AUDITAn official action taken to examine and verify the accountability of the person(s) charged
with custody of postal effects maintained in connection with the operation of a military post office
BACKSTAMPTo mark the back of a mailpiece with a postmarking or canceling device to show that
the piece was received, dispatched, or missent.
BUNDLETwo or more packages secured together as a single unit. They may be placed on a pallet or
prepared as a bedloaded bundle (outside the mail sack) only when such preparation is approved by the
USPS. Also, for palletization, a group of packages. To band or tie together a group of packages to be
handled as a single unit.
CACHETIn philately, a printed decoration on mail matter (such as a design or inscription), often
referring to the new postage stamp on a first day cover. The design can be hand-created, printed,
rubber-stamped, or pasted, usually on the front left side of the envelope.
CAPITAL EQUIPMENTUSPS equipment with a service life over 1 year, costing $3,000 or more.
CASEA piece of equipment that contains separations into which clerks or letter carriers sort letters,
flats, or irregular parcels. To sort mail into a case.
COMMEMORATIVE STAMPA postage stamp that depicts the cultural and historical heritage of
the United States (for example, important people, events, places, or special subjects of national appeal
or significance). This type of stamp is usually issued at the prime (or common current) rate, is printed in
limited quantities, is typically large and colorful, and is sold for a limited time.
CONSOLIDATED MAILROOMA mailroom that serves several designated organizations.
CONTRABANDMatter prohibited by law from entry into the United States, U.S. possessions, or
U.S. territories, or U.S. military installations in foreign countries.
COUPONThat part of a manifold registry bill separated by perforations used to notify the
dispatching activity of any errors in the dispatch.
CUSTOMS DECLARATIONU.S. Postal Service (USPS) forms required on dutiable parcels mailed
from overseas locations and to international addresses.
DEAD MAILMatter deposited in the mail that is or becomes undeliverable as addressed and cannot
be returned to sender from the last office of address. The matter may be nonmailable, the sender may be
unknown, or the mail class does not provide for return service.
DEPREDATIONThe term used by the Inspection Service for robbery or pilfering of funds from the
DIRECTORY MAILA general term used for all classes of undeliverable domestic and international
DIRECTSA bundle or pouch of mail addressed to a single unit, ship, city, state, firm, or agency.
DISPATCHING OFFICEActivity where mail was dispatched from.
DOMESTIC AIR CARRIERAircraft owned and operated by American companies. Domestic air
carriers are used to transport military mail.
DOMESTIC MAILMail transmitted within, among, and between the United States, its territories
and possessions, Army/Air Force Post Offices (APOs) and Fleet Post Offices (FPOs), and mail for
delivery to the United Nations, NY. Mail exchanged between the United States and the Freely
Associated States is also treated as domestic mail. It is classified by size, weight, content, service, and
EXAMINATIONThe process of scrutinizing personal property, parcel mail, and other Department
of Defense (DOD) cargo including the physical openings of baggage, parcels, cartons, and containers,