PUBLIC LAW 86-682-SEPT. 2, 1960
[74 S T A T.
§ 4157. Report to Congress by Postmaster General The Postmaster General shall report to the Congress and to the Bureau of the Budget within ninety days after the close of each fiscal year the number of penalty covers accounted for through him during the fiscal jear by each executive department and agency, independent establishment, and organization or person authorized to use penalty mail. § 4158. Limit of weight of penalty mail; postage on overweight matter (a) Penalty mail is restricted to articles not in excess of the weight and size prescribed for first class mail, except— (1) stamped paper and supplies sold or used by the postal service; and (2) books and documents published or circulated by order of Congress when mailed by the Superintendent of Public Documents. (b) A penalty mail article which is— (1) over four pounds in weight, (2) not in excess of the weight and size prescribed for fourth class matter, and (3) otherwise mailable, is mailable at fourth class rates even though it may include written matter and may be sealed. The postage on such an article is payable in the manner prescribed by the Postmaster General. § 4159. Shipment by most economical means Shipments of official matter other than franked mail shall be sent by the most economical means of transportation practicable. The Postmaster General may refuse to accept official matter for shipment by mail when in his judgment it may be shipped by other means at less expense, or he may provide for its transportation by freight or express, whenever a saving to the Government will result therefrom without detriment to the public service. § 4160. Executive Departments to supply information Persons and governmental organizations authorized to use penalty mail shall supply all information requested by the Postmaster General necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 4151—4168 of this title as soon as practicable after request therefor. § 4161. Official correspondence of Vice President and Members of Congress The Vice President, Members and Members-elect of Congress, the Secretary of the Senate, and the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate until the thirtieth day of June following the expiration of their respective terms of office, may send as franked mail— (1) matter, not exceeding four pounds in weight, upon official or departmental business, to a Government official; and (2) correspondence, not exceeding four ounces in weight, upon official business to any person. I n the event of a vacancy m the office of Secretary of the Senate or Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, any authorized person may exercise this privilege in the officer's name during the period of the vacancy. § 4162. Public documents The Vice President, Members of Congress, the Secretary of the Senate, Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, until the thirtieth day of June following the expiration of their respective terms of office, may send and receive as franked mail all public documents printed by order of Congress.