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USPS Updates on “COVID-19".  The USPS will provide any necessary updates on their website at: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/.

Postal Regulatory Commission Vice Chair Temporarily Assumes Administrative Responsibilities of the Agency On November 23, the Postal Regulatory Commission announced that effective immediately, Vice Chairwoman Ashley E. Poling will assume the administrative responsibilities of the agency.  Michael M. Kubayanda’s term as Commissioner expired 1 year ago, on November 22, 2020. A Commissioner may continue to serve after the expiration of his or her term until a successor is confirmed, except that a Commissioner may not continue to serve for more than 1 year after the date of expiration, a period commonly known as the “holdover year.” He is awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate after being re-nominated by President Biden.

USPS Delivers Integrated Financial Plan On November 18, the U.S. Postal Service filed their Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Integrated Financial Plan (IFP). The IFP projects an $8.4 billion loss in 2022, while acknowledging that last year the Postal Service’s net loss of $4.9 billion, was significantly better than the projected $9.7 billion loss. The Postal Service is heavily emphasizing the importance of legislative reforms – specifically, eliminating requirements relating to prefunding retiree health benefits and allowing for Medicare integration – to a better bottom line in FY 2022 and has incorporated these reforms as possible outcomes in its planning.

USPS Reports 2021 Fiscal Year Finances  On November 10, the U.S. Postal Service announced its financial results for the 2021 fiscal year ended September 30, reporting an adjusted loss of $6.9 billion for 2021, compared to an adjusted loss of $7.6 billion for 2020. The Postal Service had a net loss of $4.9 billion for 2021, compared to a net loss of $9.2 billion for 2020. The Postal Service's operating revenue was $77.0 billion for 2021, an increase of $3.9 billion, or 5.3 percent, compared to the prior year.

Michael Kubayanda Nominated for Commissioner of the PRC  On October 6, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Michael Kubayanda as Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission.  President Biden had previously designated Michael Kubayanda Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission in January 2021.

PRC Issues Advisory Opinion on USPS Proposal to Change Service Standards for First-Class Package Service Nationwide On September 29, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued its Advisory Opinion on the U.S. Postal Service proposal to revise service standards for First-Class Package Service (FCPS). (Docket No. N2021-2). In general, the Commission finds that the proposed changes appear to be consistent with applicable statutory requirements. Nevertheless, the Postal Service has not demonstrated that its implementation of the proposed changes will satisfy the requirements. Before implementing its plan, the Commission made several recommendations which can be found on  www.prc.gov.

PRC Approved Proposed Temporary Rate Adjustments for 2021 Peak Holiday Season   On Tuesday, August 10, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it had filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2021 peak holiday season. The PRC approved this rate adjustment.   The temporary rates would go into effect at 12:00 a.m., Central Time, on Oct. 3, 2021, and remain in place through Saturday, December 25, 2021.   This seasonal adjustment will bring prices for the Postal Service’s commercial and retail customers in line with competitive practices. No structural changes are planned.

USPS Third Quarter Financials On Friday, August 6, the U.S. Postal Service announced its financial results for the 2021 third quarter ended June 30, reporting a net loss of approximately $3.0 billion, compared to a net loss of approximately $2.2 billion for the same quarter last year. The Postal Service reported operating revenue of approximately $18.5 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of $845 million, or 4.8 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Total operating expenses were approximately $21.4 billion for the quarter, an increase of approximately $1.6 billion, or 8.3 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

Independent Analysis Casts Doubt on USPS 10-Year Plan. New analysis sponsored by the Envelope Manufacturers Association and the Greeting Card Association, which updates forecasts to reflect new data, demonstrates that above CPI rate increases called for in the Postal Service’s “Delivering for America” plan are unnecessary.

PRC Approves Price Change On Monday, July 19the Postal Regulatory Commission confirmed that "the planned price adjustments for all market dominant classes, including workshare discounts, are consistent with applicable regulations and applicable Commission directives and orders. The PRC also concludes that the planned classification changes, with some minor revisions described in the PRC Order, are consistent with applicable law. " The new prices will take effect August 29 absent further action by the DC Circuit as part of an ongoing industry appeal.