Impact and the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee helps shape the mailing industry

At the 2015 National Postal Forum, the Postmaster General’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) was awarded the most prestigious USPS Partnership for Growth Award.  I have the privilege of serving on MTAC and am humbled by its legacy, its accomplishments, and its potential for betterment of the postal supply chain.
The concept of MTAC and similar advisory committees was the brainchild of President John F. Kennedy who on February 26, 1962 by Executive Order 11007, Prescribing Regulations for the formation and Use of Advisory Committee’s created the foundation for advisory committees for many government agencies.
On May 27, 1965 Post Office Department Headquarters Circular No. 65-13 was issued by PMG John Gronouski, forming the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee and since then it has been 50 years of milestones.  The list of accomplishments is lengthy and the depth of the programs is well beyond anything ever imagined by PMG when this program was initiated. Many of the current USPS programs are a result of strong joint planning and execution between the USPS and industry and include:

  • Zip code
  • Mail Classification
  • Zip+4
  • National Change of Address
  • Drop Shipping
  • PostalOne!
  • Intelligent Mail Bar code

The following is an excerpt from the Industry Alert issued by the USPS

The U.S. Postal Service recognized the Postmaster General’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) this week for excellence in driving technology, innovation and supporting growth for the mailing industry. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman presented the Partnership for Growth Award to MTAC at the annual National Postal Forum.
The prestigious award recognizes innovation in a rapidly evolving technology environment. “Our collaboration with MTAC is incredibly valuable,” said the Postmaster General. “It has endured for 50 years because it allows the Postal Service and the mailing industry to work better together, and it allows us to grow stronger together with a shared commitment to invest in our future.”
MTAC’s leadership has enhanced the value of mail through product development, mail preparation and entry, visibility and service performance measurement, and payment acceptance. MTAC work groups have played instrumental roles in modernizing the mailing industry as the Postal Service evolves through technology.
“MTAC is deeply honored to receive the prestigious Partnership for Growth Award,” said MTAC Chair Chris Lien. “We’ve enjoyed a successful relationship with the Postal Service for a half-century, and we look forward to continuing our work together to improve quality, strengthen service and move the mailing industry into the future.”
MTAC and USPS share technical information with mailers and receive their advice and recommendations on matters concerning mail-related products and services. This enhances the value of mail for customers and expands the use of products and services for the mutual benefit of mailing industry stakeholders and the Postal Service.

More information on MTAC’s history can be found on RIBBS.

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