What role can the public play when the Postal Service wants to raise postage prices?
Individuals may file their concerns and views in response to a Commission request for comments when a postage rate increase proposal is pending before the Commission. These comments will be made a part of the official record and can serve to highlight issues – such as unfair or unlawful increases - that can be addressed during the review. It should be noted, however, that the 2006 postal law sought to provide the Postal Service with increased pricing flexibility and to promote simpler, quicker and more efficient process for changing postage prices. So long as the postal service meets its statutory requirements, the Commission does not have authority to deny or amend the price proposals.