Background

Since 1957, the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee has evaluated all stamp proposals. CSAC members, appointed by the Postmaster General, provide expertise on history, science and technology, art, education, sports, and other subjects of public interest.

CSAC meets quarterly to review potential subjects. Meetings are open only to committee members and its deliberations are confidential. The committee’s primary goal is to recommend stamp subjects to the Postmaster General, who makes the final decision.

The committee recommends an average of 25-30 subjects each year for inclusion in the stamp program. When making recommendations, CSAC considers the interests and needs of postal customers, as well as those of the stamp-collecting community.

CSAC does not have a permanent support staff. The Postal Service’s Development group responds to many pieces of annual correspondence and handles all administrative matters.

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