H. R. 6355

To require the Postal Service to establish a website providing information on post offices experiencing emergency suspensions, and for other purposes.

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117 HR 6355 IH: To require the Postal Service to establish a website providing information on post offices experiencing emergency suspensions, and for other purposes.

U.S. House of Representatives

2022-01-10

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117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6355

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 2022

Mrs. Axne

introduced the following bill

January 10, 2022

Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform

A BILL

To require the Postal Service to establish a website providing information on post offices experiencing emergency suspensions, and for other purposes.

1.

Post office emergency suspension website

(a)

In general

Subchapter VII of

chapter 36

of title 39, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

3692.

Post office emergency suspension website

(a)

In general

The Postal Service shall develop and maintain a publicly available website with an interactive web-tool that provides information about each covered post office, including the information described in subsection (b).

(b)

Emergency suspension information

The information provided on the Website shall include—

(1)

a list of each covered post office; and

(2)

for each covered post office—

(A)

a street address;

(B)

the date on which the relevant emergency suspension for such covered post office took effect;

(C)

the reason for such emergency suspension;

(D)

alternative services available, including how to request curbside delivery;

(E)

the location of, and hours of operation for, the nearest facility providing retail access to postal services; and

(F)

to the extent practicable, the estimated date on which operations at such covered post office will resume.

(c)

Address search functionality

The Website shall include functionality enabling a user to search for information about covered post offices by street address, ZIP Code, or post office box.

(d)

Format

The information described in subsection (a) shall be provided on the Website—

(1)

in a manner that—

(A)

presents such information on an interactive dashboard;

(B)

is searchable and may be sorted and filtered by the elements described in subsection (b)(2); and

(C)

to the extent practicable, enables any person or entity to download in bulk—

(i)

such information; and

(ii)

the results of a search by the elements described in subsection (b)(2);

(2)

in an open format that permits any individual or entity to reuse and analyze such information; and

(3)

in a structured data format, to the extent practicable.

(e)

Suspension notice

Information provided on the Website shall not be considered as providing notice to any person that the operations of a post office have been temporarily suspended pursuant to subchapter 61 of the Postal Service Handbook PO–101, or any successor policy.

(f)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Covered post office

The term

covered post office

means a post office at which operations have been temporarily suspended pursuant to subchapter 61 of the Postal Service Handbook PO–101, or any successor policy.

(2)

Emergency suspension

The term

emergency suspension

means the temporary suspension of operations at a post office pursuant to subchapter 61 of the Postal Service Handbook PO–101, or any successor policy.

(3)

Post office

The term

post office

means a Post Office, as such term is defined in section 241.1 of title 39, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor regulation, and includes a post office branch or post office station.

(4)

Website

The term

Website

means the website described in subsection (a).

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(b)

Implementation deadline

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Postal Service shall establish the website required under section 3692(a) of title 39, United States Code, as added by this Act.

(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for

chapter 36

of title 39, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to

section 3691

the following new item:

3692. Post office emergency suspension website.

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