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Botched USPS ACS Billing

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If you are using USPS Single Source ACS, check your April bills carefully.  Users have reported grossly overstated bills, which USPS has acknowledged.  The bills are being corrected, but no widespread notification went out.  Many Single Source users have automated systems paying the bills, and are at risk of being overcharged.  Additionally, documentation of new Product Codes is nowhere to be found, so that new charges can be referenced.

Discouraging use of Address Correction Services in this manner is not good for mailers, mail owners, or the Postal Service.  The latest billing cycle has been discouraging at best.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 11th, 2018 at 12:26 pm

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Postal Service Dedicates New Stamp Featuring Peace Rose

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April 23rd, 2018 at 11:44 am

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Nominations of Hon. David Williams, Robert M. Duncan, and Calvin R. Tucker to be Governors, U.S. Postal Service

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Board of Governors hearing scheduled for April 18, 2018 10:00 AM

From USPS info on the BOG:

The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service is comparable to a board of directors of a publicly held corporation. The Board normally consists of up to nine governors appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The nine governors select the Postmaster General, who becomes a member of the Board, and those 10 select the Deputy Postmaster General, who also serves on the Board. The Postmaster General serves at the pleasure of the governors for an indefinite term and the Deputy Postmaster General serves at the pleasure of the governors and the Postmaster General.

Source: Hearings | Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 11th, 2018 at 11:07 am

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Move Update – Green & Secure

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The USPS has implemented a new method for measuring compliance for meeting the Move Update requirement using a Census based approach.  USPS uses scans from Mail Processing Equipment to confirm that addresses for First-Class and USPS Marketing Mail letters and flats are updated to include change-of-addresses (COA) within 95 days of the mailing date.  Compliance is compiled across a calendar month with results shown on the Electronic Verification tab of the Mailer Scorecard.  Assessments will begin in April on March data for any mailpieces exceeding the threshold.

On January 9, 2018, USPS filed a proposed Federal Register Notice (FRN) to introduce the new Green & Secure Program. The Green & Secure method allows the USPS to dispose of or securely destroy mailpieces that are undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA), minimizing the volume of return-to-sender mail.  Mailpieces bearing an ACS Change Service Requested STID (First-Class Mail and USPS Marketing Mail) or an ACS Change Service Requested STID with Secure Destruction will be excluded from Move Update error logging and assessments.

 

The final FRN was published today, April 4, 2018:

Link to FRN https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06743.pdf?utm_campaign=subscription%20mailing%20list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email

For more information on the Move Update Census Method and the Green & Secure Program the following Fact Sheets are available on PostalPro:

https://postalpro.usps.com/greenandsecure

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 5th, 2018 at 9:34 am

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PRC Directs USPS to Address Compliance Issues in FY 2017 Annual Compliance Determination – Postal Employee Network

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April 2nd, 2018 at 1:42 pm

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Dead Tree Edition: Game Over: Postage Rate Hikes Would Shut Down ESPN Magazine

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The PRC needs to rethink their strategy before it is too late.  It’s a bad course of action to raise rates.

Source: Dead Tree Edition: Game Over: Postage Rate Hikes Would Shut Down ESPN Magazine

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 12th, 2018 at 8:47 am

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Dead Tree Edition: Meredith Warns PRC of Massive Magazine Cutbacks

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March 2nd, 2018 at 9:48 am

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Boondoggle: The FSS Goes from Bad to Worse

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Read the article at the link below:

Source: Dead Tree Edition: Boondoggle: The FSS Goes from Bad to Worse

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 19th, 2018 at 3:02 pm

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Postage Savings for Flats and Periodicals

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February 13th, 2018 at 9:38 am

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Applying for a Passport is Now Just a Few Clicks Away

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WASHINGTON, DC – Are you planning international travel this year? Are you applying for a passport for the first time? If so, the U.S. Postal Service has made applying for your passport easier with the launch of the USPS Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler™ tool (RCAS) today on http://www.usps.com/scheduler.

Source: Applying for a Passport is Now Just a Few Clicks Away

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2018 at 10:29 am

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