ABM News Archive - Government

10/2/2014 - The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service announced today that they will not ask for a price change for mail and shipping products in January.

7/16/2014 - In an ABM webinar, postal expert Jack Widener suggests that a minimal 2 percent rate hike is a good bet for January 2015. Meanwhile, prospects for meaningful postal reform in Congress are slender.

6/18/2014 - At last week’s SIIA/ABM webinar, “What You Need to Know about the Canadian Anti-Spam Law, Part Two,” Canadian barrister/solicitor Matthew Harris explained the keys to operating within the legislation’s confines – express consent, vigilance and working knowledge of the legislation.


5/21/2014 - According to data released by the United States Postal Service earlier this month, revenue from periodical mailings has dropped in Q1 of 2014.

5/16/2014 - The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today expressed significant concern over new data from the U.S. Postal Service revealing a sharp decline in the volume of periodicals mailed in the first quarter of 2014.

4/23/2014 - On July 1, the majority of the rules and regulations associated with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will take effect. Given the potential risks associated with running afoul of CASL, ABM is proud to share a toolkit designed to help would-be vendors navigate potentially murky waters.

3/26/2014 - Praetorian Group, Inc. has officially announced the acquisition of EfficientGov.com, a Web network that offers fiscal and operational solutions to town and city governments.

1/22/2014 - Over the course of the next three years, a series of regulations will be enacted in Canada that dictate commercial electronic interaction both within the country’s borders and abroad. Known collectively as Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), but governing more than just solicitous communications, these rules pertain to installation of computer programs, harvesting of address information and false representations in messages.

1/7/2014 - In the wake of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) approval of the Postal Service’s requested 4.3 percent “emergency” rate hike (in conjunction with an inflation-based hike of 1.7 percent) comes some modestly good news for the business media industry.

12/30/2013 - Last week, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) voted to adopt a six percent rate increase to stamps, magazines, bills and additional advertising-related missives.

12/17/2013 - At last week’s SIIA/ABM webinar, “Do You Know How Telemarketing Rules Will Change Your Marketing Strategy?,” SIIA VP of public policy Mark MacCarthy addressed some of the business domain’s concerns in light of the FCC’s implementation of new procedures.

12/11/2013 - Last month, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, proposed a change to tax laws that has sparked quick, passionate response from the Software & Information Industry Association, as well as others in the trade industry.

12/11/2013 - On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a full day workshop to examine the blending of advertisements with news, entertainment, and other editorial content in digital media, referred to as "native advertising" or "sponsored content."

12/10/2013 - When Penton’s public infrastructure group introduced their new Govalytics intelligence tool last week, it doubly represented a shift in the field of data business.

11/27/2013 - Today, member organizations of the Affordable Mail Alliance (AMA), including SIIA/ABM, formally requested that the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) reject January’s planned hike of postage rates.

11/21/2013 - In an amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), the FCC has adopted new telemarketing regulations which both afford greater safeguards for potential customers and take into account the modern landscape of communication.

11/7/2013 - In a letter last week, ABM updated members on the impending CPI and exigent rate increase, slated to take effect in January.

7/17/2013 - During a one-hour webcast, the SIIA Government Affairs team will present a mid-year review of this year's most important public policy developments in the media and information industries.

6/18/2013 - A reinvigorated, nine-member Affordable Mail Alliance is lobbying Congress and USPS leadership.

6/5/2013 - Recent inquiries into government conference spending have found lavish spending — giving some events a bad rep.

4/23/2013 - In a MediaPace blog post, Mark Sableman, ABM's information policy counsel, recaps a recent court decision that provides useful guidance on news aggregation.

4/12/2013 - The return of Saturday mail might be good news for some publishers, but the resumption has prompted USPS to explore rate hikes for all periodicals.

4/10/2013 - Saturday mail is back on, announced the United States Postal Service after its board of directors said legislation language made it impossible for the agency to continue with its formerly announced plans.


2/20/2013 - In a MediaPace blog post, Mark Sableman, ABM’s Information Policy Counsel, warns publishers about using content found on social media sites like Twitter.

2/6/2013 - ABM member The McGraw-Hill Companies has responded to a civil lawsuit filed against the company's Standard & Poor's division by the U.S. Department of Justice.

2/6/2013 - The Postal Service's elimination of Saturday mail delivery won’t affect b-to-b publishers as dramatically as consumer publishers. However, the move will do little to improve the economic viability of the USPS.

1/2/2013 - In 2013, markets will continue to see the value of b-to-b content, but Cynthia Braddon believes safeguarding our digital assets will be critical.

11/29/2012 - A provision arose from the GSA conference scandal this past summer and was hastily added to the Senate bill without consideration of the impact.

11/28/2012 - ABM Postal Counsel Jack Widener detailed the multibillion dollar loss in an email to members.

11/14/2012 - The comprehensive analytical report details potential policy outcomes as well as an evaluation of the results, potential scenarios for the lame-duck session of Congress and more.

9/12/2012 - Mark Sableman, ABM's information policy counsel, details the Federal Trade Commission's guidance on privacy and mobile apps.

9/11/2012 - ABM Postal Counsel Jack Widener revises postal budget guidance after calculation update.

8/15/2012 - Jack Widener, ABM's postal counsel, comments on the Postal Service's dismal Q3 results.

8/9/2012 - The United States Postal Service reported a $5.2 billion net loss for the third quarter of the fiscal year, and defaulted on a $5.5 billion prefunding payment last week due to lack of cash.

7/25/2012 - According to a July 20 decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, text senders can be sued – because text messages fall under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and may violate the "right of privacy."

7/12/2012 - ABM's legislative lobbyist, Tom Carpenter, attends the first NTIA-hosted meeting in a series of gatherings regarding personal data collection and privacy.

6/19/2012 - Latest USPS news points to improved delivery at the present, static strategy for the future.

5/11/2012 - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a privacy hearing this week entitled, “The Need for Privacy Protection: Perspectives from the Administration and the Federal Trade Commission.”

4/29/2012 - A bill that includes many needed reforms, and which includes measures favored by ABM chief legislative lobbyist Tom Carpenter, has passed the Senate and now heads to the House of Representatives.

4/17/2012 - The Postal Service plans to sunset its use of the POSTNET barcode in January 2013 and begin requiring use of Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) to qualify for automation discounts.

4/12/2012 - Mark Sableman explains how ABM is working to defeat legislation that could strip database owners of protection from internal IP theft.

3/27/2012 - The Federal Trade Commission this week released its final report on protecting consumer privacy.

2/28/2012 - White House Administration laid out plans for a multi-stakeholder process to develop enforceable codes to implement a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

1/27/2012 - The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that unsolicited fax cases involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) can be heard in federal court.

1/20/2012 - Facing a storm of protest over online piracy legislation, Senate and House leaders said Friday they will put off further action on the measures.