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22 Sep 2011 Postal Bulletin – DMM “legalese” updates

Sorry if the topic teaser about this being a “legalese” update doesn’t seem exactly right, but how would _you_ describe this olio of assorted orders? The first item, “USPS Return Services,” offers new ways for mail recipients to return merchandise. The second, “Service Standards for Express Mail Military Service,” basically says (in a formal way, of course) that Express Mail Military Service mail going overseas to military post offices takes 3-5 business days, not 2-3. And the last of the three, “Post Office Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations,” looks like it’s intended to allow the USPS more flexibility in moving PO Box clusters around from one facility to another as they look to start consolidating operations and closing lots of facilities to try to save money.

So pretty much nothing here that affects presorting of the mail, but perhaps a little insight into where their thinking is at.

Meanwhile, we continue to wait for definite info about what will be in the January rate case. So far it seems we have some proposed postage statement changes in a “red line” form (which if you haven’t ever looked is a current postage statement hand-edited with some red ink – good for conveying the overview of changes that will be proposed, not so great for giving details to code against when there are no binding changes published with them), and we have some miscellaneous Mail.dat spec changes. Those correspond to some high level changes being discussed, such as the re-removal of NFMs (remember how the proposed exigent rate case yanked them, only to be restored when that proposal was rejected?) and the similar re-introduction of “marketing parcels” (which were also proposed in that doomed exigent rate case). Code freeze dates for providing reasonable lead-in to a January release are really not that far away, so we’re hoping some concrete publications are coming soon!

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