Application for Waiver of Workshare Discount, 17347-17348 [2021-06839]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Proposed Rules areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.’’ On February 2, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans. 86 FR 8277. In part, Executive Order 14012 requires that ‘‘the Federal Government eliminate[] sources of fear and other barriers that prevent immigrants from accessing government services available to them . . . [and] develop welcoming strategies that promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship . . .’’ In accordance with the Regulatory Freeze Memorandum, HUD is reviewing its proposed rules and has identified a proposed rule that is inconsistent with Executive Order 13985 and Executive Order 14012: Housing and Community Development of Act 1980: Verification of Eligible Status (84 FR 20589, May 10, 2019). 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ACTION: Application for waiver; comment request. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: The Commission is recognizing a Postal Service application for waiver pursuant to Commission regulations as it relates to a workshare discount. This notice informs the public SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Apr 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: April 6, 2021. 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. Background III. Application for Waiver IV. Notice and Comment V. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction On March 26, 2021, the Postal Service filed an application for waiver pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.286 requesting that the Commission waive the applicability of 39 CFR 3030.284 as it relates to the First-Class Mail Letters 5-Digit Automation workshare discount in the next rate adjustment filing.1 II. Background Pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.284, a workshare discount proposed by the Postal Service in any rate adjustment filing that is below avoided costs must either be associated with a new postal service, a change to an existing postal service, or a new workshare initiative; be at least a 20 percent increase from the existing workshare discount, or have a passthrough of at least 85 percent.2 See 39 CFR 3030.284. If the proposed workshare discount does not comply with the limitations of 39 CFR 3030.284, the Postal Service must file an application for waiver pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.286. See 39 CFR 3030.284(d); 39 CFR 3030.286. The Postal Service’s waiver application must be supported by a preponderance of the evidence and demonstrate that a waiver from the limitations imposed by 39 CFR 1 United States Postal Service Application for Waiver Under 39 CFR 3030.286, March 26, 2021 (Application). The Postal Service’s Application is accompanied by a Statement in Support of Waiver Application (Supporting Statement). 2 The relationship between workshare discounts and avoided costs is usually expressed as a percentage called a passthrough, which is calculated by dividing the discount by the avoided cost. Workshare discounts with passthroughs below 100 percent are considered below avoided cost workshare discounts. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 17347 3030.284 should be granted. See 39 CFR 3030.286(b). The Postal Service must include the grounds for a waiver, including all relevant supporting analysis; the length of time the waiver will be necessary; for each subsequent rate adjustment filing planned to occur during the length of time for which a waiver is sought, a representation of the proposed minimum amount of the change to the workshare discount; and any other relevant information. See also 39 CFR 3030.286(c)(1) through (3) and (8). Grounds for waiver for a below avoided cost workshare discount and the required accompanying information are set forth in 39 CFR 3030.286(c)(5) and (7).3 III. Application for Waiver The Postal Service requests a waiver of 39 CFR 3030.284 for First-Class Mail that is sorted to the 5-Digit level for any rate adjustment proceeding occurring in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Application, Supporting Statement at 1. The Postal Service states that ‘‘increasing the workshare discount for 5-Digit presort First-Class Mail by 0.5 cents in a single year could decrease the efficiency of its processing operations.’’ Id.; see 39 CFR 3030.286(c)(5). It notes that the current discount of 3.0 cents results in a passthrough of 73 percent, which is below the 85 percent threshold. Id. To be in compliance with 39 CFR 3030.284, the Postal Service states that it would be required to increase the discount by 0.5 cents to 3.5 cents absent a waiver. Id. at 1–2. It maintains that ‘‘[s]uch an increase (which would be nearly 17 [percent] higher than the same discount in FY 2020) represents a dramatic change following years of relative pricing stability.’’ Id. at 2. The Postal Service states that the required change ‘‘could lead to unpredictable changes among the relative proportions of mail volumes sorted to 5-Digit, Auto AADC, and Mixed AADC.’’ Id. For these reasons, the Postal Service seeks to maintain the 5-Digit First-Class Mail Automation workshare discount at 3.0 cents for the next rate adjustment filing. Id. IV. Notice and Comment The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2021–5 for consideration of matters raised by the Application. More information on the Application may be accessed via the Commission’s website at http://www.prc.gov. Interested persons may submit comments on the Application no later than April 6, 2021. 3 Grounds for waiver for a below avoided cost workshare discount relate to the impediment of efficient postal operations and non-compensatory products. See 39 CFR 3030.286(c)(5) and (7). E:\FR\FM\02APP1.SGM 02APP1 17348 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Proposed Rules 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. By the Commission. Jennie L. Jbara, Alternate Certifying Official. [FR Doc. 2021–06839 Filed 4–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P V. Ordering Paragraphs jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2021–5 for consideration of the matters raised by the United States Postal Service Application for Waiver Under 39 CFR 3030.286, filed March 26, 2021. 2. Comments by interested persons in this proceeding are due no later than April 6, 2021. 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:28 Apr 01, 2021 Jkt 253001 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 73 [MB Docket No. 21–72; RM–11888; DA 21– 271; FR ID 18713] Television Broadcasting Services; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Correction Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule; correction. AGENCY: The Federal Communications Commission published a document in the Federal Register of March 25, 2021, concerning a petition for rulemaking filed by WLUK Licensee, LLC (Licensee) requesting the substitution of channel 18 for channel 12 at Green Bay, Wisconsin in the DTV Table of Allotments. The document contained SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 the incorrect call sign in the summary section. DATES: April 2, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joyce Bernstein, Joyce.Bernstein@ fcc.gov, Media Bureau, (202) 418–1647. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Correction In FR Doc. 2021–06155, in the Federal Register of March 25, 2021, on page 15853, in the third column, correct the SUMMARY caption to read: The Video Division has before it a petition for rulemaking filed November 27, 2020 (Petition) by WLUK Licensee, LLC (Licensee), the licensee of WLUK–TV (FOX), channel 12, Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Licensee requests the substitution of channel 18 for channel 12 at Green Bay, Wisconsin the digital television (DTV) Table of Allotments. SUMMARY: Dated: March 25, 2021. Thomas Horan, Chief of Staff, Media Bureau. [FR Doc. 2021–06854 Filed 4–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P E:\FR\FM\02APP1.SGM 02APP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 62 (Friday, April 2, 2021)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 17347-17348]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-06839]


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POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

39 CFR Part 3030

[Docket No. RM2021-5; Order No. 5854]


Application for Waiver of Workshare Discount

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Application for waiver; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The Commission is recognizing a Postal Service application for 
waiver pursuant to Commission regulations as it relates to a workshare 
discount. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public 
comment, and takes other administrative steps.

DATES: Comments are due: April 6, 2021.

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. Background
III. Application for Waiver
IV. Notice and Comment
V. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

    On March 26, 2021, the Postal Service filed an application for 
waiver pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.286 requesting that the Commission waive 
the applicability of 39 CFR 3030.284 as it relates to the First-Class 
Mail Letters 5-Digit Automation workshare discount in the next rate 
adjustment filing.\1\
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    \1\ United States Postal Service Application for Waiver Under 39 
CFR 3030.286, March 26, 2021 (Application). The Postal Service's 
Application is accompanied by a Statement in Support of Waiver 
Application (Supporting Statement).
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II. Background

    Pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.284, a workshare discount proposed by the 
Postal Service in any rate adjustment filing that is below avoided 
costs must either be associated with a new postal service, a change to 
an existing postal service, or a new workshare initiative; be at least 
a 20 percent increase from the existing workshare discount, or have a 
passthrough of at least 85 percent.\2\ See 39 CFR 3030.284.
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    \2\ The relationship between workshare discounts and avoided 
costs is usually expressed as a percentage called a passthrough, 
which is calculated by dividing the discount by the avoided cost. 
Workshare discounts with passthroughs below 100 percent are 
considered below avoided cost workshare discounts.
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    If the proposed workshare discount does not comply with the 
limitations of 39 CFR 3030.284, the Postal Service must file an 
application for waiver pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.286. See 39 CFR 
3030.284(d); 39 CFR 3030.286. The Postal Service's waiver application 
must be supported by a preponderance of the evidence and demonstrate 
that a waiver from the limitations imposed by 39 CFR 3030.284 should be 
granted. See 39 CFR 3030.286(b). The Postal Service must include the 
grounds for a waiver, including all relevant supporting analysis; the 
length of time the waiver will be necessary; for each subsequent rate 
adjustment filing planned to occur during the length of time for which 
a waiver is sought, a representation of the proposed minimum amount of 
the change to the workshare discount; and any other relevant 
information. See also 39 CFR 3030.286(c)(1) through (3) and (8). 
Grounds for waiver for a below avoided cost workshare discount and the 
required accompanying information are set forth in 39 CFR 
3030.286(c)(5) and (7).\3\
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    \3\ Grounds for waiver for a below avoided cost workshare 
discount relate to the impediment of efficient postal operations and 
non-compensatory products. See 39 CFR 3030.286(c)(5) and (7).
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III. Application for Waiver

    The Postal Service requests a waiver of 39 CFR 3030.284 for First-
Class Mail that is sorted to the 5-Digit level for any rate adjustment 
proceeding occurring in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Application, Supporting 
Statement at 1. The Postal Service states that ``increasing the 
workshare discount for 5-Digit presort First-Class Mail by 0.5 cents in 
a single year could decrease the efficiency of its processing 
operations.'' Id.; see 39 CFR 3030.286(c)(5). It notes that the current 
discount of 3.0 cents results in a passthrough of 73 percent, which is 
below the 85 percent threshold. Id. To be in compliance with 39 CFR 
3030.284, the Postal Service states that it would be required to 
increase the discount by 0.5 cents to 3.5 cents absent a waiver. Id. at 
1-2. It maintains that ``[s]uch an increase (which would be nearly 17 
[percent] higher than the same discount in FY 2020) represents a 
dramatic change following years of relative pricing stability.'' Id. at 
2. The Postal Service states that the required change ``could lead to 
unpredictable changes among the relative proportions of mail volumes 
sorted to 5-Digit, Auto AADC, and Mixed AADC.'' Id.
    For these reasons, the Postal Service seeks to maintain the 5-Digit 
First-Class Mail Automation workshare discount at 3.0 cents for the 
next rate adjustment filing. Id.

IV. Notice and Comment

    The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2021-5 for consideration of 
matters raised by the Application. More information on the Application 
may be accessed via the Commission's website at http://www.prc.gov. 
Interested persons may submit comments on the Application no later than 
April 6, 2021.

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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.

V. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2021-5 for consideration 
of the matters raised by the United States Postal Service Application 
for Waiver Under 39 CFR 3030.286, filed March 26, 2021.
    2. Comments by interested persons in this proceeding are due no 
later than April 6, 2021.
    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.
Jennie L. Jbara,
Alternate Certifying Official.
[FR Doc. 2021-06839 Filed 4-1-21; 8:45 am]
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