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USPS Appeals PRC decision on Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode requirements

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 28, 2013 | No Comments

LawsuitUSPS Appeals PRC decision – Takes the PRC to Court

On December 20, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit to review the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  Order Number 1890, Order on Price Adjustments for Market Dominant Products and Related Mail Classification Changes, in PRC Docket Number R2013019. The Postal Service is contesting the PRC’s Order that certain mail preparation requirements were governed by restrictions on rate increases set forth in 39 U.S.C. 3622(d).

What this simply means is that the USPS® does not agree with the PRC’s order that Full-Service IMb™ implementation should be accounted for within the CPI cap.  The Postal Service™ argues that changes in its policy about barcode requirements are excluded from price cap consideration and that the PRC has thus exceeded its authority.  To read more, the relevant documents are PRC Order 1890, the Postal Service’s response, and the court filing.

We don’t know what the eventual results of this case will be.  Nevertheless, it is safe to conclude that the Postal Service is still pursuing industry implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail requirements and will most likely find a way to get what it wants. The business case for Full-Service is just too strong.  For more information on Full-Service benefits to the USPS and mailers, please see my earlier blog post that can be found here: http://blogs.pb.com/usps-news/2013/04/30/imb-benefits-for-the-usps-and-mailers/

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