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review those nonpostal services that were offered at the time the Postal
Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) was enacted in 2006 and
that the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) determined should be
continued, or "grandfathered".3 In addition, as agreed with your staff, we
also provide information on two other areas with the potential to generate
revenue: (1) experimental postal products and (2) services that USPS
performs on a discretionary basis for other federal agencies. PAEA
granted USPS the authority to offer experimental postal products, which
are those that are significantly different from all other products USPS
offers and have certain other characteristics. Such products include a
same-day delivery service for local buyers in selected metropolitan areas
and prepaid postage on the sale of greeting cards. Discretionary services
for other federal agencies are services that USPS may choose to pursue
but is not required to perform.4 Such services include collecting data on
vacant addresses for the Department of Housing and Urban
This report describes:
1. The nonpostal services grandfathered after the enactment of PAEA,
the experimental postal products approved for market testing since
the enactment of PAEA, and the services USPS currently performs for
other federal agencies.
2. The initiatives-including nonpostal services and experimental postal
products-USPS is pursuing to generate additional revenue and the
status of these initiatives.
3. The reasons USPS decided not to pursue other revenue-generating
initiatives that it had identified.
3Pub. L. No. 109-435, 120 Stat. 3198 (Dec. 20, 2006).
4We excluded services that USPS is required to perform for other federal agencies,
including those required by statute or executive order. For example, the Migratory Bird
Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act requires USPS to print, issue, and sell duck stamps
(that serve as hunting licenses) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Pub. L. No. 73-124,
48 Stat. 451 (Mar. 16, 1934). Through executive order, USPS also is directed to deliver
medicines to individuals in the event of a large scale biological attack. Exec. Order No.
13527, 75 Fed. Reg. 737 (Jan. 6, 2010).
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United States. Government Accountability Office. U.S. Postal Service: Overview of Initiatives to Increase Revenue and Introduce Nonpostal Services and Experimental Postal Products, report, January 15, 2013; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298921/m1/6/: accessed December 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.