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General Services Administration

Changing the shape of federal agency mail

Federal agencies send out large quantities of large envelopes, which are referred to by the Postal Service as “flats”. Flats are more costly to mail than ordinary letters because they are sorted and processed on different Postal Service machines and cannot pass through the high speed letter sorting equipment.

Many items that agencies send in large envelopes can actually be sent as letters. In fact, almost any papers... more »