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The USPS responds to PRC’s decision to remand the Full-Service IMb mandate

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 2, 2013 | No Comments

Docket # R2013-10, submitted by the Postal Service to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), contained the agency’s official response to PRC Order 1890. In that Order, the PRC determined that the rates proposed for First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, and Periodicals would be inconsistent with the annual price cap limitation as calculated under 39 C.F.R. § 3010, if they were concurrently implemented with the planned Full-Service Intelligent Mail® barcode (IMb) requirements. To address the Commission’s finding, the Postal Service was given two options: 1) to implement the Full-Service IMb™ requirement contemporaneously with the proposed rates and submit revised billing determinants/prices accordingly; or 2) to not implement the Full Service IMb requirement contemporaneously with the proposed rates, thus allowing the proposed prices to take effect without further adjustment. The Postal Service was directed to notify the Commission of how it planned to address the Commission’s finding no later than November 29, 2013.

The Postal Service’s response, dated November, 29, 2013 to the PRC stipulates that it has elected to defer the implementation date that the Full-Service IMb requirements would change access to automation rates, until a date after 2014.Draft_Fed_REg

In a draft edition of an upcoming Federal Register Notice, the USPS stipulates this further.  Click on the image to the right to read the DRAFT Federal Register Notice.

For the full draft of the USPS Response to the PRC, click here: http://www.prc.gov/Docs/88/88458/CPI%20Remand%20Response%20%5BFINAL%5D.pdf



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