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 […]

PRC to hold August 16 Briefing on $50 Billion Discrepancy Identified In Postal Service Pension Payments

Washington, DC –The Postal Regulatory Commission invites press and interested parties to a briefing on the actuarial report of The Segal Company regarding calculation of U.S. Postal Service pension liability for former Post Office Department employees. Questions will be entertained following the briefing. What: Public briefing on the actuarial analysis of liability related to funding […]

USPS To PRC: We Use Business Judgment To Determine Price Increases

RESPONSE OF USPS JAMES KIEFER TO PRESIDING OFFICER’S INFORMATION REQUEST “… the Postal Service used its business judgment to determine the relative price increases each category should be asked to bear. This judgment was informed by knowledge of the industries that use these products, and our customers for these products. This knowledge was gained by […]