Periodic Reporting, 33882-33883 [2019-15030]

Download as PDF 33882 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2019 / Proposed Rules POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION 39 CFR Part 3050 [Docket No. RM2019–8; Order No. 5145] Periodic Reporting Postal Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: The Commission is acknowledging a recent filing requesting the Commission initiate a rulemaking proceeding to consider changes to analytical principles relating to periodic reports (Proposal Three). This document informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: August 19, 2019. SUMMARY: 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. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Proposal Three III. Notice and Comment IV. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction On July 9, 2019, the Postal Service filed a petition pursuant to 39 CFR 3050.11 requesting that the Commission initiate a rulemaking proceeding to consider changes to analytical principles relating to periodic reports.1 The Petition identifies the proposed analytical changes filed in this docket as Proposal Three. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS II. Proposal Three Background. Proposal Three relates to the methodology used to distribute enhanced payments made under the PRIME agreement. Petition, Proposal Three at 1. PRIME is an international agreement among approximately 141 designated postal operators working together in the tracked packet area. Id. n.1. Under PRIME, designated postal operators provide each other with enhanced payments, in addition to the 1 Petition of the United States Postal Service for the Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed Changes in Analytical Principles (Proposal Three), July 9, 2019 (Petition). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Jul 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 basic per item payment, for the timely return of scans. Id. The Postal Service used a new methodology to distribute these PRIME enhanced payments in its most recent International Cost and Revenue Analysis (ICRA).2 In the FY 2018 Annual Compliance Determination, the Commission accepted the Postal Service’s distribution of the payments but determined that the Postal Service’s revised methodology ‘‘must be thoroughly reviewed by the Commission and stakeholders through a docketed proceeding before it can be used in future ACRs.’’ 3 Accordingly, the Commission directed ‘‘the Postal Service to file a petition for the initiation of a proceeding to review this proposed change in analytical principles within 90 days’’ of the issuance of the FY 2018 ACD. Id. Proposal. The Postal Service’s proposal seeks to revise the methodology used to distribute PRIME enhanced payments. Under the existing methodology, PRIME costs are distributed entirely to First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS) because the costs are treated as an ‘‘indistinguishable aggregate.’’ Petition, Proposal Three at 1. The Postal Service reports that it is now possible to distribute PRIME costs across products and between Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) and non-NSA FCPIS. Id. This is accomplished by making use of the ‘‘UX’’ key for tracked mail in the System for International Revenue and Volume, Outbound (SIRVO). Id. at 3. As a result, Proposal Three expands the distribution of PRIME costs beyond FCPIS. Id. Rationale and impact. The Postal Service states that the current methodology ‘‘does not take advantage of the additional information’’ provided by the UX key for tracked mail in SIRVO. Id. The Postal Service reports that the existing methodology allocates all PRIME costs to the non-NSA FCPIS settlements and unitizes those charges based on non-NSA volumes. Id. The Postal Service concludes that ‘‘[t]his essentially set the unitized PRIME payments too high.’’ Id. Proposal Three seeks to distribute these amounts ‘‘based on proportions of UX across products and between NSA and non-NSA FCPIS.’’ Id. The impact of Proposal Three is that costs are shifted away from FCPIS to No. ACR2018, USPS–FY18–NP2—FY 2018 International Cost and Revenue Analysis (ICRA) Report (Revised 2/11/19), February 11, 2019 (February 11 ICRA). 3 Docket No. ACR2018, Annual Compliance Determination, April 12, 2019, at 105 (FY 2018 ACD). PO 00000 2 Docket Frm 00022 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail, Priority Mail Express International, International Priority Airmail (IPA), International Direct Sacks—M-Bags, and associated Outbound NSAs. Id. at 4. III. Notice and Comment The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2019–8 for consideration of matters raised by the Petition. More information on the Petition may be accessed via the Commission’s website at http://www.prc.gov. Interested persons may submit comments on the Petition and Proposal Three no later than August 19, 2019. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Katalin K. Clendenin 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. RM2019–8 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 Three), filed July 9, 2019. 2. Comments by interested persons in this proceeding are due no later than August 19, 2019. 3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Katalin K. Clendenin to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this docket. 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Ruth Ann Abrams, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–15031 Filed 7–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION 39 CFR Part 3050 [Docket No. RM2019–9; Order No. 5144] Periodic Reporting Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is acknowledging a recent filing requesting the Commission initiate a rulemaking proceeding to consider changes to analytical principles relating to periodic reports (Proposal Four). This document informs the public of the filing, invites SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16JYP1.SGM 16JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2019 / Proposed Rules public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: August 26, 2019. 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. Proposal Four III. Notice and Comment IV. Ordering Paragraphs jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS I. Introduction On July 9, 2019, the Postal Service filed a petition pursuant to 39 CFR 3050.11 requesting that the Commission initiate a rulemaking proceeding to consider changes to analytical principles relating to periodic reports.1 The Petition identifies the proposed analytical changes filed in this docket as Proposal Four. II. Proposal Four Background. The Postal Service seeks to modify the costing methodology for the non-negotiated service agreement (NSA) portions of International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Airlift (ISAL) products. Petition, Proposal Four at 1. The Postal Service states that Proposal Four relates to the Commission’s directive in the FY 2018 Annual Compliance Determination Report (FY 2018 ACD) for the Postal Service to ‘‘consider the proposed change in analytical principles for PRIME enhanced payments, to ensure that the proposed distribution does not allocate . . . NSA-specific costs to the non-NSA IPA product.’’ 2 The Postal Service notes that although the FY 2018 ACD directive focused on IPA product, ISAL is calculated in a parallel manner. Petition, Proposal Four at 1. As such, the Postal Service proposes changes to the costing methodology for both the IPA and ISAL products. Id. The Postal Service states that the current International Cost and Revenue 1 Petition of the United States Postal Service for the Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed Changes in Analytical Principles (Proposal Four), July 9, 2019 (Petition). 2 Id. at 2. Docket No. ACR2018, Annual Compliance Determination Report, April 12, 2019, at 107 (FY 2018 ACD). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Jul 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 Analysis (ICRA) model treats the nonNSA and NSA portions of IPA and ISAL as a single product (Total IPA and Total ISAL, respectively). Id. It is therefore unable to estimate the costs of the nonNSA portions of these products. See id. at 2–3. Proposal. The Postal Service proposes to replace the Total IPA and Total ISAL data in its System for International Revenue and Volume, Outbound (SIRVO) sampling system. Id. at 3. The new SIRVO data would be input to the ICRA model with only the non-NSA portion of the IPA and ISAL product. Id. The previous module calculations would be removed, the model would be rerun, and terminal dues would be rebenchmarked to the General Ledger amounts. Id. Rationale and impact. As the Commission noted in the FY 2018 ACD, the Postal Service’s current methodology attributes too many costs to the non-NSA portion of IPA. FY 2018 ACD at 106–107. The Postal Service asserts that isolating the non-NSA portion of SIRVO for both IPA and ISAL will avoid attribution of NSA settlement expenses to the non-NSA portion of both products in the ICRA model. Petition, Proposal Four at 4. The Postal Service states that the procedures proposed would more accurately reflect reduced unit costs and improved cost coverage for the non-NSA portions of both IPA and ISAL. Id. It also asserts that had the proposed methodology changes been in effect for FY 2018, revenues from the non-NSA portion of IPA would have covered its costs. Id. III. Notice and Comment The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2019–9 for consideration of matters raised by the Petition. More information on the Petition may be accessed via the Commission’s website at http://www.prc.gov. Interested persons may submit comments on the Petition and Proposal Four no later than August 26, 2019. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission designates Katalin K. Clendenin 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. RM2019–9 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 Four), filed July 9, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 33883 2. Comments by interested persons in this proceeding are due no later than August 26, 2019. 3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Katalin K. Clendenin to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this docket. 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Ruth Ann Abrams, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–15030 Filed 7–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R10–OAR–2019–0269, FRL–9996–58– Region 10] Air Plan Approval; OR: 2018 Permitting Rule Revisions Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve revisions to the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on December 11, 2018. The revisions update the SIP to allow for electronic public notice of proposed major stationary source permits, add references to stationary source sampling requirements, make use of plain language, and correct errors. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 136 (Tuesday, July 16, 2019)]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-15030]


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POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

39 CFR Part 3050

[Docket No. RM2019-9; Order No. 5144]


Periodic Reporting

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Commission is acknowledging a recent filing requesting the 
Commission initiate a rulemaking proceeding to consider changes to 
analytical principles relating to periodic reports (Proposal Four). 
This document informs the public of the filing, invites

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public comment, and takes other administrative steps.

DATES: Comments are due: August 26, 2019.

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. Proposal Four
III. Notice and Comment
IV. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

    On July 9, 2019, the Postal Service filed a petition pursuant to 39 
CFR 3050.11 requesting that the Commission initiate a rulemaking 
proceeding to consider changes to analytical principles relating to 
periodic reports.\1\ The Petition identifies the proposed analytical 
changes filed in this docket as Proposal Four.
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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 Four), July 9, 2019 (Petition).
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II. Proposal Four

    Background. The Postal Service seeks to modify the costing 
methodology for the non-negotiated service agreement (NSA) portions of 
International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Airlift 
(ISAL) products. Petition, Proposal Four at 1. The Postal Service 
states that Proposal Four relates to the Commission's directive in the 
FY 2018 Annual Compliance Determination Report (FY 2018 ACD) for the 
Postal Service to ``consider the proposed change in analytical 
principles for PRIME enhanced payments, to ensure that the proposed 
distribution does not allocate . . . NSA-specific costs to the non-NSA 
IPA product.'' \2\ The Postal Service notes that although the FY 2018 
ACD directive focused on IPA product, ISAL is calculated in a parallel 
manner. Petition, Proposal Four at 1. As such, the Postal Service 
proposes changes to the costing methodology for both the IPA and ISAL 
products. Id.
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    \2\ Id. at 2. Docket No. ACR2018, Annual Compliance 
Determination Report, April 12, 2019, at 107 (FY 2018 ACD).
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    The Postal Service states that the current International Cost and 
Revenue Analysis (ICRA) model treats the non-NSA and NSA portions of 
IPA and ISAL as a single product (Total IPA and Total ISAL, 
respectively). Id. It is therefore unable to estimate the costs of the 
non-NSA portions of these products. See id. at 2-3.
    Proposal. The Postal Service proposes to replace the Total IPA and 
Total ISAL data in its System for International Revenue and Volume, 
Outbound (SIRVO) sampling system. Id. at 3. The new SIRVO data would be 
input to the ICRA model with only the non-NSA portion of the IPA and 
ISAL product. Id. The previous module calculations would be removed, 
the model would be rerun, and terminal dues would be re-benchmarked to 
the General Ledger amounts. Id.
    Rationale and impact. As the Commission noted in the FY 2018 ACD, 
the Postal Service's current methodology attributes too many costs to 
the non-NSA portion of IPA. FY 2018 ACD at 106-107. The Postal Service 
asserts that isolating the non-NSA portion of SIRVO for both IPA and 
ISAL will avoid attribution of NSA settlement expenses to the non-NSA 
portion of both products in the ICRA model. Petition, Proposal Four at 
4.
    The Postal Service states that the procedures proposed would more 
accurately reflect reduced unit costs and improved cost coverage for 
the non-NSA portions of both IPA and ISAL. Id. It also asserts that had 
the proposed methodology changes been in effect for FY 2018, revenues 
from the non-NSA portion of IPA would have covered its costs. Id.

III. Notice and Comment

    The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2019-9 for consideration of 
matters raised by the Petition. More information on the Petition may be 
accessed via the Commission's website at http://www.prc.gov. Interested 
persons may submit comments on the Petition and Proposal Four no later 
than August 26, 2019. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission 
designates Katalin K. Clendenin 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. RM2019-9 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 Four), filed July 9, 2019.
    2. Comments by interested persons in this proceeding are due no 
later than August 26, 2019.
    3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Katalin K. 
Clendenin to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public 
Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in 
this docket.
    4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the 
Federal Register.

    By the Commission.
Ruth Ann Abrams,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-15030 Filed 7-15-19; 8:45 am]
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