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Postal Regulatory Commission

Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 553 (b)(4), the Postal Regulatory Commission provides the following summary of proposed rules.











The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on a proposal for reviewing contracts negotiated between the Postal Service and customers for competitive services.  These contracts are known as competitive negotiated service agreements (NSAs).   The proposal includes a default method for reviewing competitive NSAs and three optional streamlined methods.   Different requirements apply to each method for reviewing proposed competitive NSAs.  In addition, the proposal includes requirements for administering approved competitive NSAs.  The proposal is designed to streamline competitive NSA review, ensure transparency and accountability, preserve existing flexibility, and enable a smooth transition with minimum disruption for stakeholders.






The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on the Commission’s review of the system for regulating rates and classes for Market Dominant products (ratemaking system).  The Commission previously reviewed the ratemaking system and adopted final rules via Order No. 5763. After the final rules took effect on January 14, 2021, the Postal Service filed five notices proposing to adjust rates for Market Dominant products, and Market Dominant volume and pieces have declined year-over-year.  These declines and stakeholder concerns prompted the Commission to initiate another review of the ratemaking system.






The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on a proposal to amend the Commission’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations.  The proposal is designed to improve readability by reorganizing and rephrasing existing content in a more accessible manner.   Additionally, the proposal would better align the Commission’s existing FOIA regulations with the practices of other agencies subject to the FOIA, as necessarily adapted to the Commission’s size and area of regulatory oversight.  Finally, the proposal includes amendments to clarify or amplify the information given to the public and improve the efficiency of the Commission’s FOIA administration.