Federal Register Notices

Below is a current list of the Federal Register notices filed by the Mailing Standards Department of the United States Postal Service. To search all USPS Federal Register notices please see: GPO Federal Register Collection.


Published in the Federal Register April 25, 2018.

Domestic Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference

AGENCY:  Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service announces the issuance of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) dated March 5, 2018, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.

DATES:  This final rule is effective on April 25, 2018.  The incorporation by reference of the DMM dated March 5, 2018, is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of April 25, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Lizbeth Dobbins (202) 268-3789.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The most recent issue of the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) is dated March 5, 2018.  This issue of the DMM contains all Postal Service domestic mailing standards, and continues to:  (1) increase the user’s ability to find information; (2) increase confidence that users have found all the information they need; and (3) reduce the need to consult multiple chapters of the Manual to locate necessary information.  The issue dated March 5, 2018, sets forth specific changes, including new standards throughout the DMM to support the standards and mail preparation changes implemented since the version issued on January 22, 2017.

Changes to mailing standards will continue to be published through Federal Register notices and the Postal Bulletin, and will appear in the next online version available via the Postal Explorer® website at:  http://pe.usps.com.

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Published in the Federal Register April 25, 2018.

International Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference

AGENCY:  Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:  The Postal Service announces the issuance of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) dated March 5, 2018, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.

DATES:  This final rule is effective on April 25, 2018.  The incorporation by reference of the IMM is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of April 25, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Lizbeth Dobbins, (202) 268-3789.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The International Mail Manual was issued on March 5, 2018, and was updated with Postal Bulletin revisions through February 2, 2018.  It replaced all previous editions.  The IMM continues to enable the Postal Service to fulfill its long-standing mission of providing affordable, universal mail service.  It continues to:  (1) increase the user’s ability to find information; (2) increase the user’s confidence that they have found the information they need; and (3) reduce the need to consult multiple sources to locate necessary information.  The provisions throughout this issue support the standards and mail preparation changes implemented since the version of January 22, 2017.  The International Mail Manual is available to the public on the Postal Explorer® Internet site at http://pe.usps.com.

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Published in the Federal Register April 23, 2018.

Revision to ZIP Code Zone Charts for APO/FPO/DPO Inbound Mail

AGENCY:  Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service will rezone Inbound Mail from APO/FPO/DPO ZIP Codes to coordinate the Origin/Destination ZIP Codes with the designated International Service Centers (ISC) through which each originating ZIP Code dispatches mail.

DATES:  Effective:  June 1, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Direct questions or comments to Kimberly G. Forehan by email at kimberly.g.forehan@usps.gov or phone (859) 447-2652.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

 Effective with the ZIP Code Zone Charts update on June 1, 2018, Inbound Mail from APO/FPO/DPO ZIP Codes will be rezoned to coordinate the Origin/Destination ZIP Codes with the designated International Service Centers (ISC) through which each originating ZIP Code dispatches mail.  This means that mail being sent from the various APO/FPO/DPO ZIP codes will be realigned so that both outbound and inbound ZIPs will be paired with the areas they serve. The US Postal Service refers to these relationships as “reciprocal” or “retrograde” pairs.

 

This is a change from the current process where Pacific ZIP Codes are zoned through the San Francisco ISC and the European ZIP Codes are zoned through the JFK ISC.  After June 1, 2018, each of the five ISCs will be aligned with reciprocal pairs for inbound mail from APO/FPO/DPO ZIP Codes.  This will result in a more accurate pricing model for Military customers mailing items back to the United States.

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Published in the Federal Register April 20, 2018.

Overweight Items

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service recently published an advanced notice requesting comments on how the Postal Service should proceed to prevent overweight items from entering into the postal network. After considering the comments received, the Postal Service is now moving forward to propose amendment of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual, (DMM®) to prevent overweight items from entering the postal network.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 21, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of “Overweight Items.” Faxed comments are not accepted. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC, 20260. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, by calling 202-268-2906.

For Further Information Contact: Lizbeth Dobbins at (202) 268-3789 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7261.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On October 3, 2017, the Postal Service published an advanced notice requesting comments on how the Postal Service should proceed to prevent overweight items from entering into the postal network (82 FR 46010). The Postal Service received 18 responses and those suggestions have been incorporated into this proposed rule, as appropriate. The Postal Service now proposes to amend the DMM to add a penalty for attempting to enter nonmailable, overweight items into the mailstream. Implementation of this proposed rulemaking will require action by Postal Service management.

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Published in the Federal Register April 4, 2018.

Green & Secure

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to add Green & Secure as an Address Change Service option utilizing existing Change Service Requested Service Type ID’s (STID).

DATES: Effective: April 4, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Dyer at (207) 482-7217 or Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268-2158.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking on January 9, 2018, (83 FR 995-997) to amend the DMM to add a new alternative Move Update method, Green & Secure, for mailers who enter eligible letter- and flat-size pieces of First-Class Mail® and USPS Marketing Mail® (formerly Standard Mail®) that meet the requirements for presort, Basic automation, or Full-Service automation mailings.

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Published in the Federal Register March 12, 2018.

POSTAL SERVICE

Revenue Deficiency

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMMâ) to clarify the Postal Service revenue deficiency policy.

DATES:  Effective Date: May 7, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Janet Meddick at (202) 268-2652 or Pierre DeFelice at (724) 993-3596 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Postal Service published a notice of

proposed rulemaking on December 13, 2017, (82 FR 58580-58582) to amend DMM section 604.10.0, Revenue Deficiency, to update the definition of a revenue deficiency; designate Postal Service contacts for submitting appeals; and add sections to provide the definition of a mailer, description of assessments and mailers responsibilities, and policy on assessed revenue deficiencies.

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Published in the Federal Register February 27, 2018.

Proposed Changes to Validations for Intelligent Mail Package Barcode

AGENCY:  Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Proposed Rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is proposing to revise the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), to add new Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb) validations for evaluating compliance with IMpb requirements for all mailers who enter commercial parcels.

DATES:  Submit comments on or before March 29, 2018.

ADDRESSES:  Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of “Intelligent Mail Package Barcode Validations.” Faxed comments are not accepted. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC, 20260. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, by calling 202-268-2906.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Direct questions or comments to Juliaann Hess at jsanders.hess@usps.gov or (202) 268-7663.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Postal Service is proposing to update IMpb requirements relative to Compliance Quality Validations for Thresholds, Address Quality, Shipping Services File Manifest Quality, and Barcode Quality. These proposed validations would allow the Postal Service to further improve service, tracking, visibility, and positive customer experiences along with better identifying noncompliant mailpieces.

 

Technical and in-depth IMpb guidance is available in Publication 199, Intelligent Mail Package Barcode Implementation Guide for: Confirmation Services and Electronic Verification System Mailers, which is conveniently located on the PostalPro website at https://postalpro.usps.com. This publication would be updated to reflect all adopted changes.

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Published in the Federal Register January 10, 2018.

Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Publication 52); Incorporation by Reference

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service announces the issuance of Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Publication 52) dated August 2017, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.

DATES: This final rule is effective on January 10, 2018. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of January 10, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lizbeth Dobbins (202) 268-3789.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The most recent issue of Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Publication 52) is dated August 2017. This issue of Publication 52 contains Postal Service mailing standards relating to the shipment of hazardous, restricted, and perishable materials. Publication 52 provides a complete and comprehensive source for users to find information necessary to properly prepare mailings of hazardous, restricted, and perishable materials, and limits the need for users to consult other information sources when preparing such mailings.

Publication 52 is available, in a read-only format, to the mailing industry and general public via the Postal Explorer® website at http://pe.usps.com. The Postal Explorer application can be accessed directly at any time. In addition, links to Postal Explorer are provided on:

  • The landing page of USPS.com, the Postal Service’s primary customer-facing website; and
  • The USPS application Postal Pro, an online informational source available to both mailing industry members and Postal customers, intended to eventually replace RIBBS.

New editions of Publication 52 will be published at regular intervals, generally no less frequently than once each calendar year. Changes to mailing standards applicable to hazardous, restricted, and perishable materials will be made as necessary, and incorporated into each successive edition of Publication 52. The incorporation by reference of each edition of Publication 52 will be announced through publication in the Federal Register. Details of the revisions to Publication 52 will be published in the Postal Bulletin, available at https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/welcome.htm.

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Published in the Federal Register January 9, 2018.

Green & Secure Alternative Move Update Method Option

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is proposing to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), to introduce a new alternative method to meet the Move Update standard for mailers who enter eligible letter- and flat-size pieces of First-Class Mail® and USPS Marketing Mail® (formerly Standard Mail®) that meet the requirements for Basic or Full-Service mailings.

DATES: Submit comments on or before February 8, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of “Green & Secure.” Faxed comments are not accepted. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC, 20260. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, by calling 202-268-2906.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Dyer at (207) 482-7217, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Pursuant to Postal Service regulations, compliance with the Move Update standard is a basic eligibility requirement for mailers of USPS Marketing Mail and First-Class Mail letters and flats using commercial automation and presort rates. The Move Update standard requires mailers to update addresses for which a change of address (COA) order exists within a specified period of time. By requiring mailers to comply with the Move Update standard, the Postal Service aims to improve address quality and ensure mailpieces reach their intended recipients, which benefits both the Postal Service and its customers. The Move Update standard also is intended to reduce mail processing and delivery costs for the Postal Service.

Today, mailers can meet the Move Update standard using the USPS-approved methods of Address Change Service (ACS™), NCOALink®, or Ancillary Service Endorsements. In addition, mailers of First-Class Mail may apply to use one of two alternative methods, 99 Percent Accuracy or Legal Restraint, which are available under the following limited circumstances:

  • 99 Percent Accuracy Method: This method is available to mailers who enter First-Class Mail and demonstrate that their internal list management maintains address quality at 99 percent or greater accuracy for COAs.
  • Legal Restraint Method: This method is available to mailers who enter First-Class Mail pieces and demonstrate that a legal restriction prevents them from updating their customer’s address without direct contact from the customer.

The overarching goal of the Move Update standard is to reduce the incidence of undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) mail, which is costly for the Postal Service because UAA pieces must be forwarded, returned, or discarded, and costly for mailers because these pieces fail to reach their intended recipients. The Postal Service incurs the most costs returning pieces, while discarding UAA pieces imposes the lowest cost. The 2016 per-piece cost for each disposition type (FCM only) is shown below:

Disposition Type

Per-piece Cost – Letters

Per-Piece Cost – All Shapes

Return

$0.394

$0.427

Forward

$0.193

$0.198

Discard

$0.110

$0.111

First-Class Mail UAA pieces represent most of the Postal Service’s costly return-to-sender volume; a First-Class Mail mailpiece must be returned-to-sender if it is associated with a COA record that is more than 12 months old, or if it is otherwise identified as UAA as specified in DMM 507.1.5.1. In 2017, the Postal Service discarded only 3 percent of First-Class Mail UAA pieces; in comparison, 98.5 percent of USPS Marketing Mail UAA pieces were discarded. The reason for this discrepancy is that UAA USPS Marketing Mail pieces are destroyed unless the mailers pays for forwarding or return after requesting those services using an ancillary service endorsement.

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Published in the Federal Register January 9, 2018.

eInduction Option, Seamless Acceptance Program, and Full-Service Automation Option, Verification Standards

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMMâ), to add verification standards for the eInduction Option, Seamless Acceptance Program, and Full-Service Automation Option.

DATES: Effective: March 5, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Dyer at (207) 482-7217, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking on October 31, 2017, (82 FR 50346-50348) to add the verification standards for the eInduction Option, Seamless Acceptance Program, and Full-Service Automation Option, which included a 30-day comment period.

The Postal Service received 2 formal responses on the proposed rule, both of which included multiple comments.

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