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AGENCY: ACTION: The Postal Service has filed an Annual Compliance Report on the costs, revenues, rates, and quality of service associated with its products in fiscal year 2021. Within 90 days, the Commission must evaluate that information and issue its determination as to whether rates were in compliance with title 39, chapter 36, and whether service standards in effect were met. To assist in this, the Commission seeks public comments on the Postal Service’s Annual Compliance Report. DATES: Comments are due: January 31, 2022. Reply Comments are due: February 14, 2022. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at https:// 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: Permit Application: 2022–027 1. 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Introduction II. Overview of the Postal Service’s FY 2021 ACR III. Procedural Steps IV. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction On December 29, 2021, the United States Postal Service (Postal Service) filed with the Commission its Annual Compliance Report (ACR) for fiscal year (FY) 2021, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3652.1 Section 3652 requires submission of 1 United States Postal Service FY 2021 Annual Compliance Report, December 29, 2021, at 1 (FY 2021 ACR). Public portions of the Postal Service’s filing are available on the Commission’s website at https://www.prc.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 data and information on the costs, revenues, rates, and quality of service associated with postal products within 90 days of the closing of each fiscal year. In conformance with other statutory provisions and Commission rules, the ACR includes the Postal Service’s FY 2021 Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations, its FY 2021 annual report to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Competitive Products Fund, and certain related Competitive Products Fund material. See respectively, 39 U.S.C. 3652(g), 39 U.S.C. 2011(i), and 39 CFR 3060.20–23. In line with past practice, some of the material in the FY 2021 ACR appears in non-public annexes. The filing begins a review process that results in an Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) issued by the Commission to determine whether Postal Service products offered during FY 2021 were in compliance with applicable title 39 requirements. II. Overview of the Postal Service’s FY 2021 ACR Contents of the filing. The Postal Service’s FY 2021 ACR consists of a 93page narrative; extensive additional material appended as separate folders and identified in Attachment One; and an application for non-public treatment of certain materials, along with supporting rationale, filed as Attachment Two. The filing also includes the Comprehensive Statement,2 Report to the Secretary of the Treasury, and information on the Competitive Products Fund filed in response to Commission rules. This material has been filed electronically with the Commission. Scope of the filing. The material appended to the narrative consists of: (1) Domestic product costing material filed on an annual basis summarized in the Cost and Revenue Analysis (CRA); (2) comparable international costing material summarized in the International Cost and Revenue Analysis (ICRA); (3) worksharing-related cost studies; and (4) billing determinant information for both domestic and international mail. FY 2021 ACR at 3. Inclusion of these four data sets is consistent with the Postal Service’s past ACR practices. As with past ACRs, the Postal Service has split certain materials into public and non-public versions. Id. 2 In years prior to 2013, the Commission reviewed the Postal Service’s reports prepared pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 2803 and 39 U.S.C. 2804 (filed as the Comprehensive Statement by the Postal Service) in its ACD. However, as it has for the past several years, the Commission intends to issue a separate notice soliciting comments on the Comprehensive Statement and provide its related analysis in a separate report from the ACD. E:\FR\FM\06JAN1.SGM 06JAN1 TKELLEY on DSK125TN23PROD with NOTICE Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 4 / Thursday, January 6, 2022 / Notices ‘‘Roadmap’’ document. A roadmap to the FY 2021 ACR can be found in Library Reference USPS–FY21–9. This document provides brief descriptions of the materials submitted, as well as the flow of inputs and outputs among them; a discussion of differences in methodology relative to Commission methodologies in last year’s ACD; and a list of special studies and a discussion of obsolescence, as required by Commission rule 3050.12. Id. at 4. Methodology. The Postal Service states that it has adhered to the methodologies historically used by the Commission subject to changes identified and discussed in Library Reference USPS–FY21–9 and in prefaces accompanying the appended folders. Id. at 4–5. Market dominant product-by-product costs, revenues, and volumes. Comprehensive cost, revenue, and volume data for all market dominant products of general applicability are shown directly in the FY 2021 CRA or ICRA. Id. at 7. The FY 2021 ACR includes a discussion by class of each market dominant product, including costs, revenues, and volumes, workshare discounts, and passthroughs responsive to 39 U.S.C. 3652(b), and FY 2021 promotions. Id. at 7–47. In response to the Commission’s FY 2010 ACD directives,3 the Postal Service states that it is providing information regarding its progress in increasing USPS Marketing Mail Flats (Flats) prices, implementing operational changes aimed at lowering flats costs, effectuating costing methodology improvements, and phasing out the subsidy in Flats. FY 2021 ACR at 31. In Docket No. RM2018–1, the Commission codified and expanded the first directive as rule 3050.50(f), which applies to all flat-shaped mail.4 Accordingly, the Postal Service states that the information required by rule 3050.50(f) is provided in Library Reference USPS–FY2021–45, noting that the section titled ‘‘Costing Methodology Changes and Subsidy of the Flats Product’’ responds to the second and third directives. FY 2021 ACR at 34–36. In addition, the Postal Service presented its schedule of aboveaverage price increases for Flats. Id. at 32. Service performance. The Postal Service notes that the Commission issued rules on periodic reporting of 3 Docket No. ACR2010, Annual Compliance Determination, March 29, 2011, at 106–107 (FY 2010 ACD). 4 Id. at 33; see Docket No. RM2018–1, Order Adopting Final Rules on Reporting Requirements Related to Flats, May 8, 2019 (Order No. 5086). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:13 Jan 05, 2022 Jkt 256001 service performance measurement and customer satisfaction in FY 2010. Responsive information appears in Library Reference USPS–FY21–29. Id. at 48. Customer satisfaction. The FY 2021 ACR discusses the Postal Service’s approach for measuring customer experience and satisfaction; discusses survey modifications; describes the methodology; presents a table with survey results; compares the results from FY 2020 to FY 2021; and provides information regarding consumer access to postal services. Id. at 56–81. Competitive products. The FY 2021 ACR provides costs, revenues, and volumes for competitive products of general applicability in the FY 2021 CRA or ICRA. For competitive products not of general applicability, data are provided in non-public Library References USPS–FY21–NP2 and USPS–FY21–NP27. Id. at 82. The FY 2021 ACR also addresses the competitive product pricing standards of 39 U.S.C. 3633. Id. at 82–89. Market tests; nonpostal services. The Postal Service discusses three market dominant market tests conducted during FY 2021 as well as nonpostal services. Id. at 90–91. III. Procedural Steps Statutory requirements. Section 3653 of title 39 requires the Commission to provide interested persons with an opportunity to comment on the ACR and to appoint an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public. The Commission hereby solicits public comment on the Postal Service’s FY 2021 ACR and on whether any rates or fees in effect during FY 2021 (for products individually or collectively) were not in compliance with applicable provisions of chapter 36 of title 39 or Commission regulations promulgated thereunder. Commenters addressing market dominant products are referred in particular to the applicable requirements (39 U.S.C. 3622(d) and (e) and 39 U.S.C. 3626); objectives (39 U.S.C. 3622(b)); and factors (39 U.S.C. 3622(c)). Commenters addressing competitive products are referred to 39 U.S.C. 3633. The Commission also invites public comment on the cost coverage matters the Postal Service addresses in its filing; service performance results; levels of customer satisfaction achieved; and such other matters that may be relevant to the Commission’s review. Access to filing. The Commission has posted the publicly available portions of the FY 2021 ACR on its website at https://www.prc.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 791 Comment deadlines. Comments by interested persons are due on or before January 31, 2022. Reply comments are due on or before February 14, 2022. The Commission, upon completion of its review of the FY 2021 ACR, comments, and other data and information submitted in this proceeding, will issue its ACD. Public Representative. Kenneth E. Richardson is designated to serve as the Public Representative to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding. Neither the Public Representative nor any additional persons assigned to assist him shall participate in or advise as to any Commission decision in this proceeding other than in his or her designated capacity. IV. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket No. ACR2021 to consider matters raised by the United States Postal Service’s FY 2021 Annual Compliance Report. 2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Kenneth E. Richardson as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) in this proceeding to represent the interests of the general public. 3. Comments on the United States Postal Service’s FY 2021 Annual Compliance Report to the Commission are due on or before January 31, 2022. 4. Reply comments are due on or before February 14, 2022. 5. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this Order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Erica A. Barker, Secretary. 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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 4 (Thursday, January 6, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 790-791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. ACR2021; Order No. 6079]


FY 2021 Annual Compliance Report

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Postal Service has filed an Annual Compliance Report on 
the costs, revenues, rates, and quality of service associated with its 
products in fiscal year 2021. Within 90 days, the Commission must 
evaluate that information and issue its determination as to whether 
rates were in compliance with title 39, chapter 36, and whether service 
standards in effect were met. To assist in this, the Commission seeks 
public comments on the Postal Service's Annual Compliance Report.

DATES: Comments are due: January 31, 2022. Reply Comments are due: 
February 14, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing 
Online system at https://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. Overview of the Postal Service's FY 2021 ACR
III. Procedural Steps
IV. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

    On December 29, 2021, the United States Postal Service (Postal 
Service) filed with the Commission its Annual Compliance Report (ACR) 
for fiscal year (FY) 2021, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3652.\1\ Section 3652 
requires submission of data and information on the costs, revenues, 
rates, and quality of service associated with postal products within 90 
days of the closing of each fiscal year. In conformance with other 
statutory provisions and Commission rules, the ACR includes the Postal 
Service's FY 2021 Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations, its FY 
2021 annual report to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Competitive 
Products Fund, and certain related Competitive Products Fund material. 
See respectively, 39 U.S.C. 3652(g), 39 U.S.C. 2011(i), and 39 CFR 
3060.20-23. In line with past practice, some of the material in the FY 
2021 ACR appears in non-public annexes.
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    \1\ United States Postal Service FY 2021 Annual Compliance 
Report, December 29, 2021, at 1 (FY 2021 ACR). Public portions of 
the Postal Service's filing are available on the Commission's 
website at https://www.prc.gov.
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    The filing begins a review process that results in an Annual 
Compliance Determination (ACD) issued by the Commission to determine 
whether Postal Service products offered during FY 2021 were in 
compliance with applicable title 39 requirements.

II. Overview of the Postal Service's FY 2021 ACR

    Contents of the filing. The Postal Service's FY 2021 ACR consists 
of a 93-page narrative; extensive additional material appended as 
separate folders and identified in Attachment One; and an application 
for non-public treatment of certain materials, along with supporting 
rationale, filed as Attachment Two. The filing also includes the 
Comprehensive Statement,\2\ Report to the Secretary of the Treasury, 
and information on the Competitive Products Fund filed in response to 
Commission rules. This material has been filed electronically with the 
Commission.
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    \2\ In years prior to 2013, the Commission reviewed the Postal 
Service's reports prepared pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 2803 and 39 U.S.C. 
2804 (filed as the Comprehensive Statement by the Postal Service) in 
its ACD. However, as it has for the past several years, the 
Commission intends to issue a separate notice soliciting comments on 
the Comprehensive Statement and provide its related analysis in a 
separate report from the ACD.
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    Scope of the filing. The material appended to the narrative 
consists of: (1) Domestic product costing material filed on an annual 
basis summarized in the Cost and Revenue Analysis (CRA); (2) comparable 
international costing material summarized in the International Cost and 
Revenue Analysis (ICRA); (3) worksharing-related cost studies; and (4) 
billing determinant information for both domestic and international 
mail. FY 2021 ACR at 3. Inclusion of these four data sets is consistent 
with the Postal Service's past ACR practices. As with past ACRs, the 
Postal Service has split certain materials into public and non-public 
versions. Id.

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    ``Roadmap'' document. A roadmap to the FY 2021 ACR can be found in 
Library Reference USPS-FY21-9. This document provides brief 
descriptions of the materials submitted, as well as the flow of inputs 
and outputs among them; a discussion of differences in methodology 
relative to Commission methodologies in last year's ACD; and a list of 
special studies and a discussion of obsolescence, as required by 
Commission rule 3050.12. Id. at 4.
    Methodology. The Postal Service states that it has adhered to the 
methodologies historically used by the Commission subject to changes 
identified and discussed in Library Reference USPS-FY21-9 and in 
prefaces accompanying the appended folders. Id. at 4-5.
    Market dominant product-by-product costs, revenues, and volumes. 
Comprehensive cost, revenue, and volume data for all market dominant 
products of general applicability are shown directly in the FY 2021 CRA 
or ICRA. Id. at 7.
    The FY 2021 ACR includes a discussion by class of each market 
dominant product, including costs, revenues, and volumes, workshare 
discounts, and passthroughs responsive to 39 U.S.C. 3652(b), and FY 
2021 promotions. Id. at 7-47.
    In response to the Commission's FY 2010 ACD directives,\3\ the 
Postal Service states that it is providing information regarding its 
progress in increasing USPS Marketing Mail Flats (Flats) prices, 
implementing operational changes aimed at lowering flats costs, 
effectuating costing methodology improvements, and phasing out the 
subsidy in Flats. FY 2021 ACR at 31. In Docket No. RM2018-1, the 
Commission codified and expanded the first directive as rule 
3050.50(f), which applies to all flat-shaped mail.\4\ Accordingly, the 
Postal Service states that the information required by rule 3050.50(f) 
is provided in Library Reference USPS-FY2021-45, noting that the 
section titled ``Costing Methodology Changes and Subsidy of the Flats 
Product'' responds to the second and third directives. FY 2021 ACR at 
34-36. In addition, the Postal Service presented its schedule of above-
average price increases for Flats. Id. at 32.
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    \3\ Docket No. ACR2010, Annual Compliance Determination, March 
29, 2011, at 106-107 (FY 2010 ACD).
    \4\ Id. at 33; see Docket No. RM2018-1, Order Adopting Final 
Rules on Reporting Requirements Related to Flats, May 8, 2019 (Order 
No. 5086).
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    Service performance. The Postal Service notes that the Commission 
issued rules on periodic reporting of service performance measurement 
and customer satisfaction in FY 2010. Responsive information appears in 
Library Reference USPS-FY21-29. Id. at 48.
    Customer satisfaction. The FY 2021 ACR discusses the Postal 
Service's approach for measuring customer experience and satisfaction; 
discusses survey modifications; describes the methodology; presents a 
table with survey results; compares the results from FY 2020 to FY 
2021; and provides information regarding consumer access to postal 
services. Id. at 56-81.
    Competitive products. The FY 2021 ACR provides costs, revenues, and 
volumes for competitive products of general applicability in the FY 
2021 CRA or ICRA. For competitive products not of general 
applicability, data are provided in non-public Library References USPS-
FY21-NP2 and USPS-FY21-NP27. Id. at 82. The FY 2021 ACR also addresses 
the competitive product pricing standards of 39 U.S.C. 3633. Id. at 82-
89.
    Market tests; nonpostal services. The Postal Service discusses 
three market dominant market tests conducted during FY 2021 as well as 
nonpostal services. Id. at 90-91.

III. Procedural Steps

    Statutory requirements. Section 3653 of title 39 requires the 
Commission to provide interested persons with an opportunity to comment 
on the ACR and to appoint an officer of the Commission (Public 
Representative) to represent the interests of the general public. The 
Commission hereby solicits public comment on the Postal Service's FY 
2021 ACR and on whether any rates or fees in effect during FY 2021 (for 
products individually or collectively) were not in compliance with 
applicable provisions of chapter 36 of title 39 or Commission 
regulations promulgated thereunder. Commenters addressing market 
dominant products are referred in particular to the applicable 
requirements (39 U.S.C. 3622(d) and (e) and 39 U.S.C. 3626); objectives 
(39 U.S.C. 3622(b)); and factors (39 U.S.C. 3622(c)). Commenters 
addressing competitive products are referred to 39 U.S.C. 3633.
    The Commission also invites public comment on the cost coverage 
matters the Postal Service addresses in its filing; service performance 
results; levels of customer satisfaction achieved; and such other 
matters that may be relevant to the Commission's review.
    Access to filing. The Commission has posted the publicly available 
portions of the FY 2021 ACR on its website at https://www.prc.gov.
    Comment deadlines. Comments by interested persons are due on or 
before January 31, 2022. Reply comments are due on or before February 
14, 2022. The Commission, upon completion of its review of the FY 2021 
ACR, comments, and other data and information submitted in this 
proceeding, will issue its ACD.
    Public Representative. Kenneth E. Richardson is designated to serve 
as the Public Representative to represent the interests of the general 
public in this proceeding. Neither the Public Representative nor any 
additional persons assigned to assist him shall participate in or 
advise as to any Commission decision in this proceeding other than in 
his or her designated capacity.

IV. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. ACR2021 to consider 
matters raised by the United States Postal Service's FY 2021 Annual 
Compliance Report.
    2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Kenneth E. 
Richardson as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) in 
this proceeding to represent the interests of the general public.
    3. Comments on the United States Postal Service's FY 2021 Annual 
Compliance Report to the Commission are due on or before January 31, 
2022.
    4. Reply comments are due on or before February 14, 2022.
    5. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this Order in the 
Federal Register.

    By the Commission.
Erica A. Barker,
Secretary.
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