Public Inquiry on Resolving Suspended Post Offices, 7881-7882 [2022-02886]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 28 / Thursday, February 10, 2022 / Notices reach vendors, to a greater extent, through our external website on NSF.gov and participation in various conferences and conventions, which ensures NSF complies with these mandates. Respondents: Small and disadvantaged businesses. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 275. Burden on the Public: Estimated 15 minutes to fill out the form, including the collection of data to fill in the fields. This information should be readily available as most companies have capability statements that include this information. The estimated burden time is 69 hours. Dated: February 7, 2022. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2022–02895 Filed 2–9–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. PI2022–1; Order No. 6101] Public Inquiry on Resolving Suspended Post Offices Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is initiating a public inquiry proceeding to identify and address issues impeding the Postal Service’s progress in resolving suspended post offices. This document informs the public of this proceeding, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: April 29, 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: SUMMARY: jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Background III. Comments IV. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction The Commission establishes this public inquiry proceeding to identify VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Feb 09, 2022 Jkt 256001 and address issues impeding the Postal Service’s progress in resolving suspended post offices in a timely manner. Specifically, the Commission seeks input from the public regarding suggested procedures or courses of action for how the Postal Service may expeditiously resolve suspended post offices. The Commission welcomes comments with any data analysis related to suspended post offices, including, but not limited to, the spatial analysis of suspended post offices.1 II. Background The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) 2 requires the Postal Service to include in its Annual Compliance Report (ACR) ‘‘measures of the quality of service afforded by the Postal Service in connection with [each Market Dominant] product, including . . . the degree of customer satisfaction with the service provided.’’ 39 U.S.C. 3652(a)(2)(B)(ii). As part of its annual reporting concerning customer satisfaction, the Postal Service must report information concerning suspended post offices. See 39 CFR 3055.91(a)(4)–0 (6). A suspension occurs when the Postal Service stops operations at a post office due to an emergency or similar situation. See 39 CFR 241.3(a)(5)(i)(B). The Postal Service resolves a suspension by either discontinuing or reopening the post office. The Commission has monitored the Postal Service’s progress in resolving suspensions for multiple fiscal years, primarily via its ACR review proceedings. At the end of FY 2016, there were 662 suspended post offices.3 Of these post offices, 206 remained suspended at the end of FY 2021. Id. at 80. In addition, the Postal Service reports in the FY 2021 ACR that it suspended 247 other post offices between FY 2017 and FY 2021,4 for a total of 453 post offices suspended at the end of 2021.5 1 Spatial analysis is a diverse and comprehensive capability that includes the simple visual analysis of maps and imagery, computational analysis of geographic patterns, finding optimum routes, site selection, and advanced predictive modeling. ESRI, The Language of Spatial Analysis, available at https://www.esri.com/content/dam/esrisites/ sitecore-archive/Files/Pdfs/library/books/thelanguage-of-spatial-analysis.pdf, at 6. 2 Public Law 109–435, 120 Stat. 3198 (2006). 3 Docket No. ACR2021, United States Postal Service FY 2021 Annual Compliance Report, December 29, 2021, at 79. 4 See Docket No. ACR2021, Library Reference USPS–FY21–33, December 29, 2021, folder ‘‘USPS.FY21.33.Files,’’ Excel file ‘‘PostOfficesFY2021.xlsx,’’ tab ‘‘Suspension Summary,’’ cell I17. 5 The numbers in this order reflect the most upto-date numbers provided by the Postal Service in PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7881 In its FY 2016 ACD, the Commission stated that it expected the Postal Service to significantly reduce the number of suspended post offices.6 In its FY 2020 ACD, the Commission expressed concern regarding the apparent lack of commitment by the Postal Service in addressing and resolving suspended post offices in recent years and announced its intent to initiate a public inquiry docket on the matter.7 Accordingly, the Commission establishes this proceeding to identify and address issues impeding the Postal Service’s progress in resolving suspended post offices in a timely manner. III. Comments The Commission invites comments on suggested procedures or courses of action that would allow for the Postal Service to expeditiously resolve the 206 suspended post offices remaining from FY 2016, with a special focus on the post offices that have been suspended for more than 5 years. The Commission also invites comments on how the Postal Service should resolve the post offices suspended after FY 2016. The Commission encourages the commenters to discuss specific issues related to the recent suspension of post offices (after FY 2019). These comments should focus on facilitating the process for resolving the backlog of suspended post offices, as well as prevent such backlogs from recurring. The scope of this proceeding is limited to the Postal Service’s process for resolving suspended post offices as a whole. This proceeding does not cover ancillary issues, including concerns about individual post offices and the Commission’s jurisdiction to consider post office closing appeals. The Commission, however, welcomes comments with any data analysis related to the suspended post offices, including, but not limited to, the spatial analysis of the suspended post offices. Comments are due on April 29, 2022. Material filed in this docket—including tables, figures and library references— will be available for review on the Commission’s website, https:// www.prc.gov. the FY 2021 ACR, FY 2021 post office suspension quarterly reports, and Library Reference USPS– FY21–33. CHIRs were issued in Docket No. ACR2021 to reconcile these numbers, and the Commission will provide updated numbers in the upcoming FY 2021 ACD. 6 Docket No. ACR2016, Postal Regulatory Commission, Annual Compliance Determination Report Fiscal Year 2016, March 28, 2017, at 151. 7 Docket No. ACR2020, Postal Regulatory Commission, Annual Compliance Determination Report Fiscal Year 2020, March 29, 2021, at 221. E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 7882 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 28 / Thursday, February 10, 2022 / Notices Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Kenneth R. Moeller will serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this docket. IV. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket No. PI2022–1 to identify and address issues impeding the Postal Service’s progress in resolving suspended post offices in a timely manner. 2. Interested persons may submit written comments no later than April 29, 2022. 3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Kenneth R. Moeller will serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding. 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of a general statement as to the basis and purpose of this Notice in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Erica A. Barker, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2022–02886 Filed 2–9–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL SERVICE Product Change—Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement Postal ServiceTM. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule’s Competitive Products List. DATES: Date of required notice: February 10, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sean Robinson, 202–268–8405. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Postal Service® hereby gives notice that, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3), on January 28, 2022, it filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission a USPS Request to Add Priority Mail Contract 735 to Competitive Product List. Documents are available at www.prc.gov, Docket Nos. MC2022–38, CP2022–45. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: Sean Robinson, Attorney, Corporate and Postal Business Law. [FR Doc. 2022–02751 Filed 2–9–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–12–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Feb 09, 2022 Jkt 256001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [SEC File No. 270–827, OASB Generic Clearance Request, OMB Control No. 3235– XXXX] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request Copies Available From: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–2736 Extension for New ICR: Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission submitted this new collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. The Commission’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation (‘‘Office’’) seeks to collect feedback from small businesses and their investors to understand better the population that it is serving and their role in the small business ecosystem. The proposed collection of information will help ensure that the Office’s outreach efforts and communication materials and other program initiatives are effective and responsive to customer needs. More specifically, the Office will seek the following four categories of information: (i) Demographic information about program participants, (ii) feedback on the Office’s outreach and educational materials, (iii) capital formation-related questions, and (iv) issues and challenges faced by small businesses and their investors. This feedback will allow the Office to tailor its outreach efforts and communication materials to serve its customers more effectively. Collecting feedback will also allow the Office to understand better its target audience and improve outreach events and educational materials by optimizing their content and delivery, while strategizing how best to deploy the Office’s resources to address issues and challenges faced by its customers. Feedback collected under this generic clearance will provide useful information, but it will not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Below are the projected average estimates for the next three years: Expected Annual Number of: Activities: [20]. Respondents: [6,200]. Responses: [6,200]. Frequency of Response: Once per request. Average Minutes per Response: [5]. Burden Hours: [517]. Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Office, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the estimates of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following website: www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: David L. Bottom, Director/ Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o John Pezzullo, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: February 7, 2022. J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2022–02827 Filed 2–9–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–94159; File No. SR– EMERALD–2021–42] Self-Regulatory Organizations; MIAX Emerald, LLC; Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the MIAX Emerald Fee Schedule To Adopt a Tiered-Pricing Structure for Certain Connectivity Fees February 4, 2022. On December 1, 2021, MIAX Emerald, LLC (‘‘MIAX Emerald’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 28 (Thursday, February 10, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7881-7882]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-02886]


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POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. PI2022-1; Order No. 6101]


Public Inquiry on Resolving Suspended Post Offices

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commission is initiating a public inquiry proceeding to 
identify and address issues impeding the Postal Service's progress in 
resolving suspended post offices. This document informs the public of 
this proceeding, invites public comment, and takes other administrative 
steps.

DATES: Comments are due: April 29, 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. Background
III. Comments
IV. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

    The Commission establishes this public inquiry proceeding to 
identify and address issues impeding the Postal Service's progress in 
resolving suspended post offices in a timely manner. Specifically, the 
Commission seeks input from the public regarding suggested procedures 
or courses of action for how the Postal Service may expeditiously 
resolve suspended post offices. The Commission welcomes comments with 
any data analysis related to suspended post offices, including, but not 
limited to, the spatial analysis of suspended post offices.\1\
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    \1\ Spatial analysis is a diverse and comprehensive capability 
that includes the simple visual analysis of maps and imagery, 
computational analysis of geographic patterns, finding optimum 
routes, site selection, and advanced predictive modeling. ESRI, The 
Language of Spatial Analysis, available at https://www.esri.com/content/dam/esrisites/sitecore-archive/Files/Pdfs/library/books/the-language-of-spatial-analysis.pdf, at 6.
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II. Background

    The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) \2\ requires 
the Postal Service to include in its Annual Compliance Report (ACR) 
``measures of the quality of service afforded by the Postal Service in 
connection with [each Market Dominant] product, including . . . the 
degree of customer satisfaction with the service provided.'' 39 U.S.C. 
3652(a)(2)(B)(ii). As part of its annual reporting concerning customer 
satisfaction, the Postal Service must report information concerning 
suspended post offices. See 39 CFR 3055.91(a)(4)-0 (6). A suspension 
occurs when the Postal Service stops operations at a post office due to 
an emergency or similar situation. See 39 CFR 241.3(a)(5)(i)(B). The 
Postal Service resolves a suspension by either discontinuing or 
reopening the post office.
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    \2\ Public Law 109-435, 120 Stat. 3198 (2006).
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    The Commission has monitored the Postal Service's progress in 
resolving suspensions for multiple fiscal years, primarily via its ACR 
review proceedings. At the end of FY 2016, there were 662 suspended 
post offices.\3\ Of these post offices, 206 remained suspended at the 
end of FY 2021. Id. at 80. In addition, the Postal Service reports in 
the FY 2021 ACR that it suspended 247 other post offices between FY 
2017 and FY 2021,\4\ for a total of 453 post offices suspended at the 
end of 2021.\5\
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    \3\ Docket No. ACR2021, United States Postal Service FY 2021 
Annual Compliance Report, December 29, 2021, at 79.
    \4\ See Docket No. ACR2021, Library Reference USPS-FY21-33, 
December 29, 2021, folder ``USPS.FY21.33.Files,'' Excel file 
``PostOfficesFY2021.xlsx,'' tab ``Suspension Summary,'' cell I17.
    \5\ The numbers in this order reflect the most up-to-date 
numbers provided by the Postal Service in the FY 2021 ACR, FY 2021 
post office suspension quarterly reports, and Library Reference 
USPS-FY21-33. CHIRs were issued in Docket No. ACR2021 to reconcile 
these numbers, and the Commission will provide updated numbers in 
the upcoming FY 2021 ACD.
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    In its FY 2016 ACD, the Commission stated that it expected the 
Postal Service to significantly reduce the number of suspended post 
offices.\6\ In its FY 2020 ACD, the Commission expressed concern 
regarding the apparent lack of commitment by the Postal Service in 
addressing and resolving suspended post offices in recent years and 
announced its intent to initiate a public inquiry docket on the 
matter.\7\ Accordingly, the Commission establishes this proceeding to 
identify and address issues impeding the Postal Service's progress in 
resolving suspended post offices in a timely manner.
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    \6\ Docket No. ACR2016, Postal Regulatory Commission, Annual 
Compliance Determination Report Fiscal Year 2016, March 28, 2017, at 
151.
    \7\ Docket No. ACR2020, Postal Regulatory Commission, Annual 
Compliance Determination Report Fiscal Year 2020, March 29, 2021, at 
221.
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III. Comments

    The Commission invites comments on suggested procedures or courses 
of action that would allow for the Postal Service to expeditiously 
resolve the 206 suspended post offices remaining from FY 2016, with a 
special focus on the post offices that have been suspended for more 
than 5 years.
    The Commission also invites comments on how the Postal Service 
should resolve the post offices suspended after FY 2016. The Commission 
encourages the commenters to discuss specific issues related to the 
recent suspension of post offices (after FY 2019). These comments 
should focus on facilitating the process for resolving the backlog of 
suspended post offices, as well as prevent such backlogs from 
recurring.
    The scope of this proceeding is limited to the Postal Service's 
process for resolving suspended post offices as a whole. This 
proceeding does not cover ancillary issues, including concerns about 
individual post offices and the Commission's jurisdiction to consider 
post office closing appeals. The Commission, however, welcomes comments 
with any data analysis related to the suspended post offices, 
including, but not limited to, the spatial analysis of the suspended 
post offices. Comments are due on April 29, 2022. Material filed in 
this docket--including tables, figures and library references--will be 
available for review on the Commission's website, https://www.prc.gov.

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    Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Kenneth R. Moeller will serve as an 
officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the 
interests of the general public in this docket.

IV. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. PI2022-1 to identify and 
address issues impeding the Postal Service's progress in resolving 
suspended post offices in a timely manner.
    2. Interested persons may submit written comments no later than 
April 29, 2022.
    3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Kenneth R. Moeller will serve as an 
officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the 
interests of the general public in this proceeding.
    4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of a general 
statement as to the basis and purpose of this Notice in the Federal 
Register.

    By the Commission.
Erica A. Barker,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2022-02886 Filed 2-9-22; 8:45 am]
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