Mailers that support a postal reform law preserving the 4.3 surcharge respond to those opposed to it.
In a letter dated Jan. 29, 2016 the Postal Service notified the APWU that it plans to activate Flats Postal Automated Redirection Systems (FPARS) in 17 locations where there are Central Forwarding System (CFS) sites. Deployment of the new equipment is expected to impact employees in some locations as early as March 28, 2016.
The FPARS program is an expansion of the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS) program that automated Undeliverable As Addressed (UAA) letter processing. Implementation of FPARS requires hardware and software modifications to AFSM 100 machines. The new equipment will lift images from mail and apply labels to UAA flats.
Stamp Recognizes Year of the Monkey
NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service rang in the Lunar New Year by issuing the Year of the Monkey Forever stamp today.
The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the D’Angelo Center at St. John’s University – Queens Campus in Jamaica, N.Y. Use the hashtag #LunarNewYear to share the news on social media.
Year of the Monkey is the ninth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp series. It is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever stamps. As a Forever stamp, it will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.
The Postal Service has provided some clarifications:
- In the absence of Congressional or Court action to make the existing exigent surcharge for Market Dominant Services part of the rate base, or to otherwise extend it, the USPS anticipates that it will be required to deploy a price change release in April of 2016.
- The Postal Service intends to publish price files and postage statements this Friday, February 5, 2016 on Postal Explorer: http://pe.usps.gov/default_html.asp
- As yet, there is no official date for the prices to change until revenue calculations are finalized.
- The USPS will be submitting their next exigency surcharge report on February 16, 2016.
- The USPS will file with the PRC at least 45 days prior to the roll back date.
Mailing Industry Leaders Lay Out Strong Opposition to “iPost” Legislation | Ruralinfo.net Postal News
Washington, D.C. – Leading organizations in the mailing industry today released a letter in opposition to the “iPost” bill saying, “A solution to the Postal Service’s financial challenges that forestalls network rationalizing cost-savings measures is not a long-lasing solution at all.”
Postal reformer Tom Carper takes a valiant stab at passing his iPOST bill by April.