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Title 39 - Postal Service

Part I - General
Chapter 1 - Postal Policy and Definitions
§ 101 Postal policy
§ 102 Definitions
Chapter 2 - Organization
§ 201 United States Postal Service
§ 202 Board of Governors
§ 203 Postmaster General; Deputy Postmaster General
§ 204 General Counsel; Judicial Officer; Chief Postal Inspector
§ 205 Procedures of the Board of Governors
§ 206 Advisory Council
§ 207 Seal
§ 208 Reservation of powers
Chapter 4 - General Authority
§ 401 General powers of the Postal Service
§ 402 Delegation of authority
§ 403 General duties
§ 404 Specific powers
§ 404a Specific limitations
§ 405 Printing of illustrations of United States postage stamps
§ 406 Postal services at Armed Forces installations
§ 407 International postal arrangements
§ 408 International money-order exchanges
§ 409 Suits by and against the Postal Service
§ 410 Application of other laws
§ 411 Cooperation with other Government agencies
§ 412 Nondisclosure of lists of names and addresses
§ 413 Postal services at diplomatic posts
§ 414 Special postage stamps
§ 415 Prohibition on restriction or elimination of services
§ 416 Authority to issue semipostals
Chapter 5 - Postal Regulatory Commission
§ 501 Establishment
§ 502 Commissioners
§ 503 Rules; regulations; procedures
§ 504 Administration
§ 505 Officer of the Postal Regulatory Commission representing the general public
Chapter 6 - Private Carriage of Letters
§ 601 Letters carried out of the mail
§ 602 Foreign letters out of the mails
§ 603 Searches authorized
§ 604 Seizing and detaining letters
§ 605 Searching vessels for letters
§ 606 Disposition of seized mail
Part II - Personnel
Chapter 10 - Employment Within the Postal Service
§ 1001 Appointment and status
§ 1002 Political recommendations
§ 1003 Employment policy
§ 1004 Supervisory and other managerial organizations
§ 1005 Applicability of laws relating to Federal employees
§ 1006 Right of transfer
§ 1007 Seniority for employees in rural service
§ 1008 Temporary employees or carriers
§ 1009 Personnel not to receive fees
§ 1010 Administration of oaths related to postal inspection matters
§ 1011 Oath of office
Chapter 12 - Employee-management Agreements
§ 1201 Definition
§ 1202 Bargaining units
§ 1203 Recognition of labor organizations
§ 1204 Elections
§ 1205 Deductions of dues
§ 1206 Collective-bargaining agreements
§ 1207 Labor disputes
§ 1208 Suits
§ 1209 Applicability of Federal labor laws
Part III - Modernization and Fiscal Administration
Chapter 20 - Finance
§ 2001 Definitions
§ 2002 Capital of the Postal Service
§ 2003 The Postal Service Fund
§ 2005 Obligations
§ 2006 Relationship between the Treasury and the Postal Service
§ 2007 Public debt character of the obligations of the Postal Service
§ 2008 Audit and expenditures
§ 2009 Annual budget
§ 2009a Budgetary treatment of the Postal Service Fund
§ 2010 Restrictions on agreements
§ 2011 Provisions relating to competitive products
Chapter 24 - Appropriations and Annual Report
§ 2401 Appropriations
§ 2402 Annual report
Chapter 26 - Debts and Collection
§ 2601 Collection and adjustment of debts
§ 2602 Transportation of international mail by air carriers of the United States
§ 2603 Settlement of claims for damages caused by the Postal Service
§ 2604 Delivery of stolen money to owner
§ 2605 Suits to recover wrongful or fraudulent payments
Chapter 28 - Strategic Planning and Performance Management
§ 2801 Definitions
§ 2802 Strategic plans
§ 2803 Performance plans
§ 2804 Program performance reports
§ 2805 Inherently Governmental functions
Part IV - Mail Matter
Chapter 30 - Nonmailable Matter
§ 3001 Nonmailable matter
§ 3002 Nonmailable motor vehicle master keys
§ 3002a Nonmailability of locksmithing devices
§ 3003 Mail bearing a fictitious name or address
§ 3004 Delivery of mail to persons not residents of the place of address
§ 3005 False representations; lotteries
§ 3007 Detention of mail for temporary periods
§ 3008 Prohibition of pandering advertisements
§ 3009 Mailing of unordered merchandise
§ 3010 Mailing of sexually oriented advertisements
§ 3011 Judicial enforcement
§ 3012 Civil penalties
§ 3013 Semiannual reports on investigative activities of the Postal Service
§ 3014 Nonmailable plants
§ 3015 Nonmailable plant pests and injurious animals
§ 3016 Administrative subpoenas
§ 3017 Nonmailable skill contests or sweepstakes matter; notification to prohibit mailings
§ 3018 Hazardous material
Chapter 32 - Penalty and Franked Mail
§ 3201 Definitions
§ 3202 Penalty mail
§ 3203 Endorsements on penalty covers
§ 3204 Restrictions on use of penalty mail
§ 3205 Accounting for penalty covers
§ 3206 Reimbursement for penalty mail service
§ 3207 Limit of weight of penalty mail; postage on overweight matter
§ 3208 Shipment by most economical means
§ 3209 Executive departments to supply information
§ 3210 Franked mail transmitted by the Vice President, Members of Congress, and congressional officials
§ 3211 Public documents
§ 3212 Congressional Record under frank of Members of Congress
§ 3213 Seeds and reports from Department of Agriculture
§ 3214 Mailing privilege of former President; surviving spouse of former President
§ 3215 Lending or permitting use of frank unlawful
§ 3216 Reimbursement for franked mailings
§ 3217 Correspondence of members of diplomatic corps and consuls of countries of Postal Union of Americas and Spain
§ 3218 Franked mail for survivors of Members of Congress
§ 3219 Mailgrams
§ 3220 Use of official mail in the location and recovery of missing children
Chapter 34 - Armed Forces and Free Postage
§ 3401 Mailing privileges of members of Armed Forces of the United States and of friendly foreign nations
§ 3403 Matter for blind and other handicapped persons
§ 3404 Unsealed letters sent by blind or physically handicapped persons
§ 3405 Markings
§ 3406 Balloting materials under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
Chapter 36 - Postal Rates, Classes, and Services
Subchapter I - Provisions Relating to Market-dominant Products
§ 3621 Applicability; definitions
§ 3622 Modern rate regulation
§ 3626 Reduced rates
§ 3627 Adjusting free rates
§ 3629 Reduced rates for voter registration purposes
Subchapter II - Provisions Relating to Competitive Products
§ 3631 Applicability; definitions and updates
§ 3632 Action of the Governors
§ 3633 Provisions applicable to rates for competitive products
§ 3634 Assumed Federal income tax on competitive products income
Subchapter III - Provisions Relating to Experimental and New Products
§ 3641 Market tests of experimental products
§ 3642 New products and transfers of products between the market-dominant and competitive categories of mail
Subchapter IV - Reporting Requirements and Related Provisions
§ 3651 Annual reports by the Commission
§ 3652 Annual reports to the Commission
§ 3653 Annual determination of compliance
§ 3654 Additional financial reporting
Subchapter V - Postal Services, Complaints, and Judicial Review
§ 3661 Postal services
§ 3662 Rate and service complaints
§ 3663 Appellate review
§ 3664 Enforcement of orders
Subchapter VI - General
§ 3681 Reimbursement
§ 3682 Size and weight limits
§ 3683 Uniform rates for books; films; other materials
§ 3684 Limitations
§ 3685 Filing of information relating to periodical publications
§ 3686 Bonus authority
Subchapter VII - Modern Service Standards
§ 3691 Establishment of modern service standards
Part V - Transportation of Mail
Chapter 50 - General
§ 5001 Provisions for carrying mail
§ 5002 Transportation of mail of adjoining countries through the United States
§ 5003 Establishment of post roads
§ 5004 Discontinuance of service on post roads
§ 5005 Mail transportation
§ 5006 Lien on compensation of contractor
§ 5007 Free transportation of postal employees
Chapter 54 - Transportation of Mail by Air
§ 5401 Authorization
§ 5402 Contracts for transportation of mail by air
§ 5403 Fines
Chapter 56 - Transportation of Mail by Vessel
§ 5601 Sea post service
§ 5602 Termination of contracts for foreign transportation
§ 5603 Transportation of mail by vessel as freight or express
§ 5604 Fines on ocean carriers
§ 5605 Contracts for transportation of mail by vessel