September 15, 2021
Postal Service Announces New Market Dominant
Price Adjustment Schedule
To help customers better prepare for a new Market Dominant price adjustment schedule, the Postal Service will not raise prices on Market Dominant products, including Forever stamps, in January 2022. Instead, the next Market Dominant price adjustment is scheduled to happen in July 2022.
Beginning January 2023, Market Dominant price adjustments will occur twice a year, (e.g. January 2023, July 2023, January 2024, July 2024, etc.). Market Dominant products include First-Class Mail (FCM), USPS Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services* and Special Services.
July 2022 rate authority will include ten months of CPI plus retirement, density, and non-compensatory class authorities as determined by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The January rate authority will include six months of CPI, plus any unused rate authority. Subsequent July rate authority will include six months of CPI plus the retirement, density, and non-compensatory class authorities and any remaining unused rate authority.
The Postal Service has submitted an official statement reflecting the above schedule with the PRC. The statement gives estimated filing and implementation dates for future adjustments of each mail class over the next three years.
The Postal Service has some of the lowest letter mail postage rates in the industrialized world and also continues to offer a great value in shipping.
*Package services include Media Mail, Library Mail, and Bound Printed Matter.
August 23, 2021
The U.S. Postal Service is replacing its current information security policy with a new cybersecurity policy aligned to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001 framework. This approach provides a flexible strategy that incorporates modern risk management process standards.
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a new U.S. government interagency resource to help educate public and private organizations about the threats and response to Ransomware attacks. Stop Ransomware examines the threat of ransomware, mitigate risk, and in the event of an attack, know what steps to take next.
DTAC Publishes Cybersecurity Links
The Delivery Technology Advocacy Council launched a website with a cybersecurity education links page. This new page features links to government and industry resources to help cybersecurity professionals stay apprised of the latest cybersecurity developments. Check out the more than 20 resources here: https://dtac.memberclicks.net/cyber-security.
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
July 30, 2021
Increase in Maximum Size Limit for Presorted First-Class Mail Postcards Approved
On July 28, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the proposal to increase the Maximum size limit for a Presorted or Automation First-Class Mail (FCM) postcard. The new maximum size is 9 inches long by 6 inches high. The piece will have a thickness of .009 to 0.016 and is eligible for the card size prices. The change is effective August 29, 2021.
Mailers have told us that the available space for text on the current maximum size FCM postcard was too small to effectively communicate and promote, inform, and incorporate new technologies like those that our mailing promotions want to encourage (e.g., QR codes, textures, etc.).
August 5, 2021
Keeping you informed about classification and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service
CAPS to EPS – Cutoff Dates for Migration
The Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS) will retire October 2021. All customers with CAPS accounts must migrate to Enterprise Payment System (EPS) as soon as possible to prevent loss of the ability to mail within the Postal Service.
Please do not wait for the deadline. If customers have not migrated to EPS by August 29, the Postal Service will inactivate all permits associated to the CAPS accounts. Customers may lose the ability to mail within the Postal Service.
Dates for deactivation of permits:
Customers with inactivated permits must contact the Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center (MSSC) and request to reactivate the permit and provide a plan to migrate to EPS before
September 30. Customers who contact the MSSC Helpdesk will have their permits reactivated for use until they migrate to EPS or CAPS retirement date of September 30. After September 30
customers will be required to have an EPS account before any permits will be re-activated.
Contact the MSSC at 1-877-672-0007 or email MSSC@usps.gov
If you have a Parcel Return Service (PRS) or waiting for the EPS showstoppers to be implemented on August 15 you can still create an EPS in 6 easy steps.
Steps to self-migrate to EPS can be found at https://postalpro.usps.com/EPS/MigrationFactSheet
2021 USPS Holiday closures
Friday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. birthday
Monday, February 15 Presidents’ Day
Monday, May 31 Memorial Day
Monday, July 5* Independence Day
Monday, September 6 Labor Day
Monday, October 11 Columbus Day
Thursday, November 11 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 25 Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, December 25** Christmas Day
* July 4, 2021 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, July 5, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.
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