39 U.S. Code § 401 - General powers of the Postal Service

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Subject to the provisions of section 404a, the Postal Service shall have the following general powers:
(1) to sue and be sued in its official name;
(2) to adopt, amend, and repeal such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this title, as may be necessary in the execution of its functions under this title and such other functions as may be assigned to the Postal Service under any provisions of law outside of this title;
(3) to enter into and perform contracts, execute instruments, and determine the character of, and necessity for, its expenditures;
(4) to determine and keep its own system of accounts and the forms and contents of its contracts and other business documents, except as otherwise provided in this title;
(5) to acquire, in any lawful manner, such personal or real property, or any interest therein, as it deems necessary or convenient in the transaction of its business; to hold, maintain, sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of such property or any interest therein; and to provide services in connection therewith and charges therefor;
(6) to construct, operate, lease, and maintain buildings, facilities, equipment, and other improvements on any property owned or controlled by it, including, without limitation, any property or interest therein transferred to it under section 2002 of this title;
(7) to accept gifts or donations of services or property, real or personal, as it deems, necessary or convenient in the transaction of its business;
(8) to settle and compromise claims by or against it;
(9) to exercise, in the name of the United States, the right of eminent domain for the furtherance of its official purposes; and to have the priority of the United States with respect to the payment of debts out of bankrupt, insolvent, and decedents’ estates; and
(10) to have all other powers incidental, necessary, or appropriate to the carrying on of its functions or the exercise of its specific powers.

Source

(Pub. L. 91–375, Aug. 12, 1970, 84 Stat. 722; Pub. L. 109–435, title IV, § 403(b)(1), title V, § 504,Dec. 20, 2006, 120 Stat. 3227, 3235.)
Amendments

2006—Pub. L. 109–435, § 403(b)(1), substituted “Subject to the provisions of section 404a, the” for “The” in introductory provisions.
Par. (2). Pub. L. 109–435, § 504, amended par. (2) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (2) read as follows: “to adopt, amend, and repeal such rules and regulations as it deems necessary to accomplish the objectives of this title;”.
Effective Date

Pars. (1) and (3) to (10) effective July 1, 1971, pursuant to Resolution No. 71–9 of the Board of Governors and par. (2) effective Aug. 12, 1970. See section 15(a) ofPub. L. 91–375, set out as a note preceding section 101 of this title.
Emergency Preparedness Functions

For assignment of certain emergency preparedness functions to the Postmaster General, see Parts 1, 2, and 26 of Ex. Ord. No. 12656, Nov. 18, 1988, 53 F.R. 47491, set out as a note under section 5195 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare.

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39 CFR - Postal Service

39 CFR Part 1 - POSTAL POLICY (ARTICLE I)

39 CFR Part 2 - GENERAL AND TECHNICAL PROVISIONS (ARTICLE II)

39 CFR Part 3 - BOARD OF GOVERNORS (ARTICLE III)

39 CFR Part 4 - OFFICIALS (ARTICLE IV)

39 CFR Part 5 - COMMITTEES (ARTICLE V)

39 CFR Part 6 - MEETINGS (ARTICLE VI)

39 CFR Part 10 - RULES OF CONDUCT FOR POSTAL SERVICE GOVERNORS (ARTICLE X)

39 CFR Part 11 - ADVISORY BOARDS (ARTICLE XI)

39 CFR Part 20 - INTERNATIONAL POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111 - GENERAL INFORMATION ON POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 121 - SERVICE STANDARDS FOR MARKET-DOMINANT MAIL PRODUCTS

39 CFR Part 122 - SERVICE STANDARDS FOR MARKET-DOMINANT SPECIAL SERVICES PRODUCTS

39 CFR Part 211 - APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS

39 CFR Part 221 - GENERAL ORGANIZATION

39 CFR Part 222 - DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY

39 CFR Part 223 - RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

39 CFR Part 230 - OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

39 CFR Part 231 - PROTECTION OF POST OFFICES

39 CFR Part 232 - CONDUCT ON POSTAL PROPERTY

39 CFR Part 233 - INSPECTION SERVICE AUTHORITY

39 CFR Part 235 - DEFENSE DEPARTMENT LIAISON

39 CFR Part 241 - ESTABLISHMENT CLASSIFICATION, AND DISCONTINUANCE

39 CFR Part 242 - CHANGE OF SITE

39 CFR Part 254 - POSTAL SERVICE STANDARDS FOR FACILITY ACCESSIBILITY PURSUANT TO THE ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS ACT

39 CFR Part 255 - ACCESS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO POSTAL SERVICE PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, FACILITIES, AND ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

39 CFR Part 259 - SERVICES PERFORMED FOR OTHER AGENCIES

39 CFR Part 261 - RECORDS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

39 CFR Part 262 - RECORDS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DEFINITIONS

39 CFR Part 263 - RECORDS RETENTION AND DISPOSITION

39 CFR Part 264 - VITAL RECORDS

39 CFR Part 265 - RELEASE OF INFORMATION

39 CFR Part 266 - PRIVACY OF INFORMATION

39 CFR Part 267 - PROTECTION OF INFORMATION

39 CFR Part 268 - PRIVACY OF INFORMATION—EMPLOYEE RULES OF CONDUCT

39 CFR Part 273 - ADMINISTRATION OF PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES ACT

39 CFR Part 281 - FIRM MAILINGS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED THROUGH TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENTS OR CATASTROPHES

39 CFR Part 310 - ENFORCEMENT OF THE PRIVATE EXPRESS STATUTES

39 CFR Part 320 - SUSPENSION OF THE PRIVATE EXPRESS STATUTES

39 CFR Part 447 - RULES OF CONDUCT FOR POSTAL EMPLOYEES

39 CFR Part 491 - GARNISHMENT OF SALARIES OF EMPLOYEES OF THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THE POSTAL RATE COMMISSION

39 CFR Part 501 - AUTHORIZATION TO MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE POSTAGE EVIDENCING SYSTEMS

39 CFR Part 551 - SEMIPOSTAL STAMP PROGRAM

39 CFR Part 601 - PURCHASING OF PROPERTY AND SERVICES

39 CFR Part 602 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OTHER THAN PATENTS

39 CFR Part 760 - APPLICABILITY OF TREASURY DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS

39 CFR Part 761 - BOOK-ENTRY PROCEDURES

39 CFR Part 762 - DISBURSEMENT POSTAL MONEY ORDERS

39 CFR Part 775 - NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT PROCEDURES

39 CFR Part 776 - FLOODPLAIN AND WETLAND PROCEDURES

39 CFR Part 777 - RELOCATION ASSISTANCE AND REAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION POLICIES

39 CFR Part 778 - INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW OF POSTAL SERVICE FACILITY ACTIONS

39 CFR Part 913 - PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUBPOENAS UNDER 39 U.S.C. 3016

39 CFR Part 927 - RULES OF PROCEDURE RELATING TO FINES, DEDUCTIONS, AND DAMAGES

39 CFR Part 931 - RULES OF PROCEDURE GOVERNING THE COMPROMISE OF OBLIGATIONS

39 CFR Part 946 - RULES OF PROCEDURE RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF STOLEN MAIL MATTER AND PROPERTY ACQUIRED BY THE POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE FOR USE AS EVIDENCE

39 CFR Part 951 - PROCEDURE GOVERNING THE ELIGIBILITY OF PERSONS TO PRACTICE BEFORE THE POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 952 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO FALSE REPRESENTATION AND LOTTERY ORDERS

39 CFR Part 953 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO MAILABILITY

39 CFR Part 954 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO THE DENIAL, SUSPENSION, OR REVOCATION OF PERIODICALS MAIL PRIVILEGES

39 CFR Part 955 - RULES OF PRACTICE BEFORE THE POSTAL SERVICE BOARD OF CONTRACT APPEALS

39 CFR Part 957 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION FROM CONTRACTING

39 CFR Part 958 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO CIVIL PENALTIES, CLEAN-UP COSTS AND DAMAGES FOR VIOLATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL REGULATIONS

39 CFR Part 959 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO THE PRIVATE EXPRESS STATUTES

39 CFR Part 960 - RULES RELATIVE TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT IN POSTAL SERVICE PROCEEDINGS

39 CFR Part 961 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO EMPLOYEE HEARING PETITIONS UNDER SECTION 5 OF THE DEBT COLLECTION ACT

39 CFR Part 962 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO THE PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES ACT

39 CFR Part 963 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO VIOLATIONS OF THE PANDERING ADVERTISEMENTS STATUTE, 39 U.S.C. 3008

39 CFR Part 964 - RULES OF PRACTICE GOVERNING DISPOSITION OF MAIL WITHHELD FROM DELIVERY PURSUANT TO 39 U.S.C. 3003, 3004

39 CFR Part 965 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO MAIL DISPUTES

39 CFR Part 966 - RULES OF PRACTICE IN PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFSETS INITIATED AGAINST FORMER EMPLOYEES OF THE POSTAL SERVICE

 

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