Participating in Commission Proceedings
Basic information: Any person may participate in a Commission proceeding and there are a number of ways to do so.
Following a proceeding: Commission proceedings are conducted to promote transparent and
accountable regulation of the Postal Service. Proceeding records - including Commission
orders, hearing transcripts, testimony, evidence, and other documents - are maintained online
and are available for review by anyone with Internet access, or at the Commission's offices at
901 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC. The public may also attend open
hearings as they are conducted; however, they cannot participate in a hearing unless they are
invited to do so by the Commission or are a registered party or participant to the proceeding.
Active participation: In general, individuals have four ways to participate in proceedings before the Commission in accordance
with the Commission’s Rules of Practice.
Those who want to participate should know that Commission proceedings are judicial in nature.
They are conducted in accordance with strict rules of procedure, evidence and due process just
as in a court of law. Consequently, the more involved one becomes in a proceeding, the more
responsibility is entailed for complying with the applicable rules and procedures. In view of this,
a knowledgeable public representative is appointed on behalf of the general public to participate
in all Commission proceedings and to represent the interests of individual consumers. The
public representative also may advise first-time participants on the operation of Commission
rules of procedure.
Three ways to participate:
1) Commenter – informal. Informal comments can be filed online or by mail. No
registration with the Commission is needed. Any personal information you provide is
Individuals can email their informal comments via the“Contact PRC"
button on our web page or send them by mail to the Secretary of the Commission, Postal Regulatory
Commission, 901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20268-0001.
Informal comments are retained in a hard-copy "commenter file" at Commission
Headquarters where they are available for review by the Commissioners, PRC staff and
the public. These comments are maintained separately from the Docket files that are
posted online. Since these comments are not subject to cross-examination and review
within the proceeding, they are not considered to be evidence, but the Commissioners
can review the commenter file and use the comments to inform their thinking on the
issues in the Docket.
2) Comments – requested by the Commission.The Commission often requests
comments for the record from interested persons when a Docket is first established,
by publishing a public notice on the Commission website and in the federal register.
The Commission's request for such comments will also specify a due date by which time
comments must be received.
To provide comments in response to a Commission request, individuals must first
register with the Commission through a "temporary (1O-day)" or "permanent" account. A
temporary account can be arranged online in minutes, while a permanent account must
be established in writing. For more information about registering for an account. click here.
Once an account is established, individuals may submit comments and documents
electronically via the Commission web site. These submissions will be posted online
with all of the other Docket filings. If you have questions or comments about filing
documents in a docket, please email them to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the dockets clerk at (202) 789-6846
3) Formal intervention in a proceeding, either as a Limited Participator or as an Intervenor.
Parties who intervene in Commission proceedings are expected to maintain high standards of conduct and to comply with all Commission rules and procedures.
To access the Commission rules for formal intervention - section 3001.20 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure - please click here.