Each quarter the Postmaster General’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meets to review current issues concerning the USPS® and industry. For those who are unfamiliar with MTAC, here is a description right from its charter:
“The Postmaster General’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) is a venue for the United States Postal Service (“Postal Service”) to share technical information with mailers, and to receive their advice and recommendations on matters concerning mail-related products and services, in order to enhance customer value and expand the use of these products and services for the mutual benefit of Mailing Industry stakeholders and the Postal Service.”
The primary takeaway from the meetings is Move Update assessments will not be charged until incorporated in the rate structures as part of a future rate case – most likely to occur early next year. Although the USPS had communicated a few different implementation dates, before this MTAC meeting it was thought that the move update assessments would begin in July of this year. This new timeline will give mailers the opportunity to monitor their scorecards and take action to remedy situations where they are found to have exceeded the threshold of 0.8% Move Update errors before the assessments are imposed.
While there were many other details discussed, the following are additional highlights from the meetings:
• Address from the new Post Master General, Megan Brennan
• A new workgroup will be formed to discuss ACS return codes and possible changes to the current set of values provided and the processes used to indicate those values
• Announcement of 50th Anniversary of MTAC events that will take place at the National Postal Forum in May
• When asked whether catalogs or periodicals are the anchor of the mailbox, Post Master Megan Brennan responded that “I love all her children”
The next MTAC sessions will be held at the National Postal Forum in May. Stay tuned for future updates.