As mentioned in our previous issue of GHS Informed, the USPS® is changing the method for measuring compliance for meeting the Move Update requirements to a Census based approach. The change is going into effect on January 21, 2018 to coincide with the next Price Change. Assessments will begin March of 2018, based on February data, for any pieces over the threshold of 0.5%.

The old MERLIN® machine is being retired and replaced by scans off of Mail Processing Equipment (MPE). The USPS will use scans from MPE to determine whether addresses for First-Class Mail® and USPS Marketing Mail® letters and flats have been updated within 95 days of the mailing date. Compliance will be measured across a calendar month at the Mail Service Provider level.

Results from the census verification method are displayed on the Mailer Scorecard, Move Update tab. Some of the benefits of the new approach include enhanced mailing visibility and improved mail quality metrics over all mailings in a calendar month. Mailers are encouraged to begin reviewing the results to ensure compliance with Move Update standards.

Business Mailer Support will continue to host weekly Move Update calls for mailers who have questions or want additional information. The webinars will be held at 2:00 PM Eastern each Wednesday through November 29, 2017. Webinar information is:

Date Wednesdays, through November 29, 2017
Time 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time
Log On USPS Move Update Webinars
Conference Code 563 772 2130
Dial In 1-855-860-7461


For additional information regarding the Move Update Census Method, refer to Publication 6850 found on PostalPro or the Proposed Fedeeral Register Notoice

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