Postal Regulation

PRC Issues New Rules Governing Advisory Opinions

PRC Issues New Rules Governing Advisory Opinions

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The regulatory body issues pre-filing guidelines to inject more stakeholder input into service proposed by the Postal Service.

Postal Committee Considers the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room

Postal Committee Considers the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room

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Exigency-distressed mailers have been wondering when Congress would address USPS's huge healthcare pre-funding issue. It finally did.

News Byte: Postal Reform Act Markup Set for Wednesday

News Byte: Postal Reform Act Markup Set for Wednesday

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Senators Carper and Coburn will attempt to put the finishing touches on their controversial postal bill.

In a Revised Senate Postal Bill, Exigency Is Forever

In a Revised Senate Postal Bill, Exigency Is Forever

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The new version of the Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Act would make the exigent increase rate the baseline for future increases. The proposed rate cap would be CPI plus 1%.

Sen. Coburn to Retire at Close of Current Congress

Sen. Coburn to Retire at Close of Current Congress

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The co-sponsor of the Postal Reform Act, which still awaits markup, will leave the Senate next January.

PRC's Goldway Tells What Was Behind the Exigency Decision

PRC's Goldway Tells What Was Behind the Exigency Decision

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Chairman Ruth Goldway says the Postal Regulatory Commission is serious about holding the Postal Service to $2.8 billion in exigent revenue and no more.

News Byte: USPS Appeals the PRC's Intelligent Mail Barcode Decision

News Byte: USPS Appeals the PRC's Intelligent Mail Barcode Decision

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The Post Office takes issue with the Commission's contention that IMb requirements constitute a price increase.

How to Save the Postal Service

How to Save the Postal Service

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We asked the experts to share their postal-survival checklist.

The Demise of Direct Mail? PRC Approves 4.3% Exigent Increase

The Demise of Direct Mail? PRC Approves 4.3% Exigent Increase

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Direct mailers begin paying 5.9% more for standard mail on January 28. A mailers' coalition calls the Postal Regulatory Commission's decision an "unmitigated disaster."

The Future of the USPS

The Future of the USPS

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Ron Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General of the USPS, maintains a firm belief that postal reform can be enacted by Congress in the coming months.

Talking Exigency With the Deputy Postmaster General

Talking Exigency With the Deputy Postmaster General

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The DPGM talks about the chances a 4.3% exigent rate increase will take effect, and what mailers can do to forestall it.

Postal Hearing: Excise Exigency With a Healthcare Cure

Postal Hearing: Excise Exigency With a Healthcare Cure

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That was the loud and clear subtext of yesterday's postal reform hearings on Capitol Hill.

To Be or Not to Be a Monopoly

To Be or Not to Be a Monopoly

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In responding to a question from Sen. Tom Carper about price inelasticity of postal rates shown in a study by the office of the Postal Inspector General, PRC Chairman Ruth Goldway responded with a terse summation of the challenge facing Congress in crafting postal reform. We present it in its entirety.

Senator Coburn Blasts Rate Cap in Postal Hearing

Senator Coburn Blasts Rate Cap in Postal Hearing

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The coauthor of the Postal Reform Act tells mailers that above-inflation increases are necessary for the U.S. Postal Service to stay competitive.

Donahoe's Postal Vision

Donahoe's Postal Vision

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The USPS has problems. Direct mailers have questions. Who better, we reasoned, to answer them than the Postmaster General?

Hopes Rise for New Postal Reform Bill

Hopes Rise for New Postal Reform Bill

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The fight for postal reform continues, and hope springs eternal.

Lack of Legislative Reform Costs USPS $3.1 Billion So Far This Year

Lack of Legislative Reform Costs USPS $3.1 Billion So Far This Year

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With revenues ticking up slightly, the Postmaster General and his CFO say reform could make the Postal Service profitable again.

USPS: The Next Amtrak?

USPS: The Next Amtrak?

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Concerning the future of the USPS, one thing is abundantly clear: It is going to change, sooner rather than later, and in significant fashion.

Senator Carper Vows Postal Reform Act by July 4

Senator Carper Vows Postal Reform Act by July 4

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The coauthor of last year's failed bill tells a postal conference to expect passage of a bipartisan act this summer.

Postal Board Shelves 5-Day Delivery

Postal Board Shelves 5-Day Delivery

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Bulk mailers can now feel free to set their summer and fall delivery schedules, but worries fester over a looming rate increase.

USPS solvency saga continues

USPS solvency saga continues

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The embattled U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is continuing its struggle to stay in the black, but the five-month moratorium on facilities closures may end more than a month before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) releases an advisory opinion on its streamlining plans.

Direct mailers no longer need to prepay postage

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been granted permission by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to allow direct mailers to pay postage via credit rather than requiring prepayment, said PRC chairman Ruth Goldway on Jan. 6. The new rules went into effect Jan. 5.

Mail tracking demand

Mail tracking demand

U.S. Postal Service facility closures, a steep decline in overnight delivery of First-Class Mail and the reduction of work staff and equipment creates a growing need for mail tracking.

Postal reform bill introduced in U.S. Senate

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A postal reform bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Sept. 23, seeking to help the ailing U.S. Postal Service (USPS) with the establishment of two new control boards. One would oversee a kind of receivership for the USPS if it defaults on any of its government payments and the other is intended to prevent politics from influencing plans to reduce the USPS processing infrastructure.

USPS trying to make believers out of marketers, says PMG

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Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Monday that he had to nudge his in-house and agency marketing team towards the ad campaign that the US Postal Service will use this fall to show off the effectiveness of mail as a marketing tool. "They said 'mail's not sexy,'" Donahoe told reporters at the National Postal Forum 2011 in San Diego on May 2.

Postal Regulatory Commission divided on five-day delivery

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The Postal Regulatory Commission said March 24 that the US Postal Service overestimated its potential savings and underestimated potential lost revenues in its proposal to move to five-day-per-week home delivery. The commission's five members issued varying opinions on the plan to cut Saturday delivery, which Congress is expected to debate this session.

Interview: Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission

Interview: Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission

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Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, sheds light on USPS's current challenges

USPS to appeal rejected price increase

The Postal Service said today that it would appeal the Postal Regulatory Commission's (PRC) September 30 ruling that denied the Postal Service's exigent price increase.

USPS rate hike expected in 2011

Catalog mailers and magazine publishers are bracing for sizable postage price increases in January 2011, when the US Postal Service expects to implement an "exigent" price increase on mailing services.

Postal Service's $1.6 billion Q2 net loss an improvement, but agency still in weeds

The US Postal Service's $1.6 billion net loss in the second quarter of its 2010 fiscal year was a year-over-year improvement of about $300 million. Despite beating agency forecasts for the quarter, the organization is on track to lose nearly $7 billion this fiscal year, which ends September 30.

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