Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Postal Service's Breast Cancer Research Stamp, focusing on: (1) how the Service went about identifying and allocating the costs it incurred in developing and marketing the Breast Cancer Research Semipostal (BCRS) and the issues associated with effectiveness; (2) the statutory authorities and constraints associated with the Service's issuance of semipostals, in general, as a means of fund-raising; and (3) the appropriateness of using the BCRS as a means of fund-raising.
Matter for Congressional Consideration
|If Congress decides that the Postal Service is not recouping its reasonable costs associated with the BCRS, Congress may wish to consider: (1) amending the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act to specify any additional costs associated with the BCRS that the Postal Service must recoup; and (2) in any future semipostal legislation, specifying the explicit criteria the Service should use in determining costs to be recouped from the semipostal's surcharge revenue.||In July 2000, legislation was enacted into law authorizing the Postal Service to issue and sell additional semipostals. That legislation did not amend the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act to specify any additional costs associated with the BCRS that the Postal Service must recoup, or specify explicit criteria the Service should use in determining costs to be recovered from semipostal surcharge revenue. However, the legislation directed the Postal Service to establish regulations specifically addressing how the costs incurred by the Postal Service are to be computed, recovered, and kept to a minimum.|
Recommendations for Executive Action
|United States Postal Service||The Postmaster General should promptly issue regulations that clearly state the Service's criteria for determining which costs are to be recouped from the BCRS surcharge revenue and ensure that the criteria are consistently applied to all cost items associated with the BCRS.|
|United States Postal Service||The Postmaster General should direct postal management to make available the data and analysis showing which BCRS costs have been recovered through the 33-cent First-Class postage rate to provide assurance that postal ratepayers are not involuntarily contributing funds to breast cancer research.|