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39 CFR Part 111

Streamlining Hard-copy Postage Statement Processing

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:  The Postal Service is proposing to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), to reflect changes in the processing of hard-copy postage statements accompanying commercial and permit imprint mailings at PostalOne!® facilities.

DATES:  We must receive your comments on or before [INSERT DATE 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF PUBLICATION].

ADDRESSES:  Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Mailing Standards, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3436, Washington, DC, 20260-3436. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at USPS Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor N, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Email comments concerning the proposed rule, containing the name and address of the commenter, may be sent to: MailingStandards@usps.gov, with a subject line of "Postage Statement Processing." Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Cher Rupp-Ruggeri at 202-268-4019, Anthony Frost at 202-268-8093, or Michael F. Lee at 202-268-7263.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  In coordination with ongoing efforts to improve efficiencies of USPS® business mail acceptance operations, the Postal Service proposes to revise its procedures and policies relating to the processing of postage statements in facilities with PostalOne!® capability.

The PostalOne! system, which can be accessed by business customers as well as by postal employees, is an automated, streamlined method of managing the business mail acceptance process. Expanded use of PostalOne! allows the Postal Service to contain costs and provide greater visibility and ease of use to the mailing community.

With this proposal, the Postal Service would not complete the “USPS Use Only” section of, or round date, hard-copy postage statements (including duplicates) accompanying mailings accepted at PostalOne! facilities.  Mailers with PostalOne! access would obtain documentation of their mailings by accessing their account via the Business Customer Gateway.  Additional information on the Business Customer

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