U.S. Postal Inspection Service B.2.2 Security Initiative for Commercial Mailers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are some common questions and answers related to the USPIS Security Initiative.
B.2.2. is a voluntary mail security initiative from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, introduced in October 2003, which focuses on national and premier account mailers. The B.2.2 security initiative is designed to reduce the risk of an injurious article being sent through the U.S. Mail by a commercial mail source. The name comes from Appendix B.2.2 of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Emergency Preparedness Plan of March 2002, which describes the process of examining and strengthening mail security controls for the commercial mailstream.
Commercial mailers represent 85% of the nation's mail. By examining security controls at large-scale, commercial mailers, we will be better able to protect the American public, postal employees, and members of the mailing industry. The initiative also allows the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to concentrate more security resources on the relatively anonymous collection mailstream.
No. An independent security review of a mailer's production facility by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service will not affect mail acceptance. Under normal conditions, it is not feasible to segregate mail acceptance procedures and processing. Only in an emergency will alternative handling be employed, such as subjecting mail to an extra security procedure before it is entered into the mailstream.
No. Participation in this initiative is voluntary. While there may be delays affecting all mail as a result of extra security procedures, such as screening or testing, the Postal Service is committed to maintaining its delivery standards and universal service.
A Postal Inspector will schedule a visit to your plant after contacting a mailer's USPS account representative. The reviewing Inspector will complete a worksheet with standard questions about security controls in the areas of facility, personnel, cargo, operations, and mail design security. Each question will reveal areas where security can be improved, if needed.
The B.2.2 security control standards were selected for their applicability to the mail industry. Sources included: the Mail Security Task Force, which represents the USPS and mailing industry, the Postal Inspection Service, the American Society for Industrial Security, and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. In addition, mailers who volunteered to undergo reviews as part of our pilot program in FY 2003 provided feedback.