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Hurricane Irma and Maria USPS Service Updates

 

September 23

Federal Register: Postal Service - Product Changes: Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement , 44673 [2017–20414] [PDF] 44673–44674 [2017–20415][PDF] 44673 [2017–20416] [PDF]


September 22

Federal Register: Postal Service - Meetings; Sunshine Act, 44473 [2017–20394] [PDF]

Office of the Inspector General: Internal Controls Over Stamp Stock Shipments ― Fremont, CA, Post Office Using data analytics examining lost and stolen stamp shipments, OIG auditors identified discrepancies in stamp inventory and shipments at the Fresno, California Post Office. The latest audit report examines whether internal controls over stamp stock shipments were in place and effective. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRJyh

Postal Service Retiree Funds Investment Strategies - The Postal Service participates in three retirement plans, two pension plans: the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), the Federal Employee Health Benefits Fund (FERS), and the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (PSRHBF) which are set up to prefund and provide retiree health benefits. The three are invested solely in U.S. Treasury securities and are considered as riskless since there is virtually no possible loss of principal However, all three are underfunded to varying degrees. This shortfall can be addressed in several ways, including lowering liabilities and/or increasing assets. In a new white paper, OIG auditors explored ways to improve the asset returns on all three funds. Read the full white paper herehttps://go.usa.gov/xRJww

Industry Alert: Attention Business Customer Gateway and PostalOne! Users: Customer Registration will be upgrading its database to a newer version of Oracle this Sunday morning.  During this time (3:00 AM CT – 9:00 AM CT), account changes will be unavailable:  this includes account creations, account edits, and password changes.  An outage page will be displayed to online users who try to access these services.  A full outage is expected for a 5-minute period from 8:00 AM CT – 8:05 AM CT (no account activity will be available). During the partial outage, account logins will be supported.  The following message has been posted on the Business Customer Gateway, which helps to explain the outage (usps.com users are also impacted in the same ways): The Business Customer Gateway will be impacted by internal USPS system maintenance on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 3:00 AM CT - 9:00 AM CT. During this time, certain account-change actions will be unavailable - users will be unable to create new BCG accounts, edit existing profiles, change passwords, add business locations, etc. Users will, however, be able to log-in to the system and navigate to other integrated applications accessible via the Business Customer Gateway. Our team will be online Sunday morning to confirm the database changes and will let you know if there are any problems that will impact users outside the posted maintenance window.

September 21

Federal Register: 

  • Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 44221–44222 [2017–20129] [PDF]
  • Postal Service - Product Changes:  First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 44222 [2017–20063] [PDF]

September 20

Office of the Inspector General: 

Internal Controls Over Stamp Stock Shipments – Bensalem, PA, Post Office here: https://go.usa.gov/xRuwf

Insider Threat Program here: https://go.usa.gov/xRuwe

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 44006–44007 [2017–19979]  [PDF]; 44007–44008 [2017–20027] [PDF]

Industry Alert: Subscribe to New IV Insights Newsletter The IV Insights newsletter is a new bi-weekly newsletter published to inform the mailing industry on the latest news for the Informed Visibility (IV) application. IV is a data-powerhouse that makes it convenient to track letter and flat mailpieces, bundles, handling units, and containers in a single, consolidated system as opposed to tracking this data separately viaIMb Tracing® and PostalOne!®. This newsletter will provide information on the transition from IMb tracing to IV. Not only does IV provide superior, consolidated mail tracking functionality over IMb Tracing, but because IMb Tracing utilizes non-secure file transfer protocol (FTP) technology it will no longer be supported after November 30, 2017. If they want to receive the IV Insights newsletter, send an email to IVFEEDBACK@usps.gov  to be added to the distribution list.


September 19

Office of the Inspector General:  Mail Carrier Sentenced For Stealing Gift Cards from Mail Read the full press release here.


September 17

Office of the Inspector General: Delivery After Dark The Postal Service’s goal is to have its carriers off the street by 6 p.m. However, a recent audit of the Bay Valley found that only 75% of carriers returned to the office by 6 p.m. This has many implications for the Postal Service. Our recent blog examines how the growth of ecommerce and parcel delivery has contributed to changes in the network and delivery. Read our blog and share your thoughts here:  https://go.usa.gov/xRzjz

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products. 43577–43578 [2017–19695]  [PDF]


September 15

Industry Alert: 2018 National Postal Forum Early Registration The National Postal Forum (NPF) has opened early registration for 2018 NPF in San Antonio, May 6 – 9. The NPF is the premier mailing and shipping event to learn about the new innovations and technologies in the industry. Join your peers from around the country to attend workshops and hear from the top voices in the mailing industry. This year marks the NPF 50th anniversary and is sure to be memorable and valuable to all attendees. To register, visit the NPF website and login to your existing account or create a new profile.  If you register before February 17, 2018 you are eligible to receive an Early Bird Discount. To learn more about registration options and opportunities to save, visit www.npf.org for details.

Office of the Inspector General: Independent Report on Employee Benefits, Withholdings, Contributions, and Supplemental Semiannual Headcount Reporting Submitted to the Office of Personnel Management The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of Inspector General asked us to assist the OPM assess the reasonableness of U.S. Postal Service employee benefit withholdings, enrollment information, and Postal Service benefit contributions, and to and to assist OPM in identifying and correcting errors related to processing and distributing Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) payroll deductions.  This attestation engagement is an annual requirement of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. See the attestation report here: https://go.usa.gov/xRtGH


September 14

Office of the Inspector General: 

Oversight of Contracting Officer Authority The contracting officer (CO) plays an essential role in carrying out the solicitation, award, management and termination of a contract. The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) uses tripwires to identify anomalies in a variety of areas. Tripwires are analytic tools that look at specific behaviors and patterns that are strong indicators of improper activity, in this case, COs exceeding their delegated contracting authority. Our latest audit report examines Postal Service controls over COs exceeding this authority. Read our findings at: https://go.usa.gov/xRtCH

 

Management of Overtime in the Northeast Area Overtime pay is a premium that the U.S. Postal Service pays its non-management employees.Postal Service headquarters’ field budget group establishes the agency’s annual overtime budget, which is the planned percentage of overtime allocated for each Postal Service area. For fiscal years (FY) 2015 and 2016, the Northeast Area reported actual overtime percentage of workhours of 12 percent annually, the highest level for the Postal Service in any area. In a new report, OIG auditors assessed the management of overtime in the Northeast Area. For their findings and recommendations, read the report: https://go.usa.gov/xRtbg

 

Industry Alert: Important Information for Mail Acceptance Related to Hurricane Irma Mail Acceptance at BMEUs impacted by Hurricane Irma Mailers are being informed of BME availability through the Industry alerts.
Mail Acceptance:  As BMEs come on line, they will be placed in contingency mode in the event a file or postage statement was or cannot be submitted at the time of mailing. 
The following instructions are provided for continuation of operations in the event a mailer is not able to submit an electronic postage statement to the USPS due to a USPS outage or mailer issue. 

1.     BMEUs and DMUs will maintain the USPS Record of Mailings Log for each mailing presented.  This log is used to reconcile the mailings to the PostalOne! dashboard once issue is resolved. 

2.     Postal Wizard, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML™ mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically must be able to provide, either verbally or in written format, the following information:

·         Permit Holder

·         Total Pieces (An approximate total piece count can be provided if the mailer does not know the exact number of total pieces)

·         Total Postage (An approximate total postage amount can be provided if the mailer does not know the exact total postage for the mailing.)

·         Mailer Job ID

·         eInduction mailing: Yes or No  (If yes, mailers are not required to create hardcopy PS Form 8125(s) or provide any additional documentation). 

3.     Mailers who normally submit hardcopy postage statements will continue to submit the hardcopy postage statement

·         Mailers who normally submit hardcopy postage statements will be required to continue providing presort documentation with their mailings.  

4.     Postal Wizard, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML™ mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically will not be required to provide presort documentation for any mailing submitted during a USPS or mailer issue/outage. 

If mailers have any issues with mail acceptance during this incident, please contact thePostalOne! Help Desk at 800.522.9085.

eInduction: Facilities accepting PVDS through the eInduction program will also remain on contingency for the period of time it takes to resume normal operations.

For eInduction mailings presented at the dock, PS Form 8125s are not required to be submitted.  Mailers and Dock employees will follow the eInduction Contingency Plan. The instruction below are to be followed for eInduction containers:

  1. Accept and scan all placarded containers

NOTE:  If the load is a mixed load (containing eInduction containers and regular PVDS Mail) reconcile any containers to 8125 forms.
  1. Collect 1 placard from each unloaded container for those not reconciled to 8125 forms
  2. In the SV-IMD update all unresolved containers with a 99M barcode to Accept status
  3. Release reconciled containers, and containers from which a placard was removed, into operations
  4. Retain container placards and, for mixed loads, PS Form 8125s for reconciliation.

If eInduction mailings are held at the dock for any reason, mailers should contact the FAST Help Desk at 877.569.6614.

Non-eInduction mailings will continue to submit PS Form 8125. 

Refund Requests for paid mail volume not tendered to the Postal Service due to Hurricane Irma

Some mail owners and mail service providers are deciding not to deliver mail volume due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma. Mail owners or mail service providers may request a refund for the postage amounts associated to mail pieces paid for, but not tendered to the Postal Service for delivery, by adhering to the following process:

Written notification, requesting a refund, must be provided to your local BME Manager.  The following information must be included:
  1. Date of mailing
  2. Post Office where original postage was collected
  3. Permit/USPS number used for original postage collection 
  4. Job ID or Postage Statement ID of impacted mailing
  5. Total pieces not mailed
  6. Total refund amount and:
‒      A summary of containers (container ID or container #), total pieces by rate category (5-digit, 3-digit, etc.) and calculations used to determine requested refund amount.
  1. A signed statement indicating:
‒      The mailpieces has been or will be destroyed, 
‒      Destruction Document with signatures that includes the name of the company and individual responsible for destroying the mailpieces along with the date of destruction
‒      Reimbursement of postage through any insurance claims will not be pursued.  

The local office will ensure all required information is included in the refund request and forward to the New York PCSC and Area Business Mailer Support analyst for review.

Federal Register: 

Postal Regulatory Commission -  New Postal Products, 43259–43260 [2017–19543]  [PDF]
Postal Service - Product Changes: First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement , 43260 [2017–19468] [PDF] Priority Mail and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement , 43260–43261 [2017–19469][PDF] 43260 [2017–19470][PDF] Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement , 43261 [2017–19471] [PDF] 43260 [2017–19472] [PDF]


September 13

Industry Alert: USPS Marketing Mail™ (Standard Mail®) Markings and Labels Update The Postal Service™ published a DMM Advisory on Friday, June 30, 2017, and Friday, July 7, 2017 providing updates about the rebranding of Standard Mail® as USPS Marketing Mail™. The update stated the Postal Service continues to work with the industry on a timeline for implementation for the required use of new postage markings, permit imprint indicia, and sack, tray, and pallet labels. As information, this messaging applies to all USPS Marketing Mail shapes. The Domestic Mail Manual and Quick Service Guides in the applicable preparation sections were updated. Additionally, customers were advised that they should not convert to the USPS Marketing Mail markings until a date is announced.” No changes will be implemented prior to January 2019. The USPS continues to receive requests to test the new name and to convert to the new markings since the new name appeals to many customers. If you are interested in testing, please respond to this Advisory with your name and contact information. Testing data will assist all customers as we move forward with implementation. In the meantime, we continue to request that customers do not transition to the new markings until we publish the final details through a DMM Advisory and Industry Alert. For general questions on marketing mail or information on participating in testing please email ProductClassification@usps.gov.

Office of the Inspector General: Delayed Inbound International Mail The U.S. Postal Service accepts about 621 million pieces of inbound international mail per year, 95 percent of it is presented for processing through one of the USPS’ five International Service Centers (ISCs) after being unloaded from commercial flights. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) Letter Post Manual states that mail should be tendered at the ISC within one to two hours maximum after the airplane’s arrival, mainly falling under the responsibility of foreign posts. The OIG conducted an audit to evaluate the timeliness of mail arrival at the Postal Service’s ISCs. Read our findings and recommendations in the audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xReUW


September 12

Industry Alert: Oregon Wildfires The Western Area is announcing the following impacts due to the Oregon Wildfires.  The closed offices are being served by the Alternate Service Location designated below.

Closed Office                                                  Alternate Service Location

BRIDAL VEIL 97010                                         Troutdale 97060

47100 W Mill Rd                                             647 SW Cherry Park Rd

Bridal Veil OR 97010-7010                             Troutdale OR  97060-7060

Locale Key - Z14789                                        Locale Key - Z15657

                                                                                                                       
Cascade Locks 97014                                     Stevenson 98648

461 NW Wanapa St                                         90 SW Russell Ave

Cascade Locks OR 97014-7017                       Stevenson WA  98648-9198

Locale Key – Z14834                                       Locale Key - Z17578

             

Corbett 97019                                                Troutdale 97060

36046 E Historic Columbia River Hwy       647 SW Cherry Park Rd

Corbett OR 97019-7019                                  Troutdale OR  97060-7060

Locale Key – Z14879                                       Locale Key – z15657               

As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm and the PostalPro website, http://postalpro.usps.com/Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.                                        

Industry Alert: USPS Industry Webinar on Hurricane Irma Impact and Recovery The United States Postal Service is holding a webinar on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT, to provide information and answer questions regarding hurricane Irma’s impact on Retail Operations, Delivery Operations and Drop Shipments. Please join us using the webinar information below on the day of the event.  Thank you.

ATTENDEE INFORMATION Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870  Event Plus Passcode: 85254818  Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed87b9639eaec8115236d385ab059d06d

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:

Alternate URL:

https://usps.webex.com

Event Number:

391 152 093

 

Office of the Inspector General: 2.7 Billion Served The Postal Service has the nation’s biggest retail network with over 30,000 post office locations. People visit post offices for many reasons beyond the 877 million transactional visits. Customers also stop by to pick up shipping materials and check their P.O. boxes. This raises the number of customer visits to an astounding 2.7 billion in FY 2016. The latest OIG Blog examines our recent white paper on foot traffic and how the Postal Service could use this data much like the private sector. Read the full blog here: https://go.usa.gov/xRMxX

Federal Register: 

Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 42858–42859 [2017–19323] [PDF]
Postal Service: International Product Changes: GEPS 8 Contracts, 42859–42860 [2017–19237] [PDF]Product Changes: First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 42860 [2017–19278] [PDF], Priority Mail and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 42861 [2017–19277] [PDF], Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 42860 [2017–19276] [PDF], Priority Mail Express Negotiated Service Agreement, 42861 [2017–19275] [PDF], Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 42860 [2017–19274] [PDF], 42861 [2017–19269] [PDF], 42860–42861 [2017–19270] [PDF], 42860 [2017–19271] [PDF], 42860 [2017–19272] [PDF], 42861 [2017–19273] [PDF]

 


September 11

Industry Alert: DMM Advisory Classification — keeping you informed about classification and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service September DMM® Update Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com) is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) is fully searchable on Postal Explorer and features fly-out menus, cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. Today, we updated our mailing standards to include the following changes: Extra Service and Refund Clarifications We revised 503.3.0 to clarify the services available under Certified Mail. We also revised 604.9.2 and 604.9.5 to clarify refund standards and delete redundant text. We published this information in the August 3, 2017, Postal Bulletin.

 

Merchandise Return Service We revised 505.3.1.5, items a and b, for consistency, and revised item b to update the account volume required for Priority Mail Commercial Plus prices. We also revised the introductory text in505.3.7.3 for clarity, and revised item 505.3.7.3b to update the account volume required for Priority Mail Commercial Plus cubic prices. We published this information in the August 3, 2017, Postal Bulletin.

 

Pallet Label We revised various sections of the DMM to standardize terminology in reference to pallet labels. For consistency with the terminology used for sacks and trays, we revised the DMM to use the term “label” exclusively and remove all references to “placard.” We published this information in the August 3, 2017, Postal Bulletin.

 

Return Receipt Service We revised 503.Exhibit 1.4.1, to clarify the prerequisites when a mailer requests to use return receipt service. We published this information in the August 3, 2017, Postal Bulletin.

 

Office of the Inspector General: 

Facility Condition Reviews — Western Area The post office lobby is the principal business office of the U.S. Postal Service. The lobby’s appearance directly affects the USPS’s image because it is the only close-up view of postal operations for many customers. There are over 7,100 Postal Service facilities are in the Western Area. We reviewed 39 of them and assessed items related to building safety, security, maintenance, customer complaints, workplace environment, and workplace violence. This is the seventh in a series of audits assessing retail facility conditions nationwide. Read our findings and recommendations at:https://go.usa.gov/xRMK2

Mail Collection Box — Management of Service Status The 153,000 mail collection boxes across the nation are used to collect mail from customers by the U.S. Postal Service. USPS allows collection boxes to be placed in an out-of-service status temporarily if they are damaged and awaiting repair, removed for a parade, or cannot be collected due to unusual circumstances. Our objective in our latest audit was to assess the Postal Service’s processes for managing out-of-service mail collection boxes in the Great Lakes, Northeast, Pacific, Southern, and Western Areas. Read our findings at: https://go.usa.gov/xRMK3

Billions Served: Foot Traffic at the Post Office People visited post offices some 2.7 billion times in fiscal year 2016, according to a new U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) white paper. Up to this point, the Postal Service’s official statistic for customer visits has only included the number of transactions, which made up about a third of foot traffic last year. A more complete foot traffic estimate could help the Postal Service better manage its retail network for the benefit of the American people. The OIG also segmented post offices by size (Mega, Large, Small/Medium, and Micro) and surveyed the public about their post office use — finding that Millennials actually visit post offices more often than older generations, but for different purposes. Read Billions Served: Foot Traffic at the Post Officehttps://go.usa.gov/xRMgU
2.7 Billion Served People visited post offices some 2.7 billion times in the fiscal year 2016, according to a new U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) white paper. Up to this point, the Postal Service’s official statistic for customer visits has only included the number of transactions, which made up about a third of foot traffic last year. A more complete foot traffic estimate could help the Postal Service better manage its retail network for the benefit of the American people. The OIG also segmented post offices by size (Mega, Large, Small/Medium, and Micro) and surveyed the public about their post office use — finding that Millennials actually visit post offices more often than older generations, but for different purposes. Read Billions Served: Foot Traffic at the Post Officehttps://go.usa.gov/xRMgU

 


September 9

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 42711–42712 [2017–19198] [PDF]

Office of the Inspector General: Internal Controls Over Stamp Stock Shipments – Genito Station, Midlothian, VA Using data analytics examining lost and stolen stamp shipments, OIG auditors identified discrepancies in stamp inventory and shipments at the Genito Station in Midlothian, VA as well as the Brandermill Finance Station. The latest audit report examines whether internal controls over stamp stock shipments were in place and effective. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRFpS


September 8

Office of the Inspector General: 
Oral Statement on Examining the Shipment of Illicit Drugs in International Mail Acting Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb testified before the House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing on “Examining the Shipment of Illicit Drugs in International Mail”. Read her oral statement here: https://go.usa.gov/xRF9Y.

Supervisory Span of Control - Southern Area The Postal Service uses the Supervisor Workload Credit (SWC) worksheet to calculate the number of employees that report to each supervisor (span of control). The Postal Service does not have a target for span of control, but it has increased from an average of 1:26 (26 employees for each supervisor) in FY 2003 to an average of 1:31 in FY 2016. Our audit report examines the span of control of individual post offices and the use of supervisor hours in the Southern Area districts. Read the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xRF5r
Application Programming Interface Strategy The U.S. Postal Service currently offers 34 different Web Tools Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which provide a means for web developers and customers to integrate online Postal Service information and services into their websites. For example, ecommerce companies can help their customers track orders shipped by the Postal Service directly from their own websites. Our OIG auditors examined whether Postal APIs are configured and managed to Postal Service standards and if they follow industry best practices. To read the findings, go to https://go.usa.gov/xRFXK
Highway Contract Route Irregularity Reporting – Jacksonville Network Distribution Center In FY 2016, the Postal Service spent over $3 billion dollars for about 8,700 highway contract route (HCR) contracts. These contracts allow for the transport of mail between post offices, network distribution centers (NDCs), and other designated stops. An irregularity occurs when the HCR contractor does not satisfactorily perform a service, either non-chargeable when they are not at fault or chargeable when the contractor is at fault. In FY 2015 and 2016, the Postal Service reported 958,000 irregularities and received over $46 million in reimbursements for chargeable irregularities. The OIG examined the effectiveness of reporting irregularities at the Jacksonville NDC, which had the highest reported increase in irregularities between FY 2015 and 2016. Read the report: https://go.usa.gov/xRFmp


September 7

Industry Alerts: From the US Postal Service: All postal operations in the Puerto Rico mainland are suspended. There will be no retail and delivery operations until further notice. With Hurricane Irma expected to impact the Caribbean islands, Priority Mail Express and shipment of live animals to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have been suspended until further notice.

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 42367 [2017–18925] [PDF] 


September 6

Office of the Inspector General:  

Internal Controls Over Post Office Postage Meter Use- Canton Center, CT, Post Office In the OIG’s latest internal controls audit report, we used data analytics to identify anomalies in postage meter use at the U.S. Postal Service’s Remotely Managed Post Office (RMPO) in Canton Center, CT. RMPOs offer part-time window service hours and are required to have a post office postage meter due to limited stamp stock requirements. Read the report to discover what we found and our recommendations for improvement: https://go.usa.gov/xR6RB

 

Facility Condition Reviews- Pacific Area The U.S. Postal Service operates more than 30,000 leased and owned retail facilities nationwide. Over 1,600 of these facilities are in the Pacific Area. We visited 56 of them, and in our new audit report, we assessed building maintenance, safety and security standards, and employee working condition requirements. We also assessed whether each facility was handicap accessible. This is the sixth in a series of audits assessing retail facility conditions nationwide. Read our findings and recommendations in the audit report: http://go.usa.gov/xR6Qz

 

Surface Visibility Scanning ― Western Area The US Postal Service’s Surface Visibility Scanning network provides real-time tracking and management of mail containers and trailers. The network uses devices that update data through wireless connections. The USPS’ FY 2017 goal for accurate scanning was 91 percent. The OIG audited four facilities in the Western area for their compliance to the 91 percent scan rate threshold. Read our findings in the audit report: http://go.usa.gov/xR6P5

 

Industry Alert: Move Update *Correction to Assessment Start Date* The USPS is changing the method for measuring compliance for meeting the Move Update requirement to a Census based approach.  Today the USPS measures compliance at an individual mailing level using a MERLIN machine. In the future, the USPS will use scans from Mail Processing Equipment to determine whether addresses for First-Class Mail and USPS Marketing Mail letters and flats, have been updated within 95 days of the mailing date.  Compliance will be measured across a calendar month. This new process will result in several benefits, including enhanced mailing visibility and improved mail quality metrics over all mailings within a calendar month, rather than sampling at an individual mailing level. Results from the census verification method are displayed on the Electronic Verification tab of the Mailer Scorecard. Testing of the address verification data has been completed by an Industry task team and the mailer scorecard reports have been declared ready for use.  In March 2018, the Postal Service will begin assessments, based on February data, for Move Update metrics determined to be over the established threshold for the calendar month.  Mailers are encouraged to begin reviewing the results to ensure compliance with Move Update standards. Business Mailer Support will continue to host weekly Move Update calls for mailers who have questions or want additional information.   The webinars will be held at 2:00 PM Eastern each Wednesday through November 29, 2017.  Webinar information is:

Move Update Webinars

Date/Time:  Wednesdays, through November 29, 2017; 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

Log on:  https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?MTID=m53f9300a999775c5f0cf6b81c52afd82

Conference Code: 563 772 2130

Dial In: 1-855-860-7461  

For further information regarding the Move Update Census Method please refer to Publication 6850 found on PostalPro at: http://postalpro.usps.com/node/581 or the Proposed Federal Register Notice found: http://postalpro.usps.com/node/3111

Federal Register: Postal Service - Meetings; Sunshine Act ,42127 [2017–19021] [PDF]Product Changes: Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 42127 [2017–18770] [PDF] 42127 [2017–18771] [PDF] 42127 [2017–18772] [PDF] 


September 5

Industry Alert: 2018 National Postal Forum Call for Papers The National Postal Forum (NPF) is inviting industry speakers to submit workshop proposals for the 2018 National Postal Forum in San Antonio, Texas. Proposals should deliver engaging and educational content that will highlight innovations in the shipping and mailing industry. Industry members submitting workshops, should log on or create a new account on the 2018 NPF Conference Portal and complete the workshop presentation form. This process is for industry members only, postal employees will follow a separate process for submitting workshops at a later date. The deadline to submit workshop presentation forms online is Monday, October 2, 2017. For questions or comments regarding 2018 NPF presentations submission, please contact Laurie Woodhams (lwoodhams@npf.org).

 

Industry Alert: Informed Delivery® Advanced Webinar Series Continues September 12 and September 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) On September 12 and September 19 the Informed Delivery advanced webinar series will continue for mail owners and mail service providers. These webinars will focus on the launch of the self-serve Informed Delivery Mailer Campaign Portal and how it will facilitate planning, entering, activating, and analyzing interactive mailer campaigns. The much anticipated Mailer Campaign Portal is scheduled to soft-launch in mid-September. At that time, the Informed Delivery Program Office will work with existing test mailers to begin self-serve campaign entries. The broader launch is anticipated in October. In July, introductory webinars (click to view) on Informed Delivery were conducted.  These webinars provided our customers the basics of how this innovation works and how it enhances the value of hardcopy mail in a digital age by creating new opportunities to engage with existing and potential customers. The August 15 and August 29 webinars (click to view), covered the specific campaign elements required, including image specifications, MID and IMb Serial Number ranges, and submission methods. 

Industry Alert: Public Perception of Self-Driving Technology for Long-Haul Trucking and Last-Mile Delivery Some of the world’s biggest automakers and tech giants are investing billions of dollars into developing self-driving vehicles, but the public is more ambivalent about the concept. To understand how the public might react to self-driving postal vehicles, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General administered a national survey investigating the public’s reaction to this revolutionary idea. Read Public Perception of Self-Driving Technology for Long-Haul Trucking and Last-Mile Delivery at https://go.usa.gov/xRHvq



September 4

Industry Alert: Southern Area-Hurricane Harvey Update – MISSISSIPPI District
UPDATED:  Monday, September 4, 2017 @ 4:00pm

Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices-with services being offered by an alternate location as shown:
  • SARAH POST OFFICE, 1353 SARAH RD, SARAH MS 38665-9998
  •  RETAIL AND PO BOX OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
    • CRENSHAW, 609 BROAD ST, 38621-9998
  • Retail hours for Crenshaw Post Office are:
    • Mon-Fri: 07:00-10:30, 11:30-2:00PM
    • Saturday: 09:00-11:00, Closed: Sun
  • DROP SHIPMENT AND DELIVERY OPERATIONS HAVE MOVED TO:
    • SLEDGE, 130 WILLIAMS AVE, 38670-9998 Retail hours for Sledge Post Office are: Mon-Fri:  07:00-11:00 Closed: Sat/Sun 

Industry Alert: Southern Area-Hurricane Harvey Update – Houston District -UPDATED
UPDATED:  Monday, September 4, 2017 @ 7:00pm
All Priority Mail Express service has been restored for the following 3-Digit ZIP Codes:

  • 770, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777 and 778
The Postal Service continues its suspension of LIVE animals destined for the following 3-Digit Zip Codes until further notice:
  • 770, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777, and 778

ALL OFFICES IN THE HOUSTON DISTRICT HAVE RESUMED NORMAL OPERATIONS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF:
 
Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices-with services being offered by an alternate location as shown:

  • LUMBERTON, 650 S MAIL ST, LUMBERTON 77657-9998
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR LUMBERTON HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • BEAUMONT, 5815 WALDEN RD, BEAUMONT TX 77707-9998
  • DEWEYVILLE, 680 TX STATE HIGHWAY 272, DEWEYVILLE TX  77614-0001
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR DEWEYVILL HAVE MOVED TO:
      • BRIDGE CITY, 900 TEXAS AVE, BRIDGE CITY TX 77611
  • MAURICEVILLE, 11424 HIGHWAY 12, MAURICEVILLE TX 77626-0016
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR DEWEYVILL HAVE MOVED TO:
      • BRIDGE CITY, 900 TEXAS AVE, BRIDGE CITY TX 77611
  • ORANGE , 500 4TH ST, ORANGE TX 77630
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR ORANGE HAVE MOVED TO:
      • BEAUMONT, 5815 WALDEN RD, BEAUMONT TX 77707-9998
  • SWEENY, 301 E 2ND ST, SWEENY TX 77480
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR SWEENY HAVE MOVED TO:
      • LAKE JACKSON, 210 OAK DR S, 77566-9998
  • BRAZORIA, 111 GAINES ST, BRAZORIA TX 77422
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR SWEENY HAVE MOVED TO:
      • LAKE JACKSON, 210 OAK DR S, 77566-9998
  • THOMPSONS, 222 OILFIELD RD, THOMPSONS TX, 77481
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR THOMPSONS HAVE MOVED TO:
      • ROSENBERG, 2103 AVENUE G, ROSENBERG TX, 77471 
  • ORANGE, 500 4TH ST, ORANGE TX 77630-9998
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR ORANGE HAVE MOVED AS FOLLOWS
      • 77630 ZIP CODE CUSTOMERS:  BEAUMONT, 5815 WALDEN RD, BEAUMONT TX 77707-9998
      • 77611 ZIP CODE CUSTOMERS:  BRIDGE CITY. 900 TEXAS AVE BRIDGE CITY              TX 77611-9998
  • DOWNTOWN BEAUMONT, 300 WILLOW ST, STE 1, BEAUMONT TX 77701-2296
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR DWTN BEAUMONT HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • BEAUMONT, 5815 WALDEN RD, BEAUMONT TX 77707-9998
  • BEAR CREEK, 16015 CAIRNWAY DR, HOUSTON TX 77084-9998
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR BEAR CREEK HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • FLEETWOOD, 315 ADDICKS HOWELL RD, HOUSTON TX 77079-9998
  • GLEN FLORA, 126 BRIDGE ST, GLEN FLORA TX 77443-0177
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR GLEN FLORA HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • WHARTON, 141 E MILAM ST, WHARTON TX 77488-9998
  • KATY, KATY FINANCE, 5701 4TH ST, KATY TX 77493-9998
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR KATY FINANCE HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • KATY, 20180 PARK ROW DR KATY TX 77449-9998 
  • NOME, 2285 HIGHWAY 90, NOME TX 77629-0010
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR NOME HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • CHINA, 305 N BROADWAY ST, CHINA TX 77613-0016
  • STOWELL, 3608 STATE HIGHWAY 124, STOWELL TX 77661-0045
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR STOWELL HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • WINNIE, 324 HIGHWAY 124, WINNIE TX 77665-0190
  • WEST COLUMBIA, 350 W BRAZOS AVE, WEST COLUMBIA TX 77486-9998
    • ALL OPERATIONS FOR WEST COLUMBIA HAVE BEEN MOVED TO:
      • ANGLETON, 100 CANNAN DR, ANGLETON TX 77515-9998
 
As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm and the PostalPro website, http://postalpro.usps.com/..  Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.

 

 


September 2

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Houston District Closures The Southern Area and Houston District announce the following update to the impacts from Hurricane/Tropical Harvey: Updated:  Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 10:30am Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices:

 

  • Beaumont, 5815 Walden Rd, Beaumont TX 77707-9998
  • Beaumont, Downtown Beaumont, 300 Willow St, Ste 1, Beaumont TX 77701-2296
  • Beaumont, Tobe Hahn, 3910 N Dowlen Rd, Beaumont TX 77706-9998
  • Brazoria, 111 Gaines St, Brazoria, TX 77422-2119
  • Bridge City, 900 Texas Ave, Bridge City TX 77611-9998
  • Buna, 332 TX State Highway 62, Buna TX 77612-0047
  • Crosby, 133 Hare Rd, Crosby TX 77532-9998
  • Devers, 102 S Gates St, Devers TX 77538-9800
  • Deweyville, 680 TX State Highway 272, Deweyville TX  77614-0001
  • Dickinson, 2515 Termini St, Dickinson TX 77539-9998
  • Evadale, 225 FM 105, Evadale TX 77615-0105
  • Fred, 20239 FM 92 S, Fred TX 77616-0017
  • Glen Flora, 126 Bridge St, Glen Flora TX  77443-0177
  • Groves, 6230 39th St, Groves TX 77619-9998
  • Hamshire, 25142 Highway 124, Hamshire TX 77622-0015
  • Hankamer, 9322 State Highway 61, Hankamer TX    77560-9800
  • High Island, 2008 S 5th St, High Island TX 77623-0135
  • Hillister, 283 FM 1013 Rd, Hillister TX 77624-0001
  • Katy, Katy Finance, 5701 4th St, Katy TX 77493-9998
  • Kingwood, 4025 Feather Lakes Way, Kingwood TX 77339-9998
  • Liverpool, 2320 Main St, Liverpool TX 77577-8744
  • Lumberton, 650 S Main St, Lumberton TX 77657-9998
  • Mauriceville, 11424 Highway 12, Mauriceville TX 77626-0016
  • Nome, 2285 Highway 90, Nome TX 77629-0010
  • Oak Forest, 2499 Judiway St, Houston TX     77018-9998
  • Orange, 500 4th St, Orange TX 77630-9998
  • Orangefield, 5481 FM 408, Orangefield TX    77639-0197
  • Port Arthur, 345 Lakeshore Dr, Port Arthur TX 77640-9998
  • Port Bolivar, 2500 Broadway Ave, Port Bolivar TX 77650-0736
  • Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, 2200 Highway 87, Port Bolivar TX 77650-0717
  • Raywood, 13615 Highway 90 E, Raywood TX 77582-9800
  • Sabine Pass, 5424 Tremont St, Sabine Pass TX 77655-0310
  • Saratoga, 17019 FM 770, Saratoga TX 77585-9702
  • Silsbee, 111 W Avenue P, Silsbee TX 77656-9998
  • Sour Lake, 665 6th St, Sour Lake TX 77659-0289
  • South End, 3501 Avenue A, Beaumont TX 77705-9996
  • Stowell, 3608 State Highway 124, Stowell TX 77661-0045
  • Sweeny, 301 E 2nd St, Sweeny TX 77480-9998
  • Thicket, 23394 FM 1293, Thicket TX 77374-0237
  • Thompsons, 222 Oilfield Rd, Thompsons TX 77481-9800
  • Vidor, 285 S Archie St, Vidor TX 77662-9998
  • Votaw, 21598 Old Hwy, Votaw TX 77376-0015
  • Wallisville, 20142 Interstate 10, Wallisville TX 77597-3024
  • Warren, 120 County Road 1520, Warren TX 77664-0015
  • West Columbia, 350 W Brazos Ave, West Columbia TX 77486-9998
  • Wharton, 141 E Milam St, Wharton TX 77488-9998

 

Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following office:

 

  • Bear Creek, 16015 Cairnway Dr, Houston TX 77084-9998
    • All Operations For Bear Creek Have Been Moved To:
      • Fleetwood, 315 Addicks Howell Rd, Houston TX 77079-9998

 

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Houston District ClosuresThe Southern Area and Houston District announce the following update to the impacts from Hurricane/Tropical Harvey:

Updated:  Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 10:30am Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices:
  • Beaumont, 5815 Walden Rd, Beaumont TX 77707-9998
  • Beaumont, Downtown Beaumont, 300 Willow St, Ste 1, Beaumont TX 77701-2296
  • Beaumont, Tobe Hahn, 3910 N Dowlen Rd, Beaumont TX 77706-9998
  • Brazoria, 111 Gaines St, Brazoria, TX 77422-2119
  • Bridge City, 900 Texas Ave, Bridge City TX 77611-9998
  • Buna, 332 TX State Highway 62, Buna TX 77612-0047
  • Crosby, 133 Hare Rd, Crosby TX 77532-9998
  • Devers, 102 S Gates St, Devers TX 77538-9800
  • Deweyville, 680 TX State Highway 272, Deweyville TX  77614-0001
  • Dickinson, 2515 Termini St, Dickinson TX 77539-9998
  • Evadale, 225 FM 105, Evadale TX 77615-0105
  • Fred, 20239 FM 92 S, Fred TX 77616-0017
  • Glen Flora, 126 Bridge St, Glen Flora TX  77443-0177
  • Groves, 6230 39th St, Groves TX 77619-9998
  • Hamshire, 25142 Highway 124, Hamshire TX 77622-0015
  • Hankamer, 9322 State Highway 61, Hankamer TX    77560-9800
  • High Island, 2008 S 5th St, High Island TX 77623-0135
  • Hillister, 283 FM 1013 Rd, Hillister TX 77624-0001
  • Katy, Katy Finance, 5701 4th St, Katy TX 77493-9998
  • Kingwood, 4025 Feather Lakes Way, Kingwood TX 77339-9998
  • Liverpool, 2320 Main St, Liverpool TX 77577-8744
  • Lumberton, 650 S Main St, Lumberton TX 77657-9998
  • Mauriceville, 11424 Highway 12, Mauriceville TX 77626-0016
  • Nome, 2285 Highway 90, Nome TX 77629-0010
  • Oak Forest, 2499 Judiway St, Houston TX     77018-9998
  • Orange, 500 4th St, Orange TX 77630-9998
  • Orangefield, 5481 FM 408, Orangefield TX    77639-0197
  • Port Arthur, 345 Lakeshore Dr, Port Arthur TX 77640-9998
  • Port Bolivar, 2500 Broadway Ave, Port Bolivar TX 77650-0736
  • Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, 2200 Highway 87, Port Bolivar TX 77650-0717
  • Raywood, 13615 Highway 90 E, Raywood TX 77582-9800
  • Sabine Pass, 5424 Tremont St, Sabine Pass TX 77655-0310
  • Saratoga, 17019 FM 770, Saratoga TX 77585-9702
  • Silsbee, 111 W Avenue P, Silsbee TX 77656-9998
  • Sour Lake, 665 6th St, Sour Lake TX 77659-0289
  • South End, 3501 Avenue A, Beaumont TX 77705-9996
  • Stowell, 3608 State Highway 124, Stowell TX 77661-0045
  • Sweeny, 301 E 2nd St, Sweeny TX 77480-9998
  • Thicket, 23394 FM 1293, Thicket TX 77374-0237
  • Thompsons, 222 Oilfield Rd, Thompsons TX 77481-9800
  • Vidor, 285 S Archie St, Vidor TX 77662-9998
  • Votaw, 21598 Old Hwy, Votaw TX 77376-0015
  • Wallisville, 20142 Interstate 10, Wallisville TX 77597-3024
  • Warren, 120 County Road 1520, Warren TX 77664-0015
  • West Columbia, 350 W Brazos Ave, West Columbia TX 77486-9998
  • Wharton, 141 E Milam St, Wharton TX 77488-9998
Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following office:
  • Bear Creek, 16015 Cairnway Dr, Houston TX 77084-9998 All Operations For Bear Creek Have Been Moved To Fleetwood, 315 Addicks Howell Rd, Houston TX 77079-9998

September 1

Industry Alert: Friday, September 1, 2017 @ 6:00PM
The following offices will resume normal operations on Saturday, September 2, 2017: 
  • Corpus Christi TX 78418, Flour Bluff, 10139 Security Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78418-9998
  • Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, Ingleside TX, 78362-4139
  • Odem TX 78370, Odem, 223 Main St, 78370-9998
  • Victoria TX 77901, CPU Rogers Pharmacy, 4402 N Laurent St, Victoria TX 77901-2794
  • Westhoff TX 77994, Westhoff, 16 Houston Ave, Westhoff TX 77994-9998

Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices:

Corpus Christi TX 78401, Downtown Sta, 802 N. Tancahua St, Corpus Christi TX 78401-9998 Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX, 78404,  Six Points Sta, 902 Ayers St, Corpus Christi TX 78404-9998

BME Operations are as follows:

  • 779 Affected Areas BMEU Services to Victoria Main Office, 312 S Main Street, Victoria TX 77901
  • 783 Affected Areas BMEU Services to Corpus Christi Main Office, 809 Nueches Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78469
Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices:
  • Aransas Pass TX 78335, Post Office Box Customers in ZIP Code 78335634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Aransas Pass TX 78336, Customers with street delivery in ZIP Code 78336,  634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller Station, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405 
  • Bayside TX 78340, 715 Third St, Bayside TX 78340-3019
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Gregory TX 78359, 102 W Fourth, Gregory TX 78359
  • Fulton TX 78358, 301 Cactus St, Fulton TX 78358-9800
    •  Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Meyersville TX 77974, Meyersville, 2233 Meyersville Rd, Meyersville TX 77974-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Cuero TX 77954, 301 E Main St, Cuero TX 77954
  • Port Aransas TX 78373, Post Office Box Customers in ZIP Code 78373 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998
    • Mail Pick Up Available in Retail Mobile Unit located in Port A, 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373
  • Port Aransas TX 78373, Customers with street delivery in ZIP Code 78373,  1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller Station, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405
  • Port Lavaca TX 77979, 1201 Half League Rd, Port Lavaca TX 77979-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Victoria, James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston, Victoria TX 77904
  • Rockport TX 78381Post Office Box Customers, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Rockport TX 78382, For residential customers with ZIP Code 78382, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi, HP Garcia, 809 Nueces Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78469
  • Seadrift TX 77983, 518 S Main St, Seadrift TX 77983-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Victoria James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston, Victoria TX 77904
  • Skidmore TX 78389, Skidmore, 122 E Patricio St, 78389-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Mathis TX 78368, 121 S Bee St, Mathis TX 78368
  • Telferner TX 77988, 319 FM 1686, Telferner TX 77988-9800
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Edna TX 77957, 603 Rose, Edna TX 77957
  • Woodsboro TX 78393, Woodsboro, 501 First St, Woodsboro TX 78393-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Refugio TX 78377, 507 Osage, Refugio TX 78377
The following offices resumed  DELIVERY/DROP SHIPMENT operations, Monday, August 28, 2017 – NO RETAIL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE until further notice.
  • Corpus Christi TX 78413, Southside, 6742 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78413-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78412, Gulfway, 1345 Crescent Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78412-9998
  • Refugio TX 78377, Refugio, 507 Osage St, 78377-9998

As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm and the PostalPro website, http://postalpro.usps.com/..  Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.

Industry Alert:  EXAMINING THE SHIPMENT OF ILLICIT DRUGS IN INTERNATIONAL MAIL SUBCOMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS HEARING DATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 2:00 PM 2154 RAYBURN HOB

Industry Alert: Move Update The USPS is changing the method for measuring compliance for meeting the Move Update requirement to a Census based approach.  Today the USPS measures compliance at an individual mailing level using a MERLIN machine. In the future, the USPS will use scans from Mail Processing Equipment to determine addresses for First-Class and USPS Marketing Mail, letters and flats, have been updated within 95 days of the mailing date, and compliance will be measured across a calendar month. This new process will result in several benefits including enhanced mailing visibility and improved mail quality metrics over all mailings within a calendar month, rather than sampling at an individual mailing level. Results of this census verification are displayed on the Electronic Verification tab of the Mailer Scorecard. Testing of the data has been completed by an Industry task team and the reports have been declared ready for use.  In February 2018, the Postal Service will begin assessments, based on January data, for Move Update metrics determined to be over the established threshold for the calendar month.  Mailers are encouraged to begin reviewing the results to ensure compliance with Move Update standards. Business Mailer Support will continue to host weekly Move Update calls for mailers who have questions or want additional information.   The webinars will be held at 2:00 PM Eastern each Wednesday through November 29, 2017.  Webinar information is:

 

Move Update Webinars

 

Date/Time:  Wednesdays, through November 29, 2017; 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

 

Log on:  https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?MTID=m53f9300a999775c5f0cf6b81c52afd82

 

Conference Code: 563 772 2130

 

Dial In: 1-855-860-7461  

 

For further information regarding the Move Update Census Method please refer to Publication 6850 found on PostalPro at: http://postalpro.usps.com/node/581 or the Proposed Federal Register Notice found: http://postalpro.usps.com/node/3111

 

 

 

Industry Alert: Important Information for Mail Acceptance Related to Hurricane Harvey  Mail Acceptance at BMEUs impacted by Hurricane Harvey Mailers are being informed of BME availability through the Industry alerts.

Mail Acceptance:  As BMEs come on line, they will be placed in contingency mode in the event a file or postage statement was or cannot be submitted at the time of mailing. The following instructions are provided for continuation of operations in the event a mailer is not able to submit an electronic postage statement to the USPS due to a USPS outage or mailer issue. 

 

1.     BMEUs and DMUs will maintain the USPS Record of Mailings Log for each mailing presented.  This log is used to reconcile the mailings to the PostalOne! dashboard once issue is resolved. 

 

2.     Postal Wizard, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML™ mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically must be able to provide, either verbally or in written format, the following information:

 

·         Permit Holder

 

·         Total Pieces (An approximate total piece count can be provided if the mailer does not know the exact number of total pieces)

 

·         Total Postage (An approximate total postage amount can be provided if the mailer does not know the exact total postage for the mailing.)

 

·         Mailer Job ID

 

·         eInduction mailing: Yes or No  (If yes, mailers are not required to create hardcopy PS Form 8125(s) or provide any additional documentation). 

 

3.     Mailers who normally submit hardcopy postage statements will continue to submit the hardcopy postage statement

 

·         Mailers who normally submit hardcopy postage statements will be required to continue providing presort documentation with their mailings.  

 

4.     Postal Wizard, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML™ mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically will not be required to provide presort documentation for any mailing submitted during a USPS or mailer issue/outage. 

 

If mailers have any issues with mail acceptance during this incident, please contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800.522.9085.

 

eInduction: Facilities accepting PVDS through the eInduction program will also remain on contingency for the period of time it takes to resume normal operations. For eInduction mailings presented at the dock, PS Form 8125s are not required to be submitted.  Mailers and Dock employees will follow the eInduction Contingency Plan. The instruction below are to be followed for eInduction containers:

 

  1. Accept and scan all placarded containers

 

NOTE:  If the load is a mixed load (containing eInduction containers and regular PVDS Mail) reconcile any containers to 8125 forms.

 

  1. Collect 1 placard from each unloaded container for those not reconciled to 8125 forms
  2. In the SV-IMD update all unresolved containers with a 99M barcode to Accept status
  3. Release reconciled containers, and containers from which a placard was removed, into operations
  4. Retain container placards and, for mixed loads, PS Form 8125s for reconciliation.

 

If eInduction mailings are held at the dock for any reason, mailers should contact the FAST Help Desk at 877.569.6614. 

 

Non-eInduction mailings will continue to submit PS Form 8125. 

 

Refund Requests for paid mail volume not tendered to the Postal Service due to Hurricane Harvey Some mail owners and mail service providers are deciding not to deliver mail volume due to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Mail owners or mail service providers may request a refund for the postage amounts associated to mail pieces paid for, but not tendered to the Postal Service for delivery, by adhering to the following process: Written notification, requesting a refund, must be provided to your local BME Manager.  The following information must be included:

 

  1. Date of mailing
  2. Post Office where original postage was collected
  3. Permit/USPS number used for original postage collection
  4. Job ID or Postage Statement ID of impacted mailing
  5. Total pieces not mailed
  6. Total refund amount and:

 

‒      A summary of containers (container ID or container #), total pieces by rate category (5-digit, 3-digit, etc.) and calculations used to determine requested refund amount.

 

  1. A signed statement indicating:

 

‒      The mailpieces has been or will be destroyed,

 

‒      Destruction Document with signatures that includes the name of the company and individual responsible for destroying the mailpieces along with the date of destruction

 

‒      Reimbursement of postage through any insurance claims will not be pursued.  

 

The local office will ensure all required information is included in the refund request and forward to the New York PCSC and Area Business Mailer Support analyst for review.

Industry Alert: Southern Area – Hurricane Harvey Update –Rio Grande District Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017 @ 11:51AM. The following offices resumed normal operations on Thursday, August 31, 2017

·         Berclair TX 78107,  Berclair, 15864 Us Highway 59 S, 78107-9800
·         Bloomington TX 77951, Bloomington, 41 E 2nd St, 77951-9800
·         Driscoll TX 78351, Driscoll, 201 W Main, 78351-9800
·         Edna TX 77957, Edna, 603 Rose St, 77957-9998
·         Edroy TX 78352, Edroy, 17916 Highway 234, 78352-9800
·         Fannin TX 77960, Fannin, 9931 Us Highway 59 N, 77960-9800
·         Goliad TX 77963, Goliad, 151 W End St, 77963-9998
·         Inez TX 77968, Inez, 126 Church St, 77968-9998
·         La Salle TX 77969, La Salle, 1999 FM 616, 77969-9800
·         La Ward TX 77970, La Ward, 13059 State Highway 172, 77970-9800
·         Lolita TX 77971, Lolita, 8966 FM 1593, 77971-9998
·         Nursery TX 77976, Nursery, 12685 Nursery Dr, 77976-9800
·         Placedo TX 77977, Placedo, 5037 FM 616, 77977-9800
·         Thomaston TX 77989, Thomaston, 264 Fordtran Rd, 77989-9800
·         Tynan TX 78391, Tynan, 508 Highway 359, 78391-9998
·         Vanderbilt TX 77991, Vanderbilt, 5825 FM 616, 77991-9800
·         Victoria TX, 77904, James Moody Station, 2804 Sam Houston Dr, Victoria, TX  77904-9998

The following offices resumed normal operations on Friday, September 1, 2017
·         Taft TX 78390, Taft, 110 Victoria Ave, 78390-9998

Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices:
  • Corpus Christi TX 78401, Downtown Sta, 802 N. Tancahua St, Corpus Christi TX 78401-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX, 78404,  Six Points Sta, 902 Ayers St, Corpus Christi TX 78404-9998
BME Operations are as follows:
·         779 Affected Areas BMEU Services to Victoria Main Office, 312 S Main Street, Victoria TX 77901
·         783 Affected Areas BMEU Services to Corpus Christi Main Office, 809 Nueches Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78469
Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices:
  • Aransas Pass TX 78335, Post Office Box Customers in ZIP Code 78335634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Aransas Pass TX 78336, Customers with street delivery in ZIP Code 78336,  634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller Station, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405
  • Bayside TX 78340, 715 Third St, Bayside TX 78340-3019
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Gregory TX 78359, 102 W Fourth, Gregory TX 78359
  • Fulton TX 78358, 301 Cactus St, Fulton TX 78358-9800
    •  Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Meyersville TX 77974, Meyersville, 2233 Meyersville Rd, Meyersville TX 77974-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Cuero TX 77954, 301 E Main St, Cuero TX 77954
  • Port Aransas TX 78373, Post Office Box Customers in ZIP Code 78373 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998
    • Mail Pick Up Available in Retail Mobile Unit located in Port A, 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373
  • Port Aransas TX 78373, Customers with street delivery in ZIP Code 78373,  1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller Station, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405
  • Port Lavaca TX 77979, 1201 Half League Rd, Port Lavaca TX 77979-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Victoria, James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston, Victoria TX 77904
  • Rockport TX 78381Post Office Box Customers, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Rockport TX 78382, For residential customers with ZIP Code 78382, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi, HP Garcia, 809 Nueces Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78469
  • Seadrift TX 77983, 518 S Main St, Seadrift TX 77983-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Victoria James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston, Victoria TX 77904
  • Skidmore TX 78389, Skidmore, 122 E Patricio St, 78389-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Mathis TX 78368, 121 S Bee St, Mathis TX 78368 
  • Telferner TX 77988, 319 FM 1686, Telferner TX 77988-9800
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Edna TX 77957, 603 Rose, Edna TX 77957
  • Westhoff TX 77994, Westhoff, 16 Houston Ave, Westhoff TX 77994-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Cuero TX 77954, 301 E Main St, Cuero TX 77954
  • Woodsboro TX 78393, Woodsboro, 501 First St, Woodsboro TX 78393-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Refugio TX 78377, 507 Osage, Refugio TX 78377
The following offices resumed  DELIVERY/DROP SHIPMENT operations, Monday, August 28, 2017 – NO RETAIL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE until further notice.

·         Corpus Christi TX 78413, Southside, 6742 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78413-9998
·         Corpus Christi TX 78418, Flour Bluff, 10139 Security Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78418-9998
·         Corpus Christi TX 78412, Gulfway, 1345 Crescent Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78412-9998
·         Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, Ingleside TX, 78362-4139
·         Odem TX 78370, Odem, 223 Main St, 78370-9998
·         Refugio TX 78377, Refugio, 507 Osage St, 78377-9998
·         Victoria TX 77901, Cpu Rogers Pharmacy, 4402 N Laurent St, Victoria TX 77901-2794            

Industry Alert: Southern Area - Hurricane Harvey Update UPDATED:  FRIDAY, September 1, 2017 11:30 All Priority Mail Express service to the following 3-Digit ZIP Codes have been suspended until Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at noon: DALLAS DISTRICT: 759 is suspended until Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at noon. HOUSTON DISTRICT: 770, 772, 773, 774, 774, 775, 776, 777, and 778 is suspended until Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at noon. The Postal Service is suspending the shipment of LIVE animals destined for the following 3-Digit Zip Codes until further notice: DALLAS DISTRICT: 759 HOUSTON DISTRICT: 770, 772, 773, 774, 774, 775, 776, 777, and 778 

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne! Users: PostalOne! Release 45.3.1.2 will deploy on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 4:00 AM CT to 9:00 AM CT.  The PostalOne! system will be available during this time. PostalOne! Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) Release 45.3.1.2 will deploy on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 9:00 AM CT and TEM will be available during this time.

Industry Alert: Postal Service Interactive National Map The Postal Service continues to monitor service impacts to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Industry alerts and service alerts will be issued to inform customers on the Post Office closures and other service impacts. In response to Hurricane Harvey the Postal Service has implemented a new interactive national map tool to visualize the operational status of postal facilities across the nation. The map can be refreshed to stay up-to-date on the latest facilities information. Please note: this interactive map is not intended to replace Industry Alerts as the official source of postal communication.

 

Industry Alert: LOUISIANA DISTRICT - Update As of Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 4:00PM All Louisiana District offices have resumed normal operations on Thursday, August 31, 2017: AVERY ISLAND RMPO 70513, 100 MAIN RD, AVERY ISLAND LA 70513-9998 CAMERON POST OFFICE 70631, 144 ADAM ROUX ST, CAMERON LA 70631-9998 HACKBERRY POST OFFICE 70645, 904 MAIN ST, HACKBERRY LA 70645-9997   

Industry Alert: Houston District Update Updated:  4:30pm, Thursday, August 31, 2017 The Southern Area and Houston District are announcing the following updates from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. The following offices will resume receiving Drop Shipments On Friday, September 1, 2017 (The status of delivery and retail operations in these offices will be updated in a separate notice.)

  • Anderson TX 77830, 1035 Highway 90 N, Anderson TX 77830-9998
  • Bedias TX 77831, 3681 Main St, Bedias TX 77831-9812
  • Brenham TX 77833, 309 N Market St, Brenham TX 77833-9998
  • Bryan TX 77801, 2121 E Wm J Bryan Pkwy, Bryan TX 77801-9997
  • Burton TX 77835, 500 N Railroad St, Burton TX 77835-9202
  • Caldwell TX 77836, 201 N Main St, Caldwell TX 77836-9998
  • Calvert TX 77837, 602 S Cedar Rd, Calvert TX 77837-9800
  • Chriesman TX 77838, 136 Prairie St, Chriesman TX 77838-5000
  • College Station TX 77840, 2130 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S, College Station TX 77840-9998
  • Concord TX 77850, 1117 County Road 3481, Concord TX 77850-9801
  • Conroe TX 77301, 809 W Dallas St, Conroe TX 77301-9998
  • Cypress TX 77429, 16635 Spring Cypress Rd, Cypress TX 77429-9998
  • Deanville TX 77852, 6625 FM 111, Deanville TX 77852-4500
  • Dime Box TX 77853, 1017 Stephen F Austin Blvd, Dime Box TX 77853-5366
  • Downtown Bryan TX 77803, 210 W Wm J Bryan Pkwy, Bryan TX 77803-9998
  • Downtown Huntsville TX 77320, 1315 10th St, Huntsville TX 77320-9998
  • First Colony TX 77479, 3130 Grants Lake Blvd, Sugar Land TX 77479-9998
  • Flynn TX 77855, 7782 FM 39 S, Flynn TX 77855-9800
  • Franklin TX 77856, 216 E Decherd St, Franklin TX 77856-9803
  • Gause TX 77857, 100 Main St, Gause TX 77857-9800
  • Hearne TX 77859, 600 W 1st St, Hearne TX 77859-9998
  • Hempstead TX 77445, 901 12th St, Hempstead TX 77445-9998
  • Humble TX 77338, 1202 1st St E, Humble TX 77338-9998
  • Huntsville TX 77340, 3190 Highway 30 W, Huntsville TX 77340-6431
  • Iola TX 77861, 23329 FM 39, Iola TX 77861-5367
  • Katy TX 77449, 20180 Park Row Dr, Katy TX 77449-9998
  • Katy Annex TX 77494, 1331 Pin Oak Rd, Katy TX 77494-9998
  • Kingwood TX 77339, 4025 Feather Lakes Way, Kingwood TX 77339-9998
  • Klein TX 77379, 7717 Louetta Rd, Spring TX 77379-9998
  • Kurten TX 77862, 12857 E SH Hwy 21, Kurten TX 77862-9700
  • Lyons TX 77863, 14030 Hwy 36 S, Lyons TX 77863-9700
  • Madisonville TX 77864, 310 N Commerce St, Madisonville TX 77864-9998
  • Magnolia TX 77355, 815 Goodson Rd, Magnolia TX 77355-9998
  • Marquez TX 77865, 208 VW Goodwin Blvd N, Marquez TX 77865-9998
  • Millican TX 77866, 22200 FM 159, Millican TX 77866-9700
  • Montgomery TX 77356, 20821 Eva St Ste H, Montgomery TX 77356-9998
  • Montgomery Annex TX 77356, 21359 Eva St, Montgomery TX 77356-9997
  • Navasota TX 77868, 115 Farquhar St, Navasota TX 77868-9998
  • New Baden TX 77870, 199 FM 1940, New Baden TX 77870-4102
  • Normangee TX 77871, 201 Hollis St, Normangee TX 77871-9801
  • North Zulch TX 77872, 11337 5th St, North Zulch TX 77872-9800
  • Northgate College Station TX 77841, 104 N Houston St, College Station TX 77841-9800
  • Panther Creek TX 77381, 10800 Gosling Rd, Spring TX 77381-9998
  • Richards TX 77873, 11002 FM 149, Richards TX 77873-2742
  • Sealy TX 77474, 222 Moody St, Sealy TX 77474-9998
  • Sheridan TX 77475, 1402 U S Highway 90A, Sheridan TX 77475-9800
  • Shiro TX 77876, 19431 Highway 30, Shiro TX 77876-9800
  • Snook TX 77878, 9999 FM 2155, Snook TX 77878-9800
  • Somerville TX 77879, 199 8th St, Somerville TX 77879-9802
  • Spring TX 77373, 1411 Wunsche Loop, Spring TX 77373-9998
  • Stafford TX 77477, 4110 Bluebonnet Dr, Stafford TX 77477-9998
  • Sugar Land TX 77478, 225 Matlage Way, Sugar Land TX 77478-9998
  • The Woodlands TX 77380, 9450 Pinecroft Dr, Spring TX 77380-9998
  • Tomball TX 77375, 122 N Holderrieth Blvd, Tomball TX 77375-9998
  • Washington TX 77880, 23295 FM 1155 E, Washington TX 77880-6037
  • Wellborn TX 77881, 14881 FM 2154, Wellborn TX 77881-9800
  • Wheelock TX 77882, 11546 S FM 46, Wheelock TX 77882-9800
 

 

August 31

Industry Alert: Mail Spoken Here.  Latest Issue

Industry Alert: Flat Redirection to Las Vegas MPA (NASS LAS) Cancelled Due to a new Bundle sorting machine being added into the Las Vegas P&DC (NASS 890) the Flat redirection to the Las Vegas MPA (NASS LAS) will be cancelled. Flats can begin to be dropped at the Las Vegas P&DC on September 1st, 2017.  There will be an extended Grace Period at the Las Vegas MPA for 60 days. The P&DC will accept Flat mail that has already been prepared for the MPA.  Miss-ship eInduction errors will be removed from the Mailer Scorecard and will not be assessed.

Industry Alert: Newly Elected MTAC Vice-Chair Mailer Technical Advisory Committee members recently voted on the selection of Bob Schimek as their new Vice-Chair beginning in January 2018. With over 28 years of experience in the mailing industry, Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position. He stated, “I am very honored to have been elected as the next Vice-Chair of MTAC.  MTAC has been an important resource for the Postal Service for over 50 years now. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee to continue to evolve MTAC to ensure it continues to be effective for both the Postal Service and themailing industry.” Schimek joins Wanda Senne, Elected Industry Co-Chair, and USPS Marketing VP Steve Monteith as part of the new leadership structure. In keeping with the MTAC charter, the Industry Co-Chair and Vice-Chair are elected from among current industry representatives. They each serve a two-year term. At the end of their two-year terms:

  • The Co-Chair becomes the immediate past industry Chair, and serves in that role for another two-year term, and
  • The Vice-Chair automatically succeeds the Co-Chair and serves a two-year term in that role.

Members of the MTAC Executive Committee are Steve Monteith, Postal Co-Chair; Erv Drewek, Industry Co-Chair; Judy de Torok, Postal Co-Vice Chair; Tom Hughes, Postal Co-Vice Chair; Wanda Senne, Industry Vice-Chair; Chris Lien, Immediate Past Industry Chair; Lindsey Taylor, Acting Program Manager/Secretary.

Industry Alert: USPS Industry Webinar on Impact of Tropical Storm Harvey The United States Postal Service is holding a webinar on Friday, September 1,2017 at 2 PM EST to provide information and answer questions regarding hurricane/tropical storm Harvey’s impact on Retail Operations, Delivery Operations and Drop Shipments. Please join us using the webinar information below.  Thank you.

ATTENDEE INFORMATION Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870 Conference ID: 79428518

Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0e32787091a1b655b3c422849235ee21

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:

Alternate URL: https://usps.webex.com
Event Number: 391 152 796

 

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne! Users: PostalOne! Release 45.3.1.2 will deploy on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 4:00 AM CT to 9:00 AM CT.  The PostalOne! system will be available during this time. PostalOne! Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) Release 45.3.1.2 will deploy on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 9:00 AM CT and TEM will be available during this time.

Office of the Inspector General: Internal Controls Over Stamp Stock Shipments ― Woodbury, MN, Post Office Using data analytics examining lost and stolen stamp shipments, OIG auditors identified discrepancies in stamp inventory and shipments at the Woodbury, MN Post Office. The latest audit report examines whether internal controls over stamp stock shipments were in place and effective. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRAA7

Industry Alert: Rio Grande District-Updates Updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 

BME Operations are as follows:

  • 779 Affected Areas BMEU Services to Victoria Main Office, 312 S. Main Street, Victoria, TX  77901
  • 783 Affected Areas BMEU Services to Corpus Christi Main Office, 809 Nueches Bay Blvd., Corpus Christi TX  78469

The following offices resumed normal operations on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

  • Dripping Springs TX 78620, 1450 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs TX 78620-9998

  • Corpus Christi TX 78419, Cpu Naval Air, 630 Lexington Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78419-9996

  • Kingsville TX 78363, Cpu Texas A&M, 700 N University Blvd, Kingsville TX 78363-9996

  • Weesatche TX 77993, Weesatche, 195 W FM 884, Weesatche TX 77993-9800

  • Columbus TX 78934, 1221 Walnut St, Columbus TX 78934-9998

Until further notice, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments have all been suspended at the following offices:

  • Aransas Pass TX 78335, Post Office Box Customers in ZIP Code 78335634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Aransas Pass TX 78336, Customers with street delivery in ZIP Code 78336,  634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller Station, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405
  • Bayside TX 78340, 715 Third St, Bayside TX 78340-3019
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Gregory TX 78359, 102 W Fourth, Gregory TX 78359
  • Fulton TX 78358, 301 Cactus St, Fulton TX 78358-9800
    •  Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Meyersville TX 77974, Meyersville, 2233 Meyersville Rd, Meyersville TX 77974-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Cuero TX 77954, 301 E Main St, Cuero TX 77954
  • Port Aransas TX 78373, Post Office Box Customers in ZIP Code 78373 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998
    • Mail Pick Up Available in Retail Mobile Unit located in Port A, 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373
  • Port Aransas TX 78373, Customers with street delivery in ZIP Code 78373,  1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller Station, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405
  • Port Lavaca TX 77979, 1201 Half League Rd, Port Lavaca TX 77979-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Victoria James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston, Victoria TX 77904
  • Rockport TX 78381Post Office Box Customers, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • Rockport TX 78382, For residential customers with ZIP Code 78382, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Corpus Christi, HP Garcia, 809 Nueces Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78469
  • Seadrift TX 77983, 518 S Main St, Seadrift TX 77983-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Victoria James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston, Victoria TX 77904 
  • Skidmore TX 78389, Skidmore, 122 E Patricio St, 78389-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Mathis TX 78368, 121 S Bee St, Mathis TX 78368
  • Telferner TX 77988, 319 FM 1686, Telferner TX 77988-9800
    • Alternate location for mail pick up: Edna TX 77957, 603 Rose, Edna TX 77957
  • Victoria MPO,  312 S. Main, Victoria TX 77901-9998
    • Mail Pick Up Available in Retail Mobile Unit located at 198 E. Church Street, Victoria, TX  77901 
  • Westhoff TX 77994, Westhoff, 16 Houston Ave, Westhoff TX 77994-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Cuero TX 77954, 301 E Main St, Cuero TX 77954
  • Woodsboro TX 78393, Woodsboro, 501 First St, Woodsboro TX 78393-9998
    • Alternate location for mail pick up:  Refugio TX 78377, 507 Osage, Refugio TX 78377

The following offices resumed DELIVERY/DROP SHIPMENT operations, Monday, August 28, 2017 – NO RETAIL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE until further notice.

  • Corpus Christi TX 78413, Southside, 6742 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78413-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78418, Flour Bluff, 10139 Security Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78418-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78412, Gulfway, 1345 Crescent Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78412-9998
  • Corpus Christi 78401, Dwtn Corpus Christi, 802 N Tancahua St, 78401
  • Victoria TX 77904, James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston Dr, Victoria TX 77904-9998
  • Berclair TX 78107,  Berclair, 15864 Us Highway 59 S, 78107-9800
  • Bloomington TX 77951, Bloomington, 41 E 2nd St, 77951-9800
  • Driscoll TX 78351, Driscoll, 201 W Main, 78351-9800
  • Edna TX 77957, Edna, 603 Rose St, 77957-9998
  • Edroy TX 78352, Edroy, 17916 Highway 234, 78352-9800
  • Fannin TX 77960, Fannin, 9931 Us Highway 59 N, 77960-9800
  • Goliad TX 77963, Goliad, 151 W End St, 77963-9998
  • Inez TX 77968, Inez, 126 Church St, 77968-9998
  • La Salle TX 77969, La Salle, 1999 FM 616, 77969-9800
  • La Ward TX 77970, La Ward, 13059 State Highway 172, 77970-9800
  • Lolita TX 77971, Lolita, 8966 FM 1593, 77971-9998
  • Nursery TX 77976, Nursery, 12685 Nursery Dr, 77976-9800
  • Odem TX 78370, Odem, 223 Main St, 78370-9998
  • Placedo TX 77977, Placedo, 5037 FM 616, 77977-9800
  • Refugio TX 78377, Refugio, 507 Osage St, 78377-9998
  • Taft TX 78390, Taft, 110 Victoria Ave, 78390-9998
  • Thomaston TX 77989, Thomaston, 264 Fordtran Rd, 77989-9800
  • Tynan TX 78391, Tynan, 508 Highway 359, 78391-9998
  • Vanderbilt TX 77991, Vanderbilt, 5825 FM 616, 77991-9800
  • Victoria TX 77901, Cpu Rogers Pharmacy, 4402 N Laurent St, Victoria TX 77901-2794            

Industry Alert: Louisiana District Update As of Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices: Avery Island RMPO 70513, 100 Main Rd, Avery Island LA 70513-9998

  • Alternate location for retail and collections will divert to:
  • New Iberia Post Office,  817 E Dale St, New Iberia LA 70560-5598
    • New Iberia Hours: Mon – Fri: 08:00 to 5:00, Sat: 08:30 to 12:00

The following offices will resume normal operations on Thursday, August 31, 2017:

Cameron Post Office 70631, 144 Adam Roux St, Cameron LA 70631-9998

Hackberry Post Office 70645, 904 Main St, Hackberry LA 70645-9997   


August 30

Office of the Inspector General: Transportation Cost System ― Air USPS transportation costs were about $7 billion in FY 2016, $2.5 billion of which was related to air transportation costs. The Postal Service uses the Transportation Cost System (TRACS) – Air, a statistical sampling, and data tool, to get information to allocate air transportation costs to mail products and services and to set prices. Our OIG Audit looks at the TRACS tests conducted in FY 2016 to assess their accuracy and reliability. Read the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xRAmW

Office of the Inspector General: Internal Controls Over Stamp Stock Shipments- Rosemeade Station Carrollton, TX  Using data analytics examining lost and stolen stamp shipments, OIG auditors identified discrepancies in internal controls over stamp inventory and shipments at the Rosemeade station in Carrolton, TX, from June through August of 2017. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRAmJ

Industry Alert: Updated:  Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 7:00PM All Priority Mail Express service to the following 3-Digit ZIP Code: 759, is suspended until Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5:00pm. The Postal Service is suspending the shipment of live animals destined for the 3-Digit 759 until further notice

Industry Alert: UPDATED:  7:00PM, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 The Postal Service is suspending the shipment of live animals destined for the following 3-Digit ZIP Codes until further notice: 770, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777 and 778. All Priority Mail Express service to the following 3-Digit ZIP Codes: 770, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777 and 778 is suspended until Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5:00pm. 

North Houston P&DC

  • The North Houston P&DC, located at 4600 Aldine Bender Rd, North Houston, TX 77315-9997 will not be accepting drop shipments beginning at 2:00PM on Sunday, August 27, 2017.  
  • The North Houston P&DC is planning to resume accepting Drop Shipments, with the exception of Marketing Mail, on Friday, September 8, 2017.
    • The North Houston P&DC will resume accepting Marketing Mail on Monday, September 11, 2017

All Post Offices/Stations/Branches/Finance Units within the 3-Digit ZIP Codes of 770, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777 and 778 will suspend Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments on Monday, August 28, 2017 until further notice. 


August 29

Industry Alert: USPS Marketing Mail™ (Standard Mail®) Markings and Labels Update The Postal Service™ published a DMM Advisory on Friday, June 30, 2017, and Friday, July 7, 2017 providing updates about the rebranding of Standard Mail® as USPS Marketing Mail™. The update stated the Postal Service continues to work with the industry on a timeline for implementation for the required use of new postage markings, permit imprint indicia, and sack, tray, and pallet labels. As information, this messaging applies to all USPS Marketing Mail shapes.  We updated the Domestic Mail Manual and Quick Service Guides in the applicable preparation sections and added the statement “Customers should not convert to the USPS Marketing Mail markings until a date is announced.” We continue to receive requests to test the new name and to convert to the new markings since the new name appeals to many customers.  If you are interested in testing, please respond to this Advisory with your name and contact information.  Testing data will assist all customers as we move forward with implementation.  In the meantime, we continue to request that customers do not transition to the new markings until we publish the final details through a DMM Advisory and Industry Alert.

Office of the Inspector General: Survey Says…! What encourages you or discourages you from filling out a survey? Our latest Pushing the Envelope blog looks at a recent white paper on POS surveys, which the U.S. Postal Service uses to assess customer satisfaction across various points of contact with customers, including retail and delivery. Some minor enhancements to these surveys would likely improve USPS’s ability to assess and act on customer sentiment. Read more at: https://go.usa.gov/xRG6s

Industry Alert:  Updated: Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 10:00pm The following offices have resumed  DELIVERY/DROP SHIPMENT operations, Monday, August 28, 2017 – NO RETAIL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE until further notice.
  • Corpus Christi TX 78410, Stonewall Sta, 10515 Stonewall Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78410-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78413, Southside, 6742 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78413-9998
  • Dripping Springs TX 78620, 1450 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs TX 78620-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78418, Flour Bluff, 10139 Security Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78418-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78412, Gulfway, 1345 Crescent Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78412-9998
  • Victoria TX 77904, James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston Dr, Victoria TX 77904-9998
The following offices will be accepting DROP SHIPMENTS beginning Tuesday, August 29, 2017.  NO RETAIL OR DELIVERY SERIVCES ARE AVALIABLE until further notice.
  • Berclair TX 78107,  Berclair, 15864 Us Highway 59 S, 78107-9800
  • Bloomington TX 77951, Bloomington, 41 E 2nd St, 77951-9800
  • Corpus Christi 78401, Dwtn Corpus Christi, 802 N Tancahua St, 78401
  • Driscoll TX 78351, Driscoll, 201 W Main, 78351-9800
  • Enda TX 77957, Edna, 603 Rose St, 77957-9998
  • Edroy TX 78352, Edroy, 17916 Highway 234, 78352-9800
  • Fannin TX 77960, Fannin, 9931 Us Highway 59 N, 77960-9800
  • Goliad TX 77963, Goliad, 151 W End St, 77963-9998
  • Inex TX 77968, Inex, 126 Church St, 77968-9998
  • Ingleside TX 78362, Ingleside, 2230 State Highway 361, 78362-4139
  • La Salle TX 77969, La Salle, 1999 FM 616, 77969-9800
  • La Ward TX 77970, La Ward, 13059 State Highway 172, 77970-9800
  • Lolita TX 77971, Lolita, 8966 FM 1593, 77971-9998
  • Nursery TX 77976, Nursery, 12685 Nursery Dr, 77976-9800
  • Odem TX 78370, Odem, 223 Main St, 78370-9998
  • Placedo TX 77977, Placedo, 5037 FM 616, 77977-9800
  • Skidmore TX 78389, Skidmore, 122 E Patricio St, 78389-9998
  • Taft TX 78390, Taft, 110 Victoria Ave, 78390-9998
  • Thomaston TX 77989, Thomaston, 264 Fordtran Rd, 77989-9800
  • Tynan TX 78391, Tynan, 508 Highway 359, 78391-9998
  • Vanderbilt TX 77991, Vanderbilt, 5825 FM 616, 77991-9800
  • Victoria TX 77901, Victoria, 312 S Main St, 77901-9998
  • Refugio TX 78377, Fefugio, 507 Osage St, 78377-9998
Other impacted Rio Grande Offices:
Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices:

Drop Ships and BME Operations have been moved to San Antonio P&DC located at 10410 Perrin Beitel Rd, San Antonio TX 78284 for the offices below:

 

·         Aransas Pass TX 78336, 634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998

 

·         Austwell TX 77950, 611 Vandenberge St, Austwell TX 77950-9800

 

·         Bayside TX 78340, 715 Third St, Bayside TX 78340-3019

 

·         Corpus Christi TX 78419, Cpu Naval Air, 630 Lexington Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78419-9996

 

·         Fulton TX 78358, 301 Cactus St, Fulton TX 78358-9800

 

·         Kingsville TX 78363, Cpu Texas A&M, 700 N University Blvd, Kingsville TX 78363-9996

 

·         Mcfaddin TX 77973, 2207 FM 445, Mcfaddin TX 77973-9800

 

·         Meyersville TX 77974, Meyersville, 2233 Meyersville Rd, Meyersville TX 77974-9998

 

·         Point Comfort TX 77978, 3 Lamar St, Point Comfort TX 77978-9800

 

·         Port Aransas TX 78373, 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998

 

·         Port Lavaca TX 77979, 1201 Half League Rd, Port Lavaca TX 77979-9998

 

·         Port O Connor TX 77982, 611 W Adams St, Port O Connor TX 77982-9800

 

·         Rockport TX 78382, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998

 

·         Seadrift TX 77983, 518 S Main St, Seadrift TX 77983-9998

 

·         Telferner TX 77988, 319 FM 1686, Telferner TX 77988-9800

 

·         Thomaston TX 77989, Thomaston, 264 Fordtran Rd, Thomaston TX 77989-9800

 

·         Tivoli TX 77990, 211 W Scott St, Tivoli TX 77990-9998

 

·         Victoria TX 77901, Cpu Rogers Pharmacy, 4402 N Laurent St, Victoria TX 77901-2794

 

·         Weesatche TX 77993, Weesatche, 195 W FM 884, Weesatche TX 77993-9800

 

·         Westhoff TX 77994, Westhoff, 16 Houston Ave, Westhoff TX 77994-9998

 

·         Woodsboro TX 78393, Woodsboro, 501 First St, Woodsboro TX 78393-9998

 

As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm and the PostalPro website, http://postalpro.usps.com/..  Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.

 

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: Market Tests of Experimental Product—Customized Deliveries ,41074–41075 [2017–18292] [PDF]New Postal Products,41075 [2017–18212] [PDF] 

Industry Alert: Southern Area - Hurricane Harvey - Dallas District UPDATED:  7:00PM, Monday, August 28, 2017 All Priority Mail Express service to the following 3-Digit ZIP Code: 759, is suspended until Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:00pm. Updated Closures/Impacted Offices All Post Offices/Stations/Branches/Finance Units within the 3-Digit ZIP Code of 759 will suspend Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments until Wednesday, August 30, 2017.


August 28

Office of the Inspector General: Postal Inspection Service Consumer Fraud Fund OIG auditors have released a report, Postal Inspection Service Consumer Fraud Fund. Read it at: https://go.usa.gov/xR7GT

Industry Alert: Discontinued Support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for Product Tracking & Reporting (PTR) System REMINDER: Convert to a Secure Transmission Method by August 31, 2017 Effective August 31, 2017, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will discontinue support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for mailers to send and/or receive shipping files and data through the Product Tracking & Reporting (PTR) system. Mailers using FTP to send and/or receive shipping files and data through PTR will need to set up a secure transmission method utilizing one of the methods below:

Industry Alert: Trays Placed on Pallets The following has been created to address instances of pallets of trays that may be rejected due to the direction tray labels are facing once stacked on a pallet. Any combination of trays (1-foot, 2-foot, EMM) can be stacked on the same pallet as long as the finished pallet is sturdy and meets all height and weight requirements. Pallets of trays must not be rejected, held, or sent back to mailer for rework solely because some or all trays are not:

·       Facing outward
 
·       Counter-stacked
 
·       Stacked right side up 
 
Although not required:
 
·       Trays on pallets should be stacked right side up with labels facing outward.
 
·       Trays should be counter-stacked where possible to build the sturdiest pallet possible.
 
For more information on Pallets, Pallet Boxes, and Trays on Pallets reference Quick Service Guide 705a at Postal Explorer: https://pe.usps.com/text/qsg300/q000.htm
 

Office of the Inspector General: Field Material Handling Projects The U.S. Postal Service uses more than 200 miles of conveyors and more than 8,500 pieces of mail processing equipment to sort letters and parcels. Our latest OIG Audit examines whether the Postal Service achieved its anticipated return on investment for field material handling projects completed in FY 2016. Read the findings at https://go.usa.gov/xR7dT

Office of the Inspector General: Postal Customer Satisfaction: A Primer of Four Surveys Enhancements to the U.S. Postal Service’s robust customer survey program could provide more detailed and nuanced insights into customer satisfaction, according to a new white paper by the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG examined four specific USPS surveys and identified potential enhancements to gather additional information that would help USPS thrive in an increasingly competitive market. Read Postal Customer Satisfaction: A Primer of Four Surveys https://go.usa.gov/xR75v

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Rio Grande District Updated: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 9:00PM. The Southern Area and Rio Grande District announce the following offices will resume normal operations on Monday, August 28, 2017

  • Alice TX 78332, Alice, 401 E 2nd St, Alice TX 78332-9998
  • Beeville TX 78102, 111 N Saint Marys St, Beeville TX 78102-9998
  • Bishop TX 78343, 201 S Ash Ave, Bishop TX 78343-9998
  • Concepcion TX 78349, 2239 FM 716, Concepcion TX 78349-9998 Corpus Christi TX 78469, Corpus Christi TX 78469, H P Garcia TX 78469, 809 Nueces Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78469-9995
  • Corpus Christi TX 78411, Lamar Park, 4801 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78411-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78415, Portairs, 4213 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78415-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78404, Six Points, 902 Ayers St, Corpus Christi TX 78404-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78413, Southside, 6742 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78413-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78410, Stonewall Sta, 10515 Stonewall Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78410-9998
  • Cuero TX 77954, 301 E Main St, Cuero TX 77954-9998
  • Encino TX 78353, 291 S Business Highway 281, Encino TX 78353-9998
  • Falfurrias TX 78355, 218 E Chapote St, Falfurrias TX 78355-9998
  • Francitas TX 77961, Francitas, 66 Bryan St, Francitas TX 77961-9800
  • Freer TX 78357, 320 S Main St, Freer TX 78357-9998
  • Ganado TX 77962, Ganado, 101 W Rogers St, Ganado TX 77962-9998
  • Gregory TX 78359, 102 W 4th St, Gregory TX 78359-9800
  • Hallettsville TX 77964, 206 S La Grange St, Hallettsville TX 77964-9998
  • Hebbronville TX 78361, 502 N Smith Ave, Hebbronville TX 78361-9998
  • Kingsville TX 78363, 103 E Kleberg Ave, Kingsville TX 78363-4502
  • Mathis TX 78368, 121 S Bee St, Mathis TX 78368-9998
  • Moulton TX 77975, 206 S Main St, Moulton TX 77975-9998
  • Oilton TX 78371, 118 W Laredo Ave, Oilton TX 78371-9800
  • Orange Grove TX 78372, 214 S Eugenia St, Orange Grove TX 78372-9998
  • Premont TX 78375, 305 S Agnes, Premont TX 78375-9998
  • Realitos TX 78376, 6417 Highway 359, Realitos TX 78376-9998
  • Riviera TX 78379, 120 S 7th St, Riviera TX 78379-3623
  • Robstown TX 78380, 313 E Main Ave, Robstown TX 78380-3302
  • San Diego TX 78384, 111 N Victoria St, San Diego TX 78384-1829
  • Sandia TX 78383, 12140 Highway 359, Sandia TX 78383-9998
  • Sarita TX 78385, 103 N Mallory St, Sarita TX 78385-9800
  • Shiner TX 77984, 217 W 7th St, Shiner TX 77984-9998
  • Sinton TX 78387, Sinton, 104 S San Patricio St, Sinton TX 78387-9998
  • Sweet Home TX 77987, 22 County Road 391e, Sweet Home TX 77987-9800
  • Yoakum TX 77995, 112 Nelson St, Yoakum TX 77995-9998
The Following Offices Will Be Attempting Street Delivery, But There Will Be NO Retail Service Available
  • Banquete TX 78339, 4376 Elia St, Banquete TX 78339-9800
  • Bayside TX 78340, 715 Third St, Bayside TX 78340-3019
  • Corpus Christi TX 78412, Gulfway, 1345 Crescent Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78412-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78418, Flour Bluff, 10139 Security Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78418-9998
  • Driscoll TX 78351, 201 W Main, Driscoll TX 78351-9800
  • Edna TX 77957, Edna, 603 Rose St, Edna TX 77957-9998
  • Edroy TX 78352, 17916 Highway 234, Edroy TX  78352-9800
  • Goliad TX 77963, 151 W End St, Goliad TX 77963-9998
  • Lolita TX 77971, Lolita, 8966 FM 1593, Lolita TX 77971-9998
  • Odem TX 78370, Odem, 223 Main St, Odem TX 78370-9998
  • Port Lavaca TX 77979, 1201 Half League Rd, Port Lavaca TX 77979-9998
  • Refugio TX 78377, 507 Osage St, Refugio TX 78377-9998
  • Seadrift TX 77983, 518 S Main St, Seadrift TX 77983-9998
  • Skidmore TX 78389, 122 E Patricio St, Skidmore TX 78389-9998
  • Taft TX 78390, 110 Victoria Ave, Taft TX 78390-9998
  • Tivoli TX 77990, 211 W Scott St, Tivoli TX 77990-9998
  • Tynan TX 78391, 508 Highway 359, Tynan TX 78391-9998

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Louisiana District Effective Monday, August 28, 2017 All Facilities in Louisiana District will be Fully Operational.

Industry Alert:  Houston Industry Alert As of 5:30pm, Sunday, August 27, 2017
The Southern Area and Houston District are announcing the following update to impacts from Hurricane Harvey. All Priority Mail Express service to the following 3-Digit ZIP Codes: 770, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776 and 778 is suspended until Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:00pm.
Updated Closures/Impacted Offices All Post Offices/Stations/Branches/Finance Units within the 3-Digit ZIP Codes of 770, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776 and 778 will suspend Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments on Monday, August 28, 2017 until further notice. 
North Houston TX P&DC The Houston P&DC, located at 4600 Aldine Bender Rd, North Houston, TX 77315-9997 will not be accepting drop shipments beginning at 2:00PM on Sunday, August 27, 2017.  The Houston P&DC is planning to resume accepting drop shipments on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:00PM
Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices:
Bay City TX 77414, 1309 Baywood Dr, Bay City TX 77414-9998
Blessing TX 77419, 800 FM 616 W, Blessing TX 77419-0015
Cedar Lane TX 77415, 13412 FM 457, Cedar Lane, TX 77415-0177
Collegeport TX 77428, 15235 FM 1095, Collegeport TX 77428-0015
Elmaton TX 77440, 10430 Highway 35, Elmaton TX 77440-0077
High Island TX 77623, 2008 S 5th St, High Island TX 77623-0135
Iola TX 77861, 23329 FM 39, Iola TX 77861-5367
Markham TX 77456, 610 Broadway St, Markham TX 77456-9800
Matagorda TX 77457, 750 Market St, Matagorda TX 77457-0062
Midfield TX 77458, 275 Junetta Ave, Midfield TX 77458-9801
Palacios TX 77465, 700 Henderson St, Palacios, TX 77465-9998
Port Bolivar TX 77650, 2500 Broadway Ave, Port Bolivar TX 77650-0736
Port Bolivar TX 77650, Crystal Beach, 2200 Highway 87, Port Bolivar TX 77650-0717
Sabine Pass TX 77655, 5424 Tremont St, Sabine Pass TX 77655-0310
Van Vleck TX 77482, 8901 State Highway 35 N, Van Vleck TX 77482-9899
Wadsworth TX 77483, 13622 Highway 60 S, Wadsworth TX 77483-9800
West Columbia TX 77486, 350 W Brazos Ave, West Columbia TX 77486-9998

August 26

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Rio Grande District As of Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 4:00PM Updated Closures/Impacted Offices
  • Ft Sam Houston TX 78234, Fort Sam Houston, 2492 Stanley Rd, Ft Sam Houston TX 78234-9998
  • Lackland TX 78236, Lackland AFB, 2261 Hughes Ave, Lackland TX 78236-9998
The Southern Area and Rio Grande have updated the following impacts from Hurricane Harvey.
Corpus Christi P&DC
  • Corpus Christi Plant located at 809 Nueces Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78469-9998 will not be accepting drop shipment beginning at 6:00am on Friday, August 25, 2017.  
  • Drop shipments should be diverted to San Antonio P&DC located at 10410 Perrin Beitel Rd, San Antonio TX 78284. 
  • Corpus Christi is planning to resume accepting drop shipments at 6:00am Sunday, August 27, 2017.
o   Mailers can contact the FAST Help Desk at 877.569.6614 with concerns
o   Non-eInduction mailers will continue to submit PS Form 8125 

Other Rio Grande District offices impacted: Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices:

o   DROP SHIPS and BME Operations have been moved to San Antonio P&DC located at 10410 Perrin Beitel Rd, San Antonio TX 78284.
  • Victoria TX 77901, 312 S Main St, Victoria TX 77901
  • Victoria TX 77904, James Moody, 2804 Sam Houston Dr, Victoria TX 77904-9998
  • Austwell TX 77950, 611 Vandenberge St, Austwell TX 77950-9800
  • Bloomington TX 77951, 41 E 2nd St, Bloomington TX 77951-9800
  • Inez TX 77968, 126 Church St, Inez TX 77968-9998
  • Mcfaddin TX 77973, 2207 FM 445, Mcfaddin TX 77973-9800
  • Nursery TX 77976, 12685 Nursery Dr, Nursery TX 77976-9800
  • Placedo TX 77977, 5037 FM 616, Placedo, TX 77977-9800
  • Point Comfort TX 77978, 3 Lamar St, Point Comfort TX 77978-9800
  • Port Lavaca TX 77979, 1201 Half League Rd, Port Lavaca TX 77979-9998
  • Port O Connor TX 77982, 611 W Adams St, Port O Connor TX 77982-9800
  • Seadrift TX 77983, 518 S Main St, Seadrift TX 77983-9998
  • Telferner TX 77988, 319 FM 1686, Telferner TX 77988-9800
  • Tivoli TX 77990, 211 W Scott St, Tivoli TX 77990-9998
  • Aransas Pass TX 78336, 634 S Commercial St, Aransas Pass TX 78336-9998
  • Fulton TX 78358, 301 Cactus St, Fulton TX 78358-9800
  • Gregory TX 78359, 102 W 4th St, Gregory TX 78359-9800
  • Ingleside TX 78362, 2230 State Highway 361, Ingleside TX 78362-4139
  • Port Aransas TX 78373, 1211 State Highway 361, Port Aransas TX 78373-9998
  • Portland TX 78374, 120 Lang Rd, Portland TX 78374-2626
  • Rockport TX 78382, 1550 FM 2165, Rockport TX 78382-9998
  • Taft TX 78390, 110 Victoria Ave, Taft TX 78390-9998
  • South Padre Island TX 78597, 4701 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island TX 78597-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78401, Downtown Corpus Christi, 802 N Tancahua St, Corpus Christi TX 78401-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78404, Six Points, 902 Ayers St, Corpus Christi TX 78404-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78405, Roy Miller, 1340 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78405-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78410, Stonewall Sta, 10515 Stonewall Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78410-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78411, Lamar Park, 4801 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78411-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78412, Gulfway, 1345 Crescent Dr, Corpus Christi TX 78412-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78413, Southside, 6742 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi TX 78413-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78415, Portairs, 4213 S Port Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78415-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78418, Flour Bluff, 10139 Security Dr, Corpus Christi  TX 78418-9998
  • Corpus Christi TX 78469, Corpus Christi, 809 Nueces Bay Blvd, Corpus Christi TX 78469-9998
  • Alice TX 78332, Alice, 401 E 2nd St, Alice TX 78332-9998
  • Edna TX 77957, Edna, 603 Rose St, Edna TX 77957-9998
  • Fannin TX 77960, Fannin, 9931 Us Highway 59 N, Fannin TX 77960-9800
  • Francitas TX 77961, Francitas, 66 Bryan St, Francitas TX 77961-9800
  • Hallettsville TX 77964, Hallettsville, 206 S La Grange St, Hallettsville TX 77964-9998
  • La Salle TX 77969, La Salle, 1999 FM 616, La Salle TX 77969-9800
  • La Ward TX 77970, La Ward, 13059 State Highway 172, La Ward TX  77970-9800
  • Lolita TX 77971, Lolita, 8966 FM 1593, Lolita TX 77971-9998
  • Mathis TX 78368, Mathis, 121 S Bee St, Mathis TX 78368-9998
  • Meyersville TX 77974, Meyersville, 2233 Meyersville Rd, Meyersville TX 77974-9998
  • Moulton TX 77975, Moulton, 206 S Main St, Moulton TX 77975-9998
  • Odem TX 78370, Odem, 223 Main St, Odem TX 78370-9998
  • Refugio TX 78377, Refugio, 507 Osage St, Refugio TX 78377-9998
  • Sinton TX 78387, Sinton, 104 S San Patricio St, Sinton TX 78387-9998
  • Skidmore TX 78389, Skidmore, 122 E Patricio St, Skidmore TX 78389-9998
  • Sweet Home TX 77987, Sweet Home, 22 County Road 391e, Sweet Home TX 77987-9800
  • Thomaston TX 77989, Thomaston, 264 Fordtran Rd, Thomaston TX 77989-9800
  • Tynan  TX 78391, Tynan, 508 Highway 359, Tynan TX 78391-9998
  • Vanderbilt TX 77991, Vanderbilt, 5825 FM 616, Vanderbilt TX 77991-9800
  • Westhoff TX 77994, Westhoff, 16 Houston Ave, Westhoff TX 77994-9998
  • Woodsboro TX 78393, Woodsboro, 501 First St, Woodsboro TX  78393-9998
  • La Villa TX 78562, La Villa, 852 S Mike Chapa Dr, La Villa TX 78562-9800
  • Ganado TX 77962, Ganado, 101 W Rogers St, Ganado TX 77962-9998
As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm and the PostalPro website, http://postalpro.usps.com/..  Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.

 

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Louisiana The Southern Area and Louisiana District have announced the following update: Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices: 

Cameron Post Office 70631, 144 Adam Roux St, Cameron LA 70631-9998

  • Alternate location for drop shipments and collection will divert to:
  • Lake Charles Main Post Office, 921 Moss St, Lake Charles LA 70601-9998
    • Lake Charles Hours:  Mon – Fri: 8:00 to 5:00, Sat: 8:00 to 12:00
      • *must have proper ID*

 Hackberry Post Office 70645, 904 Main St, Hackberry LA 70645-9997   

  • Alternate location for drop shipments and collection will divert to:
  • Sulphur Post Office, 800 S Post Oak Rd, Sulphur LA 70663-5244
    • Sulphur Hours:  Mon – Fri: 8:30 to 4:30, Sat: 10:00 to 12:00

The following offices will resume normal operations on Saturday, August 26, 2017

LAcassine LA 70650 - 18327 Highway 90, LAcassine LA 70650-5000

Hayes LA 70646, 7760 E Highway 14, Hayes LA 70646-4600

As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm and the PostalPro website, http://postalpro.usps.com/.  Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Houston District The Southern Area and Houston District have announced the following updated impacts: Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices:

  • Palacios TX 77465, 700 Henderson St, Palacios, TX 77465-9998
  • Collegeport TX 77428, 15235 FM 1095, Collegeport TX 77428-0015
  • Bay City TX 77414, 1309 Baywood Dr, Bay City TX 77414-9998
  • Matagorda TX 77457, 750 Market St, Matagorda TX 77457-0062
  • Markham TX 77456, 610 Broadway St, Markham TX 77456-9800
  • Wadsworth TX 77483, 13622 Highway 60 S, Wadsworth TX 77483-9800
  • Van Vleck TX 77482, 8901 State Highway 35 N, Van Vleck TX 77482-9899
  • Blessing TX 77419, 800 FM 616 W, Blessing TX 77419-0015
  • Midfield TX 77458, 275 Junetta Ave, Midfield TX 77458-9801
  • Elmaton TX 77440, 10430 Highway 35, Elmaton TX 77440-0077
  • Port Bolivar TX 77650, Port Bolivar, 2500 Broadway Ave, Port Bolivar TX 77650-0736
  • Sabine Pass TX 77655, Sabine Pass, 5424 Tremont St, Sabine Pass TX 77655-0310
  • Houston TX 77002, Sam Houston Finance, 701 San Jacinto St, Ste 149, Houston TX 77002-3629

Federal Register: Postal Service - Product Changes: Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 40811 [2017–18128] [PDF]; 40811–40812 [2017–18129] [PDF]


August 25

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane - Harvey Update – Louisiana. Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices: CAMERON POST OFFICE 70631, 144 ADAM ROUX ST, CAMERON LA 70631-9998 Alternate location for drop shipments and collection will divert to: LAKE CHARLES MAIN POST OFFICE, 921 MOSS ST, LAKE CHARLES LA 70601-9998. LAKE CHARLES HOURS:  Mon – Fri: 8:00 to 5:00, Sat: 8:00 to 12:00 HACKBERRY POST OFFICE 70645, 904 MAIN ST, HACKBERRY LA 70645-9997  Alternate location for drop shipments and collection will divert to: SULPHUR POST OFFICE, 800 S POST OAK RD, SULPHUR LA 70663-5244 SULPHUR HOURS:  Mon – Fri: 8:30 to 4:30, Sat: 10:00 to 12:00 LACASSINE LA 70650, 18327 HIGHWAY 90, LACASSINE LA 70650-5000. Alternate location for drop shipments and collection will divert to: WELSH Delivery Unit, 202 CROWLEY ST, WELSH LA 70591-9998 WELSH HOURS:  Mon – Fri: 8:00 to 12:00, 1:00 – 4:00, Sat: Closed HAYES LA 70646, 7760 E HIGHWAY 14, HAYES LA 70646-4600 Alternate location for drop shipments and collection will divert to: IOWA LA 70647, 218 S THOMSON AVE, IOWA LA 70647-9998 IOWA HOURS:  Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 4:30, Sat: 9:00 – 12:00

As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm and the PostalPro website, http://postalpro.usps.com/. Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.

Industry Alert: Southern Area Hurricane Harvey Update: Service Disruption- Rio Grande District Until Further Notice, Due to Hurricane Harvey, Retail Operations, Delivery Operations, BME Operations and Drop Shipments Have All Been Suspended at the Following Offices:

**DROP SHIPS and BME Operations have been moved to San Antonio P&DC located at 10410 Perrin Beitel Rd, San Antonio TX 78284.

VICTORIA TX 77901, 312 S MAIN ST, VICTORIA TX 77901 VICTORIA TX 77904, JAMES MOODY, 2804 SAM HOUSTON DR, VICTORIA TX 77904-9998 AUSTWELL TX 77950, 611 VANDENBERGE ST, AUSTWELL TX 77950-9800 BLOOMINGTON TX 77951, 41 E 2ND ST, BLOOMINGTON TX 77951-9800 INEZ TX 77968, 126 CHURCH ST, INEZ TX 77968-9998 MCFADDIN TX 77973, 2207 FM 445, MCFADDIN TX 77973-9800 NURSERY TX 77976, 12685 NURSERY DR, NURSERY TX 77976-9800 PLACEDO TX 77977, 5037 FM 616, PLACEDO, TX 77977-9800 POINT COMFORT TX 77978, 3 LAMAR ST, POINT COMFORT TX 77978-9800 PORT LAVACA TX 77979, 1201 HALF LEAGUE RD, PORT LAVACA TX 77979-9998 PORT O CONNOR TX 77982, 611 W ADAMS ST, PORT O CONNOR TX 77982-9800 SEADRIFT TX 77983, 518 S MAIN ST, SEADRIFT TX 77983-9998 TELFERNER TX 77988, 319 FM 1686, TELFERNER TX 77988-9800 TIVOLI TX 77990, 211 W SCOTT ST, TIVOLI TX 77990-9998 ARANSAS PASS TX 78336, 634 S COMMERCIAL ST, ARANSAS PASS TX 78336-9998 FULTON TX 78358, 301 CACTUS ST, FULTON TX 78358-9800 GREGORY TX 78359, 102 W 4TH ST, GREGORY TX 78359-9800 INGLESIDE TX 78362, 2230 STATE HIGHWAY 361, INGLESIDE TX 78362-4139 PORT ARANSAS TX 78373, 1211 STATE HIGHWAY 361, PORT ARANSAS TX 78373-9998 PORTLAND TX 78374, 120 LANG RD, PORTLAND TX 78374-2626 ROCKPORT TX 78382, 1550 FM 2165, ROCKPORT TX 78382-9998 TAFT TX 78390, 110 VICTORIA AVE, TAFT TX 78390-9998 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TX 78597, 4701 PADRE BLVD, SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TX 78597-9998

As further impacts to USPS operations are identified, updated information will be posted to USPS Service Alerts website accessed through the RIBBS webpage, http://ribbs.usps.gov/ and http://about.usps.com/service-alerts/welcome.htm/.  Additional Industry Alerts will be released as impacts warrant.

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 40604 [2017–17981]  [PDF]


August 24

Office of the Inspector General: Unscheduled Leave in the Baltimore District Unscheduled leave – employees absent without giving prior notice or receiving authorization – drives up the U.S. Postal Service’s cost of overtime and related expenses. It can also negatively affect productivity, efficiency, and employee morale. Our Human Resource Risk Model monitors key Postal Service metrics, including unscheduled leave, and identified the Baltimore District in the Capital Metro Area as having the fourth highest percentage of unscheduled leave in the Postal Service. Our latest audit report examines the unscheduled leave practices and resulting costs in the Baltimore district. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRGNS

 

Industry Alert: Enterprise PO Boxes Online (EPOBOL) Enrollment Enterprise PO Boxes Online (EPOBOL) is now available for enrollment. Enterprise PO Boxes Online allows customers to open, close, and pay for their PO Boxes, Caller Service Boxes and Reserve Boxes online from one account with ACH Debit or Trust in a secure environment. Eliminating the need to make a payment at each post office where a PO Box, Caller Service Box and Reserve Box is held. This new feature provides a modernized view of account payments, balance and transaction history. Once enrolled in Enterprise PO Boxes Online, you will receive account notifications, alerts and you are able to customize payment reporting and dashboard capabilities. Signing up for the new Enterprise PO Box Online is quick and easy – follow the steps below and simply provide us with your PO Box, Caller Service Box or Reserve Box inventory. We will upload all your PO Boxes to the Enterprise Payment PO Box Online System for you to pay and manage your PO Boxes.

1.     Establish a Business Customer Gateway (BCG) Account: https://gateway.usps.com
2.     Provide your PO Box, Caller Service or Reserve Box inventory
3.     Open an Enterprise Payment Account
4.     USPS uploads your boxes to the Enterprise PO Boxes Online system
5.     Access/Manage Boxes online

If you have any questions, contact the PostalOne! Helpdesk at:  (800) 522-9085.

 

Federal Register: 

  • Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products: 40174–40175 [2017–17885], [PDF]
  • Postal Service - Product Changes: First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 40175 [2017–17879] [PDF] Priority Mail and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement , 40175 [2017–17881] [PDF] 40175 [2017–17894] [PDF] 40175 [2017–17895] [PDF] Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement , 40176 [2017–17888] [PDF]

August 23

Industry Alert: Product Management Executive Appointments The following key USPS Product Management Executive appointments were announced at the August Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meeting.  Elke Reuning-Elliott – Director, Product Management Mailing; Jay L. Smith – Director, Product Management Shipping; Dale Kennedy – Manager, Product Management Special Services

The USPS has been discussing the need for product management leadership with the industry for some time. The purpose of this Product Management Team will be to ensure USPS mailing and shipping products and services continue to add value and meet customer needs.  Most importantly, these individuals will serve as advocates of their respective areas to work with key internal stakeholders and industry and business partners to grow the mailing industry. 

All three of these executives will report to Thomas (Tom) J. Foti, previously announced in July as the new Executive Director, Product Management, in the Marketing Group. 

 

Industry Alert: Reminder: First-Class Mail Parcels transfer to the Competitive Price Listing On August 9, 2017, the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”) approved the transfer of the First-Class Mail Parcels (“FCMP”) product from the market-dominant product list to the competitive product list.  The approved new rates (13 rate cells in total) can be viewed on the Postal Explorer website at pe.usps.com and will go into effect on September 3, 2017. 

Office of the Inspector General: Postal Service Employee Sentenced for Lying About Cancer to Take Sick Leave Read the full news release here.

Federal Register: 

  • Postal Regulatory Commission - Postal Rate Change, 40024–40025 [2017–17795],  [PDF]
  • Postal Service 
    • Rules - First-Class Package Service—Retail, 39957–39966 [2017–17799], [PDF]
    • Notices - International Product Changes:ADPR 1 Contracts, 40025–40026 [2017–17826] [PDF]; Product Changes: Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 40025 [2017–17870] [PDF]40026 [2017–17874], [PDF]

August 22

Industry Alert: Navigating the Postal Explorer® Website Webinar. On Monday, August 28, 2017 at 1:00pm (EDT), please plan to join Product Classification for a Postal Explorer Website demonstration webinar. The webinar will highlight tips to navigate Postal Explorer publications, rate calculators, service guides, and more–-to better help you and your customers. The website has been enhanced to improve engagement with today’s media tools.

What is Postal Explorer? Postal Explorer is a virtual library of postal information and tools designed for Postal Service customers, business mailers, and employees. It puts a wealth of postal requirements for mailing and shipping domestically, internationally, and to APO/FPO/DPO destinations, at your fingertips in an easy-to-use format. Postal Explorer is more than a reference website; it is part of the Postal Service's continuing effort to make using the mail system easier and simpler for all customers. It was developed in direct response to what you have told us, both informally and through customer surveys, about your postal information needs. It affords an unprecedented opportunity for mailers to draw on the same information used by postal employees - - with ease, speed, and convenience. With a powerful search feature, you can enter a word or phrase which lets you quickly find information in a single publication or across a range of publications. You can also view an individual publication by clicking on the publication title. 

 The webinar agenda will cover the following:

  • Navigating the Postal Explorer Website
  • Domestic Mail Manual (DMM)
  • International Mail Manual (DMM)
  • Calculators
  • Quick Service Guides
  • Publications
  • Q&A Session

Instructions for participating in the webinars are below. Attendee Information: Monday, August 28, 2017 at 1:00pm (EDT) US/Canada Attendee Dial-in: (855) 860-7461 Meeting Number: 748 101 564 To register and add webinar to your calendar click here: Attendee Direct URL: https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?MTID=mfdbd60e77b3c02ac937e7b188ce27e5a

  If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:

Alternate URL: 

https://usps.webex.com

Conference Code:

865 202 1218

 

Industry Alert: Attention Business Customer Gateway, FAST, and PostalOne!® Users: The issue impacting access to the Business Customer Gateway, PostalOne! , FAST, eInduction, Electronic Verification System (eVS), Product Tracking and Reporting (PTR), Seamless Acceptance and Service Performance (SASP), Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS), Intelligent Mail Business Accounting (IMba), and other applications is resolved.  If mailers and acceptance units still experience a delay in jobs appearing on the PostalOne! dashboard, we will continue to accept the mailings under the PostalOne! and eInduction contingency plan as described below, for the next 48 hours.

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 39919 [2017–17729][PDF]


August 21

Industry Alert: Attention Business Customer Gateway, FAST, and PostalOne!® Users: We are continuing to work to resolve the issue impacting access to the Business Customer Gateway, PostalOne! , FAST and other applications. In the interim, mailings will continue to be accepted under the PostalOne! Contingency Plan posted on PostalPro at: https://postalpro.usps.com/node/852. eInduction mailers should follow the eInduction contingency plan.

Office of the Inspector General: Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line The Postal Service has released a Sustainability Report outlining its goals to improve economic, environmental, and social practices. This year’s report included a stakeholder survey that revealed several critical issues for success. Our latest OIG Blog examines the report and the goals outlined by USPS. Read the blog post here: https://go.usa.gov/xRwCx

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne!® and Program Registration Users: PostalOne!/BIDS Release 45.3.1.0 is complete and the PostalOne! system is available.  Release notes are posted on PostalPro at: https://postalpro.usps.com/mailing#cat-subsection-3. As a reminder:

· Mail.dat Client 45.3.1.0_PROD is available with this release.  The new Mail.dat client accommodates a security update and is required. Users can download Mail.dat client version 45.3.1.0_PROD from the Business Customer Gateway (BCG) using the following path:  Mailing Services/Electronic Data Exchange{Go to Service}/Mail.dat Download(Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit or Solaris).

·  Mail.dat Client 45.3.0.0_PROD is being retired. Program Registration Release 18.3.0.0 is complete and the Program Registration application is available. PostalOne! TEM Release 45.3.1.0 is complete and the TEM environment is available.


August 19

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 39620–39621 [2017–17592] [PDF], 39620 [2017–17608]  [PDF]

Office of the Inspector General: Unscheduled Leave in the Los Angeles District Unscheduled leave – employees absent without giving prior notice or receiving authorization – drives up the U.S. Postal Service’s cost of overtime and related expenses. It can also negatively affect productivity, efficiency, and employee morale. Using its Human Resource Risk model, the OIG identified the USPS’s Los Angeles District with one of the highest percentages of unscheduled leave in the country. Our latest audit report examines the unscheduled leave practices and resulting costs in the Los Angeles district. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRwYh


August 18

Office of the Inspector General: Unscheduled Leave in the Triboro District Unscheduled leave – employees absent without giving prior notice or receiving authorization – drives up the U.S. Postal Service’s cost of overtime and related expenses. It can also negatively affect productivity, efficiency, and employee morale. Using its Human Resource Risk model, the OIG determined that USPS’s Triboro District had reported one of the highest levels of unscheduled leave in its area in fiscal year 2016. Our latest audit report examines the unscheduled leave practices in the district and opportunities to reduce leave and its costs. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRvzb

 

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - NOTICES New Postal Products, 39465–39466 [2017–17492] [PDF]


August 17

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne!® and Program Registration Users: PostalOne!/BIDS Release 45.3.1.0 will deploy on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT.  Access to the  PostalOne! system may be intermittently impacted during this window.

  • Mail.dat Client 45.3.1.0_PROD is available with this release.  The new Mail.dat client accommodates a security update and is required.

Users should download Mail.dat client version 45.3.1.0_PROD from the Business Customer Gateway (BCG) using the following path:  Mailing Services/Electronic Data Exchange{Go to Service}/Mail.dat Download(Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit or Solaris).

Program Registration Release 18.3.0.0 will deploy on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM CT.  The Program Registration application will not be available during this time.

Industry Alert: IMb Tracing Support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Extended. The Postal Service has extended the date for IMb Tracing and Informed Visibility (IV) for customers who utilize non-secure FTP from September 30, 2017 to November 30, 2017 to allow them more time to transition to secure options within Informed Visibility (IV).  On December 1, 2017 the Postal Service will no longer support FTP for mailers enrolled in IMb Tracing or Informed Visibility (IV) and all users must have converted to a secure option within IV. The IV application has functionality to assist the mailing industry to transition to SFTP. Migration documentation for IV is available on both PostalPro under Informed Visibility (https://postalpro.usps.com/visibility-and-tracking/informed-visibility-iv) or RIBBs at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=informed_visibility The Informed Visibility Help Desk can be contacted at InformedVisibility@usps.gov  for additional information.

 

Federal Register: Postal Service - Product Changes: Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 39142 [2017–17350] [PDF]


August 16

Industry Alert: Discontinued Support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) REMINDER: Only 2 weeks left to convert to a Secure Transmission Method. Effective August 31, 2017, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will discontinue support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for mailers to send and/or receive shipping files and data through the Product Tracking & Reporting (PTR) system.

Industry Alert: Laredo Veterans Post Office/El Centro Station to Undergo Repairs. According to postal officials, work will begin this week at the Laredo Veterans Post Office Building/El Centro Station, located at 1300 Matamoros St., Laredo, TX 78040. The office will be receiving a facelift that includes remodeling work to the interior and exterior of the facility.  To minimize inconvenience to its customers, the Postal Service has installed a temporary facility in front of the post office to house the P.O. Boxes. Retail services will continue to be offered from an alternate location inside the building. This week letters were sent to all the post office’s P.O, box holders detailing the temporary operations until work has been completed and operations are returned to normal. The customer letters included keys for their temporary P.O. boxes which will be activated on Thursday, Aug. 17. The last day for P.O. box customers to retrieve mail from their current P.O. Box will be Wednesday, August 16, until 5:00 p.m. Any mail left inside P.O. boxes will be moved to the temporary P.O. box unit and secured. P.O. Boxes will continue to be accessible seven days a week at the temporary location during these hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This modular unit will be locked and secured after the posted hours of operation. As the project moves forward, retail services such as buying stamps, sending mail and packages, obtaining shipping supplies, and performing other transactions, including retrieval of items for which you receive a “Left Notice” slip in your P.O. Box, will continue to be available from the temporary retail counter at the Laredo Veterans Post Office Building/El Centro Station. Customers should be assured that throughout the remodeling it will be safe to continue doing business at the Laredo Veterans Post Office/El Centro Station.  Our customers’ and employees’ safety and well-being is of paramount importance to the Postal Service.  The Postal Service will work hard to minimize any inconvenience to customers.  At this time, no firm timeline has been set for completion. The Postal Service will continue to provide updates to customers and notify them of any further changes as needed throughout the process.


August 15

Office of the Inspector General: U.S. Postal Worker Sentenced in case of Accepting Bribe to Deliver Marijuana Read the full news release here.

Industry Alert: The Postal Service will shut down remote.usps.gov access to USPS online applications Monday, Aug. 28.The shutdown is part of the Postal Service’s ongoing effort to protect its networks. Employees who use remote.usps.gov will need to request Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to connect remotely. Similarly, USPS suppliers or contractors will need to request Business Partner Virtual Private (BP VPN) access.The Chief Information Security Office’s Blue page has more information. Employees who have further questions should call the Information Technology help desk at 800-877-7435.

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 38723 [2017–17217] [PDF]

Industry Alert: Hawkinsville, GA, Post Office - Services Temporarily Relocated. Effective Monday, August, 14, both delivery and retail operations at the Hawkinsville Post Office, located at 148 Commerce St, Hawkinsville, GA 31036, will be temporarily moved to the Eastman Post Office, located at 400 2nd Ave Eastman, GA 31023.  This temporary relocation is being implemented to allow for needed repairs to the facility in Hawkinsville. In an effort to minimize inconvenience to our customers during this time, the Postal Service is providing services as indicated here. For Hawkinsville P.O. Box holders, all Post Office Box mail will be sorted and available for pickup at the Eastman P.O. retail counter during regular business hours – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday and Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mail pickup will not be available on Sunday. Retail and P.O. Box services are expected to return to the Hawkinsville P.O. within 7-10 business days. Retail and P.O. Box services will be provided by a mobile unit, located on the premises in the parking lot.  Delivery operations will continue at the Eastman Post Office until repairs are completed. The blue collection box located outside the Hawkinsville P.O. will remain in service and on the posted collection schedule. All Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) package drops will be redirected to the Eastman P.O., effective August 12. Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to obtain information, including available, alternate Post Office retail locations, or check the Postal Service website, www.usps.com, the Post Office that’s always open. 


August 14

Office of the Inspector General: Delayed Mail Validation The U.S. Postal Service considers mail to be delayed when it is not processed in time to be delivered on the expected day. Postal facilities are required to report the volume of delayed mail on a daily basis. This information is stored in the Mail Condition Reporting System (MCRS) and is used for analysis, forecasting, and planning. A new OIG audit examines the process for reporting delayed mail in eight Processing and Distribution Centers across the country. Read our findings and recommendations in the full audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRp7Z

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne Users: A system issue impacted the complete generation of the automated email notifications associated to the Streamlined Mail Entry Assessment process.  Email notifications indicating that a postage assessment is or is not due are scheduled to be sent no later than the 12th of the month to any mailer enrolled in Full-Service, eInduction or Seamless Acceptance. Some email notifications were sent and we are currently working to generate the remaining notices and expect them to be completed today. We apologize for the inconvenience. To view the detailed mail quality metrics please click here and go to Mailing Reports > Mailer Scorecard. More information about the Streamlined Mail Entry programs and the notification process can be found in the Publication for Streamlined Mail Acceptance for Letters and Flats located on the PostalPro website: https://postalpro.usps.com/streamlinedpub

Office of the Inspector General: Goin’ Mobile The U.S. Postal Service is striving to become the “shipper of choice” and has invested in Mobile Delivery Devices (MDDs) to all carriers to track package delivery. Our latest blog examines the findings of a recent audit report on the Postal Service’s MDD program. Read the blog here: https://go.usa.gov/xRp2W

Industry Alert: In the interest of safety and security, postal officials will seal the Postal Service’s collection boxes in relation to the presidential visit, to remain closed until Wednesday, Aug. 16, in New York City.  Route Impacting Collection Boxes for U.S. Mail in these areas:

  1. Both sides of 56th Street – between 6th Avenue and Park Avenue
  2. Both sides of 57th Street – between 6th Avenue and Park Avenue
  3. Both sides of 5th Avenue – between 51st Street and 60th Street
  4. Both sides of Madison Avenue – between 51st Street and 60th Street
  5. Both sides of FDR service road – between Broad Street and Old Slip

August 11

Office of the Inspector General: USPS OIG Investigations Lead to ConvictionsRead the full news release of the conviction of a former carrier hereRead the full news release of the conviction of a drug dealer here.

Industry Alert: DMM Advisory - First-Class Mail Parcels transfer to the Competitive Price Listing. On July 20, 2017, the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”) conditionally approved the transfer of the First-Class Mail Parcels (“FCMP”) product from the market-dominant product list to the competitive product list.  The transfer was conditioned on the subsequent proposal, review, and approval of prices for the transferred product.  On July 28, 2017, pursuant to Governors’ Decision 16-9, the Postal Service filed a notice of price change seeking to implement new prices for the transferred product. The Commission approved the new rates (13 rate cells in total) on August 9, 2017, See Order No. 4032 in Docket No. CP2017-230, and they will go into effect on September 3, 2017.  After implementation, the FCMP product will become a new “Retail” rate category within the existing First-Class Package Service (“FCPS”) product.  The new “Retail” price category will be called “First-Class Package Service – Retail” while the existing FCPS price category will be renamed “First-Class Package Service – Commercial.”  The new FCPS-Retail product has the same characteristics as the former First-Class Mail Parcels product.

 


August 10

Office of the Inspector General: Compensation, Benefit, and Bonus Authority in Calendar Year 2016. Salary and other compensation for senior U.S. Postal Service employees is set by the Board of Governors. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 sets limits for the total compensation of senior Postal Service executives, including salary, federal annuity, merit lump sum, incentive, and other bonuses. OIG auditors recently issued a report examining whether the Postal Service complied with the applicable maximum total compensation provisions set out in the Act. Read our findings and recommendations in the audit report: https://go.usa.gov/xRV4J

Federal Register: Postal Service - Product Changes: Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 37472 [2017–16833] [PDF] Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 37472 [2017–16834] [PDF]


August 9

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 37242–37243 [2017–16729] [PDF]; 37243–37244 [2017–16800] [PDF]


August 8

Industry Alert: New Informed Delivery® Advanced Webinar Series Coming August 15 and August 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) On August 15 and August 29 a new advanced Informed Delivery webinar series will be provided for mail owners and mail service providers on Informed Delivery.  This series will cover the intricacies of planning and implementing interactive mailer campaigns. In July, introductory webinars on Informed Delivery were conducted.  They provided the basics of how this innovation works and how it enhances the value of hardcopy mail in a digital age by creating new opportunities to engage with potential customers across all industries. With the August 15 and August 29 webinars, we will discuss the specific campaign elements required, including image specifications, MID and IMb Serial Number ranges, and submission methods.  This series will include a glimpse into the Mailer Campaign Portal which, when launched, will provide businesses and other organizations a convenient, self-serve option to initiate interactive campaigns and obtain reports.Going forward, additional webinars will be provided as industry educational needs dictate – examples include a more detailed look at the Mailer Campaign Portal and topics initially introduced at the 2017 National Postal Forum such as Informed Delivery Campaigns Using Mail.dat® and Using and Understanding Informed Delivery Data. Registration is required and spaces are limited.  Please register as early as possible to get the date most convenient for you.  The two advanced webinars will be offered as follows:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT)  ATTENDEE INFORMATION Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870 Conference ID: 68028455. Click the link below to register and add to your Outlook calendar: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2ece4f9bbb6596a13188f03b2be74360

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT)  ATTENDEE INFORMATION Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870 Conference ID: 68070809. Click the link below to register and add to your Outlook calendar: Attendee Direct URL:  https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3752838e8a0505731cd7e8f97f3f1c62 

Visit the Informed Delivery for Business Mailer website for information about Informed Delivery by clicking here . 

Office of the Inspector General: Appointment of Contracting Officers’ Representatives Contracting officers (COs) manage and oversee contract administration for the U.S. Postal Service. COs may appoint contract officer representatives (CORs) to support their work. A recent OIG Audit examines whether CORs were correctly appointed in the Tech Infrastructure portfolio using a statistical sample of 109 contracts valued at $1.4 billion and managed by 51 CORs. Read the full report to see what our auditors found: https://go.usa.gov/xRy9D

Industry Alert: National Association of Letter Carriers ratifies 40-month deal - The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) membership has ratified a new 40-month labor contract with the Postal Service.The contract covers approximately 211,000 USPS employees represented by the union. “This is a fair, responsible agreement that serves the best interests of our employees, customers and other stakeholders,” said Labor Relations VP Doug Tulino. The new agreement, which was announced in May, runs through Sept. 20, 2019.

Federal Register: 

Postal Regulatory Commission - Periodic Reporting, 37036–37037 [2017–16611]  [PDF]

Postal Service - Priority Mail and First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 37133 [2017–16660][PDF]; Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 37133 [2017–16661] [PDF] 


August 7

Office of the Inspector General: Proof of Delivery. Registered Mail is a premium service that provides tracking as soon as the sender presents the mail to the U.S. Postal Service and ends at delivery. When not in transit, Registered Mail pieces must be stored in a locked safe, room, or cage separated from other mail. The latest blog from the OIG examines the results of a recent audit report evaluating USPS’s internal controls over Registered Mail. How has your experience been with Registered Mail? Read the blog and give us your thoughts at https://go.usa.gov/xRmcj

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne!® and Program Registration Users: PostalOne!/BIDS Release 45.3.1.0 will deploy on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT.  Access to the  PostalOne! system may be intermittently impacted during this window. Mail.dat Client 45.3.1.0_PROD is available with this release.  The new Mail.dat client accommodates a security update and is required. Users should download Mail.dat client version 45.3.1.0_PROD from the Business Customer Gateway (BCG) using the following path:  Mailing Services/Electronic Data Exchange{Go to Service}/Mail.dat Download(Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit or Solaris). Program Registration Release 18.3.0.0 will deploy on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT. 

Industry Alert: Discontinued Support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP). REMINDER: Only 3 weeks left to convert to a Secure Transmission Method. Effective August 31, 2017, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will discontinue support for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for mailers to send and/or receive shipping files and data through the Product Tracking & Reporting (PTR) system. For additional information, reference the FTP Fact Sheet posted on PostalPro athttps://postalpro.usps.com/node/3636.


August 5

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission Periodic Reporting,36706–36707 [2017–16517] [PDF]36705–36706 [2017–16543] [PDF]New Postal Products, 36835–36836 [2017–16596] [PDF]


August 4

Federal Register: 

Postal Regulatory Commission - New Postal Products, 36459 [2017–16467] [PDF] 
Postal Service - Meetings; Sunshine Act, 36459–36460 [2017–16622] [PDF]


August 3

Industry Alert: Media Call on U.S. Postal Service FY 2017 Quarter 3 Financial Results. Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. ET. Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett will host a media conference call to discuss the FY17 Quarter 3 financial results in more detail. The call is open to the news media and all other interested parties. How to Participate: To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the link:https://www.webex.com/ip/jointest/ US/Canada Attendee Dial In: 855-293-5496 Conference ID: 53431188 Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebec30eb81d8866f844cbd8d2b4d0ef85

Office of the Inspector General:  Fiscal Year 2015 Pay for Performance Program The United States Postal Service uses the pay-for-performance (PFP) program to pay Executive and Administrative Schedule employees who work both in the field and at Postal Headquarters. PFP uses a set of criteria, which can vary based on location, to evaluate employee performance. OIG auditors recently assessed the PFP program, determining whether the Postal Service’s FY 2015 PFP program was sufficiently consistent and transparent to allow management to recognize employee performance. Read our findings here:  https://go.usa.gov/xREKG


August 1, 2017

Federal Register: 

Postal Regulatory Commission - Postal Rate and Classification Changes, 36007 [2017–16199]  [PDF]

Postal Service - Meetings; Sunshine Act, 36007–36008 [2017–16301] [PDF]


 

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