Over 70 newspapers have closed their doors in 2009 alone?
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The DMA is searching for examples of die-cut, enclosure, or any folded self-mailers with unique design characteristics. They will be conducting folded self-mailer testing through the end of August. This information will assist us in finalizing new design, construction, and tabbing standards scheduled for publication as a proposed rule late this year. Several mailer associations have joined with the DMA to facilitate participation in the folded self-mailer study.
In the Pitney Bowes Communication Intelligence blog, David Robinson reported that "At our user's conference last month, a number of mailers mentioned that they had recently been contacted by USPS postal inspectors. The topic of these conversations quickly turned to compliance, and agents wanted to review how these companies met USPS move update and address quality requirements. This initiative was also described in a new white paper from Venable, one of the top business law firms in the U.S. Venable reports that the Postal Service is looking to collect more postage on mail that has already been delivered by identifying violations of Move Update requirements. In certain cases, investigators "seek evidence that the mailer entered improper mailings knowingly or intentionally," actions that could trigger a costly claim under the False Claims Act."
According to the Dallas Morning News, "The Dallas Main Post Office, which employs 1,800 people at a sprawling facility along Interstate 30 just west of downtown, would seem to be too big to fail. But that is what some of its employees believe will happen. Urged by their union representatives, postal employees have initiated letters, phone calls and e-mails over the past several weeks to media representatives, elected officials and even local clergy warning of a quiet plan to phase out the plant. Postal authorities flatly deny it."