USPS Statement On OIG Report On Mail Processing And Transportation Operational Changes – Postal Employee Network
The Postal Service takes issue with the audit report’s content, analysis and tone, specifically the inaccurate findings that do not correctly reflect the benefits of Network Rationalization.
PEN Editor: You can read the OIG report here.
After review and discussion of the issues involved in performing a CASS Cycle O certification process, a consensus decision of USPS and mailing industry representatives determined there were no compelling reasons or need to undertake a mandatory CASS Cycle O effort at this time. Accordingly, it is proposed that address hygiene software with CASS Cycle N certification will remain valid through July 31, 2019. A decision whether to perform a CASS Cycle O certification effort for implementation, effective August 1, 2019, will be announced prior to August 1, 2017.
To maintain CASS Cycle N certification through July 31, 2019, address hygiene software vendors must submit a request to extend the expiration and listing of their CASS Cycle N-certified product(s) prior to April 30, 2018. The address hygiene software vendor will be required to stipulate in the request that they have not made any logic changes in their software that would have altered the results from their last CASS Cycle N certification test. Should the address hygiene software vendor be unable to stipulate to this effect, they will be required to pass a Stage II test based on CASS Cycle N requirements prior to April 30, 2018 to extend product certification through July 31, 2019.
Source: USPS Industry Alert
Postal Museum Launches “America’s Mailing Industry” Virtual Exhibition
Partnership Between the U.S. Postal Service and Private Industry Is Explored
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum today launched a new virtual exhibition, “America’s Mailing Industry,” telling the story of the partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and private industry, who together have helped American citizens and businesses communicate and conduct business for more than 200 years.
It is the story of a partnership that helps people shop, ship, deliver, communicate and conduct transactions, gain information, seek entertainment, build relationships, enhance communities and foster citizenship.
The mailing industry consists of all those that communicate with customers and constituents through the U.S. Mail on a large scale—from direct marketers, to publishers, to nonprofits, to public entities—as well as all the businesses that help prepare mail, such as ad agencies, print shops, software vendors and transportation providers.
The partnership between the mailing industry and the postal system is a critical part of the American economy, as its total economic value exceeds $1 trillion and it employs almost 8 million people.
At the heart of the mailing industry is the U.S. Postal Service, which has delivered for America for more than two centuries. An explosion of mail in the late 19th and early 20th centuries drove the Post Office Department (through post offices) and large-volume mailers to work together to begin to handle mail more efficiently. Mailers used new methods of paying for postage, which reduced mail handling by postal clerks and enabled the presorting of mail by destination, speeding dispatch and delivery. Mail volume continued to grow to such an extent that by the 1960s it threatened to overwhelm post offices when deposited in bulk by businesses at the end of each work day. This pushed the Post Office Department to embark on a concerted, nationwide campaign to enlist the aid of large mailers in leveling out the daily “mountains” of mail. So began a unique public–private partnership, unprecedented in scope and scale, which continues to this day.
“America’s mailing industry is quite possibly the most successful government–private sector partnership in our nation’s history,” said Allen Kane, director of the museum. “We are excited to tell this story, as most people don’t even know the industry exists.”
In order to present a comprehensive and understandable look at the complex and vast world that is America’s mailing industry, the museum partnered with researchers and experts from the U.S. Postal Service, mailing-industry associations and private companies to present stories of success and service to American consumers and businesses. The virtual exhibition offers stories of the mailing industry that focus on how companies, entrepreneurs and multigenerational family businesses, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, have helped to create and enhance commerce and communications channels throughout American history.
In order to enhance this comprehensive story, the National Postal Museum invites companies and organizations that are part of America’s mailing industry to submit their stories. These stories will provide additional resources to this important research project, allowing industry members to chronicle their histories to be viewed by National Postal Museum website visitors. Submitted stories will be subject to Smithsonian curatorial review and museum guidelines created for the project. (The National Postal Museum has limited resources, so the publication of stories will not be immediate. Rather, stories will be reviewed and published as soon as feasibly possible.)
Future plans include the design and construction of an on-site physical “America’s Mailing Industry” exhibition at the museum.
About the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum website at www.postalmuseum.si.edu.
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The U.S. Postal Service says it has “broad bipartisan support” from Congress to ease some its financial burdens.
USPS News Link – 9/7/16 – The Postal Service is developing new technology that will allow large businesses and other major mailers to send physical mail simply by knowing a recipient’s email address.
USPS Intelligent Address will use the Intelligent Mail barcode that appears on many mailpieces, eliminating the need to display the recipient’s address or other personally identifiable information.
“USPS Intelligent Address positions the Postal Service as the key link between digital and physical mail, making it more convenient and secure for businesses and consumers to send and receive mail,” said New Products and Innovation VP Gary Reblin.
During the past year, USPS Intelligent Address has been tested at the district and area levels. The first national operational test will be conducted during the next month.
Employees will receive stand-up talks and training in September to help recognize USPS Intelligent Address mail and learn how to deliver the test mailpieces.
From the Office of Inspector General –
Our objective was to determine the effectiveness of support for PostalOne!-BCSS operational availability.
What the OIG Found
Management is not effectively supporting and managing PostalOne!-BCSS availability and needs to improve the process for notifying all users of PostalOne!-BCSS outages. Based on reported outages, the Postal Service also does not maintain consistent records to track outages and the unavailability of PostalOne!-BCSS.
PostalOne!-BCSS did not consistently meet its daily 99.95 percent availability goal during FY 2015. We identified 22 reported instances where the daily average availability percentage ranged from 76.03 to 99.92 percent.
Additionally, the CIO scorecard did not accurately reflect actual system availability status because it excluded blackout maintenance hours, which should have been included according to best practices.
Full report at link
Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, the USPIS told Deadline: “In reference to your request for how much money the USPIS has spent on the The Inspectors in direct financing, you are informed that the United States Postal Service has contracted with Litton Syndications Inc. to develop, write, produce, and air a consumer awareness and crime prevention 30-minute campaign titled, The Inspectors. The contract was awarded for $5.4 million and the period of performance is 9/15/2014 to 9/14/2016, with potential to extend the contract for an additional two one-year option periods.”
Source: Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers Facebook post