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United States Postal Service Supplying Principles

General Overview of United States Postal Service Supplying Principles


The United States Postal Service® was established by the Postal Reorganization Act (PRA), Public Law 91-375 (codified at Title 39 of the United States Code) as an independent establishment within the executive branch whose purpose it is to bind the nation through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the American people. The Postal Service™ operates from its own revenues in providing its public service. Since it was established, it has faced rapidly increasing competition from both technology and businesses targeting market niches within the postal product line. Consequently, the Postal Service's ability to provide efficient, economical service is driven by market forces.

The Postal Service acquires property and services in accordance with the PRA and all other applicable laws enacted by Congress. The Postal Service has promulgated regulations governing the acquisition of goods and services at 39 C.F.R Part 601. The public should reference both the PRA and the regulations for guidance regarding the Postal Service's purchasing regulations. These Supplying Principles and the accompanying Supplying Practices are not binding regulations of the Postal Service. The public should be guided by and may rely upon the Postal Service regulations referenced above and the terms of specific solicitations/requests for proposals rather than the Supplying Principles and Practices, which are intended for internal use only to assist the Postal Service in obtaining best value and efficiently conducting its supply chain functions. These Supplying Principles and Practices are advisory and illustrative of approaches that may generally be used by Postal Service employees, but are intended to provide for flexibility and discretion in their application to specific business situations. Consistent with that intent, these Supplying Principles and Practices create no rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable against the Postal Service.

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Purpose of Principles

The eight Supplying Principles contained herein represent the strategic elements that guide Postal Service buying and material management activities. Each of these Principles is central to obtaining the financial, operational, and public policy goals outlined in the Postal Service's Transformation Plan.

Responsible Parties

The Vice President (VP), Supply Management (SM), is responsible for ensuring that Postal Service supplying activities further the business and competitive interests of the Postal Service and for approving and issuing these Supplying Principles and supplemental guidance.

To assist the VP, SM, in carrying-out these responsibilities, two cross-functional bodies provide advice and insight to ensure that Postal Service goals are met and that these Principles promote an efficient and effective supply chain. The Supply Chain Advisory Council (SCAC), comprised of Postal Service officers from across the supply chain, meets periodically to advise the VP, SM, on general supply chain issues, including these Supplying Principles. The Supply Chain Management Committee (SCMC), comprised of Postal Service executives, meets on a more frequent basis and makes recommendations with regard to the development, implementation, review, and enhancement of these Principles and supplemental guidance.

The Supply Management Infrastructure organization supports both bodies in their efforts.

Change Management

These Principles will be continually evaluated and improved in order to ensure continuing effectiveness and consistency with the current Postal Service strategic direction and supply chain innovation. Proposed changes to enhance these Principles are welcome from all supply chain, including suppliers.

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