The options and assumptions used in the decision analysis along with the major
results are discussed below.
details on included in
the modeling methodology the appendices.
Decryption of Decision Options
OTA identified eight major decision options. described below.
These are listed in figure 4 and
Phase II Single-Line OCR.
Option A is the current USPS strategy to
proceed to procurement of the 403 the postal automation program, on A, there would be no further development, and testing.
additional single-line OCRs advertised for Phase 11 of
which bids have already USPS expenditure on
been received. Under option multi-line OCR research,
Option B: Multi-Line OCR with ZIP+4. Opt on B is a decision to cancel the current Phase 11 single-line OCR procurement, initiate release-loan testing (where manufacturers actually test prototype equipment on USPS premises using real mail) of multi-line OCRs, and as soon as possible reissue the Phase 11 request for proposals but for multi-line rather than single-line OCRs, meanwhile retaining the ZIP+4 code. Single-line OCRs already purchased would be converted to multi-line capability.
Option C: Multi-Line OCR without ZIP+4. Option C is the same as option B except that the ZIP+4 code would be terminated. The 5 digit ZIP code would be retained.
Option D: Automatic Conversion. Option D is to proceed with the Phase II single-
line OCR procurement,
but simultaneously initiate release-loan testing
single-line OCRs as soon as possible, regardless of the level of ZIP+4 use. 34