, Stamp Products & Exhibitions, 202–268–6711, lori.l.mazzone@usps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Semipostal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106–253, grants the Postal Service discretionary authority to issue and sell semipostal stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be ‘‘in the national public interest and appropriate.’’ See 39 U.S.C. 416(b). On June 12, 2001, the Postal Service published a final rule establishing the regulations in 39 CFR part 551 for the discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program (66 FR 31826). Minor revisions were made to these regulations to implement Pub. L. 107–67, 115 Stat. 514 (2001), and to reflect minor organizational changes in the Postal Service (67 FR 5215 (February 5, 2002)). On February 19, 2004, the Postal Service published a final rule clarifying the cost-offset policy for semipostal stamps (69 FR 7688), and on February 9, 2005, the Postal Service also published an additional minor clarifying revision to these cost-offset regulations (70 FR 6764). Most recently, on January 22, 2016, the Postal Service published a proposed amendment to 39 CFR 551.5 to remove certain restrictions on the commencement date for the discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program, and clarify how many semipostal stamps issued under that program may be on sale at any one time (81 FR 3762). Upon further consideration, however, it was determined that a further revision of the rules concerning the discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program was necessary to facilitate its smooth and efficient operation. Accordingly, the Postal Service now proposes and invites comments upon a more detailed revision of 39 CFR part 551. This PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 proposal supersedes (but incorporates) the amendments previously published on January 22, 2016. The proposed changes are summarized below. Proposed Changes The proposed revision of § 551.3 streamlines and simplifies the selection process for the causes to receive funds raised through the sale of semipostal stamps, and states the Postal Service’s intention to issue five such stamps over the statutory ten-year period. It also notifies the public that no further consideration will be given to previously submitted proposals but that such proposals may be resubmitted under the revised regulations. The paragraph relating to proposals regarding the same subject and proposals for the sharing of funds between two agencies is edited for clarity and moved to § 551.4, concerning submission requirements and criteria, where it more appropriately belongs. The proposed revision of § 551.4 sharpens the submission requirements and, among other things, makes Postal Service employees ineligible to submit proposals for semipostal stamps. The proposed revision of § 551.5(a) would remove certain restrictions on the commencement date of the discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program. Under current regulations, the 10-year period for the discretionary semipostal stamp program commences on a date determined by the Office of Stamp Services, but that date must be after the sales period of the Breast Cancer Research stamp (BCRS) is concluded. Most recently, Public Law 114–99 (December 11, 2015) extended that sales period to December 31, 2019. Under the proposed revision, the 10year period will commence on a date determined by the Office of Stamp Services, but the date need not be after the BCRS sale period concludes. The proposed revision of § 551.5(b) would clarify that although only one semipostal stamp under the discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program under 39 U.S.C. 416 (a ‘‘discretionary program semipostal stamp’’) will be offered for sale at any one time, other semipostal stamps required to be issued by Congress (such as the BCRS) may be on sale when a discretionary program semipostal stamp is on sale. Current regulations state that the Postal Service will offer only one semipostal stamp for sale at any given time during the 10-year period (not specifying whether it is a discretionary program semipostal stamp or a semipostal stamp required by Congress). Under the proposed revision, the one-ata-time limitation on the sale of E:\FR\FM\03MRP1.SGM 03MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 42 / Thursday, March 3, 2016 / Proposed Rules semipostal stamps would apply only to discretionary program semipostal stamps. To minimize confusion regarding applicable postage rates, the proposed revision of § 551.6 specifies that for purposes of calculating the price of a semipostal, the First-Class Mail® singlepiece stamped first-ounce rate of postage will be considered ‘‘the rate of postage that would otherwise regularly apply.’’ List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 551 Administrative practice and procedure. In accordance with 39 U.S.C. 416(e)(2), the Postal Service invites public comment on the following proposed amendments to the Code of Federal Regulations. For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Postal Service proposes to revise 39 CFR part 551 as follows: PART 551—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 551 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 39 U.S.C. 101, 201, 203, 401, 403, 404, 410, 414, 416. ■ 2. Revise § 551.3 to read as follows: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS § 551.3 Procedure for selection of causes and recipient executive agencies. The Postal Service has discretionary authority to select causes and recipient executive agencies to receive funds raised through the sale of semipostal stamps. These regulations apply only to such discretionary semipostal stamps and do not apply to semipostal stamps that are mandated by Act of Congress, such as the Breast Cancer Research stamp. The procedure for selection of causes and recipient executive agencies is as follows: (a) The Office of Stamp Services will accept proposals from interested persons for future semipostal stamps beginning on May 16, 2016, or the effective date of this regulation, whichever is later. The Office of Stamp Services will begin considering proposals on July 1, 2016, or 45 days after the effective date of this regulation, whichever is later. The Postal Service intends to issue five semipostal stamps under these regulations during the 10year period established by Congress in 39 U.S.C. 416(g). Each semipostal stamp will be sold for no more than two years. Proposals may be submitted and will be considered on a rolling basis until May 15, 2023, or seven years after the effective date of this regulation, whichever is later. The Office of Stamp Services may publicize this request for proposals in the Federal Register or VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Mar 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 through other means, as it determines in its discretion. Proposals for semipostal stamps made prior to May 16, 2016, or the effective date of this regulation, whichever is later, will not be given further consideration. Nothing in these regulations should be construed as barring the resubmission of previously submitted causes and recipient executive agencies. (b) Proposals will be received by the Office of Stamp Services, which will review each proposal under § 551.4. (c) The Office of Stamp Services will forward those proposals that satisfy the requirements of § 551.4 to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for its consideration. (d) Based on the proposals received from the Office of Stamp Services, the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee may make recommendations on causes and eligible recipient executive agencies to the postmaster general. The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee may recommend more than one cause and eligible recipient executive agency at the same time. (e) Meetings of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee are closed, and deliberations of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee are pre-decisional in nature. (f) In making decisions concerning semipostal stamps, the postmaster general may take into consideration such factors, including the recommendations of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, as the postmaster general determines are appropriate. The decision of the postmaster general shall be the final agency decision. (g) The Office of Stamp Services will notify each executive agency in writing of a decision designating that agency as a recipient of funds from a semipostal stamp. (h) As either a separate matter, or in combination with recommendations on a cause and recipient executive agencies, the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee may recommend to the postmaster general a design (i.e., artwork) for the semipostal stamp. The postmaster general will make a final decision on the design to be featured. (i) The decision of the postmaster general to exercise the Postal Service’s discretionary authority to issue a semipostal stamp is final and not subject to challenge or review. ■ 3. Revise § 551.4 to read as follows: § 551.4 Submission requirements and selection criteria. (a) Proposals on recipient executive agencies and causes must satisfy the following requirements: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 11165 (1) Interested persons must timely submit the proposal by U.S. Mail to the Office of Stamp Services, Attn: Semipostal Discretionary Program, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3300, Washington, DC 20260–3501, or in a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file sent by email to semipostal@usps.gov. Indicate in the Subject Line: Semipostal Discretionary Program. For purposes of this section, interested persons include, but are not limited to, individuals, corporations, associations, and executive agencies under 5 U.S.C. 105. (2) The proposal must be signed by the individual or a duly authorized representative and must provide the mailing address, phone number, fax number (if available), and email address of a designated point of contact. (3) The proposal must describe the cause and the purposes for which the funds would be used. (4) The proposal must demonstrate that the cause to be funded has broad national appeal, and that the cause is in the national public interest and furthers human welfare. Respondents are encouraged to submit supporting documentation demonstrating that funding the cause would benefit the national public interest. (5) The proposal must include a letter from an executive agency or agencies on agency letterhead representing that: (i) It is an executive agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105, (ii) It is willing and able to implement the proposal, and (iii) It is willing and able to meet the requirements of the Semipostal Authorization Act, if it is selected. The letter must be signed by a duly authorized representative of the agency. (6) (i) A proposal may designate one or two recipient executive agencies to receive funds, but if more than one executive agency is proposed, the proposal must specify the percentage shares of differential revenue, net of the Postal Service’s reasonable costs, to be given to each agency. If percentage shares are not specified, it is presumed that the proposal intends that the funds be split evenly between the agencies. If more than two recipient executive agencies are proposed to receive funds and the proposal is selected, the postmaster general will provide the recipient executive agencies with an opportunity to jointly decide which two agencies will receive funds. If the agencies are unable to reach a joint decision within 20 days, the postmaster general shall either decide which two agencies will receive funds or select another proposal. (ii) If more than one proposal is submitted for the same cause, and the E:\FR\FM\03MRP1.SGM 03MRP1 11166 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 42 / Thursday, March 3, 2016 / Proposed Rules proposals would have different executive agencies receiving funds, the funds may be evenly divided among the executive agencies, with no more than two agencies being designated to receive funds, as determined by the postmaster general. (b) Proposals become the property of the Postal Service and are not returned to interested persons who submit them. Interested persons who submit proposals are not entitled to any remuneration, compensation, or any other form of payment, whether their proposals are selected or not, for any reason. (c) The following persons may not submit proposals: (1) Employees of the United States Postal Service; (2) Any contractor of the Postal Service that may stand to benefit financially from the Semipostal Stamp Program; or (3) Members of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee and their immediate families, and contractors of the Postal Service, and their immediate families, who are involved in any decision-making related to causes, recipient agencies, or artwork for the Semipostal Stamp Program. (d) Consideration for evaluation will not be given to proposals that request support for any of the following: Anniversaries; public works; people; specific organizations or associations; commercial enterprises or products; cities, towns, municipalities, counties, or secondary schools; hospitals, libraries, or similar institutions; religious institutions; causes that do not further human welfare; or causes determined by the Postal Service or the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to be inconsistent with the spirit, intent, or history of the Semipostal Authorization Act. (e) Artwork and stamp designs may not be submitted with proposals. ■ 5. Revise § 551.5 to read as follows: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS § 551.5 (a) The Postal Service is authorized to issue semipostal stamps for a 10-year period beginning on the date on which semipostal stamps are first sold to the public under 39 U.S.C. 416. The Office of Stamp Services will determine the date of commencement of the 10-year period. (b) The Postal Service will offer only one discretionary semipostal stamp for sale at any given time during the 10-year period, although a discretionary semipostal stamp may be offered for sale at the same time as one or more congressionally mandated semipostal stamps. 17:24 Mar 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 § 551.6 Pricing. (a) The Semipostal Authorization Act, as amended by Public Law 107–67, section 652, 115 Stat. 514 (2001), prescribes that the price of a semipostal stamp is the rate of postage that would otherwise regularly apply, plus a differential of not less than 15 percent. The price of a semipostal stamp shall be an amount that is evenly divisible by five. For purposes of this provision, the First-Class Mail® single-piece stamped first-ounce rate of postage will be considered the rate of postage that would otherwise regularly apply. (b) The prices of semipostal stamps are determined by the Governors of the United States Postal Service in accordance with the requirements of 39 U.S.C. 416. Reconsideration must been filed by February 29, 2016, and replies to an opposition must be filed on or before March 25, 2016. This document corrects the due date for replies to an opposition. DATES: Replies to an opposition to the petition for reconsideration published February 12, 2016 (81 FR 7491) must be filed on or before March 10, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hugh Van Tuyl, Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, (202) 418–7506, email: Hugh.VanTuyl@fcc.gov. Paul Murray, Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, (202) 418– 0688, email: Paul.Murray@fcc.gov. Correction In the Federal Register of February 12, 2016, in FR Doc. 2016–02899, on page 7491, in the second column, correct the DATES caption to read: DATES: Oppositions to Petitions for Reconsideration must been filed by February 29, 2016. Replies to an opposition must be filed on or before March 10, 2016. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–04521 Filed 3–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Stanley F. Mires, Attorney, Federal Compliance. 50 CFR Part 622 [FR Doc. 2016–04646 Filed 3–2–16; 8:45 am] RIN 0648–BF70 [Docket No. 160211104–6104–01] BILLING CODE 7710–12–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gag Management Measures 47 CFR Parts 15 and 74 Frequency and other limitations. VerDate Sep<11>2014 (c) The sales period for any given discretionary semipostal stamp is limited to no more than two years, as determined by the Office of Stamp Services. (d) Prior to or after the issuance of a given discretionary semipostal stamp, the Postal Service may withdraw the semipostal stamp from sale, or to reduce the sales period, if, inter alia: (1) Its sales or revenue statistics are lower than expected, (2) The sales or revenue projections are lower than expected, or (3) The cause or recipient executive agency does not further, or does not comply with, the statutory purposes or requirements of the Semipostal Authorization Act. ■ 6. Revise § 551.6 to read as follows: AGENCY: [OET Docket Nos. 14–165, 14–166 and 12– 268; Report No. 3037] Petitions for Reconsideration of Action in a Rulemaking Proceeding; Correction Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Petition for reconsideration; correction. AGENCY: On February 12, 2016, the Commission published a summary of Commission’s document, Report No. 3037, 81 FR 7491, announcing that oppositions to Petitions for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments. NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this action would revise the recreational closed season for gag and the recreational minimum size limits for gag and black grouper in the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03MRP1.SGM 03MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 42 (Thursday, March 3, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 11164-11166]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-04646]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 551


Semipostal Stamp Program

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: This proposed rule would revise the provisions governing the 
Postal Service's discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program to simplify and 
expedite the process for selecting causes for semipostal stamps, and 
facilitate the issuance of five such stamps over a 10-year period. It 
would also remove certain restrictions on the commencement date for the 
Postal Service's discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program, and clarify 
how many semipostal stamps issued under that program may be on sale at 
any one time.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Stamp 
Products & Exhibitions, U.S. Postal Service[supreg], 475 L'Enfant Plaza 
SW., Room 3306, Washington DC 20260. You may inspect and photocopy all 
written comments at the Stamp Products & Exhibitions office by 
appointment only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, by calling 202-268-6711 in advance. Email and faxed comments 
are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori Mazzone, Manager, Stamp Products 
& Exhibitions, 202-268-6711, lori.l.mazzone@usps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Semipostal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106-253, grants the 
Postal Service discretionary authority to issue and sell semipostal 
stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be ``in the national 
public interest and appropriate.'' See 39 U.S.C. 416(b). On June 12, 
2001, the Postal Service published a final rule establishing the 
regulations in 39 CFR part 551 for the discretionary Semipostal Stamp 
Program (66 FR 31826). Minor revisions were made to these regulations 
to implement Pub. L. 107-67, 115 Stat. 514 (2001), and to reflect minor 
organizational changes in the Postal Service (67 FR 5215 (February 5, 
2002)). On February 19, 2004, the Postal Service published a final rule 
clarifying the cost-offset policy for semipostal stamps (69 FR 7688), 
and on February 9, 2005, the Postal Service also published an 
additional minor clarifying revision to these cost-offset regulations 
(70 FR 6764).
    Most recently, on January 22, 2016, the Postal Service published a 
proposed amendment to 39 CFR 551.5 to remove certain restrictions on 
the commencement date for the discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program, 
and clarify how many semipostal stamps issued under that program may be 
on sale at any one time (81 FR 3762).
    Upon further consideration, however, it was determined that a 
further revision of the rules concerning the discretionary Semipostal 
Stamp Program was necessary to facilitate its smooth and efficient 
operation. Accordingly, the Postal Service now proposes and invites 
comments upon a more detailed revision of 39 CFR part 551. This 
proposal supersedes (but incorporates) the amendments previously 
published on January 22, 2016. The proposed changes are summarized 
below.

Proposed Changes

    The proposed revision of Sec.  551.3 streamlines and simplifies the 
selection process for the causes to receive funds raised through the 
sale of semipostal stamps, and states the Postal Service's intention to 
issue five such stamps over the statutory ten-year period. It also 
notifies the public that no further consideration will be given to 
previously submitted proposals but that such proposals may be 
resubmitted under the revised regulations. The paragraph relating to 
proposals regarding the same subject and proposals for the sharing of 
funds between two agencies is edited for clarity and moved to Sec.  
551.4, concerning submission requirements and criteria, where it more 
appropriately belongs.
    The proposed revision of Sec.  551.4 sharpens the submission 
requirements and, among other things, makes Postal Service employees 
ineligible to submit proposals for semipostal stamps.
    The proposed revision of Sec.  551.5(a) would remove certain 
restrictions on the commencement date of the discretionary Semipostal 
Stamp Program. Under current regulations, the 10-year period for the 
discretionary semipostal stamp program commences on a date determined 
by the Office of Stamp Services, but that date must be after the sales 
period of the Breast Cancer Research stamp (BCRS) is concluded. Most 
recently, Public Law 114-99 (December 11, 2015) extended that sales 
period to December 31, 2019. Under the proposed revision, the 10-year 
period will commence on a date determined by the Office of Stamp 
Services, but the date need not be after the BCRS sale period 
concludes.
    The proposed revision of Sec.  551.5(b) would clarify that although 
only one semipostal stamp under the discretionary Semipostal Stamp 
Program under 39 U.S.C. 416 (a ``discretionary program semipostal 
stamp'') will be offered for sale at any one time, other semipostal 
stamps required to be issued by Congress (such as the BCRS) may be on 
sale when a discretionary program semipostal stamp is on sale. Current 
regulations state that the Postal Service will offer only one 
semipostal stamp for sale at any given time during the 10-year period 
(not specifying whether it is a discretionary program semipostal stamp 
or a semipostal stamp required by Congress). Under the proposed 
revision, the one-at-a-time limitation on the sale of

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semipostal stamps would apply only to discretionary program semipostal 
stamps.
    To minimize confusion regarding applicable postage rates, the 
proposed revision of Sec.  551.6 specifies that for purposes of 
calculating the price of a semipostal, the First-Class Mail[supreg] 
single-piece stamped first-ounce rate of postage will be considered 
``the rate of postage that would otherwise regularly apply.''

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 551

    Administrative practice and procedure.

    In accordance with 39 U.S.C. 416(e)(2), the Postal Service invites 
public comment on the following proposed amendments to the Code of 
Federal Regulations. For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Postal 
Service proposes to revise 39 CFR part 551 as follows:

PART 551--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 551 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  39 U.S.C. 101, 201, 203, 401, 403, 404, 410, 414, 
416.

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2. Revise Sec.  551.3 to read as follows:


Sec.  551.3  Procedure for selection of causes and recipient executive 
agencies.

    The Postal Service has discretionary authority to select causes and 
recipient executive agencies to receive funds raised through the sale 
of semipostal stamps. These regulations apply only to such 
discretionary semipostal stamps and do not apply to semipostal stamps 
that are mandated by Act of Congress, such as the Breast Cancer 
Research stamp. The procedure for selection of causes and recipient 
executive agencies is as follows:
    (a) The Office of Stamp Services will accept proposals from 
interested persons for future semipostal stamps beginning on May 16, 
2016, or the effective date of this regulation, whichever is later. The 
Office of Stamp Services will begin considering proposals on July 1, 
2016, or 45 days after the effective date of this regulation, whichever 
is later. The Postal Service intends to issue five semipostal stamps 
under these regulations during the 10-year period established by 
Congress in 39 U.S.C. 416(g). Each semipostal stamp will be sold for no 
more than two years. Proposals may be submitted and will be considered 
on a rolling basis until May 15, 2023, or seven years after the 
effective date of this regulation, whichever is later. The Office of 
Stamp Services may publicize this request for proposals in the Federal 
Register or through other means, as it determines in its discretion. 
Proposals for semipostal stamps made prior to May 16, 2016, or the 
effective date of this regulation, whichever is later, will not be 
given further consideration. Nothing in these regulations should be 
construed as barring the resubmission of previously submitted causes 
and recipient executive agencies.
    (b) Proposals will be received by the Office of Stamp Services, 
which will review each proposal under Sec.  551.4.
    (c) The Office of Stamp Services will forward those proposals that 
satisfy the requirements of Sec.  551.4 to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory 
Committee for its consideration.
    (d) Based on the proposals received from the Office of Stamp 
Services, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee may make 
recommendations on causes and eligible recipient executive agencies to 
the postmaster general. The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee may 
recommend more than one cause and eligible recipient executive agency 
at the same time.
    (e) Meetings of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee are closed, 
and deliberations of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee are pre-
decisional in nature.
    (f) In making decisions concerning semipostal stamps, the 
postmaster general may take into consideration such factors, including 
the recommendations of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, as the 
postmaster general determines are appropriate. The decision of the 
postmaster general shall be the final agency decision.
    (g) The Office of Stamp Services will notify each executive agency 
in writing of a decision designating that agency as a recipient of 
funds from a semipostal stamp.
    (h) As either a separate matter, or in combination with 
recommendations on a cause and recipient executive agencies, the 
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee may recommend to the postmaster 
general a design (i.e., artwork) for the semipostal stamp. The 
postmaster general will make a final decision on the design to be 
featured.
    (i) The decision of the postmaster general to exercise the Postal 
Service's discretionary authority to issue a semipostal stamp is final 
and not subject to challenge or review.
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3. Revise Sec.  551.4 to read as follows:


Sec.  551.4  Submission requirements and selection criteria.

    (a) Proposals on recipient executive agencies and causes must 
satisfy the following requirements:
    (1) Interested persons must timely submit the proposal by U.S. Mail 
to the Office of Stamp Services, Attn: Semipostal Discretionary 
Program, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3300, Washington, DC 20260-3501, 
or in a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file sent by email to 
semipostal@usps.gov. Indicate in the Subject Line: Semipostal 
Discretionary Program. For purposes of this section, interested persons 
include, but are not limited to, individuals, corporations, 
associations, and executive agencies under 5 U.S.C. 105.
    (2) The proposal must be signed by the individual or a duly 
authorized representative and must provide the mailing address, phone 
number, fax number (if available), and email address of a designated 
point of contact.
    (3) The proposal must describe the cause and the purposes for which 
the funds would be used.
    (4) The proposal must demonstrate that the cause to be funded has 
broad national appeal, and that the cause is in the national public 
interest and furthers human welfare. Respondents are encouraged to 
submit supporting documentation demonstrating that funding the cause 
would benefit the national public interest.
    (5) The proposal must include a letter from an executive agency or 
agencies on agency letterhead representing that:
    (i) It is an executive agency as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105,
    (ii) It is willing and able to implement the proposal, and
    (iii) It is willing and able to meet the requirements of the 
Semipostal Authorization Act, if it is selected. The letter must be 
signed by a duly authorized representative of the agency.
    (6) (i) A proposal may designate one or two recipient executive 
agencies to receive funds, but if more than one executive agency is 
proposed, the proposal must specify the percentage shares of 
differential revenue, net of the Postal Service's reasonable costs, to 
be given to each agency. If percentage shares are not specified, it is 
presumed that the proposal intends that the funds be split evenly 
between the agencies. If more than two recipient executive agencies are 
proposed to receive funds and the proposal is selected, the postmaster 
general will provide the recipient executive agencies with an 
opportunity to jointly decide which two agencies will receive funds. If 
the agencies are unable to reach a joint decision within 20 days, the 
postmaster general shall either decide which two agencies will receive 
funds or select another proposal.
    (ii) If more than one proposal is submitted for the same cause, and 
the

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proposals would have different executive agencies receiving funds, the 
funds may be evenly divided among the executive agencies, with no more 
than two agencies being designated to receive funds, as determined by 
the postmaster general.
    (b) Proposals become the property of the Postal Service and are not 
returned to interested persons who submit them. Interested persons who 
submit proposals are not entitled to any remuneration, compensation, or 
any other form of payment, whether their proposals are selected or not, 
for any reason.
    (c) The following persons may not submit proposals:
    (1) Employees of the United States Postal Service;
    (2) Any contractor of the Postal Service that may stand to benefit 
financially from the Semipostal Stamp Program; or
    (3) Members of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee and their 
immediate families, and contractors of the Postal Service, and their 
immediate families, who are involved in any decision-making related to 
causes, recipient agencies, or artwork for the Semipostal Stamp 
Program.
    (d) Consideration for evaluation will not be given to proposals 
that request support for any of the following: Anniversaries; public 
works; people; specific organizations or associations; commercial 
enterprises or products; cities, towns, municipalities, counties, or 
secondary schools; hospitals, libraries, or similar institutions; 
religious institutions; causes that do not further human welfare; or 
causes determined by the Postal Service or the Citizens' Stamp Advisory 
Committee to be inconsistent with the spirit, intent, or history of the 
Semipostal Authorization Act.
    (e) Artwork and stamp designs may not be submitted with proposals.
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5. Revise Sec.  551.5 to read as follows:


Sec.  551.5  Frequency and other limitations.

    (a) The Postal Service is authorized to issue semipostal stamps for 
a 10-year period beginning on the date on which semipostal stamps are 
first sold to the public under 39 U.S.C. 416. The Office of Stamp 
Services will determine the date of commencement of the 10-year period.
    (b) The Postal Service will offer only one discretionary semipostal 
stamp for sale at any given time during the 10-year period, although a 
discretionary semipostal stamp may be offered for sale at the same time 
as one or more congressionally mandated semipostal stamps.
    (c) The sales period for any given discretionary semipostal stamp 
is limited to no more than two years, as determined by the Office of 
Stamp Services.
    (d) Prior to or after the issuance of a given discretionary 
semipostal stamp, the Postal Service may withdraw the semipostal stamp 
from sale, or to reduce the sales period, if, inter alia:
    (1) Its sales or revenue statistics are lower than expected,
    (2) The sales or revenue projections are lower than expected, or
    (3) The cause or recipient executive agency does not further, or 
does not comply with, the statutory purposes or requirements of the 
Semipostal Authorization Act.
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6. Revise Sec.  551.6 to read as follows:


Sec.  551.6  Pricing.

    (a) The Semipostal Authorization Act, as amended by Public Law 107-
67, section 652, 115 Stat. 514 (2001), prescribes that the price of a 
semipostal stamp is the rate of postage that would otherwise regularly 
apply, plus a differential of not less than 15 percent. The price of a 
semipostal stamp shall be an amount that is evenly divisible by five. 
For purposes of this provision, the First-Class Mail[supreg] single-
piece stamped first-ounce rate of postage will be considered the rate 
of postage that would otherwise regularly apply.
    (b) The prices of semipostal stamps are determined by the Governors 
of the United States Postal Service in accordance with the requirements 
of 39 U.S.C. 416.

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Federal Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-04646 Filed 3-2-16; 8:45 am]
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