Postal Service 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

United States Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-24685
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
New Marking Requirement for Bound Printed Matter Machinable Parcels
Document Number: E5-7857
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-12-27
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service proposes a new marking requirement for Bound Printed Matter machinable parcels consisting of multiple pieces secured with transparent shrinkwrap. Under our proposal, mailers must use a firm optional endorsement line or apply a pressure-sensitive firm bundle Label F. The new marking will enable our automated equipment to recognize that a Bound Printed Matter parcel is intended for a single address.
New Preparation Requirements for Bundles of Mail on Pallets
Document Number: 05-24209
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-21
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule changes preparation requirements for bundles of Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services flat-size mail or irregular parcels on pallets. The rule gives the conditions under which mailers must prepare an area distribution center, bulk mail center/ auxiliary service facility, or sectional center facility pallet with 250 or more pounds of bundles.
Domestic Mail: New Postal Rates and Fees
Document Number: 05-23488
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-02
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service accepted the Postal Rate Commission's recommendation to increase most postal rates and fees by approximately 5.4 percent. The Board of Governors set 12:01 a.m. Sunday, January 8, 2006, as the effective date for the new prices.
Conduct on Postal Property
Document Number: 05-23507
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-01
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule amends Postal Service regulations pertaining to conduct on postal property. The purpose of these amendments is to clarify the regulations.
International Mail: New Postal Rates and Fees
Document Number: C5-23007
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-23391
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-28
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
International Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 05-23171
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service announces the issuance of Issue 31 of the International Mail Manual (IMM), and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.
International Mail: Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia
Document Number: 05-23008
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Under an agreement negotiated by the United States government with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, mail destined to those two countries will now use the international rate schedules. This final rule amends the International Mail Manual (IMM) to include the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia in all international products and services, and add them to the individual country listings.
International Mail: New Postal Rates and Fees
Document Number: 05-23007
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service \TM\ is adopting new international mail postage rates and fees. The total international rate increase is 5.9 percent. To the extent possible, the targeted increase is 5.4 percent, consistent with our domestic rate filing with the Postal Rate Commission. We are implementing this international pricing change at the same time as our domestic pricing change.
Domestic Mail: Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia
Document Number: 05-23006
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is amending Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to remove references to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. Mail to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia is no longer treated as domestic mail.
Postal Service Board of Governors Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-22508
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-09
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Service Board of Governors Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-22507
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-09
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Proposal To Require the Electronic Verification System (e-VS) for Destination Entry Parcel Shipments
Document Number: 05-22156
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-07
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is proposing to require the use of the Electronic Verification System (e-VS) which is an electronic manifest system, for postage manifesting and payment of all Parcel Select mailings. This includes all Standard Mail machinable parcels or other Package Services Parcels (Bound Printed Matter, Library Mail, or Media Mail) authorized for commingling with Parcel Select Mailings. This requirement would contribute to reduced costs and greater efficiencies. The Postal Service is also exploring expanding the program to all parcel mailings in the future. The proposed rule is being published with an intended implementation date of no sooner than 1 year from the date of publication of the Federal Register final rule. The proposed rule would apply as follows: Parcel shippers/consolidators and mailers claiming Parcel Select rates would be required to use e-VS for postage manifesting and payment. Parcel shippers/consolidators and mailers who commingle Standard Mail machinable parcels or other Package Services parcels with Parcel Select as authorized by Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]), 705.6.0 and 705.7.0, would be required to use e-VS for postage manifesting and payment.
Bundling Flat-Size and Irregular Parcel Mail-Bundle Integrity
Document Number: 05-21777
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-02
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service proposes that mailers use two bands to secure all bundles of presorted rate flat-size mail and irregular parcels that are not shrinkwrapped. This proposal would remove the option to secure bundles up to 1 inch thick with only one band.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-21497
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-27
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Address Visibility on Bundles of Flat-Size and Irregular Parcel Mail
Document Number: 05-20924
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service\TM\ is adopting new mailing standards to ensure that address and presort information on bundles of flat-size and irregular parcel mail remains visible and readable during processing. The new standards apply only to bundles of Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services mail intended for processing on our Automated Package Processing System equipment.
Use of Ancillary Service Endorsement for Mailing Certain Types of Checks
Document Number: 05-20563
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is withdrawing a proposed rule that would require ancillary service endorsements on mailpieces containing certain types of checks.
New Preparation Requirements for Bundles of Mail on Pallets
Document Number: 05-19531
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service TM is seeking comments on a proposal that would affect mailers who prepare bundles of Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services flat-size mail or irregular parcels on pallets. The proposal would not affect mailers who prepare sacks, unbundled parcels, or trays on pallets. Currently, mailers who prepare bundles of flat-size mail or bundles of irregular parcels on pallets must prepare a pallet if the mailing contains 500 or more pounds of bundles for a required sortation level. (``Sortation level'' refers to the distribution or separation of mail by ZIP Codes, range of ZIP Codes, or carrier route.) After all required pallets are prepared, mailers must place any remaining bundles in sacks. Under this proposal, before placing any bundles in sacks, if there are 250 or more pounds of bundles addressed within the ZIP Code range for an area distribution center (ADC) or a bulk mail center/auxiliary service facility (BMC/ASF), mailers must prepare the ADC pallet (for Periodicals) or the BMC/ASF pallet (for Standard Mail and Package Services). If a mailing does not contain any ADC or BMC/ASF pallets for example, the mailer has set the presort software to stop at the sectional center facility (SCF) levelbut there are 250 or more pounds for an SCF, the mailer must prepare the SCF pallet.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-18900
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
International Mail: Proposed Changes in Postal Rates and Fees
Document Number: 05-18260
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service, under its authority in Title 39 U.S.C. 407, is proposing changes to international mail postage rates and fees. As provided under the Postal Reorganization Act, the proposed changes will result in international postage rates that retain the overall value of service to customers, are fair and reasonable, and are not unduly or unreasonably discriminatory or preferential. The total international rate increase is 5.9 percent. To the extent possible, the targeted increase is 5.4 percent across-the-board, consistent with our domestic rate filing with the Postal Rate Commission. We are proposing to implement this international pricing change at the same time as the domestic pricing change.
International Mail: Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia
Document Number: 05-18259
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Under an agreement negotiated by the United States government with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, mail destined to those two countries will now use the international rate schedules. This proposal would amend the International Mail Manual (IMM) to include the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia in all international products and services and add them to the individual country listings.
Release of Information, Privacy of Information
Document Number: 05-17378
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-01
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This rule amends the Postal Service\TM\ regulations on the release of information and privacy of information.
New Standards for Periodicals Mail Prepared in Sacks
Document Number: 05-16200
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-15
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
We are proposing new standards to reduce handling costs for Periodicals mail prepared in sacks. Our proposal includes the following changes: two new types of sacks: a 3-digit carrier routes sack and a merged 3-digit sack; and a new minimum of 24 pieces for most other sacks.
United States Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-14774
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-26
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
United States Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-14773
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-26
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Premium Forwarding Service
Document Number: 05-11472
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule sets forth the standards adopted by the Postal ServiceTM to implement the Premium Forwarding Service (PFS) experiment. The Postal Service is conducting the PFS experiment to measure interest in a new service that forwards mail to residential customers who are temporarily away from their primary address. With PFS, your local Post Office will ship mail to your temporary address once a week via Priority Mail[reg].
Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-11471
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974, System of Records
Document Number: 05-11007
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal ServiceTM proposes a new Privacy Act system of records. The system of records relates to name and address files the Postal Service plans to maintain for the purpose of improving the accuracy of mail piece addresses and mail delivery. The files will contain name and address data provided by mailers, where the address contains a minor error, as well as the associated correct address provided by the Postal Service. The files will allow the Postal Service to eliminate repeated corrections of address records. Extensive privacy and security safeguards have been implemented as described in this notice.
Address Sequencing Service
Document Number: 05-10386
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule amends section 507.7 of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[reg]) to streamline the seed address process. It adopts a proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register (69 FR 64877, November 9, 2004.).
USPS Standards for Facility Accessibility
Document Number: 05-9745
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-17
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4151 et. seq. (2000), the United States Postal Service is revising its standards for facility accessibility and adding them to the CFR. These revisions are made in response to the Americans with Disabilities Act/ Architectural Barriers Act Guidelines (ADAAG/ABAAG) recently published by the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (US Access Board).
Privacy Act of 1974, System of Records
Document Number: 05-9075
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-06
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Postal Service[reg] (USPS[reg]) is proposing to modify two of its Privacy Act systems of records: USPS 810.200, www.usps.com Ordering, Payment, and Fulfillment, and USPS 900.000, International Services. The proposed modification reflects changes regarding how customs declaration information is collected and reported by USPS.
United States Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-8820
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-02
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Release of Information, Privacy of Information
Document Number: 05-8446
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This rule amends the Postal Service regulations on the release of information and privacy of information.
Privacy Act of 1974, System of Records
Document Number: 05-8444
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Postal Service[reg] (USPS[reg]) is publishing this notice in accordance with subsection (e)(4) of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), which requires an agency to issue notice of the existence and character of its systems of records upon establishment or revision. In this notice, the USPS is revising and publishing its Privacy Act systems of records in their entirety. The revised systems of records are better organized and are written with clarity as a goal. The systems of records incorporate Privacy Act and USPS privacy policies, and reflect USPS emphasis on industry best practices to protect privacy. Routine uses have been revised to more clearly communicate circumstances under which personal information might be disclosed.
Customized Postage
Document Number: 05-8487
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service(TM) provides notice of its intention to resume testing of the concept of Customized Postage for a period of one year commencing 20 calendar days from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. PC Postage([reg]) is a method of providing evidence of pre-payment of United States postage using a personal computer and printer and Internet access to an authorized PC Postage provider infrastructure approved by the Postal Service under 39 CFR part 501. Like postage meters, PC Postage services facilitate customer access to postage payment and use of the mail. PC Postage and postage meter products that print digitally generated barcode indicia contain human readable and machine readable elements that facilitate mail processing and counterfeit detection due to identification enabling characteristics. The typical indicia design consists of two elements: a postage block and a distinctly separate block typically called an ``ad plate.'' The historical use of ad plates consists of printed advertising messages authorized, enabled, and controlled by a Postal Service approved postage meter or PC Postage provider. Customized Postage differs from conventional PC Postage in two respects: First, it utilizes the ``ad plate'' area to print a digital, graphic image. The image may be one selected from a ``library'' of images provided by the authorized PC Postage provider or a customer supplied image that meets acceptance criteria established by the PC Postage provider; and, second, instead of the customer printing the selected image on a personal computer the images are printed by the Customized Postage provider under controlled conditions and the finished product is mailed to the customer. With respect to postage meter ad plates the Postal Service will require evaluation and approval of any process established by an authorized provider which results in the printing of a graphic ``ad plate.''
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting; Notification of Day Added to Meeting
Document Number: 05-8075
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-21
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Purchasing of Property and Services
Document Number: 05-7751
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-19
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal ServiceTM is amending its regulations in order to implement the acquisition portions of its Transformation Plan (April 2002) and the similar recommendations of the President's Commission on the United States Postal Service (July 2003) as they relate to the acquisition of property, goods and services in accordance with 39 U.S.C. Sec. Sec. 101, 401, 403, 404, and 410.
Request for Comments on the Strategic Transformation Plan 2006-2010
Document Number: 05-7750
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-18
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This Notice addresses the Postal Service's Strategic Transformation Plan 2006-2010. By law, beginning in 1997, the Postal Service TM is required to publish a five-year plan outlining its goals, targets, and strategies, and to update and revise its five-year plan at intervals of no less than 3 years. In support of its strategic planning process, the law requires the Postal Service to solicit and consider the ideas, knowledge, and opinions of those potentially affected by or interested in its Five-Year Strategic Plan. In addition, at the request of Congress, in 2002 the Postal Service prepared a comprehensive plan for the structural transformation of the postal system to meet the challenges of serving the American public. This first Transformation Plan covered the years 2002-2006. A major component of the next Five-Year Strategic Plan, covering 2006-2010, will be the extension of the Postal Service's Transformation Plan through the same period. This notice asks for public comment concerning the development and drafting of the Postal Service's combined document, the Strategic Transformation Plan 2006-2010.
United States Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-6739
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-05
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
United States Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-6738
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-05
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
United States Postal Service Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-6737
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-05
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
General Information on Postal Service
Document Number: 05-5360
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-23
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service will issue a redesigned Domestic Mail Manual (DMM). The redesigned manual is renamed, Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual, and replaces the former Domestic Mail Manual, Issue 58. The redesigned manual is not intended to alter existing standards in DMM 58, and contains the mailing standards effective through January 6, 2005. The new manual presents USPS domestic mailing standards in a manner that increases usability and provides better access to USPS products and services.
Semipostal Stamp Program
Document Number: 05-2467
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-09
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule clarifies regulations relating to the determination of costs to be offset from differential revenue.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-2466
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-07
Agency: Postal Service Board of Governors, Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Repositionable Notes on Letter and Flat Sized Mailpieces
Document Number: 05-1699
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-01
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is implementing an experimental classification, Repositionable Notes (RPNs), as a one-year provisional service allowing mailers to attach a reusable self-adhesive message note to the outside envelope or paper cover of discount First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, or Periodicals rate mailpieces for a fee. RPNs add impact, value, and ultimately a greater return on investment for direct mailers by calling attention to a product or service. This enhanced value to direct mail will provide an opportunity for the Postal Service to drive the growth of direct mail.
Periodicals Mail Enclosed With Merchandise Sent at Parcel Post or Bound Printed Matter Rates
Document Number: 05-975
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-19
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule allows sample copies of authorized and pending Periodicals publications to be enclosed with merchandise mailed at Parcel Post or Bound Printed Matter postage rates.
Authorization to Manufacture and Distribute Postage Meters
Document Number: 05-279
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-07
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Under 39 CFR 501.1, only manufacturers and distributors authorized by the Postal Service,\(tm)\ may manufacture and/or distribute postage meters in the United States. This final rule provides that the Postal Service may revoke or suspend, wholly or in part, authorization to distribute postage meters if the authorized entity or its agent makes or distributes false or misleading statements about actions or proposed actions of the Postal Service regarding the postage meter program. In addition, minor editorial changes were made to correct references to sections of part 501 that were in error.
Signature Confirmation Service: Elimination of Signature Waiver Option
Document Number: 05-135
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-07
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This rule changes the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to eliminate the signature waiver option for Signature Confirmation service under DMM S919.1.10. The Postal Service is making this change because the signature waiver option is no longer necessary.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-278
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-05
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions