Semipostal Stamp Program

Cited as:85 FR 35404
Court:Postal Service
Publication Date:10 Jun 2020
Record Number:2020-12412
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 112 (Wednesday, June 10, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 112 (Wednesday, June 10, 2020)]
                [Proposed Rules]
                [Pages 35404-35405]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2020-12412]
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                POSTAL SERVICE
                39 CFR Part 551
                Semipostal Stamp Program
                AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.
                ACTION: Proposed rule.
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                SUMMARY: This proposed rule would revise the provisions governing the
                Postal Service's discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program to provide more
                flexibility to the Postal Service to manage the program. Revisions
                include removing restrictions on the duration of sales of semipostal
                discretionary stamps and the number of discretionary semipostal stamps
                that may be offered at any one time.
                DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 10, 2020.
                ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Stamp
                Products & Exhibitions, U.S. Postal Service[supreg], 475 L'Enfant Plaza
                SW, Room 3300, Washington, DC 20260. Email and faxed comments are not
                accepted. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at the
                Stamp Products & Exhibitions office by appointment only between the
                hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 202-268-
                7998 in advance.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amity C. Kirby, Manager, Stamp
                Products & Exhibitions, 202-268-7998, [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Background
                 The Semipostal Authorization Act, Public Law 106-253, grants the
                Postal Service discretionary authority to issue and sell semipostal
                stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be ``in the national
                public interest and appropriate.'' See 39 U.S.C. 416(b). On June 12,
                2001, the Postal Service published a final rule establishing the
                regulations in 39 CFR part 551 for the discretionary Semipostal Stamp
                Program (66 FR 31826). Minor revisions were made to these regulations
                to implement Public Law 107-67, 115 Stat. 514 (2001), and to reflect
                minor organizational changes in the Postal Service (67 FR 5215
                (February 5, 2002)). On February 19, 2004, the Postal Service published
                a final rule clarifying the cost-offset policy for semipostal stamps
                (69 FR 7688), and on February 9, 2005, the Postal Service also
                published an additional minor clarifying revision to these cost-offset
                regulations (70 FR 6764). On April 20, 2016, the Postal Service
                published a final rule removing certain restrictions on the
                commencement date for the
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                discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program, and clarifying how many
                discretionary semipostal stamps may be on sale at any one time, and
                other matters (81 FR 23162).
                Proposed Changes
                 The Postal Service has encountered continued interest in the sale
                of a previously offered discretionary semipostal stamp for which the
                Postal Service possesses unsold inventory. The current version of the
                regulations limits sales of discretionary semipostal stamps to one at a
                time and a two-year sales period. In administering this program, it has
                become clear that there is interest in and demand for a lengthier
                period of sale for individual offerings from customers, stakeholders
                and congressional policymakers. The current regulations also
                contemplated issuing five stamps over ten years, which has proven
                impracticable. Upon further consideration, it was determined that
                further revision of the rules concerning the discretionary Semipostal
                Stamp Program could facilitate continued interest in previously offered
                stamps, especially when unsold inventory remains, and provide the
                Postal Service greater flexibility to manage the 10-year program.
                 In accordance with 39 U.S.C. 416(e)(2), the Postal Service invites
                public comment on the following proposed amendments to the Code of
                Federal Regulations.
                List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 551
                 Administrative practice and procedure.
                 For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Postal Service proposes
                to revise 39 CFR part 551 as follows:
                PART 551--SEMIPOSTAL STAMP PROGRAM
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                1. The authority citation for part 551 continues to read as follows:
                 Authority: 39 U.S.C. 101, 201, 203, 401, 403, 404, 410, 414,
                416.
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                2. Amend Sec. 551.3, by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:
                Sec. 551.3 Procedure for selection of causes and recipient executive
                agencies.
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                 (a) The Office of Stamp Services will accept proposals from
                interested persons for future semipostal stamps beginning on May 20,
                2016. The Office of Stamp Services will begin considering proposals on
                July 5, 2016. This section should not be read to reflect the intention
                of the Postal Service to issue any particular number of semipostal
                stamps during the 10-year period of these regulations. Proposals may be
                submitted and will be considered on a rolling basis until seven years
                after May 20, 2016. The Office of Stamp Services may publicize this
                request for proposals in the Federal Register or through other means,
                as it determines in its discretion. Proposals for semipostal stamps
                made prior to May 20, 2016 will not be given further consideration.
                Nothing in these regulations should be construed as barring the
                resubmission of previously submitted causes and recipient executive
                agencies.
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                Sec. 551.5 [Amended]
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                3. In Sec. 551.5, remove and reserve paragraphs (b) and (c).
                Ruth Stevenson,
                Attorney, Federal Compliance.
                [FR Doc. 2020-12412 Filed 6-9-20; 8:45 am]
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