A-9302, MAY 12, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 939

A-9302: May 12, 1925

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POSTAL RECLASSIFICATION - SPECIAL-HANDLING STAMPS POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH CLASS ARE ENTITLED TO CLAIM COMMISSIONS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF POSTAGE STAMPS AFFIXED TO FOURTH-CLASS MAIL FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING "SPECIAL HANDLING. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 24. A DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH CLASS MAY CLAIM COMMISSIONS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF STAMPS AFFIXED TO FOURTH-CLASS MAIL FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING "SPECIAL HANDLING.'. THE 25 CENTS CHARGED FOR "SPECIAL HANDLING" IS PROVIDED TO BE AFFIXED AS "POSTAGE.'. NO SPECIFIC PROVISION IS MADE FOR REIMBURSING THE POSTMASTERS FOR THIS SPECIAL HANDLING AS FOR SPECIAL DELIVERY POSTAGE (ACT OF AUGUST 4. IN VIEW OF WHICH IT IS REASONABLE TO CONCLUDE THAT THE STAMPS THUS AFFIXED FOR SPECIAL HANDLING CONSTITUTE "POSTAGE STAMPS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PROVISION FOR COMPUTING THE COMMISSIONS OF THE POSTMASTER.

A-9302, MAY 12, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 939

POSTAL RECLASSIFICATION - SPECIAL-HANDLING STAMPS POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH CLASS ARE ENTITLED TO CLAIM COMMISSIONS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF POSTAGE STAMPS AFFIXED TO FOURTH-CLASS MAIL FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING "SPECIAL HANDLING," AS AUTHORIZED BY TITLE II, SECTION 207 (B), OF THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, 43 STAT. 1067.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MAY 12, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 24, 1925, AS FOLLOWS:

THE ACT APPROVED FEBRUARY 28, 1925 (H.R. 11444) (43 STAT. 1067), RECLASSIFYING THE SALARIES OF POSTMASTERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE POSTAL SERVICE, AND READJUSTING THEIR SALARIES AND COMPENSATION, PROVIDES IN PART AS FOLLOWS:

"FOURTH CLASS.--- THE COMPENSATION OF POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH CLASS SHALL BE FIXED UPON THE BASIS OF THE WHOLE OF THE BOX RENTS COLLECTED AT THEIR OFFICES AND COMMISSIONS UPON THE AMOUNT OF CANCELED POSTAGE-DUE STAMPS AND ON POSTAGE STAMPS, STAMPED ENVELOPES, AND POSTAL CARDS CANCELED, ON MATTER ACTUALLY MAILED AT THEIR OFFICES, AND ON THE AMOUNT OF NEWSPAPER AND PERIODICAL POSTAGE COLLECTED IN MONEY, AND ON THE POSTAGE COLLECTED IN MONEY ON IDENTICAL PIECES OF THIRD AND FOURTH CLASS MATTER MAILED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF APRIL 28, 1904, WITHOUT POSTAGE STAMPS AFFIXED, AND ON POSTAGE COLLECTED IN MONEY ON MATTER OF THE FIRST CLASS MAILED UNDER PROVISIONS OF THE ACT OF APRIL 24, 1920, WITHOUT POSTAGE STAMPS AFFIXED, AND ON AMOUNTS RECEIVED FROM WASTE PAPER, DEAD NEWSPAPERS, PRINTED MATTER, AND TWINE SOLD, AT THE FOLLOWING PROVISION:

TITLE II OF THE SAME ACT, SECTION 207 (B), MAKES THE FOLLOWING PROVISION:

"WHENEVER, IN ADDITION TO THE POSTAGE AS HEREINBEFORE PROVIDED, THERE SHALL BE AFFIXED TO ANY PARCEL OF MAIL MATTER OF THE FOURTH CLASS POSTAGE OF THE VALUE OF 25 CENTS WITH THE WORDS "SPECIAL HANDLING" WRITTEN OR PRINTED UPON THE WRAPPER, SUCH PARCEL SHALL RECEIVE THE SAME EXPEDITIOUS HANDLING, TRANSPORTATION, AND DELIVERY ACCORDED TO MAIL MATTER OF THE FIRST CLASS.'

A DECISION IS REQUESTED AS TO WHETHER POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH CLASS MAY CLAIM COMMISSIONS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF STAMPS AFFIXED TO FOURTH-CLASS MAIL FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING "SPECIAL HANDLING.'

THE BASIS FOR COMPUTING THE COMPENSATION OF POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH- CLASS OFFICES INCLUDES COMMISSIONS ON CANCELLATION OF "POSTAGE STAMPS.' THE 25 CENTS CHARGED FOR "SPECIAL HANDLING" IS PROVIDED TO BE AFFIXED AS "POSTAGE.' NO SPECIFIC PROVISION IS MADE FOR REIMBURSING THE POSTMASTERS FOR THIS SPECIAL HANDLING AS FOR SPECIAL DELIVERY POSTAGE (ACT OF AUGUST 4, 1886, 24 STAT. 221), IN VIEW OF WHICH IT IS REASONABLE TO CONCLUDE THAT THE STAMPS THUS AFFIXED FOR SPECIAL HANDLING CONSTITUTE "POSTAGE STAMPS" WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PROVISION FOR COMPUTING THE COMMISSIONS OF THE POSTMASTER.

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION SPECIFICALLY, POSTMASTERS OF THE FOURTH CLASS ARE ENTITLED TO CLAIM COMMISSIONS FOR THE CANCELLATION OF POSTAGE STAMPS AFFIXED TO FOURTH-CLASS MAIL FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING "SPECIAL HANDLING.'

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