PRC to Make Announcement on the Future of the Postal Ratemaking System

November 30, 2017 – Postal Regulatory Commission BACKGROUND: The Postal Regulatory Commission was required to initiate a review of the system for regulating rates and classes for Market Dominant products to determine if the ratemaking system has achieved the objectives of 39 U.S.C. 3622(b), taking into account the factors enumerated in 39 U.S.C. 3622(c). On […]

PRC: Analysis of USPS’s FY 2014 Program Performance Report and FY 2015 Performance Plan

July 7, 2015 Washington, DC – In a report issued today, the Postal Regulatory Commission examines the Postal Service’s fiscal year 2014 program performance report and fiscal year 2015 performance plan. The Commission is mandated by statute to review the Postal Service’s goals and make findings as to whether the Postal Service has met those […]

OIG: USPS should be more transparent about Area Mail Processing (AMP) Consolidations

USPS Office of Inspector General Audit: Area Mail Processing Consolidations In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service announced the Network Rationalization Initiatives (NRI), which involved potentially consolidating or closing 252 of 487 mail processing facilities. During 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities during Phase 1 of the NRI. The projected annual […]

Postal Regulatory Commission To Close If Government Shuts Down

The Postal Regulatory Commission issued the following news release: If the current continuing resolution expires at 12:01 a.m. on April 9, 2011 without passage of an FY 2011 appropriations bill or a further continuing resolution, the Postal Regulatory Commission will be required to shut down. In that event, effective April 11, 2011, the Commission will […]

Three Research Contracts Awarded by Postal Regulatory Commission

Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations In October 2009, the Commission awarded a scoping contract to The Urban Institute to identify the array of benefits provided by the Postal Service that contribute to the social value of the post in the United States. The study was intended to identify possible metrics and methods for […]

USPS' Preliminary Statement Of Issues In Rate Case Appeal

On Petition for Review from the Postal Regulatory Commission,PRC Docket No. R2010-4 1. Whether the PRC’s refusal to allow the Postal Service to make any adjustment to postage rates in response to the “extraordinary and exceptional” volume declines in the recent recession was based on an erroneous construction of 39 U.S.C. § 3622. 2. Whether […]

Appeals Court Approves USPS Request To Expedite Rate Case Appeal Schedule

According the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the USPS’s request  to expedite rate denial request case against Postal Regulatory Commission. The court ordered the following: Upon consideration of petitioner’s unopposed motion to expedite consideration and for an abbreviated briefing schedule, it is ORDERED that the following briefing schedule will apply in this case: […]

Postal Service Appeals PRC Decision on Exigent Price Request

Petition to be Filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced its decision to appeal the Sept. 30 ruling of the Postal Regulatory Commission denying the Postal Service exigent price request. The Postal Service Governors decision means that a petition will be filed in the United States Court […]

USPS Takes PRC To Court Over Denied Request For Rate Increase

News Alert from Business Mailers Review In a surprise move the Postal Service announced it will appeal the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC’s) Sept. 30 decision rejecting a request for a 5.6% rate hike – the first such request under the 2006 postal reform law’s exigent rate clause. The PRC found the deep recession and resulting […]

PRC Upholds Linkage in First-Class Mail Discounts

Press Release From the Postal Regulatory Commission Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission today issued Order No. 536 in Docket RM2009-3 finding that First-Class Single-Piece and Presort mail have a worksharing relationship and therefore a linkage when setting price discounts. Worksharing refers to activities such as sorting and transportation that are performed by the […]