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PRC opens docket on institutional cost contribution requirement for Competitive Products. The Commission initiates this rulemaking to seek comments and facilitate the Commission’s examination of the appropriate minimum contribution to the Postal Service’s institutional costs that competitive products must provide, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3633(b). 

U.S. Court of Appeals, DC CircuitThe DC Circuit issued its opinion in the exigency remand appeal today.  It dismisses the Postal Service’s appeal on the grounds that the court does not have jurisdiction to review an agency’s decision not to reconsider its order.  Because the PRC order denying the Postal Service’s request for reconsideration did not revisit its earlier analysis or change the standard it applied, its decision is unreviewable.

PRC Recommends the President and Congress Address the Financial Condition of the Postal Service. Press ReleaseThe Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today made its recommendations to the President and Congress to address the volatile financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service. The Commission is required every five years under Section 701 of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA) to issue a report that evaluates how well the PAEA is operating and makes recommendations for legislation or other measures necessary to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Nation’s postal laws.

Congressional Budget OfficeH.R. 5714, Postal Service Reform Act of 2016H.R. 5714 would change the laws that govern the operation of the Postal Service (USPS), restructure how the federal government pays for health benefits for federal employees and annuitants, and alter how the federal government calculates the contributions that agencies make for retirement benefits. Major provisions of the bill would:

  • Partially reinstate a postal rate increase that expired in April 2016 (direct spending savings of $8.4 billion);
  • Change the requirements for the security of parcels sent by air (direct spending costs of $3.2 billion);
  • Authorize the Postal Service to phase out delivery of mail directly to business customers’ doors (direct spending savings of $2.0 billion);
  • Establish a new health benefits program for Postal Service employees, annuitants, and their dependents (net direct spending costs of $4.7 billion and discretionary savings of $1.8 billion);
  • Change the nature of the payments that the Postal Service is required to make related to retiree health benefits (no net effect on direct spending); and 
Require the use of demographic data specific to Postal Service employees for the calculation of certain retirement benefits, (no net effect on direct spending, but discretionary costs totaling $5.9 billion).
 

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Five Things You Need to Know

1.) PRC Releases Section 701 Report

2.) USPS release 5-year strategic plan.

3.) PRC announces plan for 10-year review of system of regulating rates and classes for market dominant products.

4.) PRC publishes strategic plan outlining five-year vision. 

5.) USPS publishes "The Household Diary Study, Mail Use and Attitudes in FY2015."

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