New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products, 93606-93620 [2016-30381]

Download as PDF 93606 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations HOURS OF OPERATION/NIGHT DRIVING RESTRICTIONS—Continued When are the restrictions in place? Where are the restrictions in place? September 15–November 15 .......... Designated ORV routes in sea turtle nesting habitat (ocean intertidal zone, ocean backshore, dunes) are closed at 9:00 p.m. and open no earlier than 6:00 a.m., but the Superintendent may open designated ORV routes, or portions of the routes, 24 hours a day if no turtle nests remain. The Seashore will publish exact opening times on an annual basis. * * * * * Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. [FR Doc. 2016–30735 Filed 12–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P 39 CFR Part 111 New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products Postal ServiceTM. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: On October 12, 2016, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective January 22, 2017. This final rule contains the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) that we will adopt to implement the changes coincident with the price adjustments. SUMMARY: Effective date: January 22, 2017. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Audrey Meloni at (856) 933–4360, or Lizbeth Dobbins at (202) 268–3789. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Final prices are available under Docket Number R2017–1 on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s Web site at www.prc.gov. The Postal Service’s final rule includes: Changes to prices, several mail classification updates, mailpiece marking changes, modifications to mailpiece weights and mail preparation categories, multiple product simplification efforts, a few minor revisions to the DMM to condense language and eliminate redundancy, a change to the redemption period of a money order claim from two years to one year, the addition of Official Mail Accounting System (OMAS) stamp shipment fee language, and updates to Enterprise Post Office Box Online (ePOBOL) process that change payment periods for online Post Office Box activity. Changes to Collect On Delivery will be published in a future final rule. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 The Postal Service received 21 formal responses encompassing 34 comments on our price-change related proposal. Five responses included comments regarding more than one issue. Standard Mail Name Change to USPS Marketing Mail POSTAL SERVICE DATES: Comments on Proposed Changes and USPS Response Jkt 241001 Nine comments requested that the Postal Service reconsider its decision to rename Standard Mail to USPS Marketing Mail. The commenters suggested that using the term ‘‘marketing’’ would indicate ‘‘advertising mail’’ or ‘‘junk mail’’ and cause the mail to have a lower ‘‘open rate’’. Customers were unclear how a name change would encourage more people to use the mail. Additional comments asked about the indicia, labeling criteria, transition period, and the lack of discussion with the industry and supportive research that would support such a measure that could be costly to both the USPSTM and the mailing industry. One commenter believed the change would help promote the use of mail for marketing; while another was willing to explore an 18-month transition period before any changes to indicia would be required. USPS Response The Postal Service is updating the name to reflect vibrancy and to breathe new life into the former ‘‘Third-Class Mail’’ and ‘‘Standard Mail’’. We expressed a desire at the National Postal Forum and through MTAC in early 2016 to improve the position of Standard Mail in the marketplace and to improve its perception. In response to feedback from the mailing community, the new indicia or postage markings should not be used for letter or flat mail until January 2018 at the earliest. Tray label and pallet markings will be deferred until mid2017 at the earliest. Other types of changes, such as changes to postage statements and forms, can move forward with the January 2017 price change. This phased transition period will allow both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 First-Class Mail up to 3.5 ounces Three commenters requested clarification on the pricing methodology for computing prices for First-Class Mail up to 3.5 ounces, and for residual pieces from either a presorted or automation mailing. One comment suggested that heavier letters might slow down processing for mail service providers. The same commenter wanted to know whether the next price increase would be within the existing CPI allowances for the existing product, or the USPS would seek higher pricing based on this current proposed change. Additional comments cited the lack of DMM language in the proposed rule identifying the types of pieces to which the weight increase changes would apply (such as enveloped pieces only, envelopes containing discs, heavy letters only, etc.), and clarifying the barcode placement for such pieces. USPS Response There are no changes to the pricing methodology for residual mail pieces. Also, there are no changes to the requirements for enveloped mail pieces, heavy letters, or envelopes containing discs. The market dominant price change will be done using the Centralized Accounting Postage System (CAPS), and all applicable DMM sections have been updated in this final rule. First-Class Package Service One commenter asked if the new Labeling List 104 was being proposed as an added convenience. USPS Response Use of the new labeling list is optional. USPS Marketing Mail Letters Weight Limit Three commenters requested clarification of the USPS Marketing Mail weight limits. One wanted to know if the Notice 123, Price List would be updated to reflect these changes. Another requested clarification regarding the barcode clear zone. E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations USPS Response USPS Marketing Mail automation letters weight will increase to 3.5 ounces, eliminating the previous piece/ pound price for 3.3 to 3.5 ounces. Automation letters over 3.5 ounces will pay the applicable flats prices, however, for non-automation letters; the weight is up to 4 ounces. Notice 123, Price List, will be updated to reflect all the piece/pound and weight changes and will be available on Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com beginning January 22, 2017. The applicable DMM sections regarding barcode clear zones are also updated with this final rule USPS Marketing Mail Flats Weight Limit Three comments were received. One comment stated that the Postal Service has not considered the unintended effects of the proposed rule change, and the associated loss of revenue, and suggested withdrawing this change. The commenter suggested that many mailers will take advantage of the rule change by combining more mailpieces, thus reducing the number of pieces entered and the associated revenue, while increasing the average cost to handle those pieces. Another comment wanted clarification regarding the effect of this change on booklets and folded selfmailers. Lastly, one comment stated that raising the weight limit on the piece/ pound break is a great move as long as the rate is not raised to make up for the resulting lost revenue. USPS Response There will be no changes to the parameters of booklets or Folded SelfMailers. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Permit and Annual Mailing Fees Two comments requested clarification about the elimination of permit and annual mailing fees, specifically with regard to Bound Printed Matter and the QBRM quarterly fee. USPS Response A permit application fee and annual mailing fee must be paid for any destination entry Bound Printed Matter flats (except for qualifying Full-service Intelligent Mail barcode mailings). There is no application fee or annual mailing fee if a mailer uses Bound Printed Matter to mail parcels only. There is no change to the QBRM quarterly fee at this time. Combining 3-Digit and AADC Two comments addressed the combining of 3-Digit and AADC letters, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 requesting clarification regarding the mandatory origin 3-Digit trays for the local SCF area, and the use of labeling lists L801 and L003. USPS Response Labeling list L003 will be combined with L801 with the following exceptions. With this final rule, effective January 22, 2017, all First-Class and Standard Mail automation/ machinable letters will no longer be sorted to the 3 Digit level. They will be sorted to the AADC level, after optional 5-Digit sort, whether they are Destinating AADC trays or Originating AADC trays. The current requirement that origin SCF mail be sorted down to 3-Digit trays will be eliminated. There is no minimum quantity for Origin AADC trays; however, less bundling should result in fuller trays, and the use of many fewer trays. The entry price is the same. The L801 will be applicable to all of this type of mail. The use of 3 Digit trays will still apply to Nonmachinable letters in all three classes, and Periodicals Machinable/ Automation prices. Destinating and Originating 3 Digit trays can still be made for these three classes of Nonmachinable letters along with Periodicals machinable/auto letters. The origin 3-Digit tray preparation will thus remain the same for all Nonmachinable letters and Periodicals machinable/ automation letters. Labeling List 002 will be used, which may involve L003 for 3-Digit schemes. 93607 the benefits sought to be realized by the restoration of a more rational price structure. Another comment asked if the Notice 123 would be updated and if FSS facility preparation would become mandatory. USPS Response The 250-pound minimum requirements will remain intact. The Notice 123, Price List, will be updated on January 22, 1017, to remove all pricing related to FSS preparation. Additionally, FSS facility preparation will be optional. Shipping Products Permit One comment asked what indicia changes are proposed, and whether USPS data under the combined permit would be broken down by product. USPS Response There will be no changes to current procedures. Each product must be identified for volume reporting purposes. Informed Delivery One comment regarding the Informed Delivery enhancement suggested that the process would add another level of complexity and potential for errors, thereby, increasing costs. USPS Response Informed Delivery is outside the scope of the price changes addressed in this final rule. Prices One organization submitted two comments suggesting that a price increase for commercial USPS Marketing Mail flats would result from increasing the pound rate and decreasing the per piece rate; producing a potential 4–10 percent increase in postage costs for their mailings. General We received three comments of a general nature. One comment suggested that DMM exhibit 708.7.1.1 was missing an indicator for presorted Bound Printed Matter flats, and another requested that educational webinars should be provided on Premium Forwarding Service and Share Mail. USPS Response Comments from comparable mailers expressed satisfaction with the prices as proposed. [A request for a recent postage statement so that USPS could do a before-and-after analysis to see if correct prices were being charged was not received.] USPS Response The DMM will be updated as part of the January 22, 2017, price change implementation. Educational seminars will be presented on various subjects in the near future. FSS Price Structure Two comments were received. One strongly supported the proposal to eliminate the FSS-specific price structures for Periodicals, USPS Marketing Mail, and Bound Printed Matter; however, the commenter disagreed with the proposal to leave the 250-pound minimum intact, fearing the unintended consequences of curtailing PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Overview of Changes Made by This Final Rule Flats Sequencing System (FSS) As background, on December 18, 2013, the Postal Service began to require bundle and pallet preparation of flatsize Standard Mail®, Periodicals, and Bound Printed Matter mailpieces for delivery within ZIP CodesTM served by FSS processing (78 FR 76533–76548). This requirement was incorporated into E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 93608 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations the DMM on January 26, 2014. Subsequently, on May 31, 2015, the Postal Service introduced FSS specific price structures for flat-sized Bound Printer Matter, Standard Mail, and Periodicals mailpieces, pursuant to PRC Order no. 2472, issued on May 7, 2015. This final rule removes all FSS specific pricing structures from Periodicals, Standard Mail and Bound Printed Matter. One change, for example, requires mailers to add Optional Endorsement Lines (OELs) on each FSS scheme mailpiece. For FSS preparation, mailers place qualifying mailpieces from all price categories into a separate pool for each individual 5-digit FSS scheme combination. All carrier route Bound Printed Matter (BPM), carrier route Periodicals and carrier route (except saturation) Standard Mail flats meeting the standards in DMM 201.6.2 must be sorted to FSS schemes, properly bundled and placed on or in pallets, trays, sacks or approved containers, for FSS scheme ZIP Code combinations within the same facility. Mailings (excluding saturation mailings of Standard Mail) with non-presorted BPM flats may be included in FSS preparation, but will continue to be ineligible for presorted or carrier route prices. To reiterate, all mailpieces in a 5-digit scheme FSS bundle must be identified with an OEL, as described in DMM 708.7.0. Mailpieces entered under a combined mailing of Standard Mail and Periodicals flats (DMM 705.15.0) still include class and price markings, applicable to the price paid, in addition to the OEL. Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Bound Printed Matter flats properly included in a FSS scheme bundle qualify for the piece price applied prior to inclusion in the FSS scheme pool with the following exceptions for Standard Mail: 1. A carrier route mailpiece in a FSS bundle on a FSS scheme pallet will receive the Basic CR-Bundles/Pallet price. 2. A carrier route mailpiece in a FSS bundle on a FSS facility pallet will receive the Basic CR price. Additional information on each mail class affected is under the Bound Printed Matter, Periodicals, and Standard Mail sections. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 First-Class Mail—Combine First-Class Mail (FCM) Commercial Automation Automated Area Distribution Center (AADC) and 3-Digit Sortations for Letters and Cards Into One Combined Sortation Level Known as AADC Currently, there are four presort levels for FCM Commercial Automation Letters and Cards: Mixed AADC, AADC, 3-Digit, and 5-Digit. To help simplify the pricing structure, the Postal Service implemented the same price for AADC Automation Letters (Cards) and 3-Digit Automations Letters (Cards) in Docket No. R2012–3. The Postal Service is now combining AADC and 3-Digit presort levels into one sortation. The new sortation name will be AADC. The existing labeling List 801 will drive the FCM AADC separations, and origin entry separations, based on labeling List 002, will be modified to reflect origin entry AADC separations. First-Class Mail—Increase the Weight Standard for First-Class Mail (FCM) Commercial Automation and Machinable Letters and Cards From Up to 3.3 Ounces to Up to 3.5 Ounces Currently, the ‘‘up to’’ weight standard for FCM Commercial Machinable Letters is 3.3 ounces. This lower weight break of up to 3.3 ounces is being increased due to mail processing improvements. Since machinable letters must follow the standards for Automation Letters (except for IMb), the same weight maximum should apply. Based on this, the Postal Service will increase the weight maximum from 3.3 ounces to 3.5 ounces. This change does not apply to the maximum weight of Booklets which are capped at 3.0 ounces. First-Class Mail—One Price for Up To 3.5 Ounces for First-Class Mail (FCM) Commercial Automation Letters Currently, the same price applies for one- and two-ounce pieces for each individual mail sortation level for FCM Commercial Automation Letters. With this final rule there will be one price for up to 3.5 ounces for each individual mail sortation level for FCM Commercial Automation Letters. This will also apply to mixed-weight FCM Residual mailings up to 3.5 ounces. The current preparation requirements for non-blended trays, such as one ounce, up to two ounces, and now extending to 3.5 ounces will continue. This change does not include FCM single-piece letters (non-residual) or FCM Flats. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 First-Class Mail—Simplifying and Renaming FCM Alternate Postage as FCM Share Mail The Postal Service will rename Alternate Postage as Share Mail. This implements a proposal published in the June 9, 2016, Postal Bulletin (Issue #22443). Share Mail allows Postal Service customers to distribute singlepiece FCM letters or cards to consumers, who may in turn mail those pieces to any domestic address, without having to affix postage. Share Mail pieces are permitted to weigh up to one ounce each. Payment is collected electronically from the customer’s Postage Due and Centralized Accounting Postage System (CAPS) Account. Invoicing is performed manually, by the Postal Service’s Share Mail Program Office in Marketing. To continue the Postal Service’s efforts to simplify its product line, the Share Mail payment tiers will be collapsed into one, and upfront postage payment requirements will be eliminated. Unique Intelligent Mail barcodes are no longer required nor is a signed Marketing Agreement. Picture Permit will no longer be available in order to help expedite the approval process. A customer who wishes to participate must submit a request to the Share Mail Program Office along with production pieces to ensure readability for postal processing. Share Mail relies on Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) technology and scan data collected as the mailpiece travels through the mailstream to determine piece counts, so readability is paramount. Periodicals—Eliminate Flats Sequencing System (FSS) Pricing The Postal Service will eliminate the FSS specific price structures for Periodicals Outside-County. FSS preparation will still be required and all FSS marking requirements will remain as is. Outside-County Periodicals flats properly included in a FSS scheme bundle will qualify for the price applied prior to inclusion in the FSS scheme pool. If a FSS scheme pallet is dropshipped to a DFSS facility, the pallet will receive Carrier Route pallet pricing. If a FSS facility pallet is drop-shipped to a DFSS facility the pallet will receive DSCF pallet pricing. Qualifying FSS scheme pieces entered at a DFSS facility will receive DSCF pound pricing. FSS scheme bundles on an FSS scheme pallet will receive carrier route bundle prices. FSS scheme bundles on an FSS facility pallet will receive 3-digit/SCF bundle pricing. FSS scheme and facility sack/trays or other authorized container E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations will receive 3-digit/SCF sack/tray prices. Standard Mail—Renaming Standard Mail as ‘‘USPS Marketing Mail’’ The Postal Service will rename Standard Mail as ‘‘USPS Marketing Mail’’. This name change will better communicate to our customers the message that Standard Mail fits into their marketing mix. To help smooth the transition for this change, the Postal Service will modify postage statements and the DMM for January 2017 and implement other changes to postal forms or documents during the normal update cycles. The initial implementation date for mailers to adopt the new USPS Marketing Mail abbreviations (such as MKT in lieu of STD) is July 1, 2018. Abbreviations and examples of permit imprints will be available in a future Postal Bulletin. Bound Printed Matter—Eliminate Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Pricing The Postal Service is eliminating FSS specific price structures for Bound Printed Matter Flats. FSS preparation will still be required, and all FSS marking requirements will remain in place. Bound Printed Matter flat pieces included in an FSS scheme bundle will qualify for the zone and entry piece pricing and pound pricing applicable to the mailing piece before inclusion in the FSS scheme pool. If an FSS container is drop shipped to a DFSS facility, those pieces will receive DSCF pricing. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Standard Mail—Combine AADC and 3 Digit Automation Sorts for Letters Into One Sort Level Currently there are four presort levels for Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit Automation Letters: Mixed AADC Automation Letters, AADC Automation Letters, 3-Digit Automation Letters, and 5-Digit Automation Letters. To simplify the pricing structure, the Postal Service implemented the same price for AADC Automation Letters and 3-Digit Automation Letters in Docket No. R2013–1. The Postal Service is combining these two presort levels (AADC and 3-Digit) into one new sortation which will be named AADC. Standard Mail—Increase the Weight Standard for Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit Nonautomation Machinable Letters From Up to 3.3 Ounces to Up to 3.5 Ounces Currently, the ‘‘up to’’ weight standard for Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit Machinable Letters is 3.3 ounces. This lower ‘‘weight break’’ is no longer needed due VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 to improvements in mail processing equipment. Since machinable letters must follow the standards for Automation Letters (except for the IMb standards), the weight maximum should also apply. Accordingly, the Postal Service will increase the weight maximum from 3.3 ounces to 3.5 ounces. This change does not include Standard Mail Ride-Along mailpieces which are capped at 3.3 ounces and are inserted into a host Periodicals mailpiece. It is important that both the Industry and the Postal Service evaluate the effects of higher weight breaks for FirstClass Mail automation letters and cards along with Standard Mail letters. Collaboration and feedback throughout calendar year 2017 will be critical in helping to determine whether higher weights cause processing or address quality metrics to be put at risk. Standard Mail—Reduce the Number of Simple Sample Tiers There are currently six volume tiers for Standard Mail Commercial and Nonprofit Simple Samples. Based on the volume thresholds currently used by most customers, the Postal Service will collapse the existing six tiers into two new tiers: Volumes up to and including 200,000 pieces, and volumes greater than 200,000 pieces. Standard Mail—Eliminate Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Pricing The Postal Service will eliminate the FSS-specific price structures within Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit. FSS preparation will still be required and all FSS marking requirements will remain intact. Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit flats properly included in a FSS scheme pool will qualify for the price applied prior to the FSS scheme pool with the following exceptions: 1. A carrier route mailpiece in an FSS bundle on an FSS scheme pallet will receive the Basic CR-Bundles/Pallet price, and 2. A carrier route mailpiece in a FSS bundle on an FSS facility pallet will receive the Basic CR price. If an FSS pallet is drop shipped to a DFSS facility, those pieces will receive DSCF pricing. Standard Mail—Increase Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit Flats, Nonautomation Letters, and Nonmachinable Letters Piece-Price Weight Break Structure From 3.3 Ounces to 4.0 Ounces The current piece/pound price structure for Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit Flats, PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 93609 Nonautomation Letters, and Nonmachinable Letters does not provide a simple, clear view of the actual price of a mailing, especially if it includes nonidentical-weight pieces between 3.3 and 4 ounces. The Postal Service will increase the piece price weight break structure from 3.3 ounces to 4.0 ounces for Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit Flats, and Nonautomation and Nonmachinable Letters. Pieces up to 4 ounces will pay the same price and a pound price will apply over 4 ounces. This will not include Nonautomation Machinable Letters. Extra Services (Returns Simplification)—Eliminate BRM Parcels Permit & Account Maintenance Fee Business Reply Mail (BRM) currently consists of letters, flats, and parcels. Occasionally, BRM customers may choose to use Business Reply Mail for return parcels because they possess a BRM permit for inbound correspondence. The Postal Service will waive the annual permit fee for those customers using BRM exclusively for return parcels. This will align BRM parcels with other returns products. BRM permit fees for letters and flats, and for weight-averaged BRM letters, flats and parcels, will remain. Extra Services—Eliminate QBRM Permit Fees The Postal Service is also eliminating the annual permit fees for Business Reply customers who use only QBRM Basic and High Volume Qualified for letters and cards. All other fees and postage pricing remain intact. Extra Services—Shipping Services Permit Fees The Postal Service will eliminate the fees for certain outbound and return permits used for parcel shipments including associated annual account maintenance fees. This will streamline the application and returns process, and eliminate the need to pay permit application fees for additional entry points. Shipping Products included under this umbrella are outbound shipments of Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select (including Parcel Select Lightweight), Bound Printed Matter (parcels only), Media Mail, and Library Mail, as well as for return shipments of MRS, Parcel Return Service and BRM (parcels only). Extra Services (Address Correction)— Adjust Standard Mail Forwarding Fee to 2 Decimal Places Standard Mail letters and flats mailers that use this service are charged the E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93610 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Forwarding Fee via Address Correction Service (ACS) billing which is managed by the ACS Department of Address Management Systems in Memphis, TN. The ACS data file, Shipping Notice data file, and the Invoice data file have an implied decimal position that is conducive to 2-decimal places for address correction services. When mailers use these files to track their ACS fees and costs, they must recognize that the Forwarded Fee product codes have an implied 3-decimal place price and must manipulate the data files provided to them through ACS so that the decimal place differences are recognized in all of the data files provided via ACS. This would adjust the Standard Mail Forwarding Fee to 2-decimal point places to allow mailers to track their ACS fees and costs without making adjustments for the Forwarding Fees. Extra Services—Money Order Redemption Period To be consistent with Banking Industry Standards and other companies’ comparable money order offerings, the Postal Service will change the time limit for claims for improper payment to a limit of one year. This language will be updated on the reverse side of the domestic and international money order form so the purchaser is aware of the time limit. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Extra Services—Enterprise PO Boxes Online (ePOBOL) Payment Process Change The Postal Service plans to allow Enterprise PO Boxes Online customers to modify their current payment period to align their multiple PO Boxes, Caller Service, and Reserve payments to one due date per year, when using an Enterprise Payment Account (EPA). Eligible customers will be allowed to pay pro-rated fees on a one-time basis to align all payments to a selected annual renewal date in the future. This method is optional and will be available for all of an eligible customer’s PO Boxes and Caller Service numbers. When the trueup date is reached they will continue to pay for the 12 month term as committed when first enrolled in the Enterprise Payment Account. Extra Services—OMAS Stamp Delivery Fee for Federal Agencies Ordering Stamps From the Stamp Fulfillment Center Federal agencies have the option today to order stamps from the USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 City and to pay for the stamps through their Official Mail Accounting System (OMAS) accounts. It has been a longstanding practice to charge customers other than federal agencies a nominal handling fee for all purchases ordered through Stamp Fulfillment Services. Beginning January 1, 2017, these fees will apply to federal agencies using OMAS. The handling fee schedule can be found in section 1560 of the Mail Classification Schedule, under References, on the Postal Regulatory Commission Web site at https:// www.prc.gov/. 1.1.2 Weight Standards for Machinable Letters Extra Services—Resources The Postal Service will provide additional resources to assist customers with this price change for competitive products. These tools include price lists, downloadable price files, and Federal Register Notices, which may be found on the Postal Explorer® Web site at pe.usps.com. 2.1 Criteria for Nonmachinable Letters List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. The Postal Service adopts the following changes to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1. ■ Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is amended as follows: PART 111—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301– 307; 18 U.S.C. 1692–1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001–3011, 3201– 3219, 3403–3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001. 2. Revise the following sections of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), as follows: ■ Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) * * * * 200 Commercial Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels 201 Physical Standards 1.0 Physical Standards for Machinable Letters and Cards * PO 00000 * * Frm 00040 * Fmt 4700 2.0 Physical Standards for Nonmachinable Letters * * * * [Revise the last sentence of 2.1 to read as follows:] * * * In addition, a letter-size piece is nonmachinable if it weighs more than 3.5 ounces (except Periodicals nonmachinable letters cannot weigh more than 3.3 ounces), unless it has a barcode and is eligible for, and claims, automation letter prices or USPS Marketing Mail Carrier Route (barcoded) letter prices. * * * * * 3.0 Physical Standards for Machinable and Automation Letters and Cards * * * * * The following maximum weight limits apply: [Revise 3.5b as follows:] b. Machinable enveloped letters and cards—3.5 ounces. (see 3.6 for pieces over 3 ounces.) * * * * * 4.0 Physical Standards for Flats * * * * * 4.7 Flat-Size Pieces Not Eligible for Flat-Size Prices * * * * * Exhibit 4.7b Pricing for Flats Exceeding Maximum Deflection (see 4.6) [Revise Exhibit 4.7b as follows:] * * * * * * Sfmt 4700 * 3.5 Maximum Weight, Machinable and Automation Letters and Cards ■ * [Revise 1.1.2 to read as follows:] The maximum weight for Presorted First-Class Mail machinable letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound). The maximum weight for USPS Marketing Mail machinable letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound). * * * * * E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93611 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Eligibility as presented Eligibility with failed deflection PERIODICALS OUTSIDE COUNTY [Delete Machinable barcoded FSS] .......................................................... [Delete Nonmachinable barcoded 5-digit flat]. * * * * * * [Delete Machinable nonbarcoded FSS] .................................................... [Delete Nonmachinable nonbarcoded 5-digit flat]. * * * * * * * * USPS MARKETING MAIL [Delete [Delete [Delete [Delete Automation Automation Automation Automation FSS FSS FSS FSS Sch Pallet] ........................................................ Other] ................................................................ Sch Cont.] ......................................................... Facility Cont.] .................................................... * * * [Delete [Delete [Delete [Delete Nonautomation Nonautomation Nonautomation Nonautomation * FSS FSS FSS FSS Sch Pallet]. Other]. Sch Cont.]. Facility Cont.]. * * * * * * * BOUND PRINTED MATTER * * * * * [Delete Barcoded/noncoded FSS Sch flat] ............................................... [Delete Presorted parcel]. * * * * * * Letter-Size * * * * 5.1.2 General Barcode Placement for Letters [Revise the second and third sentences to read as follows:] * * * A nonautomation letter may bear an Intelligent Mail barcode under 708.4.0. Mailers must print the barcode either in the address block or in the barcode clear zone, except for pieces that weigh more than 3.5 ounces which must include the barcode in the address block. * * * * * * * * 203 Basic Postage Statement, Documentation, and Preparation Standards 4.0 Letter and Flat Trays * asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES * * * * * * * * 4.5 Letter Tray Strapping Exception [Revise second sentence to read as follows:] Strapping is not required for any letter tray placed on a 5-digit, 3-digit, or SCF pallet secured with stretchwrap. If the processing and distribution manager gives a written waiver, strapping is not required for any mixed AADC letter tray VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Periodicals 12.3 * * * * * scheme sacks or trays receive 3-digit/ SCF pricing and where the container is entered, and FSS scheme pallets receive carrier route prices and where the pallet is entered. 207 * 5.0 Barcode Placement Letters and Flats 5.1 Jkt 241001 * of First-Class Mail or for any letter tray that originates and destinates in the same SCF or AADC (mail processing plant) service area. * * * * * 202 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece * * * * * Prices—In-County * 12.0 Nonbarcoded (Presorted) Eligibility 12.3.2 * * * * * * 12.2 * * * Prices—Outside-County Outside-County nonbarcoded (Presorted) prices are based on the following criteria: [Revise 12.2a, b, and c to read as follows.] a. Piece prices are based on shape, machinability, barcoding, and presort level. The presort level of the piece is based primarily on the bundle level of the piece, except the presort level of pieces loose in trays is based on the tray level and qualifying FSS scheme flats are based on presort levels prior to inclusion in the FSS scheme bundle. b. Bundle prices are based on the bundle and container sortation level except FSS scheme bundles in/on a FSS scheme container receives carrier route pricing; FSS scheme bundles in/on a FSS facility container receives 3-digit/ SCF pricing. c. Container prices are based on the type of container (tray, sack, or pallet), the level of sortation of the container and where the container is entered except FSS facility containers and FSS PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Three-Digit Prices 3-digit prices apply to: * * * * [Add new item c as follows:] c. Flat-size pieces not qualifying for carrier route or 5-digit prices, but properly included in a FSS scheme pool prepared under 705.14.0. * * * * * 13.0 * Carrier Route Eligibility * 13.2 13.2.1 * * * Sorting Basic Standards Preparation to qualify eligible pieces for carrier route prices is optional and need not be performed for all carrier routes in a 5-digit area. Carrier route prices apply to copies that are prepared in carrier route bundles of six or more addressed pieces each, subject to these standards: * * * * * b. Nonletter-size mailings. Carrier route prices apply to carrier route bundles that are sorted in one of the following ways: [Add new item 13.2.1b4 as follows:] E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93612 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 4. Qualifying carrier route mailpieces sorted into FSS bundles and prepared on pallets under 705.14.0. * * * * * 13.3 Walk-Sequence Prices 13.3.1 Eligibility [Revise 13.3.1 to read as follows:] The high density or saturation prices apply to each piece in a carrier route mailing, eligible under 13.2.1 and prepared under 705.8.0, 23.0, or (nonletter-size mail only) 705.10.0, 705.12.0, 705.13.0 or 705.14.0, that also meets the corresponding addressing and density standards in 13.3.4. High density and saturation mailings must be prepared in carrier walk sequence according to USPS schemes see 23.8 except nonletter-size mailpieces that are included in FSS bundles. * * * * * 14.0 Barcoded (Automation) Eligibility * 14.4 * * * * * Prices—In-County * * * 29.5 Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry * 14.4.2 Three-Digit Prices 3-digit automation prices apply to: * * * * * [Add new item c as follows:] c. Flat-size pieces not qualifying for carrier route or 5-digit prices, but properly included in a FSS scheme pool prepared under 705.14.0. * * * * * 18.0 * General Mail Preparation * * * * 18.5 FSS Preparation [Revise the text of 18.5 to read as follows.] Flat sized Periodicals In-County priced mailings, along with a maximum of 5,000 Outside-County pieces for the same issue (see 1.1.4) may be optionally sorted under FSS preparation standards. All other Periodicals flats including Saturation (Non-simplified addressed) and High Density priced flats (except Firm bundles) destinating and qualifying to FSS zones in L006, must be prepared under 705.14.0. * * * * * asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 29.0 * Destination Entry * * * * 29.4 Destination Sectional Center Facility * * * * * 29.4.2 Price Eligibility [Revise the text of 29.4.2 to read as follows.] VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Determine price eligibility as follows: a. Pound Prices. Outside-County pieces are eligible for DSCF pound prices when placed on an SCF or more finely presorted container, deposited at the DSCF, DFSS or USPS-designated facility (see also 29.4.2b), and addressed for delivery within the DSCF’s or DFSS service area. Non-letter-size pieces are also eligible when the mailer deposits 5digit bundles at the destination delivery unit (DDU) (the facility where the carrier cases mail for delivery to the addresses on the pieces) and the 5-digit bundles are in or on the following types of containers: 1. A merged 5-digit scheme or merged 5-digit sack. 2. A merged 5-digit scheme, merged 5digit, or 5-digit scheme pallet. b. Container Prices. Mailers may claim the DSCF container price for SCF or FSS and more finely presorted containers that are entered at and destined within the service area of the SCF or FSS at which the container is deposited. Jkt 241001 * * * * * 29.5.2 Eligibility [Revise the first sentence of 29.5.2 to read as follows.] DSCF prices apply to eligible FSS pieces deposited at a USPS-designated FSS processing facility and correctly placed in a flat tray, sack, alternate approved container or on a pallet, labeled to a FSS scheme processed by that facility, under labeling list L006, column B or C. * * * * * * * * 230 First-Class Mail 233 Prices and Eligibility * * * * * 5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Automation First-Class Mail * * * * * 5.4 Price Application- Automation Cards and Letters Automation prices apply to each piece that is sorted under 235.6.0 into the corresponding qualifying groups: [Revise the text in items a, b, and c to read as follows.] a. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 5digit/scheme trays qualify for the 5-digit price. Preparation to qualify for the 5digit price is optional. Pieces placed in full AADC trays in lieu of 5-digit/ scheme overflow trays under 235.6.5 are eligible for the 5-digit prices. b. Groups of 150 or more pieces in AADC trays qualify for the AADC price. PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 c. Groups of fewer than 150 pieces in AADC origin and pieces placed in mixed AADC trays in lieu of AADC overflow trays under 235.6.5 are eligible for the AADC prices. * * * * * 235 Mail Preparation 1.0 General Definition of Terms * * 1.3 Terms for Presort Levels 1.3.1 * * * Letters and Cards Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows: [Add new i and renumber current items i and j as new j and k] i. Origin/optional entry AADC: the ZIP Code in the delivery address on all pieces begins with one of the 3-digit prefixes processed at the AADC in whose service area the mail is verified/ entered. * * * * * 1.4 Preparation Definition and Instructions [Renumber items i through o as j through p.] [Add new item i to read as follows.] i. An origin AADC tray contains all mail (regardless of quantity) for an AADC ZIP Code area processed by the AADC or SCF in whose service area the mail is verified/entered. Only one lessthan-full tray may be prepared for each AADC area. * * * * * 6.0 Preparing Automation Letters * * 6.2 Mailings * * * The requirements for mailings are as follows: * * * * * [Revise item b to read as follows.] b. First-Class Mail. A single automation price First-Class Mail mailing may include pieces prepared at 5-digit, AADC, and mixed AADC prices. * * * * * 6.5 Tray Preparation [Revise the introductory text of 6.5 to read as follows.] Instead of preparing overflow trays with fewer than 150 pieces, mailers may include these pieces in an existing qualified tray of at least 150 or more pieces at the next tray level. (For example, if a mailer has 30 overflow 5digit pieces for ZIP Code 20260, these pieces may be added to an existing qualified AADC tray for the correct destination and the overflow 5-digit pieces will still qualify for the 5-digit E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations price.) Mailers must note these trays on standardized documentation (see 708.1.2). Pieces that are placed in the next tray level must be grouped by destination and placed in the front or back of that tray. Mailers may use this option selectively for AADC ZIP Codes. This option does not apply to origin/ entry trays. Preparation sequence, tray size, and Line 1 labeling: * * * * * [Delete item b and renumber items c and d as b and c.] [Revise renumbered item b to read as follows.] b. AADC: optional, but required for AADC price (150-piece minimum except no minimum for origin entry AADC); overflow allowed; For Line 1, use L801, Column B. 4.0 Price Eligibility for USPS Marketing Mail 6.6 Tray Line 2 Line 2: ‘‘FCM LTR’’ and: * * * * * [Delete items c and d and renumber items e and f as c and d.] * * * * * [Revise the heading of 240 to read as follows:] [Revise the last sentence of 4.3 to read as follows.] * * * Discounted per pound prices also may be claimed for destination entry mailings DNDC, DSCF, and DDU under 246. * * * * * 240 USPS Marketing Mail [Revise, by finding and replacing ‘‘Standard Mail’’ with ‘‘USPS Marketing Mail’’ throughout section 240] 243 Prices and Fees * * * * [Revise the title to 1.2 to read as follows.] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES * 1.2 USPS Marketing Mail Price Application [Revise 1.2 to read as follows.] USPS Marketing Mail prices are based on the weight of the pieces as follows: a. The appropriate minimum per piece price applies to USPS Marketing Mail automation or machinable lettersized mailpiece that weighs 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound) or less, Nonautomation nonmachinable letters that weigh 4.0 ounces (0,25 pounds) or less, flat-sized mailpieces that weighs 4.0 ounces (0.25 pound) or less and presorted Marketing Parcels and irregular parcels that weighs 3.3 ounces (0.2063 pound) or less. b. A price determined by adding the per piece charge and the corresponding per pound charge applies to any USPS Marketing Mail piece that weighs more than the following: Nonmachinable letters and flats that weigh more than 4.0 ounces, presorted Marketing Parcels and Irregular parcels that weigh more than 3.3 ounces, and machinable parcels 3.5 ounces or more. * * * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 * * * * 4.2 Minimum Per Piece Prices The minimum per piece prices (the minimum postage that must be paid for each piece) apply as follows: * * * * * [Revise the third sentence of item c to read as follows.] c. * * * Except for Customized MarketMail pieces, discounted per piece prices also may be claimed for destination network distribution center (DNDC), destination sectional center facility (DSCF), and destination delivery unit (DDU)) under 246. * * * 4.3 Piece/Pound Prices Jkt 241001 Mixed ADC Prices for Flats [Revise renumbered 5.6.5 to read as follow:] Mixed ADC prices apply to flat-size pieces in bundles that do not qualify for 5-digit, 3-digit, or ADC prices; placed in mixed ADC sacks or on ASF, NDC, or mixed NDC pallets under 705.8.0. * * * * * 6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Enhanced Carrier Route USPS Marketing Mail Letters and Flats 6.1 General Enhanced Carrier Route Standards * * 6.1.2 * * * Basic Eligibility Standards [Revise item c to read as follows:] c. Be sorted to carrier routes (except under 705.14.0), marked, and documented under 245.9.0, 705.8.0, or 705.14.0. * * * * * [Delete the last sentence in item h, in its entirety.] 5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Nonautomation USPS Marketing Mail Letters, Flats, and Presorted Standard Mail Parcels 6.3 Basic Price Enhanced Carrier Route Standards * 6.3.3 * * * * 5.2 Weight Standards for Machinable Letter Pieces Prices and Eligibility 1.0 * 5.6.5 93613 [Revise 5.2 to read as follows.] Maximum weight limit for machinable nonautomation USPS Marketing mail letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound). * * * * * 5.6 Nonautomation Price Application—Flats 5.6.1 5-Digit Prices for Flats The 5-digit price applies to flat-size pieces: [Add new item d as follows.] * * * * * d. In an FSS bundle of 10 or more pieces properly placed in sack of at least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces or on a pallet under 705.14.0. 5.6.2 3-Digit Prices for Flats * * * * * [Add new item c as follows.] c. In an FSS bundle of 10 or more pieces properly placed in sack of at least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces or on a pallet under 705.14.0. * * * * * [Delete item 5.6.5, FSS Scheme Piece Price for Flats, in its entirety and renumber current 5.6.6 as new 5.6.5.] PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * * * * Basic Price Eligibility—Flats Basic prices apply to each piece in a carrier route bundle of 10 or more pieces that is: [Revise item a to read as follows:] a. Palletized under 705.8.0, 705.10.0, 705.12.0, 705.13.0 or 705.14.0 (FSS scheme bundles on a FSS facility pallet or prior eligibility to inclusion in FSS scheme pool). * * * * * 6.3.4 Basic Carrier Route Bundles on a 5-digit Pallet (Basic–CR Bundles/ Pallet) Price Eligibility–Flats [Revise item 6.3.4 to read as follows:] Basic—CR Bundles/Pallet prices apply to each piece in a carrier route bundle of 10 or more pieces that are palletized under 705.8.0 on a 5-digit carrier route or 5-digit scheme carrier route pallet entered at an Origin (None), DNDC, DSCF, or DDU entry or palletized under 705.14.0 on a FSS scheme pallet (in a FSS Scheme bundle). 6.4 High Density and High Density Plus (Enhanced Carrier Route) Standards—Letters * * * * * [Delete 6.4.3, High Density and High Density Plus Discount for Heavy Letters, in its entirety.] E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93614 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 7.5 Price Application for Automation Flats 6.5 High Density and High Density Plus (Enhanced Carrier Route) Standards—Flats * * * * * 6.5.2 High Density and High Density Plus Prices for Flats High density or high density plus prices apply to each piece meeting the density standards in 6.5.1 or in a carrier route bundle of 10 or more pieces that is: [Revise item a to read as follows.] a. Palletized under 705.8.0, 705.10.0, 705.12.0, 705.13.0 or 705.14.0 (eligibility prior to inclusion in FSS scheme bundles). * * * * * [Add new item e to 6.5.2 to read as follows.] e. Placed in a FSS facility or scheme sack containing at least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of high density priced pieces or at least 300 pieces of high density plus priced pieces (pieces must qualify for price prior to inclusion in FSS bundle). 6.6 Saturation ECR Standards— Letters * * * * [Delete 6.6.3, Saturation Discount for Heavy Letters, in its entirety.] * * * * * 7.0 Eligibility Standards for Automation USPS Marketing Mail * * * * asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 7.4 Price Application for Automation Letters Automation prices apply to each piece that is sorted under 245.10.0, into the corresponding qualifying groups: * * * * * [Revise item a to read as follows.] a. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 5digit/scheme trays qualify for the 5-digit price. Preparation to qualify for that price is optional. Pieces placed in full AADC trays under 245.7.5 in lieu of 5digit/scheme overflow trays are eligible for 5-digit prices (see 245.7.5). [Delete item b and renumber items c and d as items b and c.] [Revise renumbered item b to read as follows.] b. Groups of fewer than 150 pieces in origin AADC trays and groups of 150 or more pieces in an AADC tray qualify for the AADC price. Pieces placed in mixed AADC trays under 245.7.5 in lieu of AADC overflow trays also are eligible for AADC prices (see 245.7.5). * * * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 Automation prices apply to each piece properly sorted into qualifying groups: [Revise items a and b to read as follows.] a. The 5-digit price applies to flat-size pieces in a 5-digit/scheme bundle or pooled in a FSS scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces, or 15 or more pieces, as applicable; b. The 3-digit price applies to flat-size pieces in a 3-digit/scheme bundle or pooled in a FSS scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces. * * * * * [Delete items e through h in their entirety.] * * * * * * 245 Mail Preparation 1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation * * 1.3 Terms for Presort Levels 1.3.1 * * 6.0 Preparing Enhanced Carrier Route Letters * * * Letters Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows: * * * * * [Revise item e to read as follows:] e. Origin/entry AADC: The ZIP Code in the delivery address on all pieces is addressed for delivery service area of the same automated area distribution center (AADC) (see L801). * * * * * 1.4 Preparation Definition and Instructions * * * * * [Renumber items r through x as s through y.] [Add new item r to read as follows.] r. An origin AADC tray contains all mail (regardless of quantity) for an AADC ZIP Code area processed by the AADC or SCF in whose service area the mail is verified/entered. Only one lessthan-full tray may be prepared for each AADC area. * * * * * 1.6 FSS Preparation [Revise the text of 1.6 to read as follows.] Except for USPS Marketing Mail flats mailed at Saturation prices, all USPS Marketing Mail flats and meeting the physical standards in 201.6.2 destinating to a FSS scheme in accordance with labeling list L006 must be prepared under 705.14.0. * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * * * 6.6 General Traying and Labeling [Revise the introductory text to read as follows.] For all ECR letters over 3.5 ounces and all ECR letters that are not automation-compatible or deliverypoint barcoded, prepare trays as explained below. Also prepare trays as explained below when a mailing contains some pieces over 3.5 ounces and some pieces up to 3.5 ounces. Pieces with simplified addresses must be prepared in separate trays from pieces with other forms of addressing. For ECR automation-compatible letters that are delivery-point barcoded and weigh up to 3.5 ounces, prepare trays under 6.7. Preparation sequence, tray size, and labeling: * * * * * 6.7 Traying and Labeling for Automation-Compatible ECR Letters [Revise first sentence of the introductory text to read as follows.] Mailers must make full carrier route and 5-digit carrier routes trays, when possible, for automation-compatible, delivery-point barcoded ECR letters that weigh up to 3.5 ounces. * * * * * * * * 7.0 Preparing Automation Letters * * * * * 7.5 Tray Preparation [Revise the introductory text to read as follows.] Instead of preparing overflow trays with fewer than 150 pieces, mailers may include these pieces in an existing qualified tray of at least 150 or more pieces at the next tray level. (For example, if a mailer has 30 overflow 5digit pieces for ZIP Code 20260, these pieces may be added to an existing qualified AADC tray for the correct destination and the overflow 5-digit pieces will still qualify for the 5-digit price). Mailers must note these trays on standardized documentation (see 708.1.2). Pieces that are placed in the next tray level must be grouped by destination and placed in the front or back of that tray. Mailers may use this option selectively for AADC ZIP Codes. This option does not apply to origin/ entry AADC trays. Preparation sequence, tray size, and Line 1 labeling: * * * * * [Delete item b and renumber items c and d as items b and c.] [Revise renumbered item b to read as follows.] E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 7.6 Tray Line 2 Line 2: ‘‘MKT LTR’’ and: [Delete items c and d and renumber items e and f as c and d.] * * * * * 8.0 Preparing Nonautomation Flats 8.1 Basic Standards All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at Regular USPS Marketing Mail and Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail nonautomation prices are subject to specific preparation standards in 8.2 through 8.9 and to these general standards (automation price mailings must be prepared under 10.0): * * * * * [Revise item d to read as follows:] d. Sortation determines price eligibility as specified in 243.5.0 except when included in a FSS scheme bundle under 705.14.0. * * * * * 9.0 Preparing Enhanced Carrier Route Flats asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 9.1 Basic Standards All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at Enhanced Carrier Route USPS Marketing Mail and Enhanced Carrier Route Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail nonautomation prices are subject to specific preparation standards in 9.2 through 9.7 and to these general standards: * * * * * [Revise items d and e to read as follows:] d. All pieces in the mailing must meet the specific sortation and preparation standards in 9.0 or the palletization standards in 705.8.0 except when included in a FSS scheme bundle under 705.14.0. Flat-size pieces may be prepared under 705.9.0 through 705.13.0. e. Sortation determines price eligibility as specified in 243.5.0 except when included in a FSS scheme bundle under 705.14.0. * * * * * 246 Enter and Deposit * * * * * 6.0 Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 265.8.0, 705.8.0, 705.14.0 and 705.21.0. [Revise the first sentence of 6.2 to read Each parcel must bear a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode or as follows.] DSCF prices apply to pieces deposited extra services barcode, including a postal routing code, prepared under at a USPS-designated FSS processing 708.5.0. site and correctly placed in or on a c. Carrier Route Price. The Carrier container labeled to a FSS scheme or Route price applies to BPM prepared in FSS Facility processed by that site a mailing of at least 300 pieces presorted under labeling list L006 (Column B or to carrier routes, prepared and presorted Column C). as specified in 265.6.0, 265.9.0, 705.8.0 * * * * * or 705.14.0. Each parcel must bear a 260 Bound Printed Matter unique Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services barcode, including a 263 Prices and Eligibility postal routing code, prepared under 1.0 Prices and Fees for Bound Printed 708.5.0. Matter * * * * * 1.1 Nonpresorted Bound Printed 4.2 Destination Entry Price Eligibility Matter [Revise the first sentence of the * * * * * introductory text to read as follows.] 1.1.1 Prices BPM destination entry prices apply to [Revise the second sentence of 1.1.1 to BPM mailings prepared as specified in 705.8.0, 705.14.0 and 265, and read follows.] * * * The nonpresorted price applies addressed for delivery within the service area of a destination network to BPM not mailed at the Presorted or distribution center, sectional center carrier route prices. * * * facility, or delivery unit where they are * * * * * deposited by the mailer. * * * 1.2 Presorted and Carrier Route * * * * * Bound Printed Matter [Revise item b to read as follows.] * * * * * b. A destination sectional center facility (DSCF) includes all facilities in 1.2.3 Price Application L005 and destination flats sequencing [Revise the first sentence of 1.2.3 to system (DFSS) in L006. read as follows.] * * * * * The presorted Bound Printed Matter 265 Mail Preparation price has a per piece charge and a per pound charge. * * * 1.0 General Information for Mail * * * * * Preparation 6.2 b. AADC: Optional, but required for AADC price (150-piece minimum except no minimum for origin entry AADC); overflow allowed. For Line 1, use L801, Column B. * * * * * 93615 Eligibility 1.2.8 Computing Postage for Permit Imprint [Revise the introductory text of 1.2.8 to read as follows.] Presorted and Carrier Route Bound Printed Matter mailings paid with permit imprint are charged a per pound price and a per piece price as follows: * * * * * 4.0 Price Eligibility for Bound Printed Matter 4.1 Price Eligibility BPM prices are based on the weight of a single addressed piece or 1 pound, whichever is higher, and the zone (where applicable) to which the piece is addressed. Price categories are as follows: * * * * * [Revise items b and c to read as follows.] b. Presorted Price. The Presorted price applies to BPM prepared in a mailing of at least 300 BPM pieces, prepared and presorted as specified in 265.5.0, PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * * * 1.6 * FSS Preparation [Revise text of 1.6 to read as follows.] BPM flats claiming presorted prices in FSS scheme bundles, meeting the standards in 201 and destinating to a FSS scheme in accordance with labeling list L006, must be prepared under 705.14.0. * * * * * 266 Enter and Deposit * * * * * 5.0 Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry * * 5.2 Presorted Flats * * * [Revise the text of 5.2 to read as follows.] Presorted flats and automation flats in sacks for the FSS scheme, 5-digit, 3digit, and SCF sort levels or on pallets at the 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, 3-digit, SCF, and ASF sort levels may claim E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93616 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations the forms in duplicate and receives one copy as a mailing receipt after the entries are verified by the postal employee accepting the mailing. Except for Registered Mail and COD items, the USPS keeps no mailing records for mail pieces bearing extra services. DSCF prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 5.1. * * * * * 7.0 Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry * * * * * 7.2 Eligibility [Revise the first sentence of 7.2 to read as follows.] DSCF prices apply to pieces deposited at a USPS-designated FSS processing facility and correctly placed on a container labeled to a FSS scheme or a FSS facility processed by that facility or to a single 5-digit destination processed by that facility under labeling list L006. * * * * * Extra and Additional Services * asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 503 * * * * 1.10 Receipts [Revise the text of 1.10 to read as follows.] Except for certificate of mailing under 5.0, the mailer receives a USPS sales receipt and the postmarked (rounddated) extra service form for services purchased at retail channels. The mailer must provide the receipt when submitting an insurance claim or filing an inquiry. For articles mailed via PC Postage or other online services, the mailer may access a computer printout online that identifies the applicable extra service number, total postage paid, insurance fee amount, declared value, declared mailing date, origin ZIP Code, and delivery ZIP Code. For three or more pieces with extra or accountable services presented for mailing at one time, the mailer uses Form 3877 (firm sheet) or USPS-approved privately printed firm sheets (see 1.7.2) in lieu of the receipt portion of the individual form. All entries made on firm sheets must be computer generated or made by typewriter, ink, or ballpoint pen. Alterations must be initialed by the mailer and accepting employee. Obliterate all unused portions of the addressee column with a diagonal line. USPS-approved privately printed firm sheets that contain the same information as Form 3877 may be approved by the local Postmaster or manager Business Mail Entry. The mailer may omit columns from privately printed Form 3877 that are not applicable to extra service requested. If the mailer wants the firm sheets receipted by the USPS (postmarked), the mailer must present the firm sheets with the articles to be mailed at a Post Office. The postmarked firm sheets become the mailer’s receipts. For Registered Mail and COD (when Label 3816 is used), the mailer submits VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 4.0 Insured Mail * * * * [Revise 4.1.1 to read as follows.] Additional insurance, up to a maximum coverage of $5,000.00, may be purchased for merchandise valued at more than $100.00 sent by Priority Mail Express. The additional insurance fee is in addition to postage and other fees. Coverage is limited to the actual value of the contents, regardless of the fee paid, or the highest insurance value increment for which the fee is fully paid, whichever is lower. When ‘‘signature required’’ service is not requested or when ‘‘waiver of signature’’ is requested, additional insurance is not available. * * * * * 505 Return Services 1.0 Business Reply Mail (BRM) * * 1.1.3 * * Basic Qualified BRM (QBRM) [Revise the first sentence of 1.1.3 to read as follows.] For basic qualified BRM a permit holder is required to pay an account maintenance fee under 1.1.8, and a perpiece fee under 1.1.7, in addition to the applicable letter or card First-Class Mail postage for each returned piece. * * * 1.1.4 High-Volume Qualified BRM [Revise the text of 1.1.4 to read as follows.] In addition to the account maintenance, per-piece fees and applicable postage required under 1.1.3, a quarterly fee under 1.1.11 is required for high-volume QBRM. * * * * * 1.2 Permits * * 1.2.2 * * * Application Process [Revise the first sentence of 1.2.2 to read as follows.] The mailer may apply for a BRM permit by submitting a completed Form 3615 to the Post Office issuing the permit and except under 1.2.3 paying the annual permit fee. * * * PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Annual Permit Fee [Revise the first sentence of 1.2.3 to read as follows.] Except for QBRM permits, a permit fee must be paid once each 12-month period at each Post Office where a BRM permit is held. * * * 1.2.4 * 4.1.1 Additional Insurance-Priority Mail Express * 1.2.3 Renewal of Annual Permit Fee [Revise the introductory text of 1.2.4 to read as follows.] Except for QBRM permits, an annual renewal notice is provided to each BRM permit holder by the USPS. QBRM permits do not expire unless the account is unused for a period of 12 months. The renewal notice and the payment for the next 12 months must be returned by the expiration date to the Post Office that issued the permit. After the expiration date, if the permit holder has not paid the annual permit fee, then returned BRM pieces are treated as follows: * * * * * 1.2.6 Revocation of a Permit [Revise the text of 1.2.6 to read as follows.] The USPS may revoke any BRM permit because of format errors or for refusal to pay the applicable permit fees (annual, accounting, quarterly, or monthly), postage, or per piece fees. If the permit was revoked due to format errors, then a former permit holder may obtain a new permit and permit number by completing and submitting a new Form 3615, paying the required BRM annual permit fee (if applicable), paying a new annual account maintenance fee (if applicable), and, for the next 2 years, submitting two samples of each BRM format to the appropriate Post Office for approval. 507 Mailer Services 1.0 Treatment of Mail * * 4.3.4 * * * Holding Mail [Revise the first sentence of 4.3.4 to read as follows.] At the sender’s request, the delivery Post Office holds mail, other than Registered Mail, insured, Certified Mail, Adult Signature, Signature Confirmation and return receipt for merchandise, for no fewer than 3 days nor more than 30 days. * * * * * * * * 508 Recipient Services 1.0 Recipient Options 1.1 Basic Recipient Concerns * * E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM * 21DER1 * * Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations No application fee is required. * * * * 1.1.7 Priority Mail Express and Accountable Mail * * 5.2 Suspension and Revocation * * * * * * [Revise item f to read as follows.] f. A notice is provided to the addressee for a mailpiece that cannot be delivered. If the piece is not called for or redelivery is not requested, the piece is returned to the sender after 15 days (five days for Priority Mail Express), unless the sender specifies fewer days on the piece. * * * * * 1.8 Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies 1.8.1 Procedures * * * * * [Revise item d to read as follows.] d. A CMRA is authorized to accept the following accountable mail from their customers for mailing at the Post Office: Insured, Priority Mail Express, Certified Mail, USPS Tracking, and Signature Confirmation mail. The sender (CMRA customer) must present accountable mail items not listed to the Post Office for mailing. * * * * * 7.0 Hold For Pickup * * 7.2 Basic Information * * * * * * * * 7.2.5 Extra Services [Delete item e in its entirety.] * * * * * * * * * 604 Postage Payment Methods and Refunds * * * * * asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 5.0 Permit Imprint (Indicia) [Revise the heading and text of 5.1.4 to read as follows.] 5.1.4 Permit and Application Information A mailer may obtain a permit to use a permit imprint indicia by submitting Form 3615 to the Post Office where mailings are made, or online under the terms and conditions in the Business Customer Gateway portal at https:// gateway.usps.com. Mail Anywhere allows a qualified mailer to maintain a single permit for a postage payment method for mailings at any Business Mail Acceptance site under 705.23.3.2. 5.1.5 Application Fee [Revise the text of 5.1.5 to read as follows.] VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 * * Revocation of Permit [Revise the first sentence of 5.2.2 to read as follows.] A permit may be revoked for use in operating any unlawful scheme or enterprise, if no mailings or payment of postage occurred during any consecutive 2-year period, for refusal to provide information about permit imprint use or mailings, and for noncompliance with any standard applicable to permit imprints. * * * PDWA customers may elect to establish a quality control program to ensure that all missorted and accountable mail (including Certified Mail), return receipt for merchandise, USPS Tracking, Adult Signature, and Signature Confirmation) is identified and returned to the servicing Post Office prior to being opened. * * * * * * * * 609 Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss or Damage 1.0 General Filing Instructions * * * * * 5.3 Indicia Design, Placement, and Content 1.3 Who May File A claim may be filed by: * * * * * [Revise item e to reads as follows.] * 1.5 * * * * Where and How to File 5.3.10 Use of a Local Permit Imprint in Other Mailing Locations 1.5.1 A permit imprint displaying the city, state, and permit number of a mailer’s original permit may be applied to pieces in a mailing presented for verification and acceptance at another Post Office location under the following conditions: [Delete item a and renumber items b through d as items a through c] * * * * * [Revise the heading and introductory text of 5.5 to read as follows.] 700 Special Standards [Throughout section 700, find and replace the name of ‘‘Standard Mail’’ to ‘‘USPS Marketing Mail’’] 5.5 600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services * 5.2.2 * 93617 Share Mail is an electronic postage payment mechanism for single-piece First-Class Mail letters or postcards, addressed to any domestic address, that weigh no more than one ounce each. Customers wishing to participate in this program must submit their request in writing to the Manager, New Solutions, Mailing Services, USPS, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 5440, Washington, DC 20260–4440. Customers participating in the Share Mail postage payment program must, at a minimum, meet the following requirements: * * * * * 9.0 Exchanges and Refunds * * 9.2 Postage and Fee Refunds * * * * * * * 11.0 Postage Due Weight Averaging Program 11.1 * Basic Information * 11.1.3 * * * Quality Control [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text to read as follows.] PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Claims Filed Online * * * * 703 Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail and Other Unique Eligibility * * * * * 705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems * Share Mail * * * * * * 14.0 FSS Scheme Preparation 14.1 General [Revise the introductory text of 14.1 to read as follows.] All presorted and high density plus, high density and basic carrier route USPS Marketing Mail, presorted and carrier route Bound Printed Matter (BPM), and Periodicals flats including all carrier route flats meeting the standards in 201.6.2 must be separated/ pooled into FSS schemes, properly bundled and placed on or in pallets, trays, sacks, or approved alternate containers, for FSS scheme ZIP Code combinations within the same facility. Mailings that include 10 or more pieces of USPS Marketing Mail flats, 6 or more pieces of Periodicals flats, or 10 or more pieces (or 10 or more pounds) of BPM flats to an FSS scheme must be separated/pooled into FSS scheme bundles. The Postal Service also recommends the use of authorized flat trays in lieu of sacks for FSS bundles. FSS scheme bundles that are not required to be placed in a FSS scheme or FSS facility container are combined with bundles of non-FSS sorted bundles and placed on an applicable SCF, 3-digit E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93618 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations or NDC container. Mailers must prepare FSS scheme qualifying mailpieces for each individual FSS scheme combination, and then prepare bundles of uniform size from those pieces. Mailings (excluding saturation mailings of USPS Marketing Mail) with nonpresorted BPM flats may be included in FSS preparation, but will not be eligible for presorted or carrier route prices. Mailpieces that meet the eligibility standards for 5-digit or 3-digit automation, 5-digit or 3-digit nonautomation, carrier route (except USPS Marketing Mail saturation) or presort will continue to be eligible for those piece prices when prepared in accordance with the FSS preparations standards. Mailpieces and bundles must also be prepared as follows: * * * * * asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 14.2 Basic Standards 14.2.1 Basic Standards [Revise the introductory text and items a through e to read as follows.] All Periodicals flats (including carrier route flats) meeting the standards in 201.6.2 and destinating to FSS sites as shown in L006 must be prepared according to these standards. Mailings of In-County Periodicals flats and the associated Outside-County Periodicals flats mailings of 5,000 pieces or less may be prepared according to these standards. Periodicals are subject to the following: a. Pricing eligibility is based on 207.11.0 through 207.14.0. FSS bundles placed on FSS facility pallets, sacks, trays, or approved alternate container will claim the 3-Digit/SCF bundle price. FSS bundles placed on a FSS scheme pallet, sack, tray or approved alternate container will claim the Carrier Route bundle price. b. FSS scheme pallets will be assessed the Carrier Route Pallet price. FSS facility sort level pallets will be charged a 3-Digit/SCF Pallet container price. FSS scheme or facility sacks or trays will be assessed the 3-Digit/SCF Sack/Tray price. Pallets, sacks and trays entered at a DFSS will claim the DSCF entry price. c. The Outside-County pound price for mail entered at a DFSS will be theDSCF price. The Inside-County price will claim prices for the ‘‘None’’ entry level. d. Mailers must provide standardized presort documentation under 708.1.0 that demonstrates eligibility for prices in accordance with 207.14.0 and 207.25.0. e. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1, or when authorized, using a red Label 5 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle label. * * * * * 15.0 Combining USPS Marketing Mail Flats and Periodicals Flats 14.3 * 14.3.1 USPS Marketing Mail Basic Standards 14.4.1 Bound Printed Matter Basic Standards [Revise the introductory text of 14.4.1 to read as follows.] Bound Printed Matter (BPM) flats that meet the standards in 201.6.2 must be separated/pooled into FSS scheme bundles and placed on pallets, or in flat trays, sacks, or approved alternate containers, for delivery to ZIP Codes having FSS processing capability, as shown in L006. BPM flats are subject to the following: * * * * * [Revise items b, c and d to read as follows.] b. Mailers must provide standardized presort documentation under 708.1.0 that demonstrates eligibility for prices in accordance with 263. c. Mailers must separate/pool all eligible flat-size mailpieces into FSS scheme bundles according to L006. d. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1; or when authorized, using a red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle label. * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Basic Standards * 15.1.6 [Revise the introductory text of 14.3.1 to read as follows.] All flat-size USPS Marketing Mail mailpieces (except saturation) must be separated/pooled into 5-digit FSS scheme bundles and placed on pallets, or in sacks or approved alternate containers, for delivery to ZIP Codes having Flats Sequencing System (FSS) processing capability, as shown in L006. USPS Marketing Mail flats are subject to the following: * * * * * [Revise items b and c to read as follows.] b. Mailers must provide standardized presort documentation under 708.1.0 that demonstrates eligibility for prices in accordance with 243. c. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1; or when authorized, using a red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle label. * * * * * 14.4 15.1.0 * * * Piece Prices [Revise the text of 15.1.6 to read as follows.] Apply piece prices based on the bundle level except FSS scheme bundles apply the piece prices based on the original bundle level. Pieces contained within mixed class bundles may claim prices based on the presort level of the bundle. * * * * * 15.1.11 Preparation for FSS Zones [Revise the introductory text of 15.1.11 to read as follows.] Mailers authorized to combine mailings of USPS Marketing Mail flats and Periodicals flats must prepare these mailings under 14.0, when the mailing includes pieces destinating within one or more of the FSS zones in L006. The following applies: [Revise item a to read as follows.] a. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement line (OEL), including the correct ZIP Code listed in L006, Column B, in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1. The OEL described in 2.2 must not be used with mailpieces prepared under this option. * * * * * 15.4.0 Pallet Preparation 15.4.1 Pallet Preparation, Sequence and Labeling When combining USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals flats within the same bundle or combining bundles of USPS Marketing Mail flats and bundles of Periodicals flats on pallets, bundles must be placed on pallets. Preparation, sequence and labeling: [Reverse the order of items a and b to read as follows.] a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required. Pallet must contain only carrier route bundles for the same 5digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit carrier routes pallet preparation begins with 15.4.1c. Labeling: 1. Line 1: L001. 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD/PER FLTS’’; followed by ‘‘CARRIER ROUTES’’ (or ‘‘CR–RTS’’); followed by ‘‘SCHEME’’ (or ‘‘SCH’’); followed by ‘‘MIX COMAIL.’’ b. Merged 5-digit scheme, optional. Not permitted for bundles containing non-carrier route automationcompatible flats under 201.6.0. Required for all other bundles. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and non- E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 71 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD/PER FLTS CR/5D;’’ followed by ‘‘SCHEME’’ (or ‘‘SCH’’); followed by ‘‘MIX COMAIL.’’ * * * * * 708 Technical Specifications 1.0 Standardized Documentation for First-Class Mail, Periodicals, USPS Marketing Mail, and Flat-Size Bound Printed Matter * * * * * 1.2 Format and Content For First-Class Mail, Periodicals, USPS Marketing Mail, and Bound Printed Matter, standardized documentation includes: * * * * * [Revise the introductory text of item e, to read as follows.] e. At the end of the documentation, a summary report of the number of pieces mailed at each price for each mailing by postage payment method (flat pieces mailed under FSS sort by 5-digit, 3digit, saturation, high density, high density plus, basic carrier route and by entry point for drop shipment mailings) and the number of pieces in each mailing. This information must match the information reported on the postage statement(s). For Periodicals mailings, documentation also must provide: ZONE ABBREVIATION RATE EQUIVALENT 1.6 Detailed Zone Listing for Periodicals carrier route 5-digit bundles (Presorted bundles only) for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, merged 5digit pallet preparation begins with 15.4.1d. Labeling: 1. Line 1: L001. 7.1 1.6.1 7.0 Optional Endorsement Lines (OELs) Zone Abbreviations Use the actual price name or the authorized zone abbreviation in the listings in 1.0 and 207.17.4.2: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Carrier Route—Periodicals & Mkt Mail basic FSS ............................................................ Carrier Route—Periodicals high density ........................................................................... Carrier Route—Periodicals & Mktg Mail High density FSS .............................................. Carrier Route—Periodicals saturation ............................................................................... Carrier Route—Periodicals Saturation FSS ...................................................................... ECR—Mktg Mail basic ....................................................................................................... ECR—Mktg Mail high density or high density plus ........................................................... ECR—Mktg Mail High Density Plus FSS .......................................................................... ECR—Mktg Mail saturation ............................................................................................... Carrier Route—Bound Printed Matter ............................................................................... Carrier Route FSS—Bound Printed Matter ....................................................................... 5-Digit ................................................................................................................................. 5-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats) ..................................................................................... 5-Digit Scheme (Automation flats) ..................................................................................... 5-Digit Scheme (Automation FSS flats) ............................................................................ 3-Digit ................................................................................................................................. 3-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats) ..................................................................................... 3-Digit Scheme (Automation flats) ..................................................................................... 3-Digit Scheme .................................................................................................................. ADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix) ........................................................................................... ADC (5-digit ZIP Code) ..................................................................................................... ADC (Automation FSS flats) .............................................................................................. ADC (Nonautomation FSS flats) ....................................................................................... Mixed ADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix) ................................................................................. Mixed ADC (5-digit ZIP Code) ........................................................................................... Presorted BPM (FSS flats) ................................................................................................ Nonpresorted BPM FSS .................................................................................................... Optional tray level piece ID for automation letters: AADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix) .................................................................................. AADC (5-digit ZIP Code) ............................................................................................ Mixed AADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix) ....................................................................... Mixed AADC (5-digit ZIP Code) ................................................................................. Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Basic Standards [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text to read as follows.] An optional endorsement line (OEL) may be used to label bundles instead of applying pressure-sensitive bundle labels or facing slips to the top piece of bundles except each mailpiece in a FSS bundle must bear an optional endorsement line in human-readable text, including the correct ZIP code listed in Column B of L006, as described in Exhibit 7.1.1 * * * Exhibit 7.1.1 OEL Formats [Revise Exhibit 7.1.1 to read as follows.] OEL Example Firm—BPM machinable parcels ........................................................................................ Firm—Periodicals ............................................................................................................... Origin Mixed ADC—Periodicals (3-digit ZIP Code prefix) ................................................. Carrier Route—Periodicals basic ...................................................................................... 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 OEL Use 7.1.1. Definition and Retention [Revise the first sentence of 1.6.1 to read as follows.] The publisher must be able to present documentation to support the number of copies of each edition of an issue, by entry point, mailed to each zone, and at DDU, DSCF, DADC, DNDC, and InCounty prices. * * * * * * * * 1.6.3 [In the chart directly under 1.6.3, delete the row containing FSS under ‘Zone Abbreviation’ and OutsideCounty, DFSS under ‘Rate Equivalent’ in their entirety.] * * * * * Sortation Level VerDate Sep<11>2014 93619 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ******FIRM 12345. ******FIRM 12345. ******ORIGIN MIXED ADC 117. ******CARRT LOT**C–001. ******CR LOT 1234A**C–001. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSC. ******CARRT WSH**C–001. ******SCH 5- DIGIT 12345 FSSB. ******CARRT WSS**C–001. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSH. ******ECRLOT**C–001. ******ECRLOT 1234A**C–001. ******ECRWSH**C–001. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSA. ******ECRWSS**C–001. ******CARRT SORT**C–001. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSM. 5–DIGIT 12345. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSE. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSD. ******3–DIGIT 771. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSG. ******SCH 3–DIGIT 006. ******SCH 5-Digit (Automation FSS flats) 12345 FSSF. ******ALL FOR ADC 105. ******ALL FOR ADC 90197. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSK. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSL. ******MIXED ADC 640. ******MIXED ADC 60821. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSJ. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSN. ******ALL FOR AADC 050. ******ALL FOR AADC 07099. ******MIXED AADC 870. ******MIXED AADC 75197. E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 93620 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Sortation Level OEL Example Additional required human-readable text for use with combined mailings of USPS Marketing Mail and Periodical flats: 5-Digit Scheme (and other sortation levels as appropriate) ...................................... 5-Digit Scheme (Automation FSS flats) ..................................................................... 5-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats) ............................................................................. 3-Digit (Automation FSS flats) .................................................................................... 3-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats) ............................................................................. ADC (Automation FSS flats) ...................................................................................... ADC (Nonautomation FSS flats) ................................................................................ Carrier Route high density plus (FSS flats) ............................................................... FSSG COMAIL ........................................................................................................... Carrier Route high density (FSS flats) ....................................................................... FSSC COMAIL ........................................................................................................... Carrier Route high density (FSS flats) ....................................................................... Carrier Route basic .................................................................................................... * * * * * 7.1.8 Required OEL Use in Combined Mailings of USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals Flats * * * The following additional standards also apply: * * * * * [Revise item c to read as follows.] c. When combined mailings of USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals flats are prepared to FSS zones under 705.15.1.11, each mailpiece must bear an optional endorsement line in humanreadable text, including the correct ZIP code listed in Column B of L006, as described in Exhibit 7.1.1. * * * * * We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to reflect these changes. * * * * * Stanley F. Mires, Attorney, Federal Compliance. [FR Doc. 2016–30381 Filed 12–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–12–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R09–OAR–2016–0543 FRL–9956–98Region 9] Determination of Attainment of the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Eastern San Luis Obispo, California I. Summary of Proposed Rule II. Public Comments and EPA Responses III. Final Action IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing our determination that the San Luis Obispo (Eastern San Luis Obispo) ozone nonattainment area (NAA) in California has attained the 2008 ozone National VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ‘‘standards’’) by the applicable attainment date of July 20, 2016. This determination is based on complete, quality-assured and certified data for the 3-year period preceding that attainment date. Based on this determination, the Eastern San Luis Obispo NAA will not be reclassified to a higher ozone classification. DATES: This rule will be effective on January 20, 2017. ADDRESSES: The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA–R09–OAR–2016–0543. All documents in the docket are listed on the https://www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly-available, e.g., Confidential Business Information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly-available only in hard copy form. Publicly-available docket materials are available through https:// www.regulations.gov, or please contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section for additional availability information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Levin, EPA Region IX, (415) 972– 3848, levin.nancy@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document, ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us’’ and ‘‘our’’ refer to the EPA. Table of Contents AGENCY: SUMMARY: ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 MIX COMAIL. *****SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSD COMAIL. *****SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSE COMAIL. *****SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSF COMAIL. *****SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSG COMAIL. *****SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSK COMAIL. *******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSS COMAIL. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345. ******SCH 5–DIGIT 12345 FSSA COMAIL. ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSB COMAIL. ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSA COMAIL. ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSC COMAIL. ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSC COMAIL. I. Summary of Proposed Rule On October 12, 2016 (81 FR 70382), the EPA proposed to determine that the Eastern San Luis Obispo ozone NAA has attained the 2008 ozone standard by the applicable attainment date of July 20, PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2106, based on complete, qualityassured and certified ambient air quality monitoring data for the 2013–2015 monitoring period. San Luis Obispo County is the northern-most county within the air basin designated by California as the South Central Coast Air Basin. The NAA encompasses roughly the eastern half of San Luis Obispo County. For the precise boundaries of the Eastern San Luis Obispo 2008 ozone NAA, see 40 CFR 81.305. Our proposed rule provided background information on the 2008 ozone standards,1 the EPA’s classification of the Eastern San Luis Obispo NAA under the Clean Air Act (CAA) as ‘‘Marginal’’ for the 2008 ozone standard, and the EPA’s prior approval of an extension of the applicable attainment date for the area from July 20, 2015 to July 20, 2016 (81 FR 26697, May 4, 2016). In our proposed rule, we described our obligation under CAA section 181(b)(2)(A) to determine whether an ozone NAA attained the ozone NAAQS by the applicable attainment date within six months of that date; how we determine whether an area’s air quality meets the 2008 ozone standard; and the relevant air quality monitoring agencies in the Eastern San Luis Obispo ozone NAA, their monitoring network plans, and the relevant ozone monitoring sites. We also discussed our previous review of the networks and network plans, the annual certifications of ambient air monitoring data, and our determination of completeness for 2013–2015 data from the two ozone monitoring sites within the Eastern San Luis Obispo NAA. Our proposed rule included a table of ozone ‘‘design values’’ at the two ozone monitoring sites in the Eastern San Luis 1 Since the primary and secondary 2008 ozone standards are the same, we hereafter refer to them herein using the singular ‘‘2008 ozone standard.’’ E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 245 (Wednesday, December 21, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: On October 12, 2016, the Postal Service filed a notice of 
mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory 
Commission (PRC), effective January 22, 2017. This final rule contains 
the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, 
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) that we will adopt to implement the 
changes coincident with the price adjustments.

DATES: Effective date: January 22, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Audrey Meloni at (856) 933-4360, or 
Lizbeth Dobbins at (202) 268-3789.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Final prices are available under Docket 
Number R2017-1 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at 
www.prc.gov.
    The Postal Service's final rule includes: Changes to prices, 
several mail classification updates, mailpiece marking changes, 
modifications to mailpiece weights and mail preparation categories, 
multiple product simplification efforts, a few minor revisions to the 
DMM to condense language and eliminate redundancy, a change to the 
redemption period of a money order claim from two years to one year, 
the addition of Official Mail Accounting System (OMAS) stamp shipment 
fee language, and updates to Enterprise Post Office Box Online (ePOBOL) 
process that change payment periods for online Post Office Box 
activity. Changes to Collect On Delivery will be published in a future 
final rule.

Comments on Proposed Changes and USPS Response

    The Postal Service received 21 formal responses encompassing 34 
comments on our price-change related proposal. Five responses included 
comments regarding more than one issue.

Standard Mail Name Change to USPS Marketing Mail

    Nine comments requested that the Postal Service reconsider its 
decision to rename Standard Mail to USPS Marketing Mail. The commenters 
suggested that using the term ``marketing'' would indicate 
``advertising mail'' or ``junk mail'' and cause the mail to have a 
lower ``open rate''. Customers were unclear how a name change would 
encourage more people to use the mail.
    Additional comments asked about the indicia, labeling criteria, 
transition period, and the lack of discussion with the industry and 
supportive research that would support such a measure that could be 
costly to both the USPSTM and the mailing industry.
    One commenter believed the change would help promote the use of 
mail for marketing; while another was willing to explore an 18-month 
transition period before any changes to indicia would be required.

USPS Response

    The Postal Service is updating the name to reflect vibrancy and to 
breathe new life into the former ``Third-Class Mail'' and ``Standard 
Mail''. We expressed a desire at the National Postal Forum and through 
MTAC in early 2016 to improve the position of Standard Mail in the 
marketplace and to improve its perception.
    In response to feedback from the mailing community, the new indicia 
or postage markings should not be used for letter or flat mail until 
January 2018 at the earliest. Tray label and pallet markings will be 
deferred until mid-2017 at the earliest. Other types of changes, such 
as changes to postage statements and forms, can move forward with the 
January 2017 price change. This phased transition period will allow 
both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully.

First-Class Mail up to 3.5 ounces

    Three commenters requested clarification on the pricing methodology 
for computing prices for First-Class Mail up to 3.5 ounces, and for 
residual pieces from either a presorted or automation mailing.
    One comment suggested that heavier letters might slow down 
processing for mail service providers. The same commenter wanted to 
know whether the next price increase would be within the existing CPI 
allowances for the existing product, or the USPS would seek higher 
pricing based on this current proposed change.
    Additional comments cited the lack of DMM language in the proposed 
rule identifying the types of pieces to which the weight increase 
changes would apply (such as enveloped pieces only, envelopes 
containing discs, heavy letters only, etc.), and clarifying the barcode 
placement for such pieces.

USPS Response

    There are no changes to the pricing methodology for residual mail 
pieces. Also, there are no changes to the requirements for enveloped 
mail pieces, heavy letters, or envelopes containing discs. The market 
dominant price change will be done using the Centralized Accounting 
Postage System (CAPS), and all applicable DMM sections have been 
updated in this final rule.

First-Class Package Service

    One commenter asked if the new Labeling List 104 was being proposed 
as an added convenience.

USPS Response

    Use of the new labeling list is optional.

USPS Marketing Mail Letters Weight Limit

    Three commenters requested clarification of the USPS Marketing Mail 
weight limits. One wanted to know if the Notice 123, Price List would 
be updated to reflect these changes. Another requested clarification 
regarding the barcode clear zone.

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USPS Response

    USPS Marketing Mail automation letters weight will increase to 3.5 
ounces, eliminating the previous piece/pound price for 3.3 to 3.5 
ounces. Automation letters over 3.5 ounces will pay the applicable 
flats prices, however, for non-automation letters; the weight is up to 
4 ounces.
    Notice 123, Price List, will be updated to reflect all the piece/
pound and weight changes and will be available on Postal Explorer at 
pe.usps.com beginning January 22, 2017. The applicable DMM sections 
regarding barcode clear zones are also updated with this final rule

USPS Marketing Mail Flats Weight Limit

    Three comments were received. One comment stated that the Postal 
Service has not considered the unintended effects of the proposed rule 
change, and the associated loss of revenue, and suggested withdrawing 
this change. The commenter suggested that many mailers will take 
advantage of the rule change by combining more mailpieces, thus 
reducing the number of pieces entered and the associated revenue, while 
increasing the average cost to handle those pieces.
    Another comment wanted clarification regarding the effect of this 
change on booklets and folded self-mailers.
    Lastly, one comment stated that raising the weight limit on the 
piece/pound break is a great move as long as the rate is not raised to 
make up for the resulting lost revenue.

USPS Response

    There will be no changes to the parameters of booklets or Folded 
Self-Mailers.

Permit and Annual Mailing Fees

    Two comments requested clarification about the elimination of 
permit and annual mailing fees, specifically with regard to Bound 
Printed Matter and the QBRM quarterly fee.

USPS Response

    A permit application fee and annual mailing fee must be paid for 
any destination entry Bound Printed Matter flats (except for qualifying 
Full-service Intelligent Mail barcode mailings). There is no 
application fee or annual mailing fee if a mailer uses Bound Printed 
Matter to mail parcels only.
    There is no change to the QBRM quarterly fee at this time.

Combining 3-Digit and AADC

    Two comments addressed the combining of 3-Digit and AADC letters, 
requesting clarification regarding the mandatory origin 3-Digit trays 
for the local SCF area, and the use of labeling lists L801 and L003.

USPS Response

    Labeling list L003 will be combined with L801 with the following 
exceptions. With this final rule, effective January 22, 2017, all 
First-Class and Standard Mail automation/machinable letters will no 
longer be sorted to the 3 Digit level. They will be sorted to the AADC 
level, after optional 5-Digit sort, whether they are Destinating AADC 
trays or Originating AADC trays. The current requirement that origin 
SCF mail be sorted down to 3-Digit trays will be eliminated. There is 
no minimum quantity for Origin AADC trays; however, less bundling 
should result in fuller trays, and the use of many fewer trays. The 
entry price is the same. The L801 will be applicable to all of this 
type of mail.
    The use of 3 Digit trays will still apply to Nonmachinable letters 
in all three classes, and Periodicals Machinable/Automation prices. 
Destinating and Originating 3 Digit trays can still be made for these 
three classes of Nonmachinable letters along with Periodicals 
machinable/auto letters. The origin 3-Digit tray preparation will thus 
remain the same for all Nonmachinable letters and Periodicals 
machinable/automation letters. Labeling List 002 will be used, which 
may involve L003 for 3-Digit schemes.

Prices

    One organization submitted two comments suggesting that a price 
increase for commercial USPS Marketing Mail flats would result from 
increasing the pound rate and decreasing the per piece rate; producing 
a potential 4-10 percent increase in postage costs for their mailings.

USPS Response

    Comments from comparable mailers expressed satisfaction with the 
prices as proposed. [A request for a recent postage statement so that 
USPS could do a before-and-after analysis to see if correct prices were 
being charged was not received.]

FSS Price Structure

    Two comments were received. One strongly supported the proposal to 
eliminate the FSS-specific price structures for Periodicals, USPS 
Marketing Mail, and Bound Printed Matter; however, the commenter 
disagreed with the proposal to leave the 250-pound minimum intact, 
fearing the unintended consequences of curtailing the benefits sought 
to be realized by the restoration of a more rational price structure.
    Another comment asked if the Notice 123 would be updated and if FSS 
facility preparation would become mandatory.

USPS Response

    The 250-pound minimum requirements will remain intact. The Notice 
123, Price List, will be updated on January 22, 1017, to remove all 
pricing related to FSS preparation. Additionally, FSS facility 
preparation will be optional.

Shipping Products Permit

    One comment asked what indicia changes are proposed, and whether 
USPS data under the combined permit would be broken down by product.

USPS Response

    There will be no changes to current procedures. Each product must 
be identified for volume reporting purposes.

Informed Delivery

    One comment regarding the Informed Delivery enhancement suggested 
that the process would add another level of complexity and potential 
for errors, thereby, increasing costs.

USPS Response

    Informed Delivery is outside the scope of the price changes 
addressed in this final rule.

General

    We received three comments of a general nature. One comment 
suggested that DMM exhibit 708.7.1.1 was missing an indicator for 
presorted Bound Printed Matter flats, and another requested that 
educational webinars should be provided on Premium Forwarding Service 
and Share Mail.

USPS Response

    The DMM will be updated as part of the January 22, 2017, price 
change implementation. Educational seminars will be presented on 
various subjects in the near future.

Overview of Changes Made by This Final Rule

Flats Sequencing System (FSS)

    As background, on December 18, 2013, the Postal Service began to 
require bundle and pallet preparation of flat-size Standard 
Mail[supreg], Periodicals, and Bound Printed Matter mailpieces for 
delivery within ZIP Codes\TM\ served by FSS processing (78 FR 76533-
76548). This requirement was incorporated into

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the DMM on January 26, 2014. Subsequently, on May 31, 2015, the Postal 
Service introduced FSS specific price structures for flat-sized Bound 
Printer Matter, Standard Mail, and Periodicals mailpieces, pursuant to 
PRC Order no. 2472, issued on May 7, 2015. This final rule removes all 
FSS specific pricing structures from Periodicals, Standard Mail and 
Bound Printed Matter. One change, for example, requires mailers to add 
Optional Endorsement Lines (OELs) on each FSS scheme mailpiece. For FSS 
preparation, mailers place qualifying mailpieces from all price 
categories into a separate pool for each individual 5-digit FSS scheme 
combination.
    All carrier route Bound Printed Matter (BPM), carrier route 
Periodicals and carrier route (except saturation) Standard Mail flats 
meeting the standards in DMM 201.6.2 must be sorted to FSS schemes, 
properly bundled and placed on or in pallets, trays, sacks or approved 
containers, for FSS scheme ZIP Code combinations within the same 
facility. Mailings (excluding saturation mailings of Standard Mail) 
with non-presorted BPM flats may be included in FSS preparation, but 
will continue to be ineligible for presorted or carrier route prices.
    To reiterate, all mailpieces in a 5-digit scheme FSS bundle must be 
identified with an OEL, as described in DMM 708.7.0. Mailpieces entered 
under a combined mailing of Standard Mail and Periodicals flats (DMM 
705.15.0) still include class and price markings, applicable to the 
price paid, in addition to the OEL.
    Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Bound Printed Matter flats properly 
included in a FSS scheme bundle qualify for the piece price applied 
prior to inclusion in the FSS scheme pool with the following exceptions 
for Standard Mail:
    1. A carrier route mailpiece in a FSS bundle on a FSS scheme pallet 
will receive the Basic CR-Bundles/Pallet price.
    2. A carrier route mailpiece in a FSS bundle on a FSS facility 
pallet will receive the Basic CR price.

Additional information on each mail class affected is under the Bound 
Printed Matter, Periodicals, and Standard Mail sections.

First-Class Mail--Combine First-Class Mail (FCM) Commercial Automation 
Automated Area Distribution Center (AADC) and 3-Digit Sortations for 
Letters and Cards Into One Combined Sortation Level Known as AADC

    Currently, there are four presort levels for FCM Commercial 
Automation Letters and Cards: Mixed AADC, AADC, 3-Digit, and 5-Digit. 
To help simplify the pricing structure, the Postal Service implemented 
the same price for AADC Automation Letters (Cards) and 3-Digit 
Automations Letters (Cards) in Docket No. R2012-3. The Postal Service 
is now combining AADC and 3-Digit presort levels into one sortation. 
The new sortation name will be AADC. The existing labeling List 801 
will drive the FCM AADC separations, and origin entry separations, 
based on labeling List 002, will be modified to reflect origin entry 
AADC separations.

First-Class Mail--Increase the Weight Standard for First-Class Mail 
(FCM) Commercial Automation and Machinable Letters and Cards From Up to 
3.3 Ounces to Up to 3.5 Ounces

    Currently, the ``up to'' weight standard for FCM Commercial 
Machinable Letters is 3.3 ounces. This lower weight break of up to 3.3 
ounces is being increased due to mail processing improvements. Since 
machinable letters must follow the standards for Automation Letters 
(except for IMb), the same weight maximum should apply. Based on this, 
the Postal Service will increase the weight maximum from 3.3 ounces to 
3.5 ounces. This change does not apply to the maximum weight of 
Booklets which are capped at 3.0 ounces.

First-Class Mail--One Price for Up To 3.5 Ounces for First-Class Mail 
(FCM) Commercial Automation Letters

    Currently, the same price applies for one- and two-ounce pieces for 
each individual mail sortation level for FCM Commercial Automation 
Letters. With this final rule there will be one price for up to 3.5 
ounces for each individual mail sortation level for FCM Commercial 
Automation Letters. This will also apply to mixed-weight FCM Residual 
mailings up to 3.5 ounces. The current preparation requirements for 
non-blended trays, such as one ounce, up to two ounces, and now 
extending to 3.5 ounces will continue. This change does not include FCM 
single-piece letters (non-residual) or FCM Flats.

First-Class Mail--Simplifying and Renaming FCM Alternate Postage as FCM 
Share Mail

    The Postal Service will rename Alternate Postage as Share Mail. 
This implements a proposal published in the June 9, 2016, Postal 
Bulletin (Issue #22443). Share Mail allows Postal Service customers to 
distribute single-piece FCM letters or cards to consumers, who may in 
turn mail those pieces to any domestic address, without having to affix 
postage. Share Mail pieces are permitted to weigh up to one ounce each. 
Payment is collected electronically from the customer's Postage Due and 
Centralized Accounting Postage System (CAPS) Account. Invoicing is 
performed manually, by the Postal Service's Share Mail Program Office 
in Marketing. To continue the Postal Service's efforts to simplify its 
product line, the Share Mail payment tiers will be collapsed into one, 
and upfront postage payment requirements will be eliminated. Unique 
Intelligent Mail barcodes are no longer required nor is a signed 
Marketing Agreement. Picture Permit will no longer be available in 
order to help expedite the approval process. A customer who wishes to 
participate must submit a request to the Share Mail Program Office 
along with production pieces to ensure readability for postal 
processing. Share Mail relies on Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) 
technology and scan data collected as the mailpiece travels through the 
mailstream to determine piece counts, so readability is paramount.

Periodicals--Eliminate Flats Sequencing System (FSS) Pricing

    The Postal Service will eliminate the FSS specific price structures 
for Periodicals Outside-County. FSS preparation will still be required 
and all FSS marking requirements will remain as is. Outside-County 
Periodicals flats properly included in a FSS scheme bundle will qualify 
for the price applied prior to inclusion in the FSS scheme pool. If a 
FSS scheme pallet is drop-shipped to a DFSS facility, the pallet will 
receive Carrier Route pallet pricing. If a FSS facility pallet is drop-
shipped to a DFSS facility the pallet will receive DSCF pallet pricing. 
Qualifying FSS scheme pieces entered at a DFSS facility will receive 
DSCF pound pricing. FSS scheme bundles on an FSS scheme pallet will 
receive carrier route bundle prices. FSS scheme bundles on an FSS 
facility pallet will receive 3-digit/SCF bundle pricing. FSS scheme and 
facility sack/trays or other authorized container

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will receive 3-digit/SCF sack/tray prices.

Standard Mail--Renaming Standard Mail as ``USPS Marketing Mail''

    The Postal Service will rename Standard Mail as ``USPS Marketing 
Mail''. This name change will better communicate to our customers the 
message that Standard Mail fits into their marketing mix.
    To help smooth the transition for this change, the Postal Service 
will modify postage statements and the DMM for January 2017 and 
implement other changes to postal forms or documents during the normal 
update cycles. The initial implementation date for mailers to adopt the 
new USPS Marketing Mail abbreviations (such as MKT in lieu of STD) is 
July 1, 2018. Abbreviations and examples of permit imprints will be 
available in a future Postal Bulletin.

Bound Printed Matter--Eliminate Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Pricing

    The Postal Service is eliminating FSS specific price structures for 
Bound Printed Matter Flats. FSS preparation will still be required, and 
all FSS marking requirements will remain in place. Bound Printed Matter 
flat pieces included in an FSS scheme bundle will qualify for the zone 
and entry piece pricing and pound pricing applicable to the mailing 
piece before inclusion in the FSS scheme pool. If an FSS container is 
drop shipped to a DFSS facility, those pieces will receive DSCF 
pricing.

Standard Mail--Combine AADC and 3 Digit Automation Sorts for Letters 
Into One Sort Level

    Currently there are four presort levels for Standard Mail and 
Standard Mail Nonprofit Automation Letters: Mixed AADC Automation 
Letters, AADC Automation Letters, 3-Digit Automation Letters, and 5-
Digit Automation Letters. To simplify the pricing structure, the Postal 
Service implemented the same price for AADC Automation Letters and 3-
Digit Automation Letters in Docket No. R2013-1. The Postal Service is 
combining these two presort levels (AADC and 3-Digit) into one new 
sortation which will be named AADC.

Standard Mail--Increase the Weight Standard for Standard Mail and 
Standard Mail Nonprofit Nonautomation Machinable Letters From Up to 3.3 
Ounces to Up to 3.5 Ounces

    Currently, the ``up to'' weight standard for Standard Mail and 
Standard Mail Nonprofit Machinable Letters is 3.3 ounces. This lower 
``weight break'' is no longer needed due to improvements in mail 
processing equipment. Since machinable letters must follow the 
standards for Automation Letters (except for the IMb standards), the 
weight maximum should also apply. Accordingly, the Postal Service will 
increase the weight maximum from 3.3 ounces to 3.5 ounces. This change 
does not include Standard Mail Ride-Along mailpieces which are capped 
at 3.3 ounces and are inserted into a host Periodicals mailpiece.
    It is important that both the Industry and the Postal Service 
evaluate the effects of higher weight breaks for First-Class Mail 
automation letters and cards along with Standard Mail letters. 
Collaboration and feedback throughout calendar year 2017 will be 
critical in helping to determine whether higher weights cause 
processing or address quality metrics to be put at risk.

Standard Mail--Reduce the Number of Simple Sample Tiers

    There are currently six volume tiers for Standard Mail Commercial 
and Nonprofit Simple Samples. Based on the volume thresholds currently 
used by most customers, the Postal Service will collapse the existing 
six tiers into two new tiers: Volumes up to and including 200,000 
pieces, and volumes greater than 200,000 pieces.

Standard Mail--Eliminate Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Pricing

    The Postal Service will eliminate the FSS-specific price structures 
within Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit. FSS preparation will 
still be required and all FSS marking requirements will remain intact.
    Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit flats properly included 
in a FSS scheme pool will qualify for the price applied prior to the 
FSS scheme pool with the following exceptions:
    1. A carrier route mailpiece in an FSS bundle on an FSS scheme 
pallet will receive the Basic CR-Bundles/Pallet price, and
    2. A carrier route mailpiece in a FSS bundle on an FSS facility 
pallet will receive the Basic CR price.
    If an FSS pallet is drop shipped to a DFSS facility, those pieces 
will receive DSCF pricing.

Standard Mail--Increase Standard Mail and Standard Mail Nonprofit 
Flats, Nonautomation Letters, and Nonmachinable Letters Piece-Price 
Weight Break Structure From 3.3 Ounces to 4.0 Ounces

    The current piece/pound price structure for Standard Mail and 
Standard Mail Nonprofit Flats, Nonautomation Letters, and Nonmachinable 
Letters does not provide a simple, clear view of the actual price of a 
mailing, especially if it includes nonidentical-weight pieces between 
3.3 and 4 ounces. The Postal Service will increase the piece price 
weight break structure from 3.3 ounces to 4.0 ounces for Standard Mail 
and Standard Mail Nonprofit Flats, and Nonautomation and Nonmachinable 
Letters. Pieces up to 4 ounces will pay the same price and a pound 
price will apply over 4 ounces. This will not include Nonautomation 
Machinable Letters.

Extra Services (Returns Simplification)--Eliminate BRM Parcels Permit & 
Account Maintenance Fee

    Business Reply Mail (BRM) currently consists of letters, flats, and 
parcels. Occasionally, BRM customers may choose to use Business Reply 
Mail for return parcels because they possess a BRM permit for inbound 
correspondence. The Postal Service will waive the annual permit fee for 
those customers using BRM exclusively for return parcels. This will 
align BRM parcels with other returns products. BRM permit fees for 
letters and flats, and for weight-averaged BRM letters, flats and 
parcels, will remain.

Extra Services--Eliminate QBRM Permit Fees

    The Postal Service is also eliminating the annual permit fees for 
Business Reply customers who use only QBRM Basic and High Volume 
Qualified for letters and cards. All other fees and postage pricing 
remain intact.

Extra Services--Shipping Services Permit Fees

    The Postal Service will eliminate the fees for certain outbound and 
return permits used for parcel shipments including associated annual 
account maintenance fees. This will streamline the application and 
returns process, and eliminate the need to pay permit application fees 
for additional entry points. Shipping Products included under this 
umbrella are outbound shipments of Priority Mail Express, Priority 
Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select (including Parcel 
Select Lightweight), Bound Printed Matter (parcels only), Media Mail, 
and Library Mail, as well as for return shipments of MRS, Parcel Return 
Service and BRM (parcels only).

Extra Services (Address Correction)--Adjust Standard Mail Forwarding 
Fee to 2 Decimal Places

    Standard Mail letters and flats mailers that use this service are 
charged the

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Forwarding Fee via Address Correction Service (ACS) billing which is 
managed by the ACS Department of Address Management Systems in Memphis, 
TN. The ACS data file, Shipping Notice data file, and the Invoice data 
file have an implied decimal position that is conducive to 2-decimal 
places for address correction services. When mailers use these files to 
track their ACS fees and costs, they must recognize that the Forwarded 
Fee product codes have an implied 3-decimal place price and must 
manipulate the data files provided to them through ACS so that the 
decimal place differences are recognized in all of the data files 
provided via ACS. This would adjust the Standard Mail Forwarding Fee to 
2-decimal point places to allow mailers to track their ACS fees and 
costs without making adjustments for the Forwarding Fees.

Extra Services--Money Order Redemption Period

    To be consistent with Banking Industry Standards and other 
companies' comparable money order offerings, the Postal Service will 
change the time limit for claims for improper payment to a limit of one 
year. This language will be updated on the reverse side of the domestic 
and international money order form so the purchaser is aware of the 
time limit.

Extra Services--Enterprise PO Boxes Online (ePOBOL) Payment Process 
Change

    The Postal Service plans to allow Enterprise PO Boxes Online 
customers to modify their current payment period to align their 
multiple PO Boxes, Caller Service, and Reserve payments to one due date 
per year, when using an Enterprise Payment Account (EPA). Eligible 
customers will be allowed to pay pro-rated fees on a one-time basis to 
align all payments to a selected annual renewal date in the future. 
This method is optional and will be available for all of an eligible 
customer's PO Boxes and Caller Service numbers. When the true-up date 
is reached they will continue to pay for the 12 month term as committed 
when first enrolled in the Enterprise Payment Account.

Extra Services--OMAS Stamp Delivery Fee for Federal Agencies Ordering 
Stamps From the Stamp Fulfillment Center

    Federal agencies have the option today to order stamps from the 
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City and to pay for the 
stamps through their Official Mail Accounting System (OMAS) accounts. 
It has been a long-standing practice to charge customers other than 
federal agencies a nominal handling fee for all purchases ordered 
through Stamp Fulfillment Services. Beginning January 1, 2017, these 
fees will apply to federal agencies using OMAS.
    The handling fee schedule can be found in section 1560 of the Mail 
Classification Schedule, under References, on the Postal Regulatory 
Commission Web site at https://www.prc.gov/.

Extra Services--Resources

    The Postal Service will provide additional resources to assist 
customers with this price change for competitive products. These tools 
include price lists, downloadable price files, and Federal Register 
Notices, which may be found on the Postal Explorer[supreg] Web site at 
pe.usps.com.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.

    The Postal Service adopts the following changes to Mailing 
Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual 
(DMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. 
See 39 CFR 111.1.

0
Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is amended as follows:

PART 111--[AMENDED]

0
1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-
1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 
3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.


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2. Revise the following sections of Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), as follows:

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail 
Manual (DMM)

* * * * *

200 Commercial Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels

201 Physical Standards

1.0 Physical Standards for Machinable Letters and Cards

* * * * *

1.1.2 Weight Standards for Machinable Letters

    [Revise 1.1.2 to read as follows:]
    The maximum weight for Presorted First-Class Mail machinable 
letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound). The maximum weight for USPS 
Marketing Mail machinable letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound).
* * * * *

2.0 Physical Standards for Nonmachinable Letters

* * * * *

2.1 Criteria for Nonmachinable Letters

    [Revise the last sentence of 2.1 to read as follows:]
    * * * In addition, a letter-size piece is nonmachinable if it 
weighs more than 3.5 ounces (except Periodicals nonmachinable letters 
cannot weigh more than 3.3 ounces), unless it has a barcode and is 
eligible for, and claims, automation letter prices or USPS Marketing 
Mail Carrier Route (barcoded) letter prices.
* * * * *

3.0 Physical Standards for Machinable and Automation Letters and Cards

* * * * *

3.5 Maximum Weight, Machinable and Automation Letters and Cards

    The following maximum weight limits apply:
    [Revise 3.5b as follows:]
    b. Machinable enveloped letters and cards--3.5 ounces. (see 3.6 for 
pieces over 3 ounces.)
* * * * *

4.0 Physical Standards for Flats

* * * * *

4.7 Flat-Size Pieces Not Eligible for Flat-Size Prices

* * * * *

Exhibit 4.7b Pricing for Flats Exceeding Maximum Deflection (see 4.6)

    [Revise Exhibit 4.7b as follows:]
* * * * *

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------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Eligibility with failed
        Eligibility as presented                    deflection
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                       PERIODICALS OUTSIDE COUNTY
------------------------------------------------------------------------
[Delete Machinable barcoded FSS].......  [Delete Nonmachinable barcoded
                                          5-digit flat].
 
                              * * * * * * *
[Delete Machinable nonbarcoded FSS]....  [Delete Nonmachinable
                                          nonbarcoded 5-digit flat].
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              * * * * * * *
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           USPS MARKETING MAIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
[Delete Automation FSS Sch Pallet].....  [Delete Nonautomation FSS Sch
                                          Pallet].
[Delete Automation FSS Other]..........  [Delete Nonautomation FSS
                                          Other].
[Delete Automation FSS Sch Cont.]......  [Delete Nonautomation FSS Sch
                                          Cont.].
[Delete Automation FSS Facility Cont.].  [Delete Nonautomation FSS
                                          Facility Cont.].
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              * * * * * * *
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          BOUND PRINTED MATTER
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
                              * * * * * * *
[Delete Barcoded/noncoded FSS Sch flat]  [Delete Presorted parcel].
 
                              * * * * * * *
------------------------------------------------------------------------

202 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

* * * * *

5.0 Barcode Placement Letters and Flats

5.1 Letter-Size

* * * * *

5.1.2 General Barcode Placement for Letters

    [Revise the second and third sentences to read as follows:]
    * * * A nonautomation letter may bear an Intelligent Mail barcode 
under 708.4.0. Mailers must print the barcode either in the address 
block or in the barcode clear zone, except for pieces that weigh more 
than 3.5 ounces which must include the barcode in the address block. * 
* *
* * * * *

203 Basic Postage Statement, Documentation, and Preparation Standards

* * * * *

4.0 Letter and Flat Trays

* * * * *

4.5 Letter Tray Strapping Exception

    [Revise second sentence to read as follows:]
    Strapping is not required for any letter tray placed on a 5-digit, 
3-digit, or SCF pallet secured with stretchwrap. If the processing and 
distribution manager gives a written waiver, strapping is not required 
for any mixed AADC letter tray of First-Class Mail or for any letter 
tray that originates and destinates in the same SCF or AADC (mail 
processing plant) service area.
* * * * *

207 Periodicals

* * * * *

12.0 Nonbarcoded (Presorted) Eligibility

* * * * *

12.2 Prices--Outside-County

    Outside-County nonbarcoded (Presorted) prices are based on the 
following criteria:
    [Revise 12.2a, b, and c to read as follows.]
    a. Piece prices are based on shape, machinability, barcoding, and 
presort level. The presort level of the piece is based primarily on the 
bundle level of the piece, except the presort level of pieces loose in 
trays is based on the tray level and qualifying FSS scheme flats are 
based on presort levels prior to inclusion in the FSS scheme bundle.
    b. Bundle prices are based on the bundle and container sortation 
level except FSS scheme bundles in/on a FSS scheme container receives 
carrier route pricing; FSS scheme bundles in/on a FSS facility 
container receives 3-digit/SCF pricing.
    c. Container prices are based on the type of container (tray, sack, 
or pallet), the level of sortation of the container and where the 
container is entered except FSS facility containers and FSS scheme 
sacks or trays receive 3-digit/SCF pricing and where the container is 
entered, and FSS scheme pallets receive carrier route prices and where 
the pallet is entered.

12.3 Prices--In-County

* * * * *

12.3.2 Three-Digit Prices

    3-digit prices apply to:
* * * * *
    [Add new item c as follows:]
    c. Flat-size pieces not qualifying for carrier route or 5-digit 
prices, but properly included in a FSS scheme pool prepared under 
705.14.0.
* * * * *

13.0 Carrier Route Eligibility

* * * * *

13.2 Sorting

13.2.1 Basic Standards

    Preparation to qualify eligible pieces for carrier route prices is 
optional and need not be performed for all carrier routes in a 5-digit 
area. Carrier route prices apply to copies that are prepared in carrier 
route bundles of six or more addressed pieces each, subject to these 
standards:
* * * * *
    b. Nonletter-size mailings. Carrier route prices apply to carrier 
route bundles that are sorted in one of the following ways:
    [Add new item 13.2.1b4 as follows:]

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    4. Qualifying carrier route mailpieces sorted into FSS bundles and 
prepared on pallets under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

13.3 Walk-Sequence Prices

13.3.1 Eligibility

    [Revise 13.3.1 to read as follows:]
    The high density or saturation prices apply to each piece in a 
carrier route mailing, eligible under 13.2.1 and prepared under 
705.8.0, 23.0, or (non-letter-size mail only) 705.10.0, 705.12.0, 
705.13.0 or 705.14.0, that also meets the corresponding addressing and 
density standards in 13.3.4. High density and saturation mailings must 
be prepared in carrier walk sequence according to USPS schemes see 23.8 
except nonletter-size mailpieces that are included in FSS bundles.
* * * * *

14.0 Barcoded (Automation) Eligibility

* * * * *

14.4 Prices--In-County

* * * * *

14.4.2 Three-Digit Prices

    3-digit automation prices apply to:
* * * * *
    [Add new item c as follows:]
    c. Flat-size pieces not qualifying for carrier route or 5-digit 
prices, but properly included in a FSS scheme pool prepared under 
705.14.0.
* * * * *

18.0 General Mail Preparation

* * * * *

18.5 FSS Preparation

    [Revise the text of 18.5 to read as follows.]
    Flat sized Periodicals In-County priced mailings, along with a 
maximum of 5,000 Outside-County pieces for the same issue (see 1.1.4) 
may be optionally sorted under FSS preparation standards. All other 
Periodicals flats including Saturation (Non-simplified addressed) and 
High Density priced flats (except Firm bundles) destinating and 
qualifying to FSS zones in L006, must be prepared under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

29.0 Destination Entry

* * * * *

29.4 Destination Sectional Center Facility

* * * * *

29.4.2 Price Eligibility

    [Revise the text of 29.4.2 to read as follows.]
    Determine price eligibility as follows:
    a. Pound Prices. Outside-County pieces are eligible for DSCF pound 
prices when placed on an SCF or more finely presorted container, 
deposited at the DSCF, DFSS or USPS-designated facility (see also 
29.4.2b), and addressed for delivery within the DSCF's or DFSS service 
area. Non-letter-size pieces are also eligible when the mailer deposits 
5-digit bundles at the destination delivery unit (DDU) (the facility 
where the carrier cases mail for delivery to the addresses on the 
pieces) and the 5-digit bundles are in or on the following types of 
containers:
    1. A merged 5-digit scheme or merged 5-digit sack.
    2. A merged 5-digit scheme, merged 5-digit, or 5-digit scheme 
pallet.
    b. Container Prices. Mailers may claim the DSCF container price for 
SCF or FSS and more finely presorted containers that are entered at and 
destined within the service area of the SCF or FSS at which the 
container is deposited.

29.5 Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry

* * * * *

29.5.2 Eligibility

    [Revise the first sentence of 29.5.2 to read as follows.]
    DSCF prices apply to eligible FSS pieces deposited at a USPS-
designated FSS processing facility and correctly placed in a flat tray, 
sack, alternate approved container or on a pallet, labeled to a FSS 
scheme processed by that facility, under labeling list L006, column B 
or C. * * *
* * * * *

230 First-Class Mail

233 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Automation First-Class Mail

* * * * *

5.4 Price Application- Automation Cards and Letters

    Automation prices apply to each piece that is sorted under 235.6.0 
into the corresponding qualifying groups:
    [Revise the text in items a, b, and c to read as follows.]
    a. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 5-digit/scheme trays qualify for 
the 5-digit price. Preparation to qualify for the 5-digit price is 
optional. Pieces placed in full AADC trays in lieu of 5-digit/scheme 
overflow trays under 235.6.5 are eligible for the 5-digit prices.
    b. Groups of 150 or more pieces in AADC trays qualify for the AADC 
price.
    c. Groups of fewer than 150 pieces in AADC origin and pieces placed 
in mixed AADC trays in lieu of AADC overflow trays under 235.6.5 are 
eligible for the AADC prices.
* * * * *

235 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Definition of Terms

* * * * *

1.3 Terms for Presort Levels

1.3.1 Letters and Cards

    Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows:
    [Add new i and renumber current items i and j as new j and k]
    i. Origin/optional entry AADC: the ZIP Code in the delivery address 
on all pieces begins with one of the 3-digit prefixes processed at the 
AADC in whose service area the mail is verified/entered.
* * * * *

1.4 Preparation Definition and Instructions

    [Renumber items i through o as j through p.]
    [Add new item i to read as follows.]
    i. An origin AADC tray contains all mail (regardless of quantity) 
for an AADC ZIP Code area processed by the AADC or SCF in whose service 
area the mail is verified/entered. Only one less-than-full tray may be 
prepared for each AADC area.
* * * * *

6.0 Preparing Automation Letters

* * * * *

6.2 Mailings

    The requirements for mailings are as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item b to read as follows.]
    b. First-Class Mail. A single automation price First-Class Mail 
mailing may include pieces prepared at 5-digit, AADC, and mixed AADC 
prices.
* * * * *

6.5 Tray Preparation

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.5 to read as follows.]
    Instead of preparing overflow trays with fewer than 150 pieces, 
mailers may include these pieces in an existing qualified tray of at 
least 150 or more pieces at the next tray level. (For example, if a 
mailer has 30 overflow 5-digit pieces for ZIP Code 20260, these pieces 
may be added to an existing qualified AADC tray for the correct 
destination and the overflow 5-digit pieces will still qualify for the 
5-digit

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price.) Mailers must note these trays on standardized documentation 
(see 708.1.2). Pieces that are placed in the next tray level must be 
grouped by destination and placed in the front or back of that tray. 
Mailers may use this option selectively for AADC ZIP Codes. This option 
does not apply to origin/entry trays. Preparation sequence, tray size, 
and Line 1 labeling:
* * * * *
    [Delete item b and renumber items c and d as b and c.]
    [Revise renumbered item b to read as follows.]
    b. AADC: optional, but required for AADC price (150-piece minimum 
except no minimum for origin entry AADC); overflow allowed; For Line 1, 
use L801, Column B.

6.6 Tray Line 2

    Line 2: ``FCM LTR'' and:
* * * * *
    [Delete items c and d and renumber items e and f as c and d.]
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading of 240 to read as follows:]

240 USPS Marketing Mail

    [Revise, by finding and replacing ``Standard Mail'' with ``USPS 
Marketing Mail'' throughout section 240]

243 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

* * * * *
    [Revise the title to 1.2 to read as follows.]

1.2 USPS Marketing Mail Price Application

    [Revise 1.2 to read as follows.]
    USPS Marketing Mail prices are based on the weight of the pieces as 
follows:
    a. The appropriate minimum per piece price applies to USPS 
Marketing Mail automation or machinable letter-sized mailpiece that 
weighs 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound) or less, Nonautomation nonmachinable 
letters that weigh 4.0 ounces (0,25 pounds) or less, flat-sized 
mailpieces that weighs 4.0 ounces (0.25 pound) or less and presorted 
Marketing Parcels and irregular parcels that weighs 3.3 ounces (0.2063 
pound) or less.
    b. A price determined by adding the per piece charge and the 
corresponding per pound charge applies to any USPS Marketing Mail piece 
that weighs more than the following: Nonmachinable letters and flats 
that weigh more than 4.0 ounces, presorted Marketing Parcels and 
Irregular parcels that weigh more than 3.3 ounces, and machinable 
parcels 3.5 ounces or more.
* * * * *

4.0 Price Eligibility for USPS Marketing Mail

* * * * *

4.2 Minimum Per Piece Prices

    The minimum per piece prices (the minimum postage that must be paid 
for each piece) apply as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise the third sentence of item c to read as follows.]
    c. * * * Except for Customized MarketMail pieces, discounted per 
piece prices also may be claimed for destination network distribution 
center (DNDC), destination sectional center facility (DSCF), and 
destination delivery unit (DDU)) under 246. * * *

4.3 Piece/Pound Prices

    [Revise the last sentence of 4.3 to read as follows.]
    * * * Discounted per pound prices also may be claimed for 
destination entry mailings DNDC, DSCF, and DDU under 246.
* * * * *

5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Nonautomation USPS Marketing 
Mail Letters, Flats, and Presorted Standard Mail Parcels

* * * * *

5.2 Weight Standards for Machinable Letter Pieces

    [Revise 5.2 to read as follows.]
    Maximum weight limit for machinable nonautomation USPS Marketing 
mail letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 pound).
* * * * *

5.6 Nonautomation Price Application--Flats

5.6.1 5-Digit Prices for Flats

    The 5-digit price applies to flat-size pieces:
    [Add new item d as follows.]
* * * * *
    d. In an FSS bundle of 10 or more pieces properly placed in sack of 
at least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces or on a pallet under 
705.14.0.

5.6.2 3-Digit Prices for Flats

* * * * *
    [Add new item c as follows.]
    c. In an FSS bundle of 10 or more pieces properly placed in sack of 
at least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces or on a pallet under 
705.14.0.
* * * * *
    [Delete item 5.6.5, FSS Scheme Piece Price for Flats, in its 
entirety and renumber current 5.6.6 as new 5.6.5.]

5.6.5 Mixed ADC Prices for Flats

    [Revise renumbered 5.6.5 to read as follow:]
    Mixed ADC prices apply to flat-size pieces in bundles that do not 
qualify for 5-digit, 3-digit, or ADC prices; placed in mixed ADC sacks 
or on ASF, NDC, or mixed NDC pallets under 705.8.0.
* * * * *

6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Enhanced Carrier Route USPS 
Marketing Mail Letters and Flats

6.1 General Enhanced Carrier Route Standards

* * * * *

6.1.2 Basic Eligibility Standards

    [Revise item c to read as follows:]
    c. Be sorted to carrier routes (except under 705.14.0), marked, and 
documented under 245.9.0, 705.8.0, or 705.14.0.
* * * * *
    [Delete the last sentence in item h, in its entirety.]

6.3 Basic Price Enhanced Carrier Route Standards

* * * * *

6.3.3 Basic Price Eligibility--Flats

    Basic prices apply to each piece in a carrier route bundle of 10 or 
more pieces that is:
    [Revise item a to read as follows:]
    a. Palletized under 705.8.0, 705.10.0, 705.12.0, 705.13.0 or 
705.14.0 (FSS scheme bundles on a FSS facility pallet or prior 
eligibility to inclusion in FSS scheme pool).
* * * * *

6.3.4 Basic Carrier Route Bundles on a 5-digit Pallet (Basic-CR 
Bundles/Pallet) Price Eligibility-Flats

    [Revise item 6.3.4 to read as follows:]
    Basic--CR Bundles/Pallet prices apply to each piece in a carrier 
route bundle of 10 or more pieces that are palletized under 705.8.0 on 
a 5-digit carrier route or 5-digit scheme carrier route pallet entered 
at an Origin (None), DNDC, DSCF, or DDU entry or palletized under 
705.14.0 on a FSS scheme pallet (in a FSS Scheme bundle).

6.4 High Density and High Density Plus (Enhanced Carrier Route) 
Standards--Letters

* * * * *
    [Delete 6.4.3, High Density and High Density Plus Discount for 
Heavy Letters, in its entirety.]

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6.5 High Density and High Density Plus (Enhanced Carrier Route) 
Standards--Flats

* * * * *

6.5.2 High Density and High Density Plus Prices for Flats

    High density or high density plus prices apply to each piece 
meeting the density standards in 6.5.1 or in a carrier route bundle of 
10 or more pieces that is:
    [Revise item a to read as follows.]
    a. Palletized under 705.8.0, 705.10.0, 705.12.0, 705.13.0 or 
705.14.0 (eligibility prior to inclusion in FSS scheme bundles).
* * * * *
    [Add new item e to 6.5.2 to read as follows.]
    e. Placed in a FSS facility or scheme sack containing at least 125 
pieces or 15 pounds of high density priced pieces or at least 300 
pieces of high density plus priced pieces (pieces must qualify for 
price prior to inclusion in FSS bundle).

6.6 Saturation ECR Standards--Letters

* * * * *
    [Delete 6.6.3, Saturation Discount for Heavy Letters, in its 
entirety.]
* * * * *

7.0 Eligibility Standards for Automation USPS Marketing Mail

* * * * *

7.4 Price Application for Automation Letters

    Automation prices apply to each piece that is sorted under 
245.10.0, into the corresponding qualifying groups:
* * * * *
    [Revise item a to read as follows.]
    a. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 5-digit/scheme trays qualify for 
the 5-digit price. Preparation to qualify for that price is optional. 
Pieces placed in full AADC trays under 245.7.5 in lieu of 5-digit/
scheme overflow trays are eligible for 5-digit prices (see 245.7.5).
    [Delete item b and renumber items c and d as items b and c.]
    [Revise renumbered item b to read as follows.]
    b. Groups of fewer than 150 pieces in origin AADC trays and groups 
of 150 or more pieces in an AADC tray qualify for the AADC price. 
Pieces placed in mixed AADC trays under 245.7.5 in lieu of AADC 
overflow trays also are eligible for AADC prices (see 245.7.5).
* * * * *

7.5 Price Application for Automation Flats

    Automation prices apply to each piece properly sorted into 
qualifying groups:
    [Revise items a and b to read as follows.]
    a. The 5-digit price applies to flat-size pieces in a 5-digit/
scheme bundle or pooled in a FSS scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces, or 
15 or more pieces, as applicable;
    b. The 3-digit price applies to flat-size pieces in a 3-digit/
scheme bundle or pooled in a FSS scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces.
* * * * *
    [Delete items e through h in their entirety.]
* * * * *

245 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *

1.3 Terms for Presort Levels

1.3.1 Letters

    Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item e to read as follows:]
    e. Origin/entry AADC: The ZIP Code in the delivery address on all 
pieces is addressed for delivery service area of the same automated 
area distribution center (AADC) (see L801).
* * * * *

1.4 Preparation Definition and Instructions

* * * * *
    [Renumber items r through x as s through y.]
    [Add new item r to read as follows.]
    r. An origin AADC tray contains all mail (regardless of quantity) 
for an AADC ZIP Code area processed by the AADC or SCF in whose service 
area the mail is verified/entered. Only one less-than-full tray may be 
prepared for each AADC area.
* * * * *

1.6 FSS Preparation

    [Revise the text of 1.6 to read as follows.]
    Except for USPS Marketing Mail flats mailed at Saturation prices, 
all USPS Marketing Mail flats and meeting the physical standards in 
201.6.2 destinating to a FSS scheme in accordance with labeling list 
L006 must be prepared under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

6.0 Preparing Enhanced Carrier Route Letters

* * * * *

6.6 General Traying and Labeling

    [Revise the introductory text to read as follows.]
    For all ECR letters over 3.5 ounces and all ECR letters that are 
not automation-compatible or delivery-point barcoded, prepare trays as 
explained below. Also prepare trays as explained below when a mailing 
contains some pieces over 3.5 ounces and some pieces up to 3.5 ounces. 
Pieces with simplified addresses must be prepared in separate trays 
from pieces with other forms of addressing. For ECR automation-
compatible letters that are delivery-point barcoded and weigh up to 3.5 
ounces, prepare trays under 6.7. Preparation sequence, tray size, and 
labeling:
* * * * *

6.7 Traying and Labeling for Automation-Compatible ECR Letters

    [Revise first sentence of the introductory text to read as 
follows.]
    Mailers must make full carrier route and 5-digit carrier routes 
trays, when possible, for automation-compatible, delivery-point 
barcoded ECR letters that weigh up to 3.5 ounces. * * *
* * * * *

7.0 Preparing Automation Letters

* * * * *

7.5 Tray Preparation

    [Revise the introductory text to read as follows.]
    Instead of preparing overflow trays with fewer than 150 pieces, 
mailers may include these pieces in an existing qualified tray of at 
least 150 or more pieces at the next tray level. (For example, if a 
mailer has 30 overflow 5-digit pieces for ZIP Code 20260, these pieces 
may be added to an existing qualified AADC tray for the correct 
destination and the overflow 5-digit pieces will still qualify for the 
5-digit price). Mailers must note these trays on standardized 
documentation (see 708.1.2). Pieces that are placed in the next tray 
level must be grouped by destination and placed in the front or back of 
that tray. Mailers may use this option selectively for AADC ZIP Codes. 
This option does not apply to origin/entry AADC trays. Preparation 
sequence, tray size, and Line 1 labeling:
* * * * *
    [Delete item b and renumber items c and d as items b and c.]
    [Revise renumbered item b to read as follows.]

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    b. AADC: Optional, but required for AADC price (150-piece minimum 
except no minimum for origin entry AADC); overflow allowed. For Line 1, 
use L801, Column B.
* * * * *

7.6 Tray Line 2

    Line 2: ``MKT LTR'' and:
    [Delete items c and d and renumber items e and f as c and d.]
* * * * *

8.0 Preparing Nonautomation Flats

8.1 Basic Standards

    All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at Regular USPS 
Marketing Mail and Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail nonautomation prices 
are subject to specific preparation standards in 8.2 through 8.9 and to 
these general standards (automation price mailings must be prepared 
under 10.0):
* * * * *
    [Revise item d to read as follows:]
    d. Sortation determines price eligibility as specified in 243.5.0 
except when included in a FSS scheme bundle under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

9.0 Preparing Enhanced Carrier Route Flats

9.1 Basic Standards

    All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at Enhanced Carrier 
Route USPS Marketing Mail and Enhanced Carrier Route Nonprofit USPS 
Marketing Mail nonautomation prices are subject to specific preparation 
standards in 9.2 through 9.7 and to these general standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise items d and e to read as follows:]
    d. All pieces in the mailing must meet the specific sortation and 
preparation standards in 9.0 or the palletization standards in 705.8.0 
except when included in a FSS scheme bundle under 705.14.0. Flat-size 
pieces may be prepared under 705.9.0 through 705.13.0.
    e. Sortation determines price eligibility as specified in 243.5.0 
except when included in a FSS scheme bundle under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

246 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

6.0 Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry

* * * * *

6.2 Eligibility

    [Revise the first sentence of 6.2 to read as follows.]
    DSCF prices apply to pieces deposited at a USPS-designated FSS 
processing site and correctly placed in or on a container labeled to a 
FSS scheme or FSS Facility processed by that site under labeling list 
L006 (Column B or Column C).
* * * * *

260 Bound Printed Matter

263 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Bound Printed Matter

1.1 Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.1.1 Prices

    [Revise the second sentence of 1.1.1 to read follows.]
    * * * The nonpresorted price applies to BPM not mailed at the 
Presorted or carrier route prices. * * *
* * * * *

1.2 Presorted and Carrier Route Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.2.3 Price Application

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.2.3 to read as follows.]
    The presorted Bound Printed Matter price has a per piece charge and 
a per pound charge. * * *
* * * * *

1.2.8 Computing Postage for Permit Imprint

    [Revise the introductory text of 1.2.8 to read as follows.]
    Presorted and Carrier Route Bound Printed Matter mailings paid with 
permit imprint are charged a per pound price and a per piece price as 
follows:
* * * * *

4.0 Price Eligibility for Bound Printed Matter

4.1 Price Eligibility

    BPM prices are based on the weight of a single addressed piece or 1 
pound, whichever is higher, and the zone (where applicable) to which 
the piece is addressed. Price categories are as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise items b and c to read as follows.]
    b. Presorted Price. The Presorted price applies to BPM prepared in 
a mailing of at least 300 BPM pieces, prepared and presorted as 
specified in 265.5.0, 265.8.0, 705.8.0, 705.14.0 and 705.21.0. Each 
parcel must bear a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra 
services barcode, including a postal routing code, prepared under 
708.5.0.
    c. Carrier Route Price. The Carrier Route price applies to BPM 
prepared in a mailing of at least 300 pieces presorted to carrier 
routes, prepared and presorted as specified in 265.6.0, 265.9.0, 
705.8.0 or 705.14.0. Each parcel must bear a unique Intelligent Mail 
package barcode or extra services barcode, including a postal routing 
code, prepared under 708.5.0.
* * * * *

4.2 Destination Entry Price Eligibility

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text to read as 
follows.]
    BPM destination entry prices apply to BPM mailings prepared as 
specified in 705.8.0, 705.14.0 and 265, and addressed for delivery 
within the service area of a destination network distribution center, 
sectional center facility, or delivery unit where they are deposited by 
the mailer. * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise item b to read as follows.]
    b. A destination sectional center facility (DSCF) includes all 
facilities in L005 and destination flats sequencing system (DFSS) in 
L006.
* * * * *

265 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *

1.6 FSS Preparation

    [Revise text of 1.6 to read as follows.]
    BPM flats claiming presorted prices in FSS scheme bundles, meeting 
the standards in 201 and destinating to a FSS scheme in accordance with 
labeling list L006, must be prepared under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

266 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

5.0 Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry

* * * * *

5.2 Presorted Flats

    [Revise the text of 5.2 to read as follows.]
    Presorted flats and automation flats in sacks for the FSS scheme, 
5-digit, 3-digit, and SCF sort levels or on pallets at the 5-digit 
scheme, 5-digit, 3-digit, SCF, and ASF sort levels may claim

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DSCF prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 
5.1.
* * * * *

7.0 Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry

* * * * *

7.2 Eligibility

    [Revise the first sentence of 7.2 to read as follows.]
    DSCF prices apply to pieces deposited at a USPS-designated FSS 
processing facility and correctly placed on a container labeled to a 
FSS scheme or a FSS facility processed by that facility or to a single 
5-digit destination processed by that facility under labeling list 
L006.
* * * * *

503 Extra and Additional Services

* * * * *

1.10 Receipts

    [Revise the text of 1.10 to read as follows.]
    Except for certificate of mailing under 5.0, the mailer receives a 
USPS sales receipt and the postmarked (round-dated) extra service form 
for services purchased at retail channels. The mailer must provide the 
receipt when submitting an insurance claim or filing an inquiry. For 
articles mailed via PC Postage or other online services, the mailer may 
access a computer printout online that identifies the applicable extra 
service number, total postage paid, insurance fee amount, declared 
value, declared mailing date, origin ZIP Code, and delivery ZIP Code. 
For three or more pieces with extra or accountable services presented 
for mailing at one time, the mailer uses Form 3877 (firm sheet) or 
USPS-approved privately printed firm sheets (see 1.7.2) in lieu of the 
receipt portion of the individual form. All entries made on firm sheets 
must be computer generated or made by typewriter, ink, or ballpoint 
pen. Alterations must be initialed by the mailer and accepting 
employee. Obliterate all unused portions of the addressee column with a 
diagonal line. USPS-approved privately printed firm sheets that contain 
the same information as Form 3877 may be approved by the local 
Postmaster or manager Business Mail Entry. The mailer may omit columns 
from privately printed Form 3877 that are not applicable to extra 
service requested. If the mailer wants the firm sheets receipted by the 
USPS (postmarked), the mailer must present the firm sheets with the 
articles to be mailed at a Post Office. The postmarked firm sheets 
become the mailer's receipts. For Registered Mail and COD (when Label 
3816 is used), the mailer submits the forms in duplicate and receives 
one copy as a mailing receipt after the entries are verified by the 
postal employee accepting the mailing. Except for Registered Mail and 
COD items, the USPS keeps no mailing records for mail pieces bearing 
extra services.

4.0 Insured Mail

* * * * *

4.1.1 Additional Insurance-Priority Mail Express

    [Revise 4.1.1 to read as follows.]
    Additional insurance, up to a maximum coverage of $5,000.00, may be 
purchased for merchandise valued at more than $100.00 sent by Priority 
Mail Express. The additional insurance fee is in addition to postage 
and other fees. Coverage is limited to the actual value of the 
contents, regardless of the fee paid, or the highest insurance value 
increment for which the fee is fully paid, whichever is lower. When 
``signature required'' service is not requested or when ``waiver of 
signature'' is requested, additional insurance is not available.
* * * * *

505 Return Services

1.0 Business Reply Mail (BRM)

* * * * *

1.1.3 Basic Qualified BRM (QBRM)

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.1.3 to read as follows.]
    For basic qualified BRM a permit holder is required to pay an 
account maintenance fee under 1.1.8, and a per-piece fee under 1.1.7, 
in addition to the applicable letter or card First-Class Mail postage 
for each returned piece. * * *

1.1.4 High-Volume Qualified BRM

    [Revise the text of 1.1.4 to read as follows.]
    In addition to the account maintenance, per-piece fees and 
applicable postage required under 1.1.3, a quarterly fee under 1.1.11 
is required for high-volume QBRM.
* * * * *

1.2 Permits

* * * * *

1.2.2 Application Process

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.2.2 to read as follows.]
    The mailer may apply for a BRM permit by submitting a completed 
Form 3615 to the Post Office issuing the permit and except under 1.2.3 
paying the annual permit fee. * * *

1.2.3 Annual Permit Fee

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.2.3 to read as follows.]
    Except for QBRM permits, a permit fee must be paid once each 12-
month period at each Post Office where a BRM permit is held. * * *

1.2.4 Renewal of Annual Permit Fee

    [Revise the introductory text of 1.2.4 to read as follows.]
    Except for QBRM permits, an annual renewal notice is provided to 
each BRM permit holder by the USPS. QBRM permits do not expire unless 
the account is unused for a period of 12 months. The renewal notice and 
the payment for the next 12 months must be returned by the expiration 
date to the Post Office that issued the permit. After the expiration 
date, if the permit holder has not paid the annual permit fee, then 
returned BRM pieces are treated as follows:
* * * * *

1.2.6 Revocation of a Permit

    [Revise the text of 1.2.6 to read as follows.]
    The USPS may revoke any BRM permit because of format errors or for 
refusal to pay the applicable permit fees (annual, accounting, 
quarterly, or monthly), postage, or per piece fees. If the permit was 
revoked due to format errors, then a former permit holder may obtain a 
new permit and permit number by completing and submitting a new Form 
3615, paying the required BRM annual permit fee (if applicable), paying 
a new annual account maintenance fee (if applicable), and, for the next 
2 years, submitting two samples of each BRM format to the appropriate 
Post Office for approval.

507 Mailer Services

1.0 Treatment of Mail

* * * * *

4.3.4 Holding Mail

    [Revise the first sentence of 4.3.4 to read as follows.]
    At the sender's request, the delivery Post Office holds mail, other 
than Registered Mail, insured, Certified Mail, Adult Signature, 
Signature Confirmation and return receipt for merchandise, for no fewer 
than 3 days nor more than 30 days. * * *
* * * * *

508 Recipient Services

1.0 Recipient Options

1.1 Basic Recipient Concerns

* * * * *

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1.1.7 Priority Mail Express and Accountable Mail

* * * * *
    [Revise item f to read as follows.]
    f. A notice is provided to the addressee for a mailpiece that 
cannot be delivered. If the piece is not called for or redelivery is 
not requested, the piece is returned to the sender after 15 days (five 
days for Priority Mail Express), unless the sender specifies fewer days 
on the piece.
* * * * *

1.8 Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies

1.8.1 Procedures

* * * * *
    [Revise item d to read as follows.]
    d. A CMRA is authorized to accept the following accountable mail 
from their customers for mailing at the Post Office: Insured, Priority 
Mail Express, Certified Mail, USPS Tracking, and Signature Confirmation 
mail. The sender (CMRA customer) must present accountable mail items 
not listed to the Post Office for mailing.
* * * * *

7.0 Hold For Pickup

* * * * *

7.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

7.2.5 Extra Services

    [Delete item e in its entirety.]
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

* * * * *

604 Postage Payment Methods and Refunds

* * * * *

5.0 Permit Imprint (Indicia)

    [Revise the heading and text of 5.1.4 to read as follows.]

5.1.4 Permit and Application Information

    A mailer may obtain a permit to use a permit imprint indicia by 
submitting Form 3615 to the Post Office where mailings are made, or 
online under the terms and conditions in the Business Customer Gateway 
portal at https://gateway.usps.com. Mail Anywhere allows a qualified 
mailer to maintain a single permit for a postage payment method for 
mailings at any Business Mail Acceptance site under 705.23.3.2.

5.1.5 Application Fee

    [Revise the text of 5.1.5 to read as follows.]
    No application fee is required.
* * * * *

5.2 Suspension and Revocation

* * * * *

5.2.2 Revocation of Permit

    [Revise the first sentence of 5.2.2 to read as follows.]
    A permit may be revoked for use in operating any unlawful scheme or 
enterprise, if no mailings or payment of postage occurred during any 
consecutive 2-year period, for refusal to provide information about 
permit imprint use or mailings, and for noncompliance with any standard 
applicable to permit imprints. * * *

5.3 Indicia Design, Placement, and Content

* * * * *

5.3.10 Use of a Local Permit Imprint in Other Mailing Locations

    A permit imprint displaying the city, state, and permit number of a 
mailer's original permit may be applied to pieces in a mailing 
presented for verification and acceptance at another Post Office 
location under the following conditions:
    [Delete item a and renumber items b through d as items a through c]
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and introductory text of 5.5 to read as 
follows.]

5.5 Share Mail

    Share Mail is an electronic postage payment mechanism for single-
piece First-Class Mail letters or postcards, addressed to any domestic 
address, that weigh no more than one ounce each. Customers wishing to 
participate in this program must submit their request in writing to the 
Manager, New Solutions, Mailing Services, USPS, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 
Room 5440, Washington, DC 20260-4440. Customers participating in the 
Share Mail postage payment program must, at a minimum, meet the 
following requirements:
* * * * *

9.0 Exchanges and Refunds

* * * * *

9.2 Postage and Fee Refunds

* * * * *

11.0 Postage Due Weight Averaging Program

11.1 Basic Information

* * * * *

11.1.3 Quality Control

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text to read as 
follows.]
    PDWA customers may elect to establish a quality control program to 
ensure that all missorted and accountable mail (including Certified 
Mail), return receipt for merchandise, USPS Tracking, Adult Signature, 
and Signature Confirmation) is identified and returned to the servicing 
Post Office prior to being opened. * * *
* * * * *

609 Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss or Damage

1.0 General Filing Instructions

* * * * *

1.3 Who May File

    A claim may be filed by:
* * * * *
    [Revise item e to reads as follows.]

1.5 Where and How to File

1.5.1 Claims Filed Online

* * * * *

700 Special Standards

    [Throughout section 700, find and replace the name of ``Standard 
Mail'' to ``USPS Marketing Mail'']

703 Nonprofit USPS Marketing Mail and Other Unique Eligibility

* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

14.0 FSS Scheme Preparation

14.1 General

    [Revise the introductory text of 14.1 to read as follows.]
    All presorted and high density plus, high density and basic carrier 
route USPS Marketing Mail, presorted and carrier route Bound Printed 
Matter (BPM), and Periodicals flats including all carrier route flats 
meeting the standards in 201.6.2 must be separated/pooled into FSS 
schemes, properly bundled and placed on or in pallets, trays, sacks, or 
approved alternate containers, for FSS scheme ZIP Code combinations 
within the same facility. Mailings that include 10 or more pieces of 
USPS Marketing Mail flats, 6 or more pieces of Periodicals flats, or 10 
or more pieces (or 10 or more pounds) of BPM flats to an FSS scheme 
must be separated/pooled into FSS scheme bundles. The Postal Service 
also recommends the use of authorized flat trays in lieu of sacks for 
FSS bundles. FSS scheme bundles that are not required to be placed in a 
FSS scheme or FSS facility container are combined with bundles of non-
FSS sorted bundles and placed on an applicable SCF, 3-digit

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or NDC container. Mailers must prepare FSS scheme qualifying mailpieces 
for each individual FSS scheme combination, and then prepare bundles of 
uniform size from those pieces. Mailings (excluding saturation mailings 
of USPS Marketing Mail) with nonpresorted BPM flats may be included in 
FSS preparation, but will not be eligible for presorted or carrier 
route prices. Mailpieces that meet the eligibility standards for 5-
digit or 3-digit automation, 5-digit or 3-digit nonautomation, carrier 
route (except USPS Marketing Mail saturation) or presort will continue 
to be eligible for those piece prices when prepared in accordance with 
the FSS preparations standards. Mailpieces and bundles must also be 
prepared as follows:
* * * * *

14.2 Basic Standards

14.2.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text and items a through e to read as 
follows.]
    All Periodicals flats (including carrier route flats) meeting the 
standards in 201.6.2 and destinating to FSS sites as shown in L006 must 
be prepared according to these standards. Mailings of In-County 
Periodicals flats and the associated Outside-County Periodicals flats 
mailings of 5,000 pieces or less may be prepared according to these 
standards. Periodicals are subject to the following:
    a. Pricing eligibility is based on 207.11.0 through 207.14.0. FSS 
bundles placed on FSS facility pallets, sacks, trays, or approved 
alternate container will claim the 3-Digit/SCF bundle price. FSS 
bundles placed on a FSS scheme pallet, sack, tray or approved alternate 
container will claim the Carrier Route bundle price.
    b. FSS scheme pallets will be assessed the Carrier Route Pallet 
price. FSS facility sort level pallets will be charged a 3-Digit/SCF 
Pallet container price. FSS scheme or facility sacks or trays will be 
assessed the 3-Digit/SCF Sack/Tray price. Pallets, sacks and trays 
entered at a DFSS will claim the DSCF entry price.
    c. The Outside-County pound price for mail entered at a DFSS will 
be theDSCF price. The Inside-County price will claim prices for the 
``None'' entry level.
    d. Mailers must provide standardized presort documentation under 
708.1.0 that demonstrates eligibility for prices in accordance with 
207.14.0 and 207.25.0.
    e. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement 
line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1, or when authorized, using a 
red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle label.
* * * * *

14.3 USPS Marketing Mail

14.3.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 14.3.1 to read as follows.]
    All flat-size USPS Marketing Mail mailpieces (except saturation) 
must be separated/pooled into 5-digit FSS scheme bundles and placed on 
pallets, or in sacks or approved alternate containers, for delivery to 
ZIP Codes having Flats Sequencing System (FSS) processing capability, 
as shown in L006. USPS Marketing Mail flats are subject to the 
following:
* * * * *
    [Revise items b and c to read as follows.]
    b. Mailers must provide standardized presort documentation under 
708.1.0 that demonstrates eligibility for prices in accordance with 
243.
    c. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement 
line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1; or when authorized, using a 
red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle label.
* * * * *

14.4 Bound Printed Matter

14.4.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 14.4.1 to read as follows.]
    Bound Printed Matter (BPM) flats that meet the standards in 201.6.2 
must be separated/pooled into FSS scheme bundles and placed on pallets, 
or in flat trays, sacks, or approved alternate containers, for delivery 
to ZIP Codes having FSS processing capability, as shown in L006. BPM 
flats are subject to the following:
* * * * *
    [Revise items b, c and d to read as follows.]
    b. Mailers must provide standardized presort documentation under 
708.1.0 that demonstrates eligibility for prices in accordance with 
263.
    c. Mailers must separate/pool all eligible flat-size mailpieces 
into FSS scheme bundles according to L006.
    d. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement 
line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1; or when authorized, using a 
red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle label.
* * * * *

15.0 Combining USPS Marketing Mail Flats and Periodicals Flats

15.1.0 Basic Standards

* * * * *

15.1.6 Piece Prices

    [Revise the text of 15.1.6 to read as follows.]
    Apply piece prices based on the bundle level except FSS scheme 
bundles apply the piece prices based on the original bundle level. 
Pieces contained within mixed class bundles may claim prices based on 
the presort level of the bundle.
* * * * *

15.1.11 Preparation for FSS Zones

    [Revise the introductory text of 15.1.11 to read as follows.]
    Mailers authorized to combine mailings of USPS Marketing Mail flats 
and Periodicals flats must prepare these mailings under 14.0, when the 
mailing includes pieces destinating within one or more of the FSS zones 
in L006. The following applies:
    [Revise item a to read as follows.]
    a. Each mailpiece must be identified with an optional endorsement 
line (OEL), including the correct ZIP Code listed in L006, Column B, in 
accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1. The OEL described in 2.2 must not be 
used with mailpieces prepared under this option.
* * * * *

15.4.0 Pallet Preparation

15.4.1 Pallet Preparation, Sequence and Labeling

    When combining USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals flats within the 
same bundle or combining bundles of USPS Marketing Mail flats and 
bundles of Periodicals flats on pallets, bundles must be placed on 
pallets. Preparation, sequence and labeling:
    [Reverse the order of items a and b to read as follows.]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required. Pallet must contain 
only carrier route bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 
5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit carrier routes pallet 
preparation begins with 15.4.1c. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: L001.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PER FLTS''; followed by ``CARRIER ROUTES'' (or 
``CR-RTS''); followed by ``SCHEME'' (or ``SCH''); followed by ``MIX 
COMAIL.''
    b. Merged 5-digit scheme, optional. Not permitted for bundles 
containing non-carrier route automation-compatible flats under 201.6.0. 
Required for all other bundles. Pallet must contain carrier route 
bundles and non-

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carrier route 5-digit bundles (Presorted bundles only) for the same 5-
digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 
merged 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 15.4.1d. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: L001.

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    2. Line 2: ``STD/PER FLTS CR/5D;'' followed by ``SCHEME'' (or 
``SCH''); followed by ``MIX COMAIL.''
* * * * *

708 Technical Specifications

1.0 Standardized Documentation for First-Class Mail, Periodicals, USPS 
Marketing Mail, and Flat-Size Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.2 Format and Content

    For First-Class Mail, Periodicals, USPS Marketing Mail, and Bound 
Printed Matter, standardized documentation includes:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of item e, to read as follows.]
    e. At the end of the documentation, a summary report of the number 
of pieces mailed at each price for each mailing by postage payment 
method (flat pieces mailed under FSS sort by 5-digit, 3-digit, 
saturation, high density, high density plus, basic carrier route and by 
entry point for drop shipment mailings) and the number of pieces in 
each mailing. This information must match the information reported on 
the postage statement(s). For Periodicals mailings, documentation also 
must provide:

1.6 Detailed Zone Listing for Periodicals

1.6.1 Definition and Retention

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.6.1 to read as follows.]
    The publisher must be able to present documentation to support the 
number of copies of each edition of an issue, by entry point, mailed to 
each zone, and at DDU, DSCF, DADC, DNDC, and In-County prices. * * *
* * * * *

1.6.3 Zone Abbreviations

    Use the actual price name or the authorized zone abbreviation in 
the listings in 1.0 and 207.17.4.2:

ZONE ABBREVIATION RATE EQUIVALENT

    [In the chart directly under 1.6.3, delete the row containing FSS 
under `Zone Abbreviation' and Outside-County, DFSS under `Rate 
Equivalent' in their entirety.]
* * * * *

7.0 Optional Endorsement Lines (OELs)

7.1 OEL Use

7.1.1. Basic Standards

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text to read as 
follows.]
    An optional endorsement line (OEL) may be used to label bundles 
instead of applying pressure-sensitive bundle labels or facing slips to 
the top piece of bundles except each mailpiece in a FSS bundle must 
bear an optional endorsement line in human-readable text, including the 
correct ZIP code listed in Column B of L006, as described in Exhibit 
7.1.1 * * *

Exhibit 7.1.1 OEL Formats

    [Revise Exhibit 7.1.1 to read as follows.]

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              Sortation Level                                            OEL Example
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Firm--BPM machinable parcels..............  ******FIRM 12345.
Firm--Periodicals.........................  ******FIRM 12345.
Origin Mixed ADC--Periodicals (3-digit ZIP  ******ORIGIN MIXED ADC 117.
 Code prefix).
Carrier Route--Periodicals basic..........  ******CARRT LOT**C-001.
                                            ******CR LOT 1234A**C-001.
Carrier Route--Periodicals & Mkt Mail       ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSC.
 basic FSS.
Carrier Route--Periodicals high density...  ******CARRT WSH**C-001.
Carrier Route--Periodicals & Mktg Mail      ******SCH 5- DIGIT 12345 FSSB.
 High density FSS.
Carrier Route--Periodicals saturation.....  ******CARRT WSS**C-001.
Carrier Route--Periodicals Saturation FSS.  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSH.
ECR--Mktg Mail basic......................  ******ECRLOT**C-001.
                                            ******ECRLOT 1234A**C-001.
ECR--Mktg Mail high density or high         ******ECRWSH**C-001.
 density plus.
ECR--Mktg Mail High Density Plus FSS......  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSA.
ECR--Mktg Mail saturation.................  ******ECRWSS**C-001.
Carrier Route--Bound Printed Matter.......  ******CARRT SORT**C-001.
Carrier Route FSS--Bound Printed Matter...  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSM.
5-Digit...................................  5-DIGIT 12345.
5-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats).........  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSE.
5-Digit Scheme (Automation flats).........  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345.
5-Digit Scheme (Automation FSS flats).....  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSD.
3-Digit...................................  ******3-DIGIT 771.
3-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats).........  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSG.
3-Digit Scheme (Automation flats).........  ******SCH 3-DIGIT 006.
3-Digit Scheme............................  ******SCH 5-Digit (Automation FSS flats) 12345 FSSF.
ADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix).............  ******ALL FOR ADC 105.
ADC (5-digit ZIP Code)....................  ******ALL FOR ADC 90197.
ADC (Automation FSS flats)................  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSK.
ADC (Nonautomation FSS flats).............  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSL.
Mixed ADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix).......  ******MIXED ADC 640.
Mixed ADC (5-digit ZIP Code)..............  ******MIXED ADC 60821.
Presorted BPM (FSS flats).................  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSJ.
Nonpresorted BPM FSS......................  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSN.
Optional tray level piece ID for
 automation letters:
    AADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix)........  ******ALL FOR AADC 050.
    AADC (5-digit ZIP Code)...............  ******ALL FOR AADC 07099.
    Mixed AADC (3-digit ZIP Code prefix)..  ******MIXED AADC 870.
    Mixed AADC (5-digit ZIP Code).........  ******MIXED AADC 75197.

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Additional required human-readable text
 for use with combined mailings of USPS
 Marketing Mail and Periodical flats:
    5-Digit Scheme (and other sortation     ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 MIX COMAIL.
     levels as appropriate).
    5-Digit Scheme (Automation FSS flats).  *****SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSD COMAIL.
    5-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats).....  *****SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSE COMAIL.
    3-Digit (Automation FSS flats)........  *****SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSF COMAIL.
    3-Digit (Nonautomation FSS flats).....  *****SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSG COMAIL.
    ADC (Automation FSS flats)............  *****SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSK COMAIL.
    ADC (Nonautomation FSS flats).........  *******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSS COMAIL.
    Carrier Route high density plus (FSS    ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345.
     flats).
    FSSG COMAIL...........................  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSA COMAIL.
    Carrier Route high density (FSS flats)  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSB COMAIL.
    FSSC COMAIL...........................  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSA COMAIL.
    Carrier Route high density (FSS flats)  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSC COMAIL.
    Carrier Route basic...................  ******SCH 5-DIGIT 12345 FSSC COMAIL.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

7.1.8 Required OEL Use in Combined Mailings of USPS Marketing Mail and 
Periodicals Flats

    * * * The following additional standards also apply:
* * * * *
    [Revise item c to read as follows.]
    c. When combined mailings of USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals 
flats are prepared to FSS zones under 705.15.1.11, each mailpiece must 
bear an optional endorsement line in human-readable text, including the 
correct ZIP code listed in Column B of L006, as described in Exhibit 
7.1.1.
* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to 
reflect these changes.
* * * * *

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Federal Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-30381 Filed 12-20-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7710-12-P