Periodic Reporting, 68648 [2014-27210]

Download as PDF 68648 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / Proposed Rules POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION 39 CFR Part 3050 [Docket No. RM2015–5; Order No. 2246] Periodic Reporting Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing concerning a Proposed Rulemaking on Analytical Principles Used in Periodic Reporting (Proposal Twelve). This document informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: December 8, 2014. Reply Comments are due: December 15, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Summary of Proposal III. Initial Commission Action IV. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS On November 7, 2014, the Postal Service filed a petition pursuant to 39 CFR 3050.11 requesting that the Commission initiate an informal rulemaking proceeding to consider changes to analytical principles relating to periodic reports.1 It identifies the change filed in this docket as Proposal Twelve: To Establish a Cost Methodology for the Postal Service Customer Care Centers. Id. Attachment at 1. The Postal Service concurrently filed public and non-public versions of a supporting Excel spreadsheet, along with an application for non-public treatment for the sealed version.2 1 Petition of the United States Postal Service for the Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed Changes in Analytical Principles (Proposal Twelve), November 7, 2014 (Petition). 2 Notice of Filing of USPS–RM2015–5/NP1 and Application for Nonpublic Treatment, November 7, 2014 (collectively, Application). The Application incorporates by reference the Application for NonPublic Treatment of Materials contained in Attachment Two to the December 27, 2013 United States Postal Service Fiscal Year 2013 Annual VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 Nov 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 II. Summary of Proposal Background. This proposal presents changes in the costing methodology for call centers due to a change in how these centers are staffed. Previously, the Postal Service outsourced call center positions; recently, it brought these positions in-house and converted them to clerk craft positions. Petition, Attachment at 1. Costs associated with outsourced call center activities have been included in Cost Segment 16. Id. The Postal Service proposes including the bulk of FY 2014 call center expenses in Cost Segment 3 on grounds that clerks performed the bulk of call center work in FY 2014. Id. It identifies existing Cost Segment 3.3, Administrative Support and Miscellaneous clerk costs, as the logical choice for these costs because the activities are similar in nature to the activities of Claims and Inquiries clerks, and proposes creating a new cost component within Cost Segment 3.3 (Customer Care Centers, number 424).3 Id. In terms of cost assignment, the Postal Service proposes that costs associated with specific inquiries relating to mail products or special services (and a proportionate share of clerk support costs) be fully attributed to those products. It proposes that costs associated with inquiries not related to products (such as ZIP Code inquiries) be treated as institutional costs. Id. at 2. The Postal Service asserts that achieving the correct assignment of institutional and attributable costs requires several steps, states that a public spreadsheet shows the specific calculations, and provides a brief explanation. Id. at 2–3. Cost impacts. The Postal Service estimates the FY 2014 clerk labor costs for the call centers at approximately $85.1 million. Id. at 1. It states that under the proposed method, approximately 56 percent of the accrued call center costs would be treated as attributable. Id. at 5. It provides an illustration of the overall model and a table showing how the estimated FY 2014 costs would be attributed and distributed to products under the proposed methodology. Id. at 5–7. The table shows the impact in terms of unit attributable costs for each market dominant product. Id. at 6–7. The impact on the specific competitive Compliance Report. Application at 1. See 39 CFR part 3007 for information on access to non-public material. 3 This proposal does not seek to change established costing methods for contractor costs associated with call centers that are included in Cost Segment 16. Id. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 products appears in the spreadsheet filed under seal. Id. at 6. III. Initial Commission Action The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2015–5 for consideration of matters raised by the Petition. Additional information concerning the Petition may be accessed via the Commission’s Web site at http:// www.prc.gov. Interested persons may submit comments on the Petition no later than December 8, 2014. Reply comments are due no later than December 15, 2014. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Cassie D’Souza is designated as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding. IV. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2015–5 for consideration of the matters raised by the Petition of the United States Postal Service for the Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed Changes in Analytical Principles (Proposal Twelve), filed November 7, 2014. 2. Comments are due no later than December 8, 2014. 3. Reply comments are due no later than December 15, 2014. 4. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Cassie D’Souza to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this docket. 5. 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POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

39 CFR Part 3050

[Docket No. RM2015-5; Order No. 2246]


Periodic Reporting

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing 
concerning a Proposed Rulemaking on Analytical Principles Used in 
Periodic Reporting (Proposal Twelve). This document informs the public 
of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative 
steps.

DATES: Comments are due: December 8, 2014. Reply Comments are due: 
December 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing 
Online system at http://www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments 
electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing 
alternatives.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 
202-789-6820.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Summary of Proposal
III. Initial Commission Action
IV. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

    On November 7, 2014, the Postal Service filed a petition pursuant 
to 39 CFR 3050.11 requesting that the Commission initiate an informal 
rulemaking proceeding to consider changes to analytical principles 
relating to periodic reports.\1\ It identifies the change filed in this 
docket as Proposal Twelve: To Establish a Cost Methodology for the 
Postal Service Customer Care Centers. Id. Attachment at 1. The Postal 
Service concurrently filed public and non-public versions of a 
supporting Excel spreadsheet, along with an application for non-public 
treatment for the sealed version.\2\
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    \1\ Petition of the United States Postal Service for the 
Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed Changes in 
Analytical Principles (Proposal Twelve), November 7, 2014 
(Petition).
    \2\ Notice of Filing of USPS-RM2015-5/NP1 and Application for 
Nonpublic Treatment, November 7, 2014 (collectively, Application). 
The Application incorporates by reference the Application for Non-
Public Treatment of Materials contained in Attachment Two to the 
December 27, 2013 United States Postal Service Fiscal Year 2013 
Annual Compliance Report. Application at 1. See 39 CFR part 3007 for 
information on access to non-public material.
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II. Summary of Proposal

    Background. This proposal presents changes in the costing 
methodology for call centers due to a change in how these centers are 
staffed. Previously, the Postal Service outsourced call center 
positions; recently, it brought these positions in-house and converted 
them to clerk craft positions. Petition, Attachment at 1.
    Costs associated with outsourced call center activities have been 
included in Cost Segment 16. Id. The Postal Service proposes including 
the bulk of FY 2014 call center expenses in Cost Segment 3 on grounds 
that clerks performed the bulk of call center work in FY 2014. Id. It 
identifies existing Cost Segment 3.3, Administrative Support and 
Miscellaneous clerk costs, as the logical choice for these costs 
because the activities are similar in nature to the activities of 
Claims and Inquiries clerks, and proposes creating a new cost component 
within Cost Segment 3.3 (Customer Care Centers, number 424).\3\ Id.
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    \3\ This proposal does not seek to change established costing 
methods for contractor costs associated with call centers that are 
included in Cost Segment 16. Id.
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    In terms of cost assignment, the Postal Service proposes that costs 
associated with specific inquiries relating to mail products or special 
services (and a proportionate share of clerk support costs) be fully 
attributed to those products. It proposes that costs associated with 
inquiries not related to products (such as ZIP Code inquiries) be 
treated as institutional costs. Id. at 2.
    The Postal Service asserts that achieving the correct assignment of 
institutional and attributable costs requires several steps, states 
that a public spreadsheet shows the specific calculations, and provides 
a brief explanation. Id. at 2-3.
    Cost impacts. The Postal Service estimates the FY 2014 clerk labor 
costs for the call centers at approximately $85.1 million. Id. at 1. It 
states that under the proposed method, approximately 56 percent of the 
accrued call center costs would be treated as attributable. Id. at 5. 
It provides an illustration of the overall model and a table showing 
how the estimated FY 2014 costs would be attributed and distributed to 
products under the proposed methodology. Id. at 5-7. The table shows 
the impact in terms of unit attributable costs for each market dominant 
product. Id. at 6-7. The impact on the specific competitive products 
appears in the spreadsheet filed under seal. Id. at 6.

III. Initial Commission Action

    The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2015-5 for consideration of 
matters raised by the Petition. Additional information concerning the 
Petition may be accessed via the Commission's Web site at http://www.prc.gov. Interested persons may submit comments on the Petition no 
later than December 8, 2014. Reply comments are due no later than 
December 15, 2014. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Cassie D'Souza is 
designated as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to 
represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding.

IV. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2015-5 for consideration 
of the matters raised by the Petition of the United States Postal 
Service for the Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed Changes 
in Analytical Principles (Proposal Twelve), filed November 7, 2014.
    2. Comments are due no later than December 8, 2014.
    3. Reply comments are due no later than December 15, 2014.
    4. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Cassie 
D'Souza to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public 
Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in 
this docket.
    5. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the 
Federal Register.

    By the Commission.
Shoshana M. Grove,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-27210 Filed 11-17-14; 8:45 am]
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