Postal Service 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

International Product Change-Global Expedited Package Services-Non-Published Rates
Document Number: 2011-33161
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add Global Expedited Package Services Non-Published Rates 3 (GEPSNPR 3) to the Competitive Products List.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2011-33031
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 2011-33030
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule's Competitive Products List.
Service Standards for Market-Dominant Mail Products
Document Number: 2011-32009
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-15
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the service standards for market-dominant mail products. The most significant revision would largely eliminate overnight service for First-Class Mail.
Domestic Shipping Services Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes
Document Number: 2011-31747
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]), to reflect changes to prices and mailing standards for the following Shipping Services: Express Mail[supreg]; Priority Mail[supreg]; First-Class Package Service\TM\; Parcel Select[supreg]; Parcel Return Service; Mailer Services; and Recipient Services.
Authority To Manufacture and Distribute Postage Evidencing Systems
Document Number: 2011-31726
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This rule clarifies the responsibility of the providers of Postage Evidencing Systems (PES) to safeguard customer information and maintain regulatory controls over agents operating third-party locations at domestic or international (off shore) facilities.
International Mail: New Prices and Fee Changes-Mailing Services
Document Number: 2011-31327
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]) throughout various Individual Country Listings (ICLs) to reflect price adjustments for First-Class Mail International[supreg] and extra services.
International Product and Price Changes
Document Number: 2011-31079
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]), to reflect the prices, product features, and classification changes to Competitive Services, as established by the Governors of the Postal Service.
Express Mail Domestic Postage Refund Policy and Waiver of Signature
Document Number: 2011-30974
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) throughout various sections to modify the policy for filing claims for domestic Express Mail[supreg] postage refunds from 90 days to 30 days after the date of mailing, and to change the Express Mail ``waiver of signature'' standard for domestic items by obtaining an addressee's signature only when the mailer selects the ``signature required'' option on the Express Mail label.
Change in Rates and Classes of General Applicability for Competitive Products
Document Number: 2011-30789
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This notice sets forth changes in rates of general applicability for competitive products.
Folded Self-Mailers and Unenveloped Mailpieces
Document Number: 2011-30879
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 201.3.14, to provide new standards for folded self-mailers (FSM) and unenveloped mailpieces that are mailed at automation or machinable prices. To avoid confusion with revised standards for FSM mailpieces having loose enclosures, the Postal Service renames mailpieces that are designed to carry discs, and expands the standards that apply to tabs to include folded self-mailers.
Authority To Manufacture and Distribute Postage Evidencing Systems
Document Number: 2011-30876
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is proposing an editorial revision of the rules governing the inventory control processes of Postage Evidencing Systems (PES) provided to customers by manufacturers or distributors. The proposed changes are intended to clarify the rules, and reflect a change in the name of the office responsible for enforcing them.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 2011-30962
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting; Board Votes to Close November 4, 2011, Meeting
Document Number: 2011-29912
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-18
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Market Test of Experimental Product: “First-Class Tracer”
Document Number: 2011-29514
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-16
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service gives notice of a market test of an experimental product in accordance with statutory requirements.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 2011-28466
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-02
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Post Office Organization and Administration: Establishment, Classification, and Discontinuance
Document Number: 2011-27641
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-26
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is amending its regulations to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation process. This final rule adopts changes to Postal Service regulations pertaining to the definition of ``consolidation'' and the staffing of Post Offices.
New Standards for Domestic Mailing Services
Document Number: 2011-27365
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
In October 2011, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective on January 22, 2012. This proposed rule contains the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) that we would adopt to implement the changes coincident with the price adjustments.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2011-27362
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Postal Service[supreg] is proposing to modify seventeen of its General Privacy Act Systems of Records. These modifications reflect the title and address changes resulting from an organizational re-design of the Postal Service.
International Mail: Proposed Product Rate and Fee Changes
Document Number: 2011-27360
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-24
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
In October 2011, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective on January 22, 2012. This proposed rule contains the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]) that would accompany the new prices.
Express Mail Domestic Postage Refund Policy and Waiver of Signature
Document Number: 2011-25803
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-06
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is proposing to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) throughout various sections to modify the policy for filing claims for domestic Express Mail[supreg] refunds from 90 days to 30 days after the date of mailing, and to change the Express Mail ``waiver of signature'' standard for domestic items by obtaining an addressee's signature only when the mailer selects the ``signature required'' option on the Express Mail label.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2011-25735
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Postal Service[supreg] is proposing to modify one of its General Privacy Act Systems of Records: USPS 880.000, Post Office and Retail Services. These modifications reflect the changes that have been made in providing alternate access to customers such as ``Village Post Offices,'' which are operated by community businesses to provide selected postal products and services and Post Office BoxTM service at or near the business location.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 2011-25622
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Service Standards for Market-Dominant Special Services Products
Document Number: 2011-25336
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This rule adds a service standard for Stamp Fulfillment Services to the set of service standards for stand-alone market- dominant special services products set forth in our regulations.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Proposed Network Optimization, Nationwide; Notice of Public Scoping Period
Document Number: 2011-25331
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
To comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Postal Service intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to assess the Network Optimization initiative (the ``Proposed Action''), which would create a more streamlined processing and distribution network using fewer facilities to handle reduced mail volume. The proposal also includes revisions to mailing standards. This PEA will evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed action versus taking no action. Public input is sought on the scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the PEA.
Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) Implementation for Commercial Parcels
Document Number: 2011-24705
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-27
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) throughout various sections to require the use of an Intelligent Mail unique tracking barcode on all commercial parcels, except Standard Mail[supreg] parcels, claiming presort or destination entry pricing; to encourage use of IMpb unique tracking barcodes by providing end-to-end tracking including confirmation of delivery on all commercial parcels except Standard Mail and Package Services parcels; and to require the use of an IMpb on parcels bearing PC Postage[supreg].
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 2011-24704
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-23
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Proposal To Revise Service Standards for First-Class Mail, Periodicals, and Standard Mail
Document Number: 2011-24149
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-21
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service seeks public comment on a proposal to revise the service standard regulations contained in 39 CFR part 121. Among other things, the proposal involves eliminating the expectation of overnight service for First-Class Mail and Periodicals, and, for each of these classes, narrowing the two-day delivery range and enlarging the three-day delivery range. One major effect of the proposal would be to facilitate a significant consolidation of the Postal Service's processing and transportation networks.
Outbound International Mailings of Lithium Batteries
Document Number: 2011-23054
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-09
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is withdrawing a final rule that would incorporate new maximum limits for the outbound mailing of lithium batteries to international, or APO, FPO or DPO locations. The Postal Service also withdraws the corresponding Code of Federal Regulations revision to reflect these new limits.
Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations
Document Number: 2011-22628
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-06
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[reg]) 508.4 to allow Post Office BoxTM (PO BoxTM) fee groups to be merged due to Post OfficeTM mergers and to have the ability to change a fee group more than one higher or lower level at a time in limited circumstances.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 2011-22060
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
National Environmental Policy Act Procedures
Document Number: 2011-21698
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This rule amends the Postal Service's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance procedures to update an obsolete statutory reference.
Outbound International Mailings of Lithium Batteries
Document Number: 2011-21443
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is revising the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]) section 135.6, to incorporate new maximum limits for the outbound mailing of lithium batteries. This is consistent with recent amendments to the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Convention.
Procedures To Adjudicate Claims for Personal Injury or Property Damage Arising Out of the Operation of the U.S. Postal Service
Document Number: 2011-21444
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
This rule amends the Postal Service's regulations concerning tort claims to update the mailing address of the National Tort Center.
First-Class Package Service
Document Number: 2011-21028
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-18
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]), 401, 402, 433, 434, 435, 436, 503, 507, 602, and 705 to introduce a new competitive product called First-Class Package Service, which will replace and remove First-Class Mail[supreg] commercial base and commercial plus parcels from the market-dominant product offering. First-Class Mail retail single-piece parcels remain a market-dominant product offering.
International Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2011-20618
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-15
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service announces the issuance of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]) dated April 17, 2011, updated with Postal Bulletin revisions through June 2, 2011, effective June 6, 2011, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Folded Self-Mailers and Unenveloped Mailpieces
Document Number: 2011-20615
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-15
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service proposes to revise the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 201.3.14 to provide standards for creating folded self-mailers (FSM) and other unenveloped mailpieces such as forms, statements, and official notices that will improve processing of these pieces on automated Postal processing equipment.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 2011-20612
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-11
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Domestic Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2011-20078
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-09
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service announces the issuance of DMM 300, dated July 5, 2011, of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]), and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Changes to Move Update Standards
Document Number: 2011-19177
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-29
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service published in the Federal Register of July 12, 2011, a proposed rule pertaining to changes in Move Update standards, which established the comment period through August 11, 2011. This document extends the comment period.
Post Office Organization and Administration: Establishment, Classification, and Discontinuance; Correction
Document Number: 2011-18481
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-22
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
On July 14, 2011, the Postal Service published an amendment to the rules concerning the establishment, classification, and discontinuance of post offices. That rule contained certain incorrect internal cross-references, which are corrected by this further rulemaking.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 2011-18640
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-21
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Post Office Organization and Administration: Establishment, Classification, and Discontinuance
Document Number: 2011-17529
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-14
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is amending 39 CFR part 241 to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation process. In addition, certain procedures employed for the discontinuance of Post Offices are applied to the discontinuance of other types of retail facilities operated by Postal Service employees.
Group E Post Office Box Service
Document Number: 2011-17389
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-14
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service\TM\ is revising the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 508.4.6 to clarify eligibility, simplify the standards, and facilitate uniform administration for Group E (free) Post Office\TM\ (PO) box service.
Changes to Move Update Standards
Document Number: 2011-17390
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-12
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service proposes to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) to add 602.5.0 and 602.6.0, and to revise the Move Update standards regarding change of address orders, by including in the revised standards change of address notices filed by postal employees. The Postal Service also deletes multiple sections throughout the DMM to centralize Move Update and ZIP CodeTM accuracy standards under section 602.
Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations
Document Number: 2011-17386
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-12
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service proposes to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 508.4 to allow Post Office TM (PO) Box fee groups to be merged due to Post Office mergers and to have the ability to change a box fee group more than one higher or lower level at a time in limited circumstances.
Shortpaid and Unpaid Information-Based Indicia (IBI) Postage and Shortpaid Express Mail Postage
Document Number: 2011-16802
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-06
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 604.4, 604.8, and 604.10, to implement revenue protection procedures for mailpieces entered with shortpaid and unpaid Information Based Indicia (IBI) postage payment and to implement revenue protection procedures for shortpaid Express Mail[supreg] postage.
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting; Board Votes to Close June 17, 2011, Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16524
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-29
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting; Board Votes To Close June 2, 2011, Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16522
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-29
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
Combined Mailings of Standard Mail and Periodicals Flats
Document Number: 2011-16081
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Postal Service, Agencies and Commissions
The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 705.15 and 708.1.1 to provide a new option for mailers to combine Standard Mail[supreg] flats and Periodicals flats within the same bundle, when placed on pallets, and to combine bundles of Standard Mail flats and bundles of Periodicals flats on the same pallet. The Postal Service is also amending title 39, Code of Federal Regulations to reflect that the Standard Mail service standards apply to all Periodicals flats pieces entered in such combined mailings.