Postal Service seeks to tighten security

Oct. 26, 2003 at 10:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Postal Service is looking at ways to make the mail service safer.

New proposed regulations were prompted by the anthrax mailings two years ago this month that killed five people and sickened 13 others, CNN reported Sunday. The sender was never caught.

The Postal Service has proposed a new rule requiring sender identification of discount-rate mail, which is considered the first step toward removing the anonymity of all mailings, CNN said.

Covered under the new proposal would be first-class mail, periodicals, standard mail or package-services mailing eligible for any discounted postage rate.

Because many discount mailings already meet the requirement, the Postal Service said its proposed rule would have little effect on most of these mailers.

The proposed revision of the Domestic Mail Manual is open for public comment until Nov. 20.

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