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ICM UPDATE

International Customized Mail

On February 13, 2001, the Postal Service entered into an International Customized Mail (ICM) Service Agreement with a qualifying mailer. In accordance with International Mail Manual (IMM) 297.4, the Postal Service hereby makes public the following information concerning the Agreement:

a. Term: February 27, 2001, through December 31, 2004.

b. Type of mail: International Priority Airmail Service (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift Service (ISAL). Every item must conform to the mailing requirements set forth in the IMM for Qualifying Mail.

c. Destination countries: Worldwide.

d. Services provided by the Postal Service: The Postal Service has agreed to:

1. Furnish Mailer, or Mailing Agent, with the equipment and supplies necessary for the use of Qualifying Mail.

2. Provide Mailer, or Mailing Agent, with the preparation requirements for Qualifying Mail and any training necessary to prepare Qualifying Mail in conformity with Postal Service requirements.

3. Transport Qualifying Mail to international destinations for delivery by the appropriate authority.

e. Minimum volume commitments: The Mailer has agreed to tender a minimum of $10 million in international postage in each calendar year of the Agreement.

f. Worksharing: The Mailer has agreed to:

1. Provide the Postal Service with notification of intent to drop ship mail at a specific International Service Center (ISC) 2 weeks before the initial shipment to that ISC.

2. Provide the Postal Service with notification of new dedicated permit numbers 2 weeks in advance of using the new dedicated permit numbers.

3. Provide the appropriate Postal Service acceptance sites with projections of mailing to include the intended date of mailing, weight, and volume of the mailings.

g. Rates: The Mailer has agreed to pay postage for IPA and ISAL Qualifying Mail at a rate discounted at fifteen (15) percent off of nondiscounted published rates in effect on the date of mailing.

Note: If Mailer does not tender at least $10 million in actual postage on an annualized basis, the Mailer must reimburse the Postal Service the amount of the additional discount it received above the discount earned subject to the Agreement in accordance with Exhibit 1.

Exhibit 1

Annual IPA, ISAL Postage (After Discount) Percentage Discount Applied to IPA and ISAL
$2,000,000 - 4,999,999 5.00%
5,000,000 - 5,999,999 10.00
6,000,000 - 6,999,999 11.00
7,000,000 - 7,999,999 12.00
8,000,000 - 8,999,999 13.00
9,000,000 - 9,999,999 14.00
10,000,000 and over 15.00

- International Business, 3-22-01

Service Change to Bermuda - Global Express GuaranteedTM

Global Express Guaranteed transit time for delivery of documents to Bermuda has changed from 1 business day to 2 business days for the following locations:

· Bermuda, Island of

· Devonshire Parish

· Hamilton

· Paget Parish

· Pembroke Parish

The transit time for delivery of documents to Bermuda has changed from 2 business days to 3 business days for the following locations:

· Hamilton Parish

· Sandy Parish

· Smiths Parish

· Southampton Parish

· St. Georges

· Warwick Parish

- Expedited/Package Services, 3-22-01

ICM UPDATE

International Customized Mail

On February 22, 2001, the Postal Service entered into an International Customized Mail (ICM) Service Agreement with a qualifying mailer. In accordance with International Mail Manual (IMM) 297.4, the Postal Service hereby makes public the following information concerning the Agreement:

a. Term: March 8, 2001, through December 31, 2002.

b. Type of mail: Global Express Mail Service (EMS) and other International Services. Every item must conform to the mailing requirements set forth in the IMM for Qualifying Mail.

c. Destination countries: Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

d. Services provided by the Postal Service: The Postal Service has agreed to:

1. Furnish the Mailer with the equipment and supplies necessary for the use of Qualifying Mail.

2. Provide the Mailer with the preparation requirements for Qualifying Mail and any training necessary to prepare Qualifying Mail in conformity with Postal Service requirements.

3. Provide a system, which will include a computer workstation, in-line scale, printers, and manifesting software to produce a manifest, EMS labels, customs documents, and customized reports.

4. Provide at the end of each postal accounting period an Express Mail Corporate Account (EMCA) mailing statement showing a beginning balance, deposits, a listing of each shipment mailed and date, label numbers, office of mailing, number of shipments, postage and fees, and the ending balance in the account.

5. Transport Qualifying Mail to international destinations for delivery by the appropriate authority.

6. Return items refused by the addressee and undeliverable items to the sender by EMS at no extra charge provided that the return rate is no more than four (4) percent of ICM mailings.

e. Minimum volume commitments: The Mailer has agreed to tender a minimum volume of 16,000 pieces annually.

f. Worksharing: The Mailer has agreed to:

1. Provide the Postal Service with notification of all dedicated EMCA numbers 2 weeks in advance of using the EMCA numbers.

2. Tender Qualifying Mail to the Postal Service, in accordance with instruction the Postal Service provides, at a location the Mailer and the Postal Service mutually agree upon.

g. Rates: The Mailer has agreed to pay postage for EMS international shipments to Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom according the following rate chart:

Country Rate Per Piece Rate Per Pound
Australia $13.42 $3.94
Canada (5% off of nondiscounted
published rates)
China 15.96 4.69
Japan 13.51 3.84
Korea 13.42 3.94
Singapore 13.42 3.94
United Kingdom 20.07 3.27

- International Business, 3-22-01

Retail Acceptance Tips - Global Express GuaranteedTM

Global Express Guaranteed is the Postal Service's premier guaranteed international service. As the service's volume increases, the need for proper retail acceptance procedures becomes even more critical for successful delivery.

The following are remedies to the most frequently made retail acceptance errors:

1. Complete the Global Express Guaranteed mailing label properly (complete all required fields).

2. Verify that the shipper has signed the mailing label.

3. Advise the shipper that additional charges for duties and taxes may be required.

4. Advise the shipper that clearance delay is not part of the guarantee and does not warrant a refund.

5. Verify that the shipper has listed the value on the label for all merchandise shipments.

6. Ensure that the shipment is not destinating for Brazil, as Global Express Guaranteed does not service Brazil at this time.

7. Ensure that the mailing label is the current version (version 21h).

8. Verify that the retail consolidation unit (RCU) transmission was successful to avoid having missing acceptance records.

9. Ensure proper and timely dispatch of Global Express Guaranteed shipments to the airport mail center (AMC) or airport mail facility (AMF).

10. Ensure that the shipment does not contain human remains.

11. Ensure that the shipment does not contain cash.

12. Verify that any Post Office box accepted for recipient address is being sent only to countries listed on page 4 of Publication 141, Service Guide for Global Express Guaranteed (January 7, 2001), and that no Post Office box address is accepted for sender's address.

13. Verify that the mailing label is completed in English.

14. Verify that the shipper telephone number is provided on the mailing label.

15. Verify that the consignee telephone number is provided on the mailing label.

16. Inform the shipper of correct delivery days for shipments to Mexico.

17. Verify that all copies of the mailing labels are legible.

18. Communicate to the shipper that delivery days are Monday through Friday.

19. Ensure that the shipper understands the service features of the various international products and services (Global Priority Mail, Global Express Mail, etc.).

- Expedited/Package Services, 3-22-01


Mail Recovery Centers

ASM REVISION

MRC Headquarters Field Units

Effective March 22, 2001, the Administrative Support Manual (ASM) is revised to include the reporting relationship for (a) the Mail Recovery Centers (MRCs) in Atlanta, Georgia, St. Paul, Minnesota, and San Fransisco, California, and (b) Customer Contact Management.

These revisions will be incorporated into the printed version of ASM Issue 14 and in the next online revision available via the corporate intranet at http://blue.usps.gov.

Administrative Support Manual (ASM)

1 Postal Organization

11 Authority and Responsibilities

111 General Organization

111.6 Field Organization

* * * * *

111.65 Support

* * * * *

111.652 Headquarters Field Units

* * * * *

[Add item h as follows:]

h. Consumer advocate field offices.

(1) Mail Recovery Centers.

(2) Customer Contact Management.

* * * * *

- Mail Recovery Program,Consumer Affairs Operations, 3-22-01

POM REVISION

MRC Addresses

Effective March 22, 2001, the Postal Operations Manual (POM) is revised to list the Mail Recovery Center (MRC) addresses for administrative mail and undeliverable mail processing.

These revisions will be incorporated into the printed version of POM Issue 9 and in the next online revision available via the corporate intranet at http://blue.usps.gov.

Postal Operations Manual (POM)

* * * * *

6 Delivery Services

* * * * *

692 Mail Recovery Centers

692.1 Letter Mail

692.11 Addresses

[Replace the existing text in 692.11 with the following:]

The MRC addresses for administrative mail and undeliverable mail processing are as follows:

Administrative Mail Addresses Undeliverable Mail Processing Addresses
ATLANTA MAIL RECOVERY
CENTER
PO BOX 44161
ATLANTA GA 30336-1161
ATLANTA MAIL RECOVERY
CENTER
5345 FULTON INDUSTRIAL
BLVD SW
ATLANTA GA 30336-2400
ST PAUL MAIL RECOVERY
CENTER
443 FILLMORE AVE E
ST PAUL MN 55107-1206
ST PAUL MAIL RECOVERY
CENTER
PO BOX 69001
ST. PAUL MN 55169-9001
SAN FRANCISCO MAIL
RECOVERY CENTER
PO BOX 7872
SAN FRANCISCO CA
94120-7872
SAN FRANCISCO MAIL
RECOVERY CENTER
390 MAIN ST
SAN FRANCISCO CA
94105-9602

* * * * *

- Mail Recovery Program,Consumer Affairs Operations, 3-22-01


Philately

STAMP ANNOUNCEMENT 01-25

University of South Carolina Stamped Card

Pictured:University of South Carolina Stamped Card.  Copyright USPS 2000

The Postal Service will issue a 20-cent University of South Carolina stamped card (Item Number 220200) in Columbia, SC 29201, on April 26, 2001. The stamped card, designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, is based on a painting by T. Ulor and goes on sale nationwide April 27, 2001.

Chartered as the South Carolina College on December 19, 1801, the University of South Carolina will celebrate its bicentennial in 2001. Reestablished as the University of South Carolina in 1906, the school prides itself on being the first institution of higher learning funded entirely by a state. Today the University of South Carolina at Columbia offers 350 degree programs and serves more than 26,000 students from 50 states and more than 100 countries.

This stamped card, part of the Postal Service's Historic Preservation series, features a detail of a painting (circa 1820) that depicts the historic Horseshoe district on the main campus in Columbia. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the "Old Campus District," this site is the original campus of the university.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamped cards at their local Post Office; by telephone at 1 800 STAMP-24; and at the Postal Store Web site, www.usps.com. They should address the cards (to themselves or others) and

place them in a large envelope addressed to:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA STAMPED CARD
POSTMASTER
1601 ASSEMBLY ST
COLUMBIA SC 29201-9991

Issue: University of South Carolina
Item Number: 220200
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

20-cent Stamped Card
Format: Stamped Card
Series: Historic Preservation
Issue Date & City: April 26, 2001
Columbia, SC 29201
Artist: T. Ulor, painting courtesy University of South Carolina
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Engraver: N/A
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Modeler: N/A
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Government Printing Office (GPO)
Printed at: GPO, Washington, DC
Press Type: Offset
Stamps per Coil/Pane: N/A
Print Quantity: 6 million stamped cards
Paper Type: 22-lb. bright white
Gum Type: N/A
Processed at: GPO, Washington, DC
Colors: Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black
Card Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 2.187 x 1.3 in./55.55 x 33.02 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 5.5 x 3.5 in./139.59 x 88.83 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): N/A
Plate Size: N/A
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings: " 2000 USPS" · Recycled logo · recycled
Catalog Item Number(s): 220240 Stamped Card - $0.22
220261 Card w/First Day Cancellation - $0.32
Sale Date: April 26, 2001
Nationwide Sale Date: April 27, 2001

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the cards or envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by May 26, 2001.

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and postal stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by telephoning 1 800 STAMP-24 or writing to:

INFORMATION FULFILLMENT
DEPT 6270
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

First day covers remain on sale for at least 1 year after the stamped card's issuance.

Philatelic Products

There are no philatelic products for this stamp issue.

Distribution

The 20-cent University of South Carolina stamped card (Item 220200) is to be sold only at regular Post Office windows within the state of South Carolina, through SFS in Kansas City, MO, and at postal retail stores and authorized philatelic centers nationwide.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

To obtain an initial supply of this stamped card, all South Carolina Post Offices must immediately submit a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition, to their designated stamp distribution office (SDO). SDOs must not distribute stamped cards to Post Offices before April 17, 2001.

Additional Supply

The Government Printing Office (GPO) will disburse all of these stamped cards; therefore, they will not have any cards available for reordering. South Carolina Post Offices requiring additional stamped cards must requisition them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17.

Philatelic Requirement

Although sale of the University of South Carolina stamped card is restricted to Post Offices within the state of South Carolina, authorized philatelic centers nationwide will be supplied this stamped card for philatelic sale.

SDOs That Serve This Many Philatelic Windows... Will Receive This Quantity of the University of South Carolina Stamped Card, Item Number 220200...
1 5,000
2 10,000
3 15,000
4 20,000
5 25,000
6 30,000
7 35,000
8 40,000
9 45,000
12 60,000
13 65,000
16 80,000
20 95,000

Sales Policy

Only Post Offices within the state of South Carolina and authorized philatelic centers nationwide must acquire and maintain a supply of this new stamped card. It will remain on sale at authorized Post Offices until it is officially withdrawn from sale.

- Stamp Services,Public Affairs and Communications, 3-22-01

STAMP ANNOUNCEMENT 01-26

Northwestern University Stamped Card

Pictured: Northwestern University Stamped Card. Copyright USPS 2000.

The Postal Service will issue a 20-cent Northwestern University stamped card (Item Number 220600) in Evanston, IL 60201, on April 28, 2001. The stamped card, designed by Howard Paine of Delaplane, VA, and illustrated by Arnold C. Holeywell of Warrenton, VA, goes on sale nationwide April 30, 2001.

The Postal Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Northwestern University with the issuance of this stamped card as part of the Historic Preservation series. After the university's act of incorporation was approved by the Illinois State Legislature, Governor Augustus C. French signed it into law on January 28, 1851. Northwestern was originally established to serve the people of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the states that had been carved from the Northwest Territory. Today Northwestern's students come from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

The stamp art, a tempera painting by Arnold C. Holeywell, features the main tower of University Hall, which is Northwestern's oldest building on the Evanston campus.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamped cards at their local Post Office; by telephone at 1 800 STAMP-24; and at the Postal Store Web site, www.usps.com. They should address the cards (to themselves or others) and place them in a large envelope addressed to:

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY STAMPED CARD
POSTMASTER
1101 DAVIS ST
EVANSTON IL 60201-9991

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the cards or envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by May 28, 2001.

Issue: Northwestern University
Item Number: 220600
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

20-cent Stamped Card
Format: Stamped Card
Series: Historic Preservation
Issue Date & City: April 28, 2001
Evanston, IL 60201
Illustrator: Arnold C. Holeywell, Warrenton, VA
Designer: Howard Paine, Delaplane, VA
Engraver: N/A
Art Director: Howard Paine, Delaplane, VA
Typographer: Howard Paine, Delaplane, VA
Modeler: N/A
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Government Printing Office (GPO)
Printed at: GPO, Washington, DC
Press Type: Offset
Stamps per Coil/Pane: N/A
Print Quantity: 6 million stamped cards
Paper Type: 22-lb. bright white
Gum Type: N/A
Processed at: GPO, Washington, DC
Colors: Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black
Card Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 2.25 x 1.5 in./57.15 x 38.10 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 5.5 x 3.5 in./139.59 x 88.83 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): N/A
Plate Size: N/A
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings: " 2000 USPS" · Recycled logo · recycled
Catalog Item Number(s): 220640 Stamped Card - $0.22
220661 Card w/First Day Cancellation - $0.32
Sale Date: April 28, 2001
Nationwide Sale Date: April 30, 2001

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and postal stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by telephoning 1 800 STAMP-24 or writing to:

INFORMATION FULFILLMENT
DEPT 6270
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

First day covers remain on sale for at least 1 year after the stamped card's issuance.

Philatelic Products

There are no philatelic products for this stamp issue.

Distribution

The 20-cent Northwestern University stamped card (Item Number 220600) is to be sold only at regular Post Office windows within the state of Illinois, through SFS in Kansas City, MO, and at postal retail stores and authorized philatelic centers nationwide. Distribution of this stamped card will correspond with this policy.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

To obtain an initial supply of this stamped card, all Illinois Post Offices must immediately submit a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition, to their designated stamp distribution office (SDO). SDOs must not distribute stamped cards to Post Offices before April 19, 2001.

Additional Supply

The Government Printing Office (GPO) will disburse all of these stamped cards; therefore, they will not have any cards available for reordering. Illinois Post Offices requiring additional stamped cards must requisition them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17.

Philatelic Requirement

Although sale of the stamped card is restricted to Post Offices within the state of Illinois, authorized philatelic centers nationwide will be supplied this stamped card for philatelic sale.

SDOs That Serve This Many Philatelic Windows... Will Receive This Quantity of the Northwestern University Stamped Card, Item Number 220600...
1 5,000
2 10,000
3 15,000
4 20,000
5 25,000
6 30,000
7 35,000
8 40,000
9 45,000
12 60,000
13 65,000
16 80,000
19 95,000

Sales Policy

Only Post Offices within the state of Illinois and authorized philatelic centers nationwide must acquire and maintain a supply of this new stamped card. It will remain on sale at authorized Post Offices until it is officially withdrawn from sale.

- Stamp Services,Public Affairs and Communications, 3-22-01

CORRECTION

Stamp Announcement 01-23 - Yale University Stamped Card (Item 220100)

The address in Postal Bulletin 22044 (2-22-01, page 65) had an incorrect address for first day of issue postmarks. The correct address is:

YALE UNIVERSITY STAMPED CARD
POSTMASTER
50 BREWERY ST
NEW HAVEN CT 06511-9991

- Stamp Services,Public Affairs and Communications, 3-22-01

STAMP ANNOUNCEMENT 01-27

University of Portland Stamped Card

Pictured: University of Portland Stamped Card. Copyright USPS 2000.

The Postal Service will issue a 20-cent University of Portland stamped card (Item Number 220700) in Portland, OR 97208, on May 1, 2001. The stamped card, designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, AZ, and illustrated by John Pirman of New York, NY, goes on sale nationwide May 2, 2001.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic University that was founded by Archbishop Alexander Christie as Columbia University in 1901 and received its current name in 1935. The oldest building on campus, Waldschmidt Hall (constructed in the early 1890s, before the university's inception), is depicted on this stamped card. Considered the university's signature building, Waldschmidt Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1977. The stamped card is in commemoration of the university's 100th anniversary as part of the Postal Service's Historic Preservation series. John Pirman's illustration of Waldschmidt Hall is computer- generated and is his first project for the Postal Service.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamped cards at their local Post Office; by telephone at 1 800 STAMP-24; and at the Postal Store Web site, www.usps.com. They should address the cards (to themselves or others) and place them in a large envelope addressed to:

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND STAMPED CARD
POSTMASTER
715 HOYT ST
PORTLAND OR 97208-9991

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the cards or envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by May 31, 2001.

Issue: University of Portland
Item Number: 220700
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

20-cent Stamped Card
Format: Stamped Card
Series: Historic Preservation
Issue Date & City: May 1, 2001
Portland, OR 97208
Illustrator: John Pirman, New York, NY
Designer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Engraver: N/A
Art Director: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Typographer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Modeler: N/A
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Government Printing Office (GPO)
Printed at: GPO, Washington, DC
Press Type: Offset
Stamps per Coil/Pane: N/A
Print Quantity: 6 million stamped cards
Paper Type: 22-lb. bright white
Gum Type: N/A
Processed at: GPO, Washington, DC
Colors: Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black
Card Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.90 x 1.25 in./48.26 x 31.78 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 5.5 x 3.5 in./139.59 x 88.83 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): N/A
Plate Size: N/A
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings: " 2000 USPS" · Recycled logo · recycled
Catalog Item Number(s): 220740 Stamped Card - $0.22
220761 Card w/First Day Cancellation - $0.32
Sale Date: May 1, 2001
Nationwide Sale Date: May 2, 2001

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and postal stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by telephoning 1 800 STAMP-24 or writing to:

INFORMATION FULFILLMENT
DEPT 6270
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

First day covers remain on sale for at least 1 year after the stamped card's issuance.

Philatelic Products

There are no philatelic products for this stamped card issue.

Distribution

The 20-cent University of Portland stamped card (Item 220700) is to be sold only at regular Post Office windows within the state of Oregon, through SFS in Kansas City, MO, and at postal retail stores and authorized philatelic centers nationwide.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

To obtain an initial supply of this stamped card, all Oregon Post Offices must immediately submit a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition, to their designated stamp distribution office (SDO). SDOs must not distribute this stamped card to Post Offices before April 23, 2001.

Additional Supply

The Government Printing Office (GPO) will disburse all of these stamped cards; therefore, they will not have any cards available for reordering. Oregon Post Offices requiring additional stamped cards must requisition them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17.

Philatelic Requirement

Only Post Offices within the state of Oregon and authorized philatelic centers nationwide must acquire and maintain a supply of this new stamped card. It will remain on sale at authorized Post Offices until it is officially withdrawn from sale.

SDOs That Serve This Many Philatelic Windows... Will Receive This Quantity of the University of Portland Stamped Card, Item Number 220700...
1 5,000
2 10,000
3 15,000
4 20,000
5 25,000
6 30,000
7 35,000
8 40,000
9 45,000
12 60,000
13 65,000
16 80,000
19 95,000

Sales Policy

Although sale of the University of Portland stamped card is restricted to Post Offices within the state of Oregon, authorized philatelic centers nationwide will be supplied this stamped card for philatelic sale.

- Stamp Services,Public Affairs and Communications, 3-22-01

CORRECTION

Announcement 01-B (2001 Stamps and Postal Stationery) and Stamp Announcement 01-21 (Mt. McKinley International Rate Stamp - Item 561500)

The first day of issue for the Mt. McKinley 80-cent international rate stamp (Item Number 561500) is being changed from March 23, 2001, to April 17, 2001. Nationwide sale date will be April 18, 2001. All orders for first day of issue cancellations must be postmarked by May 17, 2001.

The distribution date as detailed in Postal Bulletin 22044 (2-22-01, pages 60-61) is also being changed. Stamp distribution offices must not distribute these stamps to Post Offices before April 11, 2001. Again, do not ship Items 561500, 561510 (retail store packages), and 315300 (vending packets) to Post Offices prior to April 11, 2001.

Please note that the date correction should also be made in Announcement 01-B (March 2001), 2001 Stamps and Postal Stationery, which appears in Postal Bulletin 22045 (3-8-01, pages 46-47). The first day of issue for Mt. McKinley should be changed to April 17, 2001.

- Stamp Services,Public Affairs and Communications, 3-22-01

Pictorial Cancellations Announcement

As a community service, the Postal Service offers pictorial cancellations to commemorate local events celebrated in communities throughout the nation. A list of events for which pictorial cancellations are authorized appears below. If available, the sponsor of the pictorial cancellation appears in italics under the date. Also provided, as space permits, are illustrations of those cancellations that were reproducible and available at press time.

People attending these local events may obtain the cancellation in person at the temporary post office station established there. Those who cannot attend the event, but who wish to obtain the cancellation, may submit a mail order request. Pictorial cancellations are available only for the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial cancellation date.

All requests must include a stamped envelope or postcard bearing at least the minimum First-Class Mail postage (33 cents per envelope or 20 cents per postcard). Items submitted for cancellation may not include postage issued after the date of the requested cancellation. Such items will be returned unserviced.

Customers wishing to obtain a cancellation should affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of their choice, address the envelope or postcard to themselves or others,insert a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness, and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to: PICTORIAL CANCELLATIONS, followed by the NAME OF THE STATION,ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, ZIP + 4 CODE, exactly as listed below (using all capitals and no punctuation, except thehyphen in the ZIP + 4 code).

Customers can also send stamped envelopes and postcards without addresses for cancellation, as long as they supply a larger envelope with adequate postage and their return address. After applying the pictorial cancellation, the Postal Service returns the items (with or without addresses) under addressed protective cover.

The following pictorial cancellations have been extended for 30 days.

February 26, 2001

Harris Stowe State College

HARRIS-STOWE STATION

POSTMASTER

1720 MARKET ST RM 2078

ST LOUIS MO 63155-9623

February 14, 2001

VALENTINE'S DAY STATION

POSTMASTER

1 CHURCH CIRCLE

ANNAPOLIS MD 21401-9998

February 14 & 19, 2001

2001 A STAMP ODYSSEY STATION

POSTMASTER

1 CHURCH CIRCLE

ANNAPOLIS MD 21401-9998

March 19, 2001

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

5610 MAIN ST

BEAVER OH 45613-9998

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

2590 STATE ROUTE 418

CYNTHIANA OH 45624-9998

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

8502 STATE ROUTE 124

LATHAM OH 45646-9998

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

37 SALT CREEK RD

WAKEFIELD OH 45687-9998

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

125 E 2ND ST

WAVERLY OH 45690-9998

March 27, 2001

American Diabetes Association

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

344 W 3RD AVE

ANCHORAGE AK 99501-9998

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

PO BOX 69998

FAIRBANKS AK 99706-9998

DIABETES AWARENESS STATION

POSTMASTER

PO BOX 9998

JUNEAU AK 99803-9998

March 2-11, 2001
IRON HORSE SALOON STATION
POSTMASTER
260 WILLIAMSON BLVD
ORMOND BEACH FL 32174-9998
March 2-11, 2001
BIKE WEEK STATION
POSTMASTER
500 BILL FRANCE BLVD
DAYTONA BEACH FL 32114-9998
March 6, 2001
Committee for Indians Welcome
INDIANS STATION CHAIN OF LAKES PARK
POSTMASTER
111 W CENTRAL AVE
WINTER HAVEN FL 33880-9998
March 9-11, 2001
Columbus Philatelic Club
CIA INVERT STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
COLUMBUS OH 43216-9998
March 11, 2001
Yakima Valley Stamp Club
CHOCOLATE FANTASY STATION
POSTMASTER
205 W WASHINGTON AVE
YAKIMA WA 98903-9998
March 11, 2001
Nevada Stamp Study Society
85TH ANNIVERSARY USS NEVADA BB-30 COMMISSIONING STATION
POSTMASTER
2000 VASSAR ST
RENO NV 89510-9998
March 15, 2001
Batsto Citizens Committee
THE WOMEN OF BATSTO VILLAGE STATION
POSTMASTER
114 S 3RD ST
HAMMONTON NJ 08037-9998
March 15-18, 2001
SUBURBAN WASHINGTON / BALTIMORE COIN AND CURRENCY SHOW STATION
SUPERVISOR, MOWS
900 E FAYETTE ST
BALTIMORE MD 21233-9715
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
14-24 ABBOTT RD
FAIRLAWN NJ 07410-9998
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
1237 E WEISGARBER RD
KNOXVILLE TN 37950-9998
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
VAMC BUILDING #3
MOUNTAIN HOME TN 37684-9998
March 16, 2001
Juvenile Diabetes Foundations International
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
630 OLD COUNTRY RD, UNIT 507
GARDEN CITY NY 11530-3500
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
50001 COLONIE CENTER MALL
ALBANY NY 12205-9998
March 16, 20001
American Diabetes Association
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
225 S PIERRE ST
PIERRE SD 57501-9998
March 16, 2001
American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Association, and Center for Disease Control
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
4800 CONVERSE AVE
CHEYENNE WY 82009-9998
March 16, 2001
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
9370 FIELDS ERTEL RD
CINCINNATI OH 45249-9998
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
59 5TH ST
READING PA 19601-9998
March 16, 2001
American Diabetes Association, and Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
GREENSBORO NC 27427-9998
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
125 W SOUTH ST
INDIANAPOLIS IN 46206-9998
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
405 E 5TH
SEDALIA MO 65301-9998
March 16, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
500 BILL FRANCE BLVD
DAYTONA BEACH FL 32114-9998
March 16, 2001
Joslin Center for Diabetes at Memorial Hospital
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
6050 SHALLOWFORD RD
CHATTANOOGA TN 37421-9998
March 16, 2001
DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT STATION
POSTMASTER
2635 4 MILE RD
RACINE WI 53404-9998
March 16, 2001
American Diabetes Association
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
520 WILLAMETTE ST
EUGENE OR 97401-9998
March 17, 2001
SHAMROCK STATION
POSTMASTER
210 N MADDEN ST
SHAMROCK TX 79079-9998
March 18, 2001
Pontiac Stamp Club
PONTIAC STAMP CLUB STATION
POSTMASTER
735 W HURON
PONTIAC MI 48343-9998
March 19, 2001
Mary Lanning Hospital
MARY LANNING HOSPITAL STATION
POSTMASTER
300 N KANSAS AVE
HASTING NE 68901-9998
March 19, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
JAMESTOWN NC 27282-9998
March 20, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
6618 STATE ROUTE 104
JASPER OH 45642-9998
March 20, 2001
American Diabetes Association
AMERICAN DIABETES ALERT STATION
POSTMASTER
1200 WILLIAM ST
BUFFALO NY 14240-9998
March 20, 2001
St. Luke's Hospital
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
STEVE COURTRIGHT OIC
615 6TH AVE SE
CEDAR RAPIDS IA 52401-9998
March 21, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
114 S FORSYTHE ST
PIKETON OH 45661-9998
March 21, 2001
Johnston Memorial Hospital
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
EMORY VA 24327-9998
March 21, 2001
Milton ND
SALUTE TO AGRICULTURE STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
MILTON ND 58260-9998
March 21, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
1400 W JORDAN ST
PENSACOLA FL 32501-9998
March 22, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
SANDRA STRUBLE, OIC
PO BOX 9998
VICTOR MT 59875-9998
March 23, 2001
Rowan Co. Health Dept.
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
700 WEST FIRST ST
MOREHEAD KY 40351-9998
March 23-25, 2001
Garfield-Perry Stamp Club
MARCH PARTY STATION
MARKETING/SPECIAL CANCELS
2200 ORANGE AVE #206
CLEVELAND OH 44101-9996
March 24, 2001
LIBERTY JUBILEE COURTHOUSE STATION
POSTMASTER
1515 SAM HOUSTON ST
LIBERTY TX 77575-9998
March 24-25, 2001
Austin Stamp Club
CAPITOL OF TEXAS STAMP AND POSTCARD SHOW STATION
POSTMASTER
510 GUADALUPE ST
AUSTIN TX 78701-9998
March 24-25, 2001
IBM
KIDS EXPO STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
POUGHKEEPSIE NY 12601-9998
March 27, 2001
American Diabetes Association
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
1335 JEFFERSON RD
ROCHESTER NY 14692-9998
March 27, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
STEVE COURTRIGHT, OIC
615 6TH AVE SE
CEDAR RAPIDS IA 52401-9998
March 27, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS DAY STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
ROSHOLT WI 54473-9998
March 29, 2001
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
5491 STATE ROUTE 217
WILLOW WOOD OH 45696-9998
March 30, 2001
Diabetes Associations
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX
KULPSVILLE PA 19443-9998
March 31, 2001
JACKSON PHILATELIC SOCIETY STATION
POSTMASTER
401 SOUTH ST
JACKSON MS 39205-9998
March 31, 2001
American Red Cross
AMERICAN RED CROSS SPIRIT AWARDS STATION
POSTMASTER
1248 5TH ST
SANTA MONICA CA 90401-9998
March 31, 2001
WACOPEX STATION
POSTMASTER
430 W STATE HWY 6
WACO TX 76702-9998
March 31, 2001
RENDEZVOUS STATION
POSTMASTER
6225 HENDERSONVILLE HWY
FLETCHER NC 28732-9998
March 31, 2001
Daughters of Isis
DAUGHTERS OF ISIS TESTIMONIAL STATION
POSTMASTER
7003 GLENN DALE RD
GLENN DALE MD 20769-9998
March 31, 2001
Freeman Academy
SCHMECKFEST STATION
PO BOX 9998
FREEMAN SD 57029-9998
March 31-April 1, 2001
The Central NY Maple Festival Committee
MAPLE FESTIVAL STATION 01
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
MARATHON NY 13803-9998
March 31-April 1, 2001
DELEPEX 2001
AUTOMOBILES ON STAMPS DELEPEX STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 7500
WILMINGTON DE 19803-9998
March 31-April 1, 2001
Park Forest Stamp Club
PARFOREX STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
PARK FOREST IL 60466-9998
April 1, 2001
Armada Free Public Library
100TH BIRTHDAY STATION
POSTMASTER
74260 BURK ST
ARMADA MI 48005-9998
April 1, 2001
SONEX 2001 STATION
POSTMASTER
50 BREWERY ST
NEW HAVEN CT 06511-9998
April 2, 2001
BASEBALL HOME OPENER STATION
MARKETING/SPECIAL CANCELS
2200 ORANGE AVE, RM 206
CLEVELAND OH 44101-9996
April 4, 2001
American Diabetes Association
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
333 W 4TH ST
TULSA OK 74103-9998
April 5, 2001
Fuller House
HUNTINGTON STATION
POSTMASTER
2209 MAIN ROAD
HUNTINGTON VT 05462-9998
April 5, 2001
Diabetic Support Group
DIABETES AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
1000 LAMAR ST
WICHITA FALLS TX 76307-9998
April 7, 2001
Strong Bicentennial Committee
REENACTMENT 1ST TOWN MEETING STATION
POSTMASTER
136 NORTH MAIN ST
STRONG ME 04983-9998
April 7, 2001
ROANOKE DOLL STATION
POSTMASTER
3078 HIGHWAY 431
ROANOKE AL 36274-9998
April 7, 2001
Burlington Mural Committee
BURLINGTON MURAL STATION
513 MAIN ST
BURLINGTON OK 73722-9998
April 7-8, 2001
Cedar Rapids Stamp Club
CERAPEX STATION
KIM KUNDE, RETAIL
615 6TH AVE SE, RM 215W
CEDAR RAPIDS IA 52401-9806
April 7-8, 2001
Southern Oregon Philatelic Society SOPEX 2001
SOPEX STATION
POSTMASTER
333 W 8TH ST
MEDFORD OR 97501-9998
April 7-8, 2001
BAYPEX 2001 STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
CLEARWATER FL 33758-9998
April 7-20, 2001
Jet Propulsion Lab
ODYSSEY STATION
POSTMASTER
870 RAYMOND AVE
PASADENA CA 91105-9998
April 11, 2001
Altrusa Club of Norman
ALTRUSA AWARENESS STATION
POSTMASTER
129 WEST GRAY ST
NORMAN OK 73069-9998
April 13-14, 2001
EQUESTRIAN STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
OAK RIDGE NC 27310-9998
April 14, 2001
MOORE STATION
POSTMASTER
198 W FM 462
MORRE TX 78057-9998
April 14, 2001
EL CAMINO REAL PONY EXPRESS RIDE STATION
POSTMASTER
14841 MAIN ST
LYTLE TX 78052-9998
April 14, 2001
EL CAMINO REAL PONY EXPRESS RIDE STATION
POSTMASTER
13855 FM 472
BIGFOOT TX 78005-9998
April 14, 2001
EL CAMINO REAL PONY EXPRESS RIDE STATION
POSTMASTER
411 E COLORADO
PEARSALL TX 78061-9998
April 14, 2001
EL CAMINO REAL PONY EXPRESS RIDE STATION
POSTMASTER
102 E MILLER
DILLEY TX 78017-9998

- Stamp Services,Public Affairs and Communications, 3-22-01

Special Cancellation Die Hubs

Postmasters and plant managers who have any of the special cancellation die hubs listed below may use them for the periods designated. At the end of the period, these die hubs must be withdrawn and stored. Postmasters and plant managers who do not have these special die hubs may not request them from the sponsors.

Cancellation Period of Use
Save Your Vision Week Feb. 1-March 31
March Is Kidney Month, Give to the National Kidney Foundation March 1-March 31
March Is Red Cross Month March 1-March 31
Easter Seals, Fight Crippling March 1-April 22
April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month April 1-April 30
April Is Organ Donor Awareness Month - Donors Make Miracles April 1-April 30
Law Day USA Freedom Under Law, May 1 April 1-April 30
Strike Back at Cancer, Give to the American Cancer Society April 1-April 30
National Carih Asthma Week April 1-May 6
Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires April 1-Oct. 31
National Salvation Army Week, 4th Week in May May 1-May 31
Support Research for "NF," Neurofibromatosis May 1-May 31
Support Your Mental Health Association May 1-May 31
National Flag Day, June 14, Pause for the Pledge May 1-June 14
Goodwill Industries - Our Business Works So People Can May 1-June 30
Support National Historic Preservation Week May 9-May 15
National Transportation Week May 14-May 20
Fight Disease, Support City of Hope Pilot Medical Center May 15-June 15
Defeat Muscular Dystrophy, Support MDAA May 15-June 17
Conquer Multiple Sclerosis May 17-June 17
Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Sept. 1-Sept. 30
Peace Corps Anniversary, Making a Difference Sept. 1-Oct. 31
Employ People With Disabilities Sept. 1-Nov. 30
Give to the United Way Sept. 15-Nov. 15
Learn About Lupus, October Is Lupus Awareness Month Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Radon Action Week, Protect Your Family, Test Your Home Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Support Infection Control Week Oct. 1-Nov. 30
Help Retarded Children Nov. 1-Nov. 30
Military Families Recognition Day Nov. 1-Nov. 30
National Adoption Month Nov. 1-Nov. 30
National Philanthropy Day, Love of Humankind Nov. 1-Nov. 30
Use Christmas Seals, Support Your Lung Association Nov. 8-Dec. 31
Support American Education Week Nov. 10-Nov. 30
Autistic Children, Hope Through Research and Education Dec. 1-Dec. 31
- Mail Preparation and Standards, Pricing and Product Design, 3-22-01


Post Offices

Post Office Changes

Old/
New
Finance No. ZIP Code State P.O. Name County/
Parish
Station/Branch/Unit Unit Type Effective Date Comments
Old 04-5130 72209 AR Little Rock Pulaski Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Realign ZIP Code boundaries. Use Little Rock AR 72210 as last line of address for a portion of the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 72209.
New 04-5130 72210 AR Little Rock Pulaski Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
Old 05-0258 94509 CA Antioch Contra Costa Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Realign ZIP Code boundaries. Use Antioch CA 94531 as last line of address for the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 94509.
New 05-0258 94531 CA Antioch Contra Costa Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
Old 05-0258 94531 CA Antioch Contra Costa Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 This announcement expands the use of ZIP Code 94531 to include delivery.
New 05-0258 94531 CA Antioch Contra Costa Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
Old 12-4774 30144 GA Kennesaw Cobb Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for Post Office boxes. Use Kennesaw GA 30160 as last line of address for a portion of the Post Office boxes previously in ZIP Code 30144.
New 12-4774 30160 GA Kennesaw Cobb Barrett Parkway Classified Branch 07/01/2001
Old 12-4774 30144 GA Kennesaw Cobb Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for Post Office boxes. Use Kennesaw GA 30156 as last line of address for a portion of the Post Office boxes previously in ZIP Code 30144.
New 12-4774 30156 GA Kennesaw Cobb Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
Old 25-9735 48093 MI Warren Macomb Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for a delivery area. Use Warren MI 48088 as last line of address for a portion of the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 48093.
New 25-9735 48088 MI Warren Macomb Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
Old 25-9380 48098 MI Troy Macomb Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for a delivery area. Use Troy MI 48085 as last line of address for a portion of the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 48098.
New 25-9380 48085 MI Troy Macomb Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
Old 34-7896 87501 NM Santa Fe Santa Fe Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for a delivery area. Use Santa Fe NM 87507 as last line of address for a portion of the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 87501.
New 34-7896 87507 NM Santa Fe Santa Fe Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
Old 34-7896 87505 NM Santa Fe Santa Fe Coronado Classified Station 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for a delivery area. Use Santa Fe NM 87508 as last line of address for a portion of the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 87505.
New 34-7896 87508 NM Santa Fe Santa Fe Coronado Classified Station 07/01/2001
Old 31-4080 89014 NV Henderson Clark Valle Verde Classified Station 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for a delivery area. Use Henderson NV 89074 as last line of address for a portion of the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 89014.
New 31-4080 89074 NV Henderson Clark Valle Verde Classified Station 07/01/2001
Old 42-1620 00725 PR Caguas Municipio de Caguas Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001 Establish a new ZIP Code for a delivery area. Use Caguas PR 00727 as last line of address for a portion of the deliveries previously in ZIP Code 00725.
New 42-1620 00727 PR Caguas Municipio de Caguas Main Office Post Office 07/01/2001
- Address Management, 3-22-01

NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYEES

THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN FACT SHEET

C, F, and G Fund Returns Released March 8, 2001

ANNUAL RETURNS C F G
1989 Jan.-Dec. % 31.03 13.89* 8.81
1990 -3.15 8.00* 8.90
1991 30.77 15.75 8.15
1992 7.70 7.20 7.23
1993 10.13 9.52 6.14
1994 1.33 -2.96 7.22
1995 37.41 18.31 7.03
1996 22.85 3.66 6.76
1997 33.17 9.60 6.77
1998 28.44 8.70 5.74
1999 20.95 -0.85 5.99
2000 -9.14 11.67 6.42
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2000 MONTHLY RETURNS C F G
MARCH 9.74 1.32 0.55
APRIL -2.98 -0.29 0.52
MAY -2.05 -0.03 0.54
JUNE 2.44 2.07 0.53
JULY -1.56 0.89 0.53
AUGUST 6.19 1.46 0.52
SEPTEMBER -5.27 0.64 0.49
OCTOBER -0.40 0.66 0.51
NOVEMBER -7.87 1.65 0.48
DECEMBER 0.50 1.86 0.48
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2001 MONTHLY RETURNS C F G
JANUARY 3.55 1.65 0.46
FEBRUARY -9.12 0.87 0.42
LAST 12 MONTHS -8.19 13.51 6.20

*Through 1990 the F Fund was Invested in the Wells Fargo Bond Index Fund.

The C Fund is invested in the Barclays Equity Index Fund, which tracks the S&P 500 stock index. The F Fund is invested in the Barclays U.S. Debt Index Fund, which tracks the Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond index. Because of expenses and changing balances in the C and F Funds, their returns vary from Barclays' returns. The G Fund is invested in special issues of U.S. Treasury securities.

Future performance of the three funds will vary and may differ significantly from the returns shown above. See the "Summary of the Thrift Savings Plan" for detailed information about the funds and their investment risks.

The monthly C, F, and G Fund returns represent net earnings after deduction of accrued administrative expenses. The C and F Fund returns also reflect the deduction of trading costs and accrued investment management fees.

The C, F, and G Fund monthly returns are dollar-weighted: they reflect net earnings on the changing balances invested during the month. The C, F, and G Fund returns for the last 12 months assume, except for the crediting of earnings, unchanging balances (time- weighting) from month to month and that earnings are compounded on a monthly basis.

Pictured: the profile of an eagle's head adjoining the words United States Postal Service are the two elements that are combined to form the corporate signature.




Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Please post on bulletin boards.

Recycle all previous notices.


Purchasing and Materials

Copiers and Copier Maintenance Cost Savings

On December 20, 2000, the Postal Service entered into a national strategic partnership with the Ricoh Corporation for the purchase and/or lease of digital copiers and for related copier maintenance.

As the Postal Service faces increasing financial pressure, every purchase decision becomes more critical. Decisions regarding the maintenance of existing copiers should not be made without considering today's copier market. A nationwide contract was awarded to the Ricoh Corporation, and the lower cost resulting from it can make a real difference. For example, a new digital copier, complete with networking capability, can prove less costly than a maintenance agreement for an older analog copier.

The table below itemizes the direct cost of ownership for each of the copiers under the Postal Service/Ricoh strategic partnership. These prices include the purchase or lease of the new equipment, amortized over a 4-year period, and all maintenance and supplies (except paper and staples). Prices are calculated on a per-copy basis for ease in comparing these figures to those within a proposed maintenance agreement.

Ricoh Model Number

Speed Copies Per Minute

Estimated Monthly Volume Equipment Purchase Price w/Accessories ($)

Cost of Ownership Per Copy ($)

Purchase Lease
Noncolor copiers
Aficio 150basic 15 2,500 $1,897 0.0296 0.0320
Aficio 180basic 18 5,000 1,943 0.0219 0.0232
Aficio 180 18 5,000 2,823 0.0256 0.0274
Aficio 220basic 22 7,500 2,675 0.0182 0.0193
Aficio 220 22 7,500 4,212 0.0224 0.0242
Aficio 270 27 10,000 4,665 0.0205 0.0219
Aficio 355e 35 15,000 5,618 0.0167 0.0179
Aficio 455e 45 25,000 7,265 0.0149 0.0159
Aficio 551 55 40,000 11,422 0.0125 0.0134
Aficio 700 70 70,000 12,946 0.0099 0.0105
Aficio 850 85 150,000 18,706 0.0082 0.0086
Aficio 1050 105 200,000 23,163 0.0080 0.0084
Color copiers
Aficio 3006 6 5,000 9,510 0.2191 0.2250
Aficio 4006 6 5,000 10,474 0.2251 0.2316
Aficio 6110 10 8,000 17,073 0.2268 0.2333

For complete purchase or lease pricing and product descriptions, see the Greensboro Purchasing and Materials (PMSC) Web site at http://blue.usps.gov/purchase/material/pmsc/greensboro/.

Most copier maintenance agreements offered by other providers include minimum monthly usage terms or overage charges that would severely penalize the Postal Service if estimated usage is inaccurate. The Ricoh maintenance included in the table does not have such provisions - the Postal Service pays only for the copies made. Also consider the cost-per-copy prices on laser printers. The industry average price is $0.05 per print, and an office operation can save considerable expense by replacing several of these laser printers with one strategically located digital copier.

Efficiency can also be gained by having a digital copier available on the Postal Service local area network (LAN) as a system printer. Documents can be sent directly from the workstation to the copier for printing, collating, and binding.

The Greensboro PMSC can assist in calculating pricing under the new Ricoh contract. Contact Wanda Bost, Greensboro PMSC, at 800-627-7211.

- Purchasing Policies and Programs, Purchasing and Materials, 3-22-01


Retail

ALL IRT AND DEBIT/CREDIT CARD OFFICES

Setting Clocks for Daylight Saving Time

Managers must ensure that before opening for business on Monday, April 2, 2001, the clocks in all integrated retail terminals (IRTs) and debit/credit card terminals under their control are set forward (in most locations) 1 hour to reflect the change to Daylight Saving Time. Facilities with Saturday night operations should reset the time as soon as possible after the 2 a.m. start time, Sunday, April 1, 2001.

The correct system time in integrated retail terminals (IRTs) is critical since their internal clocks are used to verify Express Mail and Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) acceptance times and service commitments. The IRT system time is also printed on customer receipts and employee reports. It is very important that the debit/credit card terminal clocks be set to the correct day, date, and time as this will help reduce the possibility of accepting an expired card.

IRTs

On the UNISYS III Supervisor Disk, select menu item 11, Set System Date and Time, from the Control menu, and perform the following steps:

1. Observe that the date appears.

2. Press ENTER key to accept the current date. The time appears.

3. Press CE key to clear the time.

4. Enter correct Daylight Saving Time in military format (examples: 8 AM = 0800, 1:30 PM = 1330).

5. Press ENTER key to save the corrected time. The Control menu appears.

6. Observe that the corrected time is displayed in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

On the MOS IRT Control Disk, select menu item 5, Change Fees and Tables, from the Main menu; then select item 5, Set Unit Date and Time, from the Change Fees and Tables menu.

Debit and Credit Card Terminals

For Debit and Credit Card Terminals, follow these steps:

Display Action
U.S. Postal Service Press the * key and the 3 key at the same time. (If you are having trouble, simply hold the * key and tap the 3 key.)
Diagnostics Press ALPHA key.
Year Key in the current year (4 digits). Press ENTER key.
Month Key in a number (1-12) for current month. Press ENTER key.
Date Key in a number (1-31) for current date. Press ENTER key.
Hour Key in a number (1-24) for current hour. Press ENTER key
Minutes Key in number of minutes (0-59). Press ENTER key.
Seconds Key in number of seconds or press ENTER key to bypass.

You must make an entry for each selection, even if the display is correct.

To verify the existing date and time of the clock in the terminal, follow these steps:

Displaying the Clock and Calendar

Display Action
U.S. Postal Service Press ENTER key.
Function Press the 4 key.
Day, Date, Time blank
Exit Press CLEAR key.
<US Postal Service> blank

Retail Consolidation Unit (RCU)

The time for the RCU/VAX will be updated automatically by the Raleigh Information Systems FSCS VAX Support Group. However, all RCU operators should validate the correct time and date when they log on to the RCU on Monday, April 2, 2001, and notify Raleigh if the time and date are incorrect.

Mobile Data Collection Devices (MDCDs)

The Delivery Confirmation handheld scanners will automatically change to Daylight Saving Time. No manual changes are necessary.

IBM and NCR POS ONE Terminals

The IBM and NCR POS ONE terminals will automatically change to Daylight Saving Time. No manual changes are necessary.

- Point of Service,
Retail, Consumers and Small Business, 3-22-01

Dinero Seguro Phone Card Suspension

Effective March 15, 2001, Post Offices will no longer provide Dinero Seguro customers with free phone cards (including both Worldcom and Qwest).

Please keep the phone cards you already have until we provide further instructions.I-R_page#ref0

- Retail Marketing,Retail, Consumers and Small Business, 3-22-01


FedEx Retail Agreement - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Will the existing FedEx drop boxes in smaller towns be moved to the Post Office and become the only location?

A. FedEx will make that determination.

2. What does it cost to send a FedEx piece?

A. FedEx pricing varies by service. Per our agreement with FedEx, you do not need to be familiar with those prices. If customers inquire, politely refer them to 1-800-GO FEDEX, where such questions can be answered.

3. What if customers want to give their FedEx pieces to our carriers?

A. Politely advise the customers that we can not take their FedEx pieces. Customers must deposit their pieces in the FedEx drop box, or they may call 1-800-GO FEDEX.

4. What if a FedEx piece will not fit into a drop box?

A. If customers ask about this at the retail counter, politely refer them to call 1-800-GO FEDEX to arrange for pickup.

5. What if other carriers want a similar agreement?

A. The FedEx Drop Box Agreement is nonexclusive. Postal Service national headquarters will handle any discussions with other prospective partners. Do not make any local agreements.

6. What if the site selected is currently occupied?

A. Anything that is contemplated to be moved in favor of a FedEx drop placement will be worked out by the Postal Service District Implementation team and FedEx on a case-by-case basis.

FedEx may place a drop box at any Post Office, station, or branch location.

7. Will FedEx customers have access to our lobbies to complete their paperwork?

A. Yes, they are our customers too. However, we will not keep FedEx supplies in our lobbies. FedEx supplies are available at the drop boxes and are maintained by their couriers.

8. When customers call 1-800-GO FEDEX, will they speak with a person or be routed through a call messaging system?

A. FedEx has indicated that customers will speak directly with a FedEx representative.

9. Does the Postal Service anticipate retail associate hours to increase due to the time required to answer customers' questions?

A. No. Politely advise customers to call 1-800-GO FEDEX. Doing so will not result in an increase in work hours.

10. Who will be responsible for tracking the number of FedEx packages, and how will we be sure of the accuracy?

A. FedEx scans each piece removed from a drop box. FedEx is responsible for supplying the Postal Service with collection data reports using a mutually agreed upon system.

11. Will Postal Service employees be provided with preprinted 1-800-GO FEDEX cards to give to customers who have questions?

A. No. Politely refer customers to 1-800-GO FEDEX when they have questions.

12. Is this a 7-year agreement, or is there a provision for canceling the agreement prior to 7 years?

A. A 7-year agreement has been signed.

13. Is FedEx rate information posted on their drop boxes?

A. No. Politely instruct customers to call 1-800 GO FEDEX.

14. What if customers approach the retail counter, wanting to mail FedEx pieces?

A. Politely direct customers to deposit their pieces in the FedEx drop box. In exceptional circumstances and in the interest of good customer relations, you may accept the FedEx piece (do not weigh or rate the piece) and deposit it in the drop box if the customer insists that we accept it.

15. What if the FedEx drop box is overflowing or pieces are on the ground?

A. FedEx monitors its drop boxes. However, in the spirit of good partnership, you should call 1-800-GO FEDEX to report the issue.

16. What do you do if you observe customers or couriers dropping FedEx packages at the back dock?

A. There are no provisions for FedEx packages to be left at the back dock. Politely inform customers and couriers of the FedEx drop box location for deposit.

17. What if FedEx or Postal Service packages are received in the incorrect box?

A. As soon as you discover that packages have been deposited into the wrong drop box or collection box, immediately transfer the packages to the correct receptacle. If the pick-up time has already occurred for the correct drop box or collection box, meaning the package will not "go out" on the day deposited, contact the other party to arrange pick- up. At no time should you convert to the other party's service a package that has been tendered to either the Postal Service or FedEx by mistake, unless the customer initiates the service change.

18. What does the agreement allow for in terms of FedEx marketing material?

A. FedEx may place promotional materials on their drop boxes only. Postal Service headquarters must approve all other requests.

Note: Questions and concerns have already been raised concerning the transportation agreement. Those issues will be addressed in conjunction with the implementation scheduled for August 2001.

- Retail Operations,
Retail, Consumers and Small Business, 3-22-01

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