New Ballot Service Type IDs – Effective August 20, 2018

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

The United States Postal Service® remains steadfast in its commitment to the democratic process and the election community. As states and localities increasingly use mail in the election process, the Postal Service remains ready to support the growth in vote-by-mail initiatives. The USPS and Election Community Partners identified the need to increase official ballot mail visibility within the automation environment which has led to solutions to include the use of:

  • Matching Serial Numbers in the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) for outgoing and returning ballots, allowing the mailer to track and identify the recipient on both outgoing and incoming ballot mail.
  • New Service Type Identifiers (STID)s in the IMb to distinguish ballot mail in the mail flow effective August 20, 2018.

The ballot mail solution led to the assignment of 23 STIDs to enable tracking of outgoing ballot mail and one unique STID for all returning ballots (votes). These STIDs are available on PostalPro at: https://postalpro.usps.com/mailing/service-type-identifiers

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May 22nd, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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U.S. Postal Service’s plan to reinvent itself: popsicle-scented stamps – MarketWatch

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Will the scratch-and-sniff stamps encourage people to send snail mail?

Source: U.S. Postal Service’s plan to reinvent itself: popsicle-scented stamps – MarketWatch

Ratepayer dollars invested wisely?  Not.

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May 22nd, 2018 at 8:59 am

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President Donald Trump Pressured US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to Change Package-Delivery Deal With Amazon

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…But the Postal Service says hiking their package contracts (which remain private) would only help competitors. “Some of our competitors in the package delivery space would dearly love for the Postal Service to aggressively raise our rates higher than the marketplace can bear—so they could either charge more themselves or siphon away postal customers,” a Postal Service spokesman wrote in the Hill. Adding further confusion, Trump’s aides disagree on whether Amazon is paying enough or keeping the Postal Service in business. And some White House officials say Trump is only attacking Amazon because of articles published in the Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos.

Source: President Donald Trump Pressured US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to Change Package-Delivery Deal With Amazon

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 20th, 2018 at 10:06 am

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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