Full Service 2013 Releases

Full Service 2013 Release Schedule (PDF)

 
External Release Schedule: 2012 - 2013
Release Activities & Milestones

January 2013 (R12)
Major

Price change/Structural Changes. May have mailer/vendor software impacts

April 2013 (R13)
Minor

Minor enhancements and maintenance

July 2013 (R14)
Major

New
Products/Structural changes. May have mailer/vendor software impacts
October 2013 (R15)
Minor

Significant non-structural enhancements and maintenance
USPS Announcement of Major Business Changes & Requirements
  Publish Release Overview Jun 22 2012 Dec 21 2012
IDEAlliance Technical Specifications
  Request specification changes that require new Mail.dat or Mail.XML releases. Jun 15 2012 Dec 14 2012
  Publish initial technical specifications Jul 23 2012 Jan 22 2013
  Publish final technical specifications Aug 20 2012 Feb 25 2013
USPS Postage Statements (RIBBS Publication Schedule)
  Publish Preliminary Postage Statements minus actual prices Aug 31 2012 Mar 8 2013
  Publish Final Price Embedded Postage Statements Dec 28 2012 Jun 28 2013
USPS Release Documents (Release Notes, Guides, Technical Specifications and re-certification criteria)
  Publish initial release documents1 Aug 17 2012 Nov 9 2012 Feb 22 2013 May 24 2013
  Publish second version of release documents (with validations)1, 2 Sep 28 2012 Dec 7 2012 Apr 5 2013 Jun 21 2013
  Publish vendor re-certification criteria documents Sep 28 2012 Dec 7 2012 Apr 5 2013 Jun 21 2013
  Publish third version of release documents1 Dec 3 2012 Mar 4 2013 Jun 10 2013 Sep 9 2013
  Publish fourth version of release documents (release notes only) Jan 11 2013 Apr 19 2013 Jul 12 2013 Oct 18 2013
  Publish final (post–deployment) release documents 1 Feb 8 2013 May 10 2013 Aug 9 2013 Nov 8 2013
Acceptance Testing
  Execute Acceptance Testing Dec 10 – Jan 4 Mar 11 – Apr 12 Jun 17 – Jul 5 Sep 9 – Oct 11
USPS Release Deployment
  Deployment Jan 13 2013 Jul 14 2013
  TEM Software Deployment Jan 14 2013 Jul 15 2013
  Implementation Jan 27 2013 Apr 21 2013 Jul 28 2013 Oct 20 2013
Schedule for Structural System Changes

Notes:

The Winter and Summer (Major - structural) releases will be used to reflect structural changes. The Winter release will be dedicated to Price Change. To the extent possible, the Spring and Fall (Minor) releases will not reflect changes that impact software logic or form structure.

The release schedule does not represent critical or high priority bug fixes, and patches that may occur on an as-needed basis. The Fall release will reflect significant non-structural changes.

The Postal Service intends to file with the PRC Market Dominant prices 90 days ahead of the implementation date and 60 days ahead for the Competitive products.

1. Each publication of release documents will consist of the following documents: 1) PostalOne! Release Notes, 2) FAST Release Notes, 3) FAST User Guides - Customer Origin Entry, 4) FAST User Guides - Customer Drop Ship, 5) FAST User Guides - Internal, 6) FAST User Guides - CSA Guide, 7) eVS Pub 205 Appendix G, 8) Mail.dat Technical Specification, 9) Mail.XML Technical Specifications - eDoc, 10) Mail.XML Technical Specifications - Data Distribution, 11) Mail.XML Technical Specifications - FAST, 12) Mail.XML Technical Specifications - MID/CRID


2. The complete list of validation codes and descriptions will be published starting with the second version of release documents.