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United States Postal Service (USPS) Postal Abbreviations, Acronyms, Terms, and MODS Operations Numbers by Douglas Boynton Quine in a definition list format (over 1,840 text acronyms and over 910 numeric codes). This list is based upon acronyms observed in USPS press releases, the USPS Domestic Mail Manual, USPS Postal Bulletin, USPS Memo to Mailers, USPS Glossary of Postal Terms (pub. 32), philatelic publications, and personal communications from web site visitors including Terri Biasi. In cases where definitions were not provided (or incomplete), I've compiled information from a wide variety of sources. I welcome further additions, corrections, and comments: e-mail the webmaster: [webmaster]. Note, some of the MODS operations codes have changed significantly; the 1999 entries are undated while the updates are marked with (2003) at the end of the entry.

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USPS Abbreviations Glossary A-L

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A Field
32 bar POSTNET code representing 5 digit ZIP code
A-E
Architect-Engineer services
A/P
Accounting Period
AAA
Automated Airline Assignment
AADC
Automated Area Distribution Center
AAFES
Army and Air Force Exchange Service (military overseas post offices)
AAR
Advanced Address Recognizer for OCR [1991 RFP for 1995]
AB Field
69 bar POSTNET code (an A field + B field) representing 9 digit ZIP code
AB' Field
79 bar POSTNET code (an A field + B' field) representing 11 digit ZIP code
ABA
American Banking Association [for funds transfer]
ABC
Activity Based Costing [2002]
ABC
Advanced Bar Code: 62 bar POSTNET code representing 11 digit ZIP [see DPBC]
ABC
Audit Bureau of Circulations Inc. (for 2nd class permit audits)
ABC Group
Automation and Bar Code Group
ABE
Automated Barcode Evaluator
ABMPS
Automated Business Mail Processing System
ABSU
Automatic Bundle Separation Unit (USPS FSS video, 2008)
AC
actual count
ACA
After Contract Award (2004)
ACA
Associate Contractor Agreement
ACDCS
Air Contract Data Collection System [USPS transportation contracts system]
ACE
Advanced Computing Environment (2003 IT upgrade including Microsoft Outlook email)
ACFS
Advanced Computerized Forwarding System
ACH
Automated Clearinghouse (funds transfer)
ACL
Address Correction Letter test [Wilmington DE, Apr '92, printed CFS address changes]
ACR
Annual Compliance Report
ACS
Address Change Service
ACSS
Air Contract Support System
ACT
Air Contract Transportation tag
ACT
Automation Compatible Tray [for AFSM-ai, 2005 and FSS, 2007]
ADAPT
Automatic Density Analysis Profile Technique
ADC
Area Distribution Center
ADEPT
Acquisition for Desktop Extended Processing Equipment
ADJ
Adjustment (plus or minus) [on a report]
ADNE
Address Does Not Exist [Delivery Force Knowledge address update, 2005]
ADP
Accountable Paper Depository
ADP
Automated Data Processing
ADSL
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (up to 1.5 Mbps high speed Internet access on telephone wires)
ADVANCE
Advanced Mail Tracking & Reporting System for Standard Mail & Periodicals [notification and tracking service]
AE
additional entry
AEC
Automated Element Correction [address correction subsystem 2003]
AECII
Automated Element Correction II [address correction subsystem 2005]
AEG
Allgemein Elektricitat Gesellschaft (vendor to USPS; acquired by Siemens, renamed Dematic)
AEP
Affirmative Employment Program
AES
Automated Enrollment System [for Management Academy courses]
AFA
After First Article approval
AFC
advanced facer-canceller
AFCM
Automatic Fine Cull Machine
AFCS
Advanced Facer Canceller System [ECA/ AEG] (faces letter mail by locating the stamp, meter, or indicia. AFCS also cancels letter mail, sprays an identification (ID) tag, lifts the image, and sorts letter mail to a set of bins for further processing)
AFCS-DD
Advanced Facer Canceller System Doubles Detector (2004)
AFCS-IJC
Advanced Facer Canceller System InkJet Canceller
AFCS/ISS
Advanced Facer Canceller System with Input Sub System
AFF
Automated Flats Feeder (for FSM)
AFF/OCR
Automated Flats Feeder and Optical Character Reader modification (upgrade for AFSM 1000 completed in 2003; renamed AFSM as UFSM)
AFP
Advanced Flats Processor (USPS, on hold 2009)
AFP
Association for Financial Professionals
AFS
Advanced Flats Sorter [renamed AFSM for deployment between 2000 and 2002]
AFSM
Advanced Flats Sorting Machine [obsolete]
AFSM
Automated Flats Sorting Machine [2002]
AFSM 100
Advanced Flats Sorting Machine [deployment between 2000 and 2002 replacing FSM881 at a ratio of 1 to 2.5]
AFSM 100
Automated Flats Sorting Machine [USPS Emergency Preparedness Report 2002]
AFSM-ai
Advanced Flats Sorting Machine with automatic induction [feeder, 2005]
AFTL
Automatic Flats Tub Lidder ~ 2005
AFTU
Automatic Flats Tub Unlidder ~ 2005
AFV
Alternative Fuel Vehicle
AHMR
Apartment House Mail Receptacle
AI
Address Interpretation (UK, 2006)
AI
Artificial Intelligence
AI
Automatic Induction (e.g. for AFSM feeder)
AIC
Account Identifier Code [charge numbers]
AIC
Akaike Information Criteria (character recognition in Siemens OCR Adaptive Read system)
AIIEPPS
Automated Inbound International Expedited Product Processing System~ 2005
AIM
Asset and Identification Management program [pilot 1989; nationwide starts 1991]
AIM
Automatic Identification Manufacturers [barcode standards group]
AIS
Address Information System
AISO
Address Information System Office (?) [Office of Operations Services]
ALF
Automatic Letter Facing and Cancelling Machine (UK)
ALF/SEG
(UK)
Alhambra Modification
Separates FIM and meter mail on Micro Mark Facer/Canceler
ALP
Advanced Leadership Program (since 1998, 4 week program)
ALPS
Automatic Log sheet Preparation System (UK) [computes productivity for manual keying stations]
ALS
Advanced Letter Sorter [future]
AM
Account Management (finance)
AM
Address Management
AM
ante meridian (before noon in time)
AMC
Airport Mail Center
AMC
Airport Mail Centre (UK, Hong Kong)
AMC/F
Airport Mail Center/Facility (79 in 2006 before END implemented and transition to ATC)
AMEE
Association for Mail Electronic Enhancement
AMF
Airmail Field [uncommon]
AMF
Airport Mail Facility
AMK
Automated Mailing Kiosk (Return kiosk system at airports to mail home TSA prohibited personal items, 2005)
AMO
Area Maintenance Office
AMOT
Alternate Methods Of Transportation
AMP
Advanced Management Program (at W. F. Bolger Management Academy and others)
AMP
Area Mail Processing
AMPC
Area Mail Processing Center
AMPS
Automated Meter Posting System
AMS
Address Management System
AMS
Alternate Mailing Systems
AMS2
Address Management System phase 2
AMS3
Address Management System phase 3
AMSOP
AM Standard Operating Procedures
AMTES
Area Mail Transport Equipment Specialists
AMU
Address Management Unit (UK, 2008)
ANK
Attempted Not Known (return to sender)
ANP
After Notice to Proceed
ANSI
American National Standards Institute
ANSI-RIA
American National Standards Institute - Robotics Industries Association (e.g. safety standards)
AO
Administrative Official
AO
Associate (Post) Office
AO
Autres Objets; All Other [international mail category - see IMM]
AOG
Aircraft on Ground [aircraft awaiting repair parts]
AOI
associate office infrastructure
AOS
Advice of Shipment (for shipments from SDOs)
AP
Accounting Period
APARS
Accounts Payable Accounting and Reporting System
APC
All Purpose Container (rolling container to move mail trays at post office; often known as POSTCON)
APC
Automated Postal Center (USPS consumer stamp printing machine kiosk with PB IBIP indicia (Dallas got first unit in 2004
APC
Automated Processing Centres (UK)
API
Application Program Interface (standard software interface to a computer program)
APMG
Assistant Postmaster General
APMG
Associate Postmaster General
APO
Army (Air Force) Post Office
APPS
Automated Package Parcel Sorter [(also) Lockheed-Martin 2002 award for $300 million USPS 2004-2005 deployment]
APPS
Automated Package Processing System [Lockheed-Martin 2002 award for $300 million USPS 2004-2005 deployment]
APQC
American Productivity and Quality Center (spearheading the creation, design and administration of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award)
APS
Address Program Support Office [Office of Operations Support]
APS
Adjustment Processing System
APT
Advanced Postal Teller
APT
Apartment (Secondary Unit Designator - type of residential or commercial unit mail is sent to)
APT
Automated Postal Teller
APWU
American Postal Workers Union
AR
Account Representative
ARM
Accelerated Reply Mail
ARO
After Receipt of Order
ARS
Address Recognition System [2002]
ARSWS
Address Readability Specialist Work Stations [1992 NPF]
ARU
Address Recognition Unit [Arthur D. Little planned OCR for 1997]
AS-IS
Activity model (showing current process; compare with TO-BE)
ASC
Accounting Service Center (i.e. MASC)
ASCII
[a USPS magnetic tape standard - EBCDIC is the another]
ASD
Automated Seamless Dispatch (? acronym used)
ASDRM
Auto Dispatch System for Registered Mail
ASF
Administrative Support Facility; Auxiliary Service Facility
ASF
Auxiliary Service Facility
ASM
Administrative Support Manual [USPS]
ASM
Automatic Sorting Machine (UK) [NP4000 will replace]
ASME
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASN
Advanced Shipping Notice (Oct 1 2001 required)
ASP
Associate Supervisor Program (since 1996, 16 week program)
ASS
Automated Sequence Sorting (UK Royal Mail)
ASYS
Air System Services [USPS air Transportation Services Contract for domestic mail on scheduled aircraft; replaced by CAIR in 2003]
ASYS-R
Air System Services - Regional [USPS air Transportation Services Contract; air transportation of domestic mail on scheduled aircraft; scheduled to end in May 2003]
ATC
Airport Transfer Center (60 or 70 expected after END implemented and transition from AMC)
ATE
Automatic Test Equipment
ATF
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
ATHS
Automated Tray Handling System (Siemens Dematic a $127 million contract in 2003)
ATLAS
Automatic Tray Label Assignment System (2004, replaces PASSPORT, supports EDL)
ATM
Automatenmarken (European coin fed machines which print stamps on demand)
ATM
Automatic Teller Machine (USA banks)
ATP
Authority to Participate Vouchers (federal food coupons)
ATP
Authority To Proceed
ATS
Automatic Tray Sleever ~ 2005
ATU
Automatic Tray Unsleever ~ 2005
AUTO
Automation [abbreviation for reports]
Automatic Strapping Machine
Wraps straps around containers or bundles and welds them
Automatic Strapping System
Straps and welds containers or bundles
AVE
Avenue (Street Suffix)
AVP
Area Vice President
AVSEC
Aviation SECurity (marking on 2002 airmail items)
AVTRS
Automated Vehicle Time Recording System [determines vehicle usage by badge reader]

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B Field
37 bar POSTNET code adding zone and +4 to existing 5 digit ZIP code
B&P
Bid and Proposal
B' Field
47 bar POSTNET code adding zone, +4, and street to existing 5 digit ZIP code
BA
Basic rate category abbreviation on letter mail key line
BAARS
Bulk Mail Acceptance and Accounting Reporting System [enhancement is BRAVIS]
BAPO
Base Army Post Office (UK)
BBH
Bwe Bell Howell (vendor)
BBM
Bulk Business Mail
BC
Barcode
BC
British Commonwealth and Foreign Parcel Office (UK, was I&FPP)
BCG
Business Customer Gateway (USPS portal 2009)
BCM
Booklet/Coil Vending Machine
BCR
Bar Code Reader
BCS
Bar Code Sorter
BCS/OSS
Bar Code Sorter/ Output SubSystem for RBCS
BCSI
Business Customer Satisfaction Index [USPS plan to implement in 1992]
BDS
Biohazard Detection System (since October, 2001) - preferred version
BDS
Biological Detection System (since October, 2001)
BDS-DC
Biohazard Detection System Dual-collection (connected to two AFCS, 2008)
BDSIS
Belt Drive Sack Induction Station (for BMC Sack Sorters) replaced SIS on 12-19-91
BDMA
Belgian Direct Mail Association
BDT
Business Development Team (Apr 2006)
BEA
Bureau of Economic Analysis
BEP
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
BFP
Bulk Flats Processor (2008 system to prepare flats bundles for processing on FSS and AFSM systems)
BFPO
British Forces Post Office (UK)
BHC
Bulk Handling Centre (UK)
BIS
Bulk Insured Services
BITE
Built In Test Equipment
BITS
Base Information Transfer System [US military address change system]
Blk. Rt.
Bulk Rate
BLS
Bureau of Labor Statistics
BLVD
Boulevard (Street Suffix)
BMA
Bulk Mail Acceptance
BMAP
BiDirectional Mapping [2002]
BMAU
Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit
BMBF
German Federal Ministry for Education and Research
BMC
Bulk Mail Center (21 in 2006 before END implemented)
BMC
Bulk Mail Center Container
BMC-MSC
Bulk Mail Center- Management Sectional Center
BME
Business Mail Entry
BMEU
Business Mail Entry Unit
BO
Branch Office (UK)
BOB
Business Opportunities Bulletin (USPS Purchasing and Material Management Information Systems database stores data about pending procurements. This includes synopsis, solicitation, and supporting documents for download by prospective suppliers.
BOG
Board of Governors [USPS Board of Directors appointed by the President of the USA]
BOI
Board of Inspection [USPS group to approve production modifications after QA]
Box R
Retired Military Personnel
BP
Bulk Posting (UK)
BPA
Basic Pricing Agreement
BPA
Business Publications Audit of Circulation Inc. (for 2nd class permit audits)
BPCS
British Post Consultancy Service [sets up postal operations for other countries]
BPI
Breakthrough Productivity Initiatives [2002]
BPI
Business Process Improvement
BPM
Bound Printed Matter
BPMA
British Postal Museum and Archive (UK)
BPRS
Bulk Parcel Return Service
BQM
Back Quality Mark - usually a double headed arrow in a rectangular box with either one or two dates and mail centre code (UK, 2008)
BR
Branch [MODS report abbreviation]
BRAVIS
Bulk Revenue And Volume Information System [enhancement of BAARS]
BRC
Business Reply Card
BRE
Business Reply Envelope
BRM
Business Reply Mail
BRMAS
Business Reply Mail Accounting System
BRPW
Bulk Revenue Pieces and Weights
BSA
Bank Secrecy Act
BSN
Business Service Network (USPS 2004)
BTMC
Bell Telephone Manufacturing Co (manufacturer)
BTS
U. S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics
BTU/SF/YR
British Thermal Unit/Square Foot/Year [energy use]
BV
Bulletin of Verification
BWS
Building Wire Standardization
BWS/PDS
Building Wire Standardization/ Premise Distribution Systems
BYU
Bayou (Street Suffix)

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C
Composite Operation [MODS report abbreviation]
C Field
52 bar POSTNET code representing 9 digit ZIP code
C' Field
62 bar POSTNET code representing 11 digit ZIP code
C-M P&DC
Curseen-Morris P& DC (formerly Brentwood P&PC, Washington DC, named after postal workers Joseph Curseen Jr. and Thomas Morris Jr. who were killed by anthrax in 2001)
C40
POSTEC Letter Coding Desk (UK)
C4SC
Customer 4 State Code (customer applied 4 state barcode, 2006)
CAA
Clean Air Act [from Environmental Protection Agency]
CAC
Corrective Action Code (address list, 2006 ; works with CARL)
CAC
Customer Advisory Council
CAD
Computer Aided Design
CAD/CAM
Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing
CADA
Commercially Available Decentralized Acquisition (2002 alternative to FAST and REDI procurement)
CADAM
Computer Aided Design And Manufacturing [USPS required CAD format]
CADD
Computer Aided Design and Drafting
CADR
Computer Assisted Delivery Revision (UK optimizer for carrier routes)
CAG A-D -
Cost Ascertainment Grouping [category of post office]
CAG A-G -
Cost Ascertainment Grouping [category of post office]
CAG A-L -
Cost Ascertainment Grouping [category of post office]
CAIR
Commercial Air transportation system contract (2003, were ASYS)
CAIR-03
Commercial Air transportation system contract (2003, were ASYS)
CAKT
Computer Assisted Keyboard Training
CAM
Computer Aided Manufacturing
CAN-SPAM
Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (US Congress considering, 2003)
CAO
Change of Appointing Office - personnel term used for transferred employee: person is reassigned and CAO (obsolete?)
CAP
Corporate Automation Plan
CAPS
Centralized Account Payment System (possibly incorrect translation in POSTCOM, 2008)
CAPS
Centralized Automated Payment System
CAPS
Centralized Automatic Payment System
CAR
Consumer Affairs Representative
CARL
Corrective Action Required List (address list, 2006 ; works with CAC)
CAROUSEL
(White Carousel System: USPS database contains order numbers, item numbers, quantity and locations of stock to be shipped to internal customers)
CARS
Change-of-Address Record Server (2004)
CAS
Case Analysis System
CASS
Coded Accuracy Support System [2002]
CASS
Coding Accuracy Support System
CASS/CRIS
Coding Accuracy Support System for Carrier Route Information System Matching
CAST
Computer Assisted Scheme Training
CASTR
Carrier Automated Street Tray Rack cart (USPS FSS video, 2008)
CAT
Category [MODS report abbreviation]
CAT
Critical Acceptance Time
CAT
Curbline Access Test
CAT
Customer Acceptance Testing (USPS / industry internal preproduction test of IMB system before TEM)
CBD
Commerce Business Daily
CBDS
Collection Box Decontamination System
CBIT
Computer Based Interactive Training
CBMS
Collection Box Management System (tool monitors collection performance)
CBO
Congressional Budget Office
CBP
Customs and Border Protection (US government)
CBS
Capital Budget System
CBT
Computer Based Test [administered by NTAC]
CBT
Computer Based Training [obsolete - see CBIT]
CBU
Cluster Box Units
CCC
Classification Currents Communicator (newsletter)
CCC
Corporate Customer Contact
CCCS
City Carrier Cost System (within CCS)
CCID
Container Content ID (2006 for EPD)
CCITT
[FAX image transfer protocol]
CCM
Coalition of Catalog Mailers
CCS
Carrier Cost System (includes CCCS and RCCS)
CD-ROM
Compact Disk - Read Only Memory
CDB
Corporate Data Base
CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDO
Counter District Office (UK, was HPO before 1986)
CDPOM
City Delivery Pivoting Opportunity Model (2009)
CDR
Critical Design Review
CDRH
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
CDS
Circular Date Stamp
CDS
Computerized Delivery Sequence (file)
CEM
Customer Experience Measurement (2009 USPS survey)
CEO
Chief Executive Officer
CET
Critical Entry Time
CFC
Culler Facer Canceller (UK Royal Mail) (not colour facer canceller)
CFL
Civilian Labor Force (statistics)
CFO
Chief Financial Officer
CFPA
Coaching For Performance and Accountability
CFPS
Change of Address Forms Processing System (scanner in PARS, 2007)
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
CFS I
Computerized Forwarding System I
CFS II
Computerized Forwarding System II
CFS II/PLA
Computerized Forwarding System II/ Printer Label Applicator
CFS/CMU
Computerized Forwarding System/ Centralized Markup Unit
CFS/FFT
Computerized Forwarding System/ Flats Forwarding Terminal
CH2O
Paraformaldehyde
CICA
Competition in Contracting Act
CIIS
Comprehensive-Interactive Information Strategy
CIH
Certified Industrial Hygienist
CIM
Contract Interpretation Manual (USPS-NPMHU)
CIMA
Canadian International Mail Association
CIN
Content Identification Number (IMB program, 2008)
CIN
Content Identifier Number (on bar coded tray labels)
CIPS
Customer Initiated Payment System (PLANET code based future system)
CIS
Corporate Information System
CIS
Criminal Investigation System (2003 USPS)
CLASS
Computerized Labeling and Address Sequence System
CLEC
Continuing Local Exchange Carrier (telephone company)
CLF
Civilian Labor Force
CLIN
Contract Line Item Number [pricing]
CLK
Clerk [MODS report abbreviation]
ClO2
Chlorine dioxide
CLPC
Computerized Label Printing Center
CLSM
Compact Letter Sorting Machine (BTMC machine used in Netherlands)
CM
see C-M P&
CMA
commercial mailing agent
CMC
Category Management Center (2004, e.g. USPS Automation CMC, Merrifield, Virginia)
CMIS
Commitment Management Information System (upcoming track & trace for customers in 1999)
CMM
Customized MarketMail (2004 custom shaped - non-rectangular - marketing mail dropped directly at DDU)
CMO
Chief Marketing Officer (postmaster responsibility to community)
CMP
Career Management Program (since 1999)
CMP
Crisis Management Plan (2004)
CMPA
Canadian Magazine Publishers Association
CMRA
Commercial Mail Receiving Agency (private mail box)
CMRA
Commercial Mail Receiving Agent (private mail box)
CMRS
Computerized (Remote Postage) Meter Resetting System
CMS
Complement Management and Selection [bidding system in HRIS]
CMS
Complement Management System [~ 1983, job bidding system in HRIS]
CMU
Centralized Markup Unit (CFS).
CNG
Compressed Natural Gas [for motor vehicles]
CO
Contracting Officer
COA
Change Of Address
COARS
Change-of-Address Reporting System (in PARS) Postal Rate Commission Testimony 2005
COARS
Change-of-Address Research System (in PARS) Postal Rate Commission Testimony 2005
COB
Close Of Business
COBIT
Control Objectives for Information and related Technologies
COD
Collect On Delivery
CODES
Computerized On-site Data Entry System
COLA
Cost Of Living Adjustments
COLA
Cost Of Living Allowances
COMPASS
Computerized Procurement and Supply System
CON
Console [MODS report abbreviation]
CON-CON
Concealed Container [2002]
CON-CON
Concentration and Convoy of Registered Mail
CONFIRM
Computerized On-line Notification For Inbound Reply Mail (PLANET code based 1999 system)
CONV
Conversion Rate [MODS report abbreviation]
COO
Chief Operating Officer
COOP
Continuity Of Operations Plans (US Postal Inspection Service)
COP
Continuation Of Pay [disability]
COR
Carrier Optimal Routing (2003 USPS carrier route travel optimization computer program)
COR
Contracting Officer Representative
COR
Contracting Officer's Representative
COSC
Computer Operations Service Center
COTS
Commercial-Off-The-Shelf
CP
Carrier Route Presort rate category abbreviation on letter mail key line
CP
Colis Postaux [international mail category - see IMM]
CPF
Competitive Products Fund (under USPS PAEA reorganization, 2007)
CPHQ
Command Postal HeadQuarters (Allied Expeditionary Air Force, 1944)
CPI
Consumer Price Index [cost of living]
CPNS
Customer Preferred Name System
CPO
Community Post Office
CPP
Centralized Postage Payment system
CPS
Contractor Performance System (USPS Purchasing and Material Management Information Systems WEB based application that allows purchasing personnel within the federal government to have access. It allows purchasing personnel to evaluate suppliers contract performance and is shared among the subscribed agencies.)
CPU
Contract Postal Unit (post office inside retail establishment)
CQR
Container Quantity Report (2008, IMB program)
CR
Carrier Route
CR
Character Reader [OCR] subsystem
CRA
Cost Revenue Analysis (~ 2005)
CRAMP
Computerised Routing for Automated Mail Processing (UK 1992 sort plan generator)
CRF
Central Repair Facility
CRID
Customer Registration ID (10 digits for IMB program)
CRIS
Carrier Route Information System
CRM
Character Recognition Module
CRM
Courtesy Reply Mail
CRM
Customer Relationship Management
CRS
Catalog Request Service (~ 2005)
CRS
Congressional Reporting Service
CRSS
Civil Service Retirement System
CRT
Cathode Ray Tube
CS&DS
Customer Service and Sales Districts
CSA
Candidate Supplemental Application (in USPS employee application process)
CSA
Carbazole Sulphonic Acid (blue phosphor ÒLettalite B2Ó used on UK stamps & barcodes)
CSA
Customer / Supplier Agreement (USPS, 2008)
CSAC
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (selects stamp designs)
CSB
Customer Service Branch [at each postal data center]
CSBCS
Carrier Sequence Bar Code Sorter
CSC
Consumer Service Card
CSD
Customer Service District
CSDD
Customer Service District Designee
CSF
Consumer Service Facility (195 in 2006 before END implemented)
CSI
Customer Satisfaction Index [Opinion Research Corporation]
CSM
Customer Satisfaction Measurement (survey)
CSM-B
Customer Satisfaction Measurement - business (survey)
CSM-EVM
Customer Satisfaction Measurement - event based (survey)
CSM-R
Customer Satisfaction Measurement - residential (survey)
CSMDS
Customer Services Management Data System
CSMPC
Customer Service Mail Processing Center (2009)
CSOCR
Code Sort Optical Character Reader
CSP
Corporate Succession Planning
CSR
Container Summary Record (2008, IMB program)
CSR
Customer Support Ruling (2007)
CSRDF
Civil Servant Retirement and Disability Fund
CSRDF
Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund
CSRS
Civil Service Retirement System
CST
Code Sort Translator (UK converts keystrokes to dot codes and dotcodes to addresses)
CT
Computed Tomography
CT
Court (Street Suffix)
CTC
Celebrate The Century (1999 stamp series)
CTHO
Christmas Terminal Handling Operation (e.g. temporary warehouse setup to handle USPS parcels for the holidays, Atlanta, 2006)
CTO
Chief Technology Officer
CTS
Culler - Tiler - Singler (UK)
CTT
Comprehensive Tracing and Tracking [for Express Mail]
CTUS
Customs Territory of the United States
CUPW
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
cv
coefficient of variance
CWA
Clean Water Act [from Environmental Protection Agency]
CWU
Communications Workers Union (UK)

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D/S
Drop Ship
DAASC
Defense Automatic Address System Center (Inquiry System)
DACA
Days After Contract
DADC
Destination Area Distribution Center (for periodicals)
DAISY
Data Acquisition Information System (UK)
DAL
Detached Address Label
DAR
Decision Analysis Report (e.g. FSS, 2009)
DAR
Detailed Analysis Report (2008)
DAS
Density Analysis System
dB
decibels (measure of sound level)
DBA
Doing Business As (Fictitious business name for sole proprietor)
dBA
a-weighted decibels (measure of sound level weighted to approximate the frequency response of the human ear)
dBC
c-weighted decibels (measure of sound level using an absolute scale)
DBCS
Delivery Bar Code Sorter
DBCS-EC
Delivery Bar Code Sorter Expanded Capability (2002-2003 can handle flimsy and heavy letter mail)
DBCS-ED
Delivery Bar Code Sorter Expanded Capability (2002-2003 can handle flimsy and heavy letter mail) - possible typo for DBCS-EC
DBCS/OSS
Delivery Bar Code Sorter/ Output SubSystem
DBD
Detailed Block Diagram
DBMC
Destination Bulk Mail Center
DCD
Document Control Division [headquarters]
DCN
Design Change Notification
DCS
Data Collection Site [MODS report abbreviation]
DCS
Direct Connect System [transports letters from the AFCS directly to a DBCS/OSS - planned for year 2004]
DCT
Data Collection Technician
DD
Doubles Detector (on AFCS-DD, 2004)
DDC
Delivery Distribution Center
DDE
Dynamic Data Exchange [for CBIT]
DDE/DR
Distributed Data Entry and Distributed Reporting
DDU
Destinating Delivery Unit
DDU
Destination Delivery Unit
DEC
Deceased (?) (return to sender)
DEC
Digital Equipment Corporation
DEC
Division Environmental Coordinator [USPS]
DelCon
Delivery Confirmation (USPS trace and track service)
DEPS
Drop Entry Point System [introduced through FAST on June 4, 2006]
DESK
(UK)
DFC
Directions For Conducting [examinations by NTAC]
DGS
Document Generator System [for contracting officers/ USPS Procurement & Supply]
DHHS
Department of Health and Human Services
DHL
courier service founded in 1969 by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn (D, H, and L) as a service shuttling bills of lading between San Francisco and Honolulu. Deutsche Post World Net acquired DHL in 2002. Through the purchase of Airborne Express in 2003, DHL became the third largest express service provider in the U.S.
DHS
Department of Homeland Security
DIB
Digital Inserter Base
DIME
Dual Independent Map Encoding [census & ZIP+4 directory]
DIOSS
Delivery Bar Code Sorter Input / Output SubSystem (the ultimate DBCS upgrade available in 2001 including DBCS/OCR/ISS/OSS)
DIOSS
Delivery Bar Code Sorter Input Subsystem / Output SubSystem (the ultimate DBCS upgrade available in 2001 including DBCS/OCR/ISS/OSS)
DIOSS-EC
Delivery Bar Code Sorter Input Subsystem / Output SubSystem Expanded Capability (future DBCS upgrade including DBCS/OCR/ISS/OSS with ability to handle heavier mail)
DIS
[abbreviation on Area Distribution Center (ADC) mail]
DIS
(unknown return to sender code)
DITA
Datapost Inland Tracking and Tracing (UK)
DIVA
Distributeur de Vignettes dÓAffranchisement (French self service stamp dispenser)
DJDE
[Xerox print format]
DKS
Distribution Key Share
DL/PB
Dead Letter/ Parcel Branch [USPS]
DLA
Defense Logistics Agency
DLL
Dynamic Link Library [for CBIT]
DLMA
Phosphor manufactured by Derby Luminescents of Enfield (mixture of CSA and para amino benzophenone makes a blue-green flash followed by blue phosphorescence)
DM
Direct Mail
DM
District Manager
DMCS
Domestic Mail Classification Schedule [defines mail requirements and rates]
DMD
[support facility in Washington DC]
DMM
Domestic Mail Manual (USPS)
DMU
Detached Mail Unit
DN
Distribution Networks
DNA
Deoxyribonucleic acid
DNDC
Destination Network Distribution Center (2010 was DBMC)
DNM
Do Not Mail
DNO
Distribution Networks Office
DNO
Distribution Networks Operations
DO
Delivery Office (UK, 2006)
DOB
Date of Birth
DOIS
Delivery Operations Information System (August 2000 Board meeting)
DOJ
Department of Justice
DOL
Department of Labor
DOT
Department of Transportation
DOV
Dispatch of Value (SCF to DDU delivery with DPS mail)
DPARS
Delivery Performance Achievement and Recognition System (2004 productivity tool based upon top quartile performers)
DPB
Delivery Point Bar Code (62 bar POSTNET representing 11 digit ZIP) - mail industry
DPBC
Delivery Point Bar Code (62 bar POSTNET representing 11 digit ZIP) - was ABC
DPC
Destination Processing Center [new naming convention for inbound mail processing center, 2005; as of 2006, after END is implemented expect 258 LPC / DPC total]
DPF
Delivery Point File
DPMG
Deputy Postmaster General
DPO
Designated Post Office
DPO
Diplomatic Post Office (2009)
DPP
Day of Pay Period (1-14) [MODS report abbreviation]
DPP
Delivery Point Packaging [2002 RFP to sequence flats and first class mail into one package for each delivery point]
DPRC
Dual Pass Rough Cull System "Barney"
DPRCS
Dual Pass Rough Cull System "Barney"
DPS
Delivery Point Sequence
DPS
Delivery Point Sequencing
DPV
Delivery Point Validation (a new feature in 2002 for address hygiene)
DPV
Delivery Point Verification (a new feature in 2002 for address hygiene)
DPWN
Deutsche Post World Net (2008)
DQI
Distribution Quality Improvement program (2004- uses commercial databases to improve remote computer reader encode rates)
DRDC
Destination Regional Distribution Center (2006)
DRS
Directory Retrieval System
DRS
(EEO) Dispute Resolution Specialist
DSAS
Drop Shipment Appointment System (replaced by FAST in 2005)
DSAT
Diagnostic Service Analysis Testing
DSCF
Destination Sectional Center Facility
DSF
Delivery Sequence File [from NAIC]
DSI
DSI: Driver Safety Instructor
DSIS
Decision Support Information System
DSL
Digital Subscriber Line (high speed Internet access on telephone wires such as ADSL, HDSL, SDSL, VDSL)
DSMART
Delivery Sortation Management Automation Research Tool (USPS software 2007)
DSMS
Drop Ship Management System [2002]
DSU
Decision Storage Unit [for RBCS]
DSU
Directory Search Unit [for AAR, future]
DUBCS
Delivery Unit Bar Code Sorter [obsolete term, see DBCS]
DUSPK
Delivery Unit Spare Parts Kit
DVD
Dominick V. Daniels Facility [Newark's GMF & SDC, formerly NJF]
DVED
Direct View Encoding Desk
DVRS
Diversity Reporting System
DVT
Documentation Verification Team [USPS]
DYNAMO
Dynamic Network Mails Operation [UK, records collection times at mail boxes]

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E&TS
Engineering & Technology Support department (USPS HQ)
E&TSD
Engineering & Technology Support Department (USPS HQ)
E-COM
Electronic Computer Originated Mail [obsolete USPS Registered Trademark]
e-VS
Electronic Verification System (2003, for postage payment of FedEx SmartPost parcels delivered by USPS - 2005)
E40
POSTEC Automatic Letter Sorting Machine (4 rows like DBCS) (UK)
EA/PS
[? prototype version of RBCS]
EAA
Enhanced Airline Assignment (2006)
EAD
Earliest Available Date (2004)
eaGLe
Excellence in Accounting through the General Ledger program (2003, to replace 20 year old GL)
EAP
Emergency Action Plan (2004)
EAP
Employee Assistance Program
EAP/WEI
Employee Assistance Program / Workplace Environment Improvement (offices merged 2003)
EAPBX
Electronic Automatic Private Branch Exchange [data transmission]
EAPWEI
see EAP/WEI
EAS
Executive and Administrative Schedule [upper labor grade levels]
EASC
Eastern Area Supply Center
EBCDIC
[a USPS magnetic tape standard based on IBM - ASCII is the another]
EBR
Employee Badge Reader [for time keeping through PC-CTAPS, RPMS, or DSIS]
eBuy
USPS e-purchasing system (2003)
ECA
ElectroCom Automation [vendor to USPS, division of AEG]
ECB
Engineering Change Board
ECCO
Electronic Cash Registers at Counters (UK)
ECDBCS
(see DBCS-EC)
ECI
Employment Cost Index
ECP
Efficient Component Pricing
ECR
Electronic Cash Register (UK machine)
ECR
Enhanced Carrier Route (~ 2005)
ECR
Environmental Compliance Review
ECS
Electronic Commerce Services (secure data transmission)
ECS
Electronic Courier Services (secure data transmission) March 2000
EDC
Engineering and Development Center (Merrifield, Virginia)
EDCI
Electronic Data Interchange
EDED
Employee Development and Education Division [of TDD]
Edger-Feeder model 500
Edger-Feeder
Edger-Feeder model 501A
Model 500 with low level mail alert, stripper, shingler
EDI
Electronic Data Interchange (USPS pub. 109)
EDIT
Engineering Data Isolation Technique
EDL
Enhanced Distribution Label (2004 for sack tracking)
EDMS
Equipment Data Management System [USPS Procurement & Supply]
EDP
Executive Development Program
EDS
Electronic Data Systems (vendor to USPS)
EDW
Enterprise Data Warehouse (2003 for Confirm tracking)
EEO
Equal Employment Opportunity
EEOC
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EFT
Electronic Funds Transfer
EI/QWL
Employee Involvement/ Quality of Work Life [USPS Glossary]
EI/QWL
Employee Involvement/ Quality of Working Life
EIC
Earned Income Credit
eIDEAS
Employee Ideas (Time and Attendence Collection System))
EIRS
Equipment Inventory Reporting System
EIS
Executive Information System
eLEARNING
(distance learning platform)
ELM
Employee and Labor Relations Manual
ELSIE
Electronic Letter Sorting and Indicating Equipment (UK original SPLSM)
EM
Express Mail
EMA
Emergency Management Activity
EMA
Envelope Manufacturers Association [industry trade association]
EMA
Equipment Maintenance Allowance [i.e. mileage for private car]
EMCA
Express Mail Corporate Account
EMCM
Executive Mail Center Management certification course (first USPS professional certification course)
eMIR
electronic Mail Improvememt Reporting system [reports problem packages to mailers, 2004]
EMIS
Express Mail International Service
EMM
Express Mail Manifesting
EMMS
Express Mail Military Service
EMRDF
Electronic Mail Run Data File [information about mail piece for inserters - e.g. Pitney Bowes]
EMRS
Electronic Marketing Reporting System (Express Mail Usage Tracking)
EMS
Environmental Management Systems
EMS
Express Mail (International) Service
ENCOMPASS
(partial) Computerized Procurement and Supply System(USPS Purchasing and Material Management Information Systems database provides national reporting against COMPASS data, with the exception of solicitations)
END
Evolutionary Network Development
EOM
End Of Message [MODS report abbreviation]
EOS
Employee Opinion Survey
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
EPCD
Entry Point Clearance Document (container based: also known as e8125)
EPD
Entry Point Discount (2006 with CCID)
EPM
Electronic Post Mark
EPO
Entry Post Office
EPP
Emergency Preparedness Plan
EPPML
Extensible Postal Product Model and Language (XML schema for standardized definition of postal products by Pitney Bowes, 2007)
ePUBWATCH
Electronic Publication Watch system (2003, complaint tracking and resolution system for periodical mail)
ERM
Employee Resource Management
ERM
Enterprise Risk Management (2005)
ERM
Envelope Reflectance Meter (version III in 2008)
ERMC
Eastern Region Mail Container
eRMS
enterprise Resource Management System (automated tracking of sick leave)
ERP
Enterprise Resource Planning
ERP
Expanded Return Program (bulk return of dead letter mail to companies)
ERRP
Ergonomic Risk Reduction Process (2002)
ESDS
Electro-Static Discharge Sensitive
ESP
Electronic Sort Processor
ESP
Entry Schedule for Periodicals (tracks periodicals on-time service)
ESP
Ergonomic Strategic Partnership (April 4, 2003)
EtO
Ethylene oxide
ETC
Electronic Time Clock system [1989 update for manual time card offices]
ETOE
Extraterrestrial Office of Exchange (in Comprehensive Report to Congress)
ETOE
Extraterritorial Office of Exchange
ETU
Engineering Technical Unit
EUARS
Electronic Uncoded Address Resolution Service (2008 ? changed words)
eUARS
Electronic Unencoded Address Resolution Service (2007 ? changed words)
eUARS
Electronic Unencoded Address Resolution System (2003)
EV
Electric Vehicle
EVA
Economic Value Added (financial performance figure, affects pay-for-performance calculations)
EVPN
Enhanced Virtual Private Network (AT&T phone system for USPS, 2007)
EVS
see: e-VS
EWS
Early Warning System (USPS 2004 patent alerts mailers to newly created streets and addresses within CASS)
EXFC
External First-Class Measurement System [Price Waterhouse first class mail on-time delivery reporting system]
Express Mail
USPS overnight mail [USPS Registered Trademark]
EXSEL
Excess Serviceable Equipment Listing [USPS Procurement & Supply]
EZF
Expert ZIP+4 Finder (ZIP Code/ZIP+4+2 address lookup system enables users to search for addresses and obtain matches from the USPS national address database; address matching logic accommodates misspellings, abbreviations, aliases, inaccurate address components - including wrong ZIP Codes - and peculiar local conventions)
EZR
Expanded ZIP Retrofit [allows 4 keystrokes for ZIP+4 sorts on MPLSM)

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F&CPP
Foreign and Colonial Parcel Post (UK, later I&FPP, now BC&FP)
FAA
Federal Aviation Authority
FAB
Feature And Benefit
FAP
Flats Automation Project (UK, 2009)
FAR
Federal Acquisition Regulation
FAST
Facility Access and Shipment Tracking system (manages drop ship appointments, 2005)
FAST
Facility Access Shipment and Tracking system (another translation of above)
FAST
Forecasted Annually Shipped Timely (centralized procurement system)
FAT
First Article Test
FAT
Foot Access Test
FBO
Federal Business Opportunities (replaces CBD in 2004)
FCC
Federal Communications Commission
FCM
First Class Mail
FCPC
First Class Phone Card
FCT
Facer Canceler Table (UK) [replaces ALF/SEG]
FD
5 Digit rate category abbreviation on letter mail key line
FDC
First Day Cover
FECA
Federal Employees' Compensation Act
FEDR
Feeder Enhanced Destacking Retrofit (Comprehensive Report to Congress)
FEDR
Feeder Enhancement Destacking Retrofit (2003-2004 for AFSM 100)
FEDSTRIP
Federal Standard Requisitioning and Issue Procedures
FEGLI
Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance [death benefits]
FEHB
Federal Employee Health Benefits
FEHBP
Federal Employee Health Benefits Program
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERS
Federal Employee Retirement System
FET
Field Effect Transistor (type of integrated circuit)
FFAD
Flats Feeder Assist Device (2004)
FFB
Federal Financing Bank
FFM
Flats Forwarding Module (CFS-Flats)
FFP
Firm Fixed Price
FFT
Flats Forwarding Terminal (in Computerized Forwarding System)
FFV
Flexible Fuel Vehicle
FHP
First Handling Pieces
FHP/HR
First Handling Pieces per clerk/ mail handler work hour [MODS report abbreviation]
FHWA
Federal Highway Administration [regulates mailbox support sizes for auto safety]
FICA
Federal Insurance Contributions Act [social security]
FICS
Flats ID Cost Sort (Comprehensive Report to Congress)
FICS
Flats Identification Coding System (2004, ID tag for flats without POSTNET on AFSM 100)
FICS
Flats Identification Code Sort system (2005, ID tag for flats without POSTNET on AFSM 100)
FIM
Facing Identification Mark
FIPS
Federal Information Processing Standard county codes
FIRES
Flat Interim Remote Encoding System (2003)
First Class Mail
[USPS Registered Trademark]
FL
Floor (mailing address abbreviation)
Flats Canceler model 15
(year 1987)
FLSA
Fair Labor Standards Act
FLTS
Flats
FMBCR
Flat Mail Bar Code Reader [Flats WABCR]
FMLA
Family and Medical Leave Act
FMM
Financial Management Manual
FMO
Field Maintenance Office(s)
FMOCR
Flat Mail Optical Character Reader
FMPCS
Fixed Mechanization Process Control System [Scio Systems' hardware/ software system that controls USPS sack, parcel, and large parcel sorting machines; timeshare conveyor systems; container routing (towline) systems; and specialized induction systems in USPS Chicago & Springfield 1992]
FMT
Flat Mail Tray (USPS FSS video, 2008)
FN
First-class Nonpresort rate category abbreviation on letter mail key line
FOB
Free On Board [freight/shipping delivered at no charge to]
FOE
Forwarding Order Expired (return to sender)
FOIA
Freedom Of Information Act
FON
Functional Operation Number (merged with LDCs for MODS and NWRS reporting)
Form 3541-N
2nd class special & classroom rate (mailing statement)
Form 3541-R
2nd class special regular & agriculture rate (mailing statement)
Form 3553
CASS/MASS certification statement
Form 3600-N
1st class nonprofit (mailing statement)
Form 3600-PC
1st class stamped / metered (mailing statement)
Form 3600-R
1st class permit (mailing statement)
Form 3602-N
3rd class nonprofit permit (mailing statement)
Form 3602-PC
3rd class stamped/ metered (mailing statement)
Form 3602-PVN
3rd class plant verified nonprofit permit (mailing statement)
Form 3602-PVPC
3rd class plant verified stamped or metered (mailing statement)
Form 3602-PVR
3rd class plant verified permit (mailing statement)
Form 3602-R
3rd class permit (mailing statement)
Form 3605-PC
Priority mail meter (mailing statement)
Form 3605-R
Priority mail permit (mailing statement)
Form 3608-PC
4th class meter (mailing statement)
Form 3608-R
4th class permit (mailing statement)
Form 3615
Mailing Permit Application and Customer Profile (12/2002) [current precancel use permit]
Form 3620
Permit To Use Precanceled Stamps or Envelopes (12/1979) [precancel use permit before PS Form 3615 ?]
FP
Presorted First-class rate category abbreviation on letter mail key line
FPA
Foreign Postal Administration
FPARS
Flats Postal Address Redirection System (PARS for flats; tested in Boston Feb 2008; reroutes flats with wrong name at address)
FPI
Functional Process Improvement
FPO
Field Post Office [UK]
FPO
Fleet Post Office [Navy & Marines]
FPR
Funded Procurement Request
FPS
Foreign Postal Settlement system (2010)
FR
[see Telescoping Conveyer model FR]
FR
Federal Register
FRA
Field Replaceable Assembly
FRCS
Federal Reserve Communications System [for funds transfer]
FREBO
Field Real Estate and Buildings Office (obsolete)
FREQ
Frequency Code [MODS report abbreviation]
FRES
Flat Remote Encoding System (2004)
FRIP
Flats Recognition Improvement Program (2004 - 2009...)
FRU
Field Replaceable Unit [in equipment]
FSA
Flexible Spending Account
FSC
Facilities Service Center
FSC
Forest Stewardship Council (environmental compliance ratings)
FSM
Flat Sorting Machine [also see MPFSM]
FSM 881
Flat Sorting Machine model 881
FSM 1000
Flat Sorting Machine model 1000 (handles flats which cannot be processed on FSM 881)
FSO
Facilities Service Offices
FSS
Flat Sequencing System [Comprehensive Report to Congress]
FSS
Flats Sequencing System [2002 RFP to sequence flats]
FT
[see Telescoping Conveyer model FT]
FT
Flats Terminal (CFS-Flats)
FTC
Federal Trade Commission
FTF
Friend to Friend - PLANET code program allows mailing coupons to friends for free
FTP
File Transfer Protocol (USPS pub. 109)
FTS
Federal Telecommunications System (see PEN)
FY
Fiscal Year

-G-

GAAP
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GAO
General Accounting Office (until July 2004)
GAO
Government Accountability Office (after July 2004)
GAO
Government Accounting Office (incorrect, correct title is Government Accountability Office)
GAPA
Guichet d'Affranchisement Postale Automatique (French integrated retail terminal)
GAPP
Global Air Parcel Post
GBF/DIME
Geographic Base File/ Dual Independent Map Encoding [census & ZIP+4]
GBS
Global Business System (made up of 3 smaller systems: GBS-D, GBS-D, IRS) [2007]
GBS-D
Global Business System Dispatch (part of GBS) [2007]
GBS-R
Global Business System Receipt (part of GBS) [2007]
GCA
Graphic Communications Council (developers of MAIL.DAT mailpiece information exchange format)
GCA
Greeting Card Association
GCW
Gross Combined Weight
GEM
Global Express Mail (USPS to 190 countries, 2006)
GEPS
Global Expedited Package Service
GFY
Government Fiscal Year (365 days)
GHG
Greenhouse Gas (emissions)
GIS
Geographical Information System
GIST
Greeting, Inquiring, Suggesting, Thanking service initiative [1991]
GL
General Ledger
GLS
Global Logistics Systems (subsidiary of UK Royal Mail)
GM
General Manager
GMF
General Mail Facility
GMFSPK
General Mail Facility Spare Parts Kit
GMHS
General Mail Handling Systems
GMS
General Mail System
GPC
General Purpose Container
GPL
Global Package Link
GPM
Global Priority Mail for parcels up to 4 pounds (USPS to 190 countries, 2006)
GPMC
General Purpose Mail Container
GPO
General Post Office
GPO
Government Printing Office
GPRA
Government Performance and Results Act
GPS
Global Positioning Satellite
GPS
Global Positioning System
GSA
General Services Administration
GSM
Gibbons Stamp Monthly (UK)
GTS
Diners Club Government Travel System
GUI
Graphical User Interface [e.g. Macintosh and Windows]
GXG
Global Express Guaranteed (USPS partnership with FedEx to 190 countries, 2006)

-H-

H
[see Portable conveyer model H]
H.R. 22
House Resolution 22 [PAEA - Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act signed December 20, 2006 as P.L. 109-435 merging the House Bill (H.R. 22) and the Senate bill (S. 662)]
Hamper Dumper
Transfers loose collection mail in hampers to any hopper type conveyer
HASP
Hub And Spoke Program (14 facilities in 2006 before END implemented)
HASP
Hub And Spoke Project terminal [truck to truck transfer program]
HAZMAT
Hazardous Material
HB
Hotchkiss-Brandt (manufacturer)
HCAP
Highway Corridor Analytic Program (USPS and IBM, 2008)
HCR
Highway Contract Route
HCR-TCP
Highway Contract Route Transportation Pay Cycle
HDQ
Headquarters [USPS]
HDSL
High-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line (1.5 Mbps high speed Internet access on telephone wires)
HEPA
High-Efficiency Particulate Air (air filtration category)
HJR
House Joint Resolution (Congress)
HM1
[French Sorting Machine modular construction 32 - 256 boxes]
HMS
[French Sorting Machine modular construction simplified 32 - 160 boxes]
HNAM
Hidden Markov Model (character recognition in Siemens OCR Adaptive Read system)
HPO
Head Post Office (UK - is CDO, LDO or PDO since 1986)
HPO
Highway Post Office
HQ
Headquarters [USPS]
HQO
Headquarters Originator [used to designate source of documentation]
HR
Human Resources
HR 22
House Resolution 22 [PAEA - Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act signed December 20, 2006 as P.L. 109-435 merging the House Bill (H.R. 22) and the Senate bill (S. 662)]
HRIS
Human Resources Information System
HSCB
High Security Collection Box (~ 2003)
HSCBU
High Security Cluster Box Unit (Comprehensive Report to Congress)
HSIU
High Speed Induction Unit (at BMU with barcode readers, 2007)
HSSM
High Speed Sorting Machine (UK)
HVAC
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
HWAI
Hand Written Address Interpretation, it runs with the RCR
HWDC
Heathrow World Distribution Centre (UK, 2008

-I-

I&FPP
Imperial and Foreign Parcel Post (UK, was F&CPP, then I&FPP, now BC&FP)
I&I
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Injuries and Illnesses report
IA
Insufficient address (return to sender)
IAFCS
Integrated Advanced Facer Canceler System
IAPO
International Association of Privacy Officers
IARAP
Interim Alternate Route Adjustment Process (2009)
IAS
International Accounting System
IAW
In Accord With [statement of work]
IBA
Ion Beam Applications company (irradiates mail for USPS)
IBD
Intermediate Block Diagram
IBI
Information Based Indicia barcode (since 1998)
IBIP
Information Based Indicia Program
IBI-RP
Information Based Indicia Revenue Protection
IBM
International Business Machines (vendor to USPS)
IBRS
International Business Reply Service
IBSS
Information Business Systems Solutions
IBU
International Business Unit
ICC
Interstate Commerce Commission
ICFR
Internal Controls over Financial Reporting
ICG
Internal Control Group (2003)
ICOA
Internet Change Of Address (USPS / Imagitas strategic alliance program started Nov. 2001)
ICS
ID code sortation (allows BCS to sort using flourescent ID tages as well as POSTNET barcode)
ICS
ID Tag Code Sort
ICS
Identification Code Sort
ICU
Image Control Unit (IPU/IPSS) for RBCS [enhances connection from ISS to IPU]
ID
Identification
IDCS/CT
Identification Code Sort / Code Track (1998 award to Siemens to use ID tag barcode and POSTNET barcode for tracking and sorting)
IDE
Internet Engineering Design
IDIQ
Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract (open purchase order)
IDLH
Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health [see RPP and 29 CFR 1910.134]
IDR
Integrated Dispatch and Receipt (2005)
IDS
ID Code Sortation
IDS
Integrated Data System (collects mail processing data in a facility; upgraded in 2002)
IE
Industrial Engineering
IED
Improvised Explosive Device
IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [professional & standards group]
IEMP
Integrated Emergency Management Plan (2004)
IEO
International Exchange Office
IEPP
Integrated Emergency Preparedness Plan (2004)
IFB
Invitation For Bid
IG
Inspector General (USPS)
II
[see CFS II]
II
[see Mark II Facer-Canceler]
II
[see OSHA I&I]
IJC
Ink Jet Canceller (on AFCS-IJC, 2004)
IJP
Ink Jet Printer
IJP
Ink Jet Printing
ILL
Illegible (?) (return to sender)
ILS
In Line Scale (~ 2005)
iLSM
intelligent Letter Sorting Machine (UK, 2008)
ILSS
Integrated Logistics Support System
ILV
Integrated Video/ OCR System (AEG 1992)
ILV
Integrierte Automatische Lese-und Videocoderanlage (Germany 1989, RBCS)
IMAG
International Mailers Action Group (2006)
IMAQ
Intelligent Mail and Address Quality group in USPS (new, Feb 2003; Tom Day is senior VP of group as of Jan, 2008)
IMb
Intelligent Mail Barcode (4 state barcode USA)
IMB
Intelligent Mail Barcode (4 state barcode USA 2007)
IMB
International Mail Branches (USPS)
IMbcs
Intelligent Mail container barcode (2009)
IMbs
Intelligent Mail barcodes (2009)
IMC
Image Capture Unit
IMC
International Mail Centre (Hong Kong, 2006)
IMcb
Intelligent Mail Container Barcode (21 character barcode meeting GS1-128 specification including valid mailer ID and unique serial number, USPS 2009)
IMD
Intelligent Mail Device (30,000 scanners installed by 2007)
IMDAS
Intelligent Mail Data Acquisition System
IME
In-Mail-Equivalency (the amount a marketer can spend per direct mail piece to equal a stated on-line advertising click cost) 2007
IMF
Incoming Mail Facility
IMHS
Integrated Mail Handling System (e.g. IMHS dumper is the mail container dumper at BMC)
IM
Intelligent Mail
IMM
International Mail Manual [USPS]
IMMS
Intelligent Mail Measurement System
IMP
Integrated Mail Processor (UK Royal Mail & New Zealand: single unit CFC to sorter, 1996)
IMPAC
International Merchant Purchase Authorization Card
IMPC
Independent Mail Processing Center [i.e. North Metro Ga.]
IMPex
IMP reduced version (UK)
IMPEX
IMP reduced version (UK)
IMR
Intelligent Mail Range record (2008, IMB program)
IMtbs
Intelligent Mail tray (?) barcode (2009)
IMU
Intelligent Mail University (2008)
INET
? Internet Wang address / network (Wang product)
INTELPOST
International Electronic Post [USPS Registered FAX Trademark]
INV
Inventory [MODS report abbreviation]
IOB
Inventory Operation Branch (of NICC)
IOCS
In-Office Cost System
IOS
Interoperability Specifications (data transmission among automation equipment sets (2004)
IOSS
Input/ Output Subsystem for Remote Bar Code System (RBCS) including ISS, ICU, IPU, DSU, SCC, OSS
IPA
International Pilot's Association
IPA
International Priority Airmail service
IPA/ISAL
International Priority Airmail /International Surface Air Lift service
IPC
International Postal Corporation (a cooperative association of 23 national postal operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and accounting for 80% of the world's mail in 2007
IPCS
International Package Consignment Service
IPP
In-Person Proofing at Post Offices Program (2004, identity confirmation for digital certificate)
IPP
Irregular Parcels and Pieces
IPR
In-Process Review (review requirements with USPS to avoid rejections of deliverables)
IPS
In Plant Support (analyst)
IPS
Inward Primary Sorting (UK)
IPSIM
Interactive Postal Simulator [obsolete]
IPSS
Image Processing SubSystem for RBCS including ICU, SCC, DSU IPU & Audit
IPU
Image Processing Unit for RBCS
IRBC
Information Rich Barcode [proposed 3 state barcode]
IRM
Integrated Resource Management
IRMD
Information Resource Management Department (of ITSC)
IRS
Internal Revenue Service (USA federal tax department)
IRS
International Reconciliation System (part of Global Business System) [2007]
IRT
Integrated Retail Terminal (replaced by POS ONE, 2004)
IRT/BCA
Integrated Retail Terminal/ Bank Card Acceptance
ISAL
International Surface Air Lift
ISBN
International Standard Book Number
ISC
Information Service Center
ISC
International Service Centers (5 as of 2006 before END implemented)
ISIC
International Standard Industrial Classification (United Nations Statistical Office's version of USA's SIC and NAICS codes)
ISS
Input SubSystem
ISS
International Symbology Specification (USPS pub. 109) for barcode
ISS AFCS
Input SubSystem for Advanced Facer Canceler System [future procurement]
ISS MLOCR
Input SubSystem for MLOCR [future procurement]
ISS RBCS
Input SubSystem for RBCS [future procurement]
ISSC
Information Systems Service Center
ISSN
International Standard Serial Number
ISSP
Incoming Secondary Sort Program
IT
Information Technology
ITA
US Commerce Department International Trade Administration (2010)
ITC
Integrated Tray Converter (FSS)
ITIL
Information Technology Infrastructure Library
ITK
Infrastructure Tool Kit
ITSC
IRMD Telecommunications Support Center (field units of NISSC)
ITSC Chicago
regional IRMD Telecommunications Support Center
ITSC Memphis
regional IRMD Telecommunications Support Center
ITSC Philadelphia
regional IRMD Telecommunications Support Center
ITSC San Bruno
regional IRMD Telecommunications Support Center
ITSC Windsor
regional IRMD Telecommunications Support Center
IVR
Interactive Voice Response
IVS
Inward Vouching Office (UK)

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JCAM
Joint Contract Administration Manual (5th edition in 2004 for USPS-NALC)
JIFFI
Job Instruction File Format for Industry (created by GCA, 1999)
JIT
Just In Time
JSA
Job Safety Analysis (report)

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KBS
Knowledge Based System [in TOPS for DBCS launch]
KBS/OLR
Knowledge Based System/ On Line Reference [in TOPS for DBCS launch]
KCE
Knowledge Centered Environment
KPG
Kahala Posts Group (2010: international alliance of national posts of Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, UK, and USA)
KSA
Knowledge, Skill, or Ability [USPS career guide]

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L
[see Portable conveyer model L]
L&DC
Logistics and Distribution Center (priority mail processing center ; possibly also used as temperory facility when another facility is being renovated; 11 in 2006 before END implemented with 258 LPC / DPC expected afterwards)
L-mail
Letter Mail (hybrid mail from l-mail.com, 2004)
L-O-T
Line Of Travel (delivery sequence)
LA
Lock Andrus (lock or key)
LACS
Locatable Address Conversion System (converts from RR to "911 addressing" street name addresses, 2004)
LACSLINK
Locatable Address Conversion LINK for address correction (USPS, 2004)
LAM
Lock Assembly Machine(robotic machine that operates on software integrated circuits that sends and receives data from the computer to a signal controller interface (to make Arrow locks))
LAMM
Late arrival managed mail (per JKB)
LAMPS
Labor And Management Partners
LAN
Local Area Network
LC
Lettres et Cartes (international letters and cards)
LCD
Liquid Crystal Display
LCD
Local Consignment Deport (UK)
LCTS
Low Cost Tray Sorter (2002)
LD
Lethal Dose
LDC
Labor Distribution Code (of National Work hour Reporting System)
LDO
Letter District Office (UK, was HPO before 1986)
LDU
Level Distribution Unit for Delivery Bar Code Sorter (DBCS - Martin Marietta)
LF
Lead Facilitator
LID
Luminescent Indicia Detector
LIS
Letter Information Sample (UK mail sample in LIS)
LIS
Letter Information System (UK system until 1989 for mail quality sampling)
LLV
Long Life Vehicle (Grumman)
LMI
Logistics Management Institute
LMLM
Letter Mail Labeling Machine (white label applicator to cover incorrect barcodes)
LMRI
Letter Mail Readability Index
LMS
Learning Management System (2003, web based learning)
LOT
Line-of-Travel
LPC
Label Print Center (in Topeka, makes bar coded tray labels)
LPC
Label Printing Center (in Topeka, makes bar coded tray labels)
LPC
Local Processing Center [outbound, new naming convention, 2005]
LPD
Local Parcel Depot (UK)
LPS
Local Property and Supply System (USPS Purchasing and Material Management Information Systems database contains local site inventory, property, and purchasing records.)
LQM
Linear quality mark (UK 2008)
LREP
Letter Recognition Enhancement Program
LSA
Libre Service d'Affranchisement (French self service weighing & labeling machine)
LSM
Letter Sorting Machine (UK, 2006, automated barcode sorting machine, e.g. NP4000)
LSM
Letter Sorting Machine (USA, ~1970-1990, mechanized manual data entry letter sorting machine, e.g. SPLSM, MPLSM)
LSS
Lean Six Sigma (2008)
LSSK
Local Site Spares Kit
LTATS
Loan, Transfer, and Training System [now includes FON codes]
LTL
less-than-truckload (e.g. FedEx National LTL, a new long-haul less-than-truckload service (2007)
LULAC
League of United Latin American Citizens
LUR
Labor Utilization Report

United States Postal Service Abbreviations Glossary A - L (here)

United States Postal Service Abbreviations Glossary M - Z

United States Postal Service Abbreviations Glossary Numeric


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