Postal Service Responds to PRC

The U.S. Postal Service responded with their “initial comments” to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Friday, June 26, 2015 regarding the exigent filing remand (Order No. 2540).

Link:   http://www.prc.gov/docs/92/92625/June.26.15.Initial.Remand.Comments.pdf

Highlights:

  • The Postal Service requested the Commission recalculate the amount of mail volume and contribution lost “due to” the Great Recession with the following:
  1. Correct the “count once” error identified by the court.
  2. Reconcile its conflicting statements concerning when the Postal Service could reasonably have been expected to “adjust” to the reduced level of mail volume produced by the Great Recession, and should find that such point was at the beginning of FY2013.
  • Alternatively, it should harmonize the differing treatment of Standard Mail and First Class Mail concerning the Postal Service’s ability to adjust.

The Alliance of Non-Profit Mailers is reporting on their Twitter account these comments result in a request from the Postal Service to continue the exigent surcharge for 5 more years to recoup a total of $11.4 billion. 

We will continue to keep you up-to-date with any further developments.