Policies, Procedures, and Forms Updates


DMM Revision: Expanded Eligibility Criteria for the Saturation Mail Volume Incentive Program for Standard Mail

Effective August 3, 2009, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 243.1.9 and 343.1.7 to expand the eligibility criteria for the Saturation Mail Volume Incentive Program. This program is designed to provide price incentives for mailers to increase the volume of satu­ration Standard Mail® letters or flats during the May 11, 2009, to May 10, 2010, program period.

Initially, the Saturation Mail Volume Incentive Program, announced in the article “Saturation Mail Volume Incentive Program for Standard Mail” in Postal Bulletin 22257 (4–23–09, pages 53–54), required that participants pay sat­uration postage through a permit imprint advance deposit account, and that each account be established at a Postal Service facility having PostalOne!® capability.

In response to customer requests, we are revising the applicable DMM sections to allow mailers to participate in the program with saturation Standard Mail volume through the authorized use of precanceled stamps, meter imprints, or permit imprints. Mailers will also be eligible to participate in the program through non-PostalOne! locations provided they are the owner of at least one permit imprint advance deposit account at a postal location with PostalOne! capability.

Mailers wishing to enroll in the Saturation Volume Incen­tive Program must submit a letter requesting participation to their district manager, Business Mail Entry (Go to http://pe.usps.com; click Postal Links, then, under “Postal Loca­tor”, click Business Mail Entry) no later than August 1, 2009. Requests must be completed and submitted by an autho­rized official of the business or nonprofit entity that owns the mail.

Participating mailers must be able to demonstrate satu­ration mailing activity in both the 2007 and 2008 calendar years with a minimum of six saturation mailings in the 2008 calendar year.

We will incorporate these revisions into the printed ver­sion of the DMM and into the next online update of the DMM available via Postal Explorer® at http://pe.usps.com.