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Sunshine Act Meetings Notice
Document Number: 06-9640
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-11
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Rate and Classification Requests
Document Number: E6-19289
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-11-16
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is re-issuing five sets of rules related to certain types of Postal Service requests that are due to expire, given sunset provisions. Re-issuance entails eliminating sunset provisions in four sets. It also entails limited revisions, such as shortening and standardizing intervention periods, revising the numbering of one set, and minor editorial changes. Re-issuance allows the Postal Service to have continued flexibility, without interruption, and will enhance administrative efficiency.
Rate and Classification Requests
Document Number: 06-7870
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-21
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Commission rules include five sets of rules with sunset provisions. The Commission proposes to reissue four of these sets of rules with limited revisions. These include shortening and standardizing the intervention period (where applicable); eliminating the sunset provisions and, in one set, redesignating provisions to conform to Office of Federal Register style and making minor editorial revisions. Reissuance of these sets of rules, as revised, will allow the Service to have continued flexibility and will enhance administrative efficiency. The Commission seeks comments on whether the other set of rules (for certain Express Mail requests) should be reissued.
Stamped Stationery
Document Number: E6-14408
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-30
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission has determined that Stamped Stationery the Postal Service offers to the general public meets the definition of a ``postal service.'' This order institutes a mail classification docket for the purpose of developing classification language and a fee schedule for Stamped Stationery. Conducting this docket will allow interested persons to participate in developing appropriate classification provisions and fees.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 06-7234
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Extension of Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 06-6653
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-03
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document informs the public that the Postal Service is seeking approval of a one-year extension of the negotiated service agreement with Capital One Services, Inc. The document describes the agreement, identifies certain preliminary decisions, and addresses procedural steps, including key deadlines.
Periodicals Nominal Rate Minor Classification Change
Document Number: E6-11141
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-14
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This order announces a mail classification docket to consider a proposal to amend the definition of ``nominal rate'' subscription for publications in the Periodicals class. Estabishing this docket will allow interested persons to participate in the Commission's consideration of the proposed change, which liberalizes the current definition. It will also allow them to comment on the appropriateness of treating the case on an expedited basis. The order identifies preliminary procedural steps, including appointment of the Postal Service as settlement coordinator.
Post Office Closing Appeal; Pittsburgh, PA
Document Number: E6-10439
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-05
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document informs the public that a petitioner has filed an appeal of a post office closing in Pittsburgh, PA. It notes, among other things, that several preliminary steps have been taken, such as assigning the appeal a docket number, informing the Postal Service of the appeal, and developing a procedural schedule. A decision on the merits has not yet been made.
Postal Rate and Fee Changes
Document Number: E6-7218
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-11
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document informs the public that the United States Postal Service has filed a request for a decision on proposed changes in essentially all domestic postage rate and fee changes, along with proposed classification changes. It identifies several procedural steps the Commission has taken in response to the filing. The request reflects a system-wide average increase of 8.5 percent; however, there are limited (and in some instances, significant) exceptions.
Briefing on Declining Block Rate Model
Document Number: 06-3993
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-27
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Commission advisory staff will present a public briefing on a model for designing declining block rates in certain negotiated service agreements. The briefing will be held on May 5, 2006 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Commission's hearing room. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session. A Commission notice issued April 21, 2006 provides additional details, and is posted at http://www.prc.gov.
Classification Changes for Express Mail Second Day Service
Document Number: E6-6104
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This order announces a mail classification docket to consider and clarify domestic mail classification schedule language pertaining to Express Mail Second Day service. The proposed change, if adopted, will help clarify delivery guarantees.
Order and Notice of Proceeding
Document Number: E6-5774
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-18
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document announces the Commission's decision to institute a formal proceeding to consider issues raised in a complaint concerning stamped stationery. Conducting this proceeding will allow the Commission to determine whether the complaint raises any genuine issues of material fact and to make related determinations.
Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: E6-4950
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document informs the public that the Postal Service and Washington Mutual Bank (WMB) are seeking Commission approval of an agreement they have reached involving discounted First-Class Mail rates for certain WMB solicitation mail. The document describes the agreement, identifies certain preliminary decisions, and addresses procedural steps, including key deadlines.
Sunshine Act; Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 06-2963
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Facility Tour
Document Number: 06-2619
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Rate Commissioners and advisory staff members will tour Bank of America Corporation mailing operations facilities in New Castle, Delaware on March 22, 2006.
Complaint on Electronic Postmark
Document Number: E6-3403
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document identifies preliminary procedural steps in a formal complaint case involving a challenge to an electronic postmark service offered by the Postal Service. It discusses the basis for the challenge, reviews pertinent filings, and sets deadlines for a submission of a statement by the complainant and for filing notices of intervention. Issuance of this document informs interested parties of the Commission's determinations to date.
Postal Service Network Realignment
Document Number: E6-3184
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document announces the appointment of an officer to represent the interests of the general public in a pending case. This appointment fulfills a statutory requirement.
Facility Tours
Document Number: 06-2137
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The dates identified for a Commission tour (previously noticed at 71 FR 10727) were in error. Instead of March 5-7, 2006, the tour will occur March 6-8, 2006.
Facility Tours
Document Number: 06-1950
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-02
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Rate Commissioners and advisory staff members will tour several newspaper, courier and postal facilities in Florida on March 5- 7, 2006. Sites include the Miami Herald (in Miami); the Sun-Sentinel (in Fort Lauderdale), both on March 5; DHL Global Mail (in Fort Lauderdale) on March 6; and the Postal Service's International mail facility (in Miami) on March 7. The purpose is to view and discuss the newspapers' mailing-related operations; to observe DHL's operations and discuss how it interfaces with the Postal Service; and to examine Postal Service international mail operations.
Briefings on International Mail and FY 2005 Cost and Revenue Analysis
Document Number: 06-1857
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission will host two briefings on March 1, 2006. One will address a study of postal volume growth in developing countries. The other will address the effect of certain data collection design changes on a major Postal Service annual financial report. These briefings will provide an open forum for the presentation of information of interest to the postal community and the general public.
Postal Service Network Realignment
Document Number: 06-1706
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This order informs the public that the Postal Service has filed a case with the Commission on the proposed realignment of the Nation's mail processing and transportation network. The realignment is expected to have an impact on delivery service standards. The order, among other things, addresses initial steps in the case, identifies key dates, and directs interested parties to the Commission's Web site for pertinent documents.
Facility Tour
Document Number: 06-1540
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-17
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Rate Commissioners and advisory staff members will tour a Netflix facility in Rockville, Maryland on February 15, 2006. The purpose of the tour is to observe operations.
Briefing on the Future of Mail
Document Number: 06-1105
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-07
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On February 22, 2006, the Commission will host a presentation by Pitney Bowes on the future of mail. Topics will include, among others, the evolution of substitution models; volume forecasting comparisons; technology; pricing; regulation; and human and ethnographic factors. The briefing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Commission's hearing room.
Repositionable Notes Minor Classification Changes
Document Number: 06-609
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document establishes a formal docket to consider extending the one-year Repositionable Notes market test beyond its scheduled expiration in early April 2006. The Service seeks the extension because it had planned to file a new request involving a modified Repositionable Notes service prior to the expiration of the current test, but would like to complete a review of a recently-filed academic research paper before doing so. Extending the current test would allow this review to take place and for the anticipated new request to be adjusted, if warranted, without the disruption associated with expiration of the current test.
Definition of Postal Service
Document Number: 06-180
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-17
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document addresses adding a definition of the term ``postal service'' to the rules of practice. This change is prompted by the Postal Service's action with respect to nonpostal initiatives. There is often controversy and uncertainty regarding the postal character of the services provided under those initiatives. The definition provides guidance to the Postal Service and the general public concerning services that are subject to sections 3622 and 3623 of the Postal Reorganization Act.
Plant Tours
Document Number: 06-67
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-05
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Rate Commissioners and advisory staff members will tour postal and mailers' facilities in January. The purpose of the tours is to observe mailing operations
Permanent Parcel Return Service
Document Number: 05-21401
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Parcel Return Service (PRS), which the Postal Service currently offers on an experimental basis for two parcel post rate categories, was scheduled to expire October 19, 2003. Shortly before the expiration date, the Service filed a request to establish one of these categories (Parcel Select) as a permanent offering and to allow users to purchase an optional ancillary service (Certificate of Mailing). Participants in the experiment were not eligible for this ancillary service during the experimental stage. The Service's request triggered an automatic extension of the October 19, 2005 expiration date for Parcel Select. Given no participation in the other experimental category (Bound Printed Matter), the Service does not seek to make it permanent, and it expired as scheduled. This document establishes a formal docket to address the requested change in status for the PRS Parcel Select category and identifies several initial steps, including authorization of settlement negotiations.
Petition To Reopen Record
Document Number: 05-19707
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-03
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document provides the public with notice that a petition seeking to reopen the record in the Commission's pending reconsideration of the Bank One negotiated service agreement has been filed. It notes that the petition, if granted, could expand the scope of reconsideration. It also notes that a companion notice of inquiry has been issued and identifies several new or revised comment deadlines.
Sunshine Act; Briefing on Commission Functions and Procedures
Document Number: 05-19311
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission will serve as a general host for a visiting delegation from PostEurop on October 11 through 14, 2005. The agenda includes briefings on Commission operations, functions and activities, as well as related issues, such as postal reform, efficient component pricing, negotiated service agreements, worksharing, and distinctions between domestic and European postal models. It also includes Postal Service briefings, a postal facility tour, meetings with members of Congress and their staff, and discussions with mailers.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 05-19310
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Nomenclature Changes
Document Number: 05-16219
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-17
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is adopting minor nomenclature changes in provisions appearing in the Code of Federal Regulations, including the rules of practice. The changes reflect the agency's relocation of its physical offices. Adoption of these changes will provide the public with accurate information about the Commission's new address.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 05-15769
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 05-14594
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-25
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document establishes a docket for consideration of the Postal Service's request for approval of a baseline negotiated service agreement with Bookspan. It identifies key elements of the proposed agreement, which involves Standard Mail letter rates; its relationship to the Capital One Services, Inc. negotiated service agreement; and addresses preliminary procedural matters.
Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: 05-10913
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document adopts rules on procedures related to negotiated service agreements. The rules are designed to assist in clarifying the type of requests that qualify as extensions and the type of conditions that constitute modifications. Relative to the proposed rules, the final set of rules reflect several changes based on consideration of comments. These changes include adoption of deadlines for issuance of a recommended decision.
Plant Tour
Document Number: 05-9699
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-16
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Postal Rate Commission personnel will observe operations at the United States Postal Service facility in Merrifield, Virginia on Thursday, May 19, 2005, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.; and on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Postal Rate and Fee Changes
Document Number: 05-7613
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-18
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document informs the public that the United States Postal Service has filed a request for an expedited decision on proposed changes in essentially all domestic postage rate and fee changes, and notes that the Commission has taken several procedural steps in response to the filing. The request does not identify any proposed changes in mail classification or rate structure. The request, on average, seeks an across-the-board increase of 5.4 percent; however, there are limited (and in some instances, significant) exceptions.
Joint Briefing on Commission Functions and Greeting Card Industry Issues
Document Number: 05-6496
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-01
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On April 5, 2005, briefings on the Commission's role in rate setting and on greeting card industry issues will take place in the Commission's conference room. Participants will include Commissioners, greeting card industry executives, and staff.
Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 05-5504
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-21
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document informs the public that at the request of the United States Postal Service Governors, the Commission will reconsider its opinion and recommended decision approving a negotiated service agreement in docket number MC2004-3. The Postal Service has been allowed until April 15, 2005, to submit arguments in favor of reconsideration. The dates for further procedural steps will be determined after the Postal Service submission has been reviewed.
Negotiated Service Agreement
Document Number: 05-4111
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-03
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document establishes a docket for consideration of the Postal Service's request for approval of a negotiated service agreement with HSBC North America Holdings Inc. It identifies key elements of the proposed agreement, its relationship to the Capital One Services, Inc. negotiated service agreement, and addresses preliminary procedural matters.
Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: 05-2883
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document initiates the third in a series of rulemakings on procedures related to Negotiated Service Agreements. This proposal addresses rules applicable to Postal Service requests to extend or modify previously recommended Negotiated Service Agreements that are currently in effect. The changes, if adopted, will assist in clarifying the type of requests that qualify as extensions and the type of conditions that constitute modifications.
Briefing on Commission Functions and Procedures
Document Number: 05-2809
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-14
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On February 15, 2005, senior staff will describe the current functions and procedures of the Postal Rate Commission to executives of business mail users that utilize all classes of mail. Members of the Commission will attend and participate in discussion following the presentation.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 05-2785
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-11
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Solicitation of Comments on First Use of Rules Applicable to Negotiated Service Agreements
Document Number: 05-1732
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-31
Agency: Postal Rate Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document addresses the solicitation of comments in a proceeding to consider potential changes to the Commission rules for considering functionally equivalent Negotiated Service Agreements. These comments will be used to evaluate whether improvements should be made to the rules to facilitate the Commission's review of future requests predicated on functionally equivalent Negotiated Service Agreements.