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POSSIBLE CHANGES BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE (USPS)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - Rome, NY

Many of you may be hearing and reading about projected changes in the USPS relating to rates, presort discounts and delivery service standards. While some of these changes have been brought up by Postmaster General DeJoy, we want to be sure that you understand that there are several layers of processes that need to be adhered to for implementation of these types of changes. In all cases the regulatory governing body, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), has to authorize the changes and there is a defined process that includes Federal Register notice filings, a comment period, a review period and then findings, which may or may not allow some or all of the changes. If changes are approved then there is an implementation holding period when the mailing industry has time to prepare and adjust to the changes. That holding period also allows for court challenges to be entered as we have seen in some previous cases.

In conjunction with the PRC, some changes require actual changes to postal law and must therefore be approved by Congress. Currently, the only approval granted by the PRC is to allow the USPS to have an additional rate increase in the coming year. That authorization is already under challenge by members of the mailing industry associations in the Washington District Court of Appeals, where we are waiting for a hearing to authorize and execute a stay while the merits of the case are heard.

President Biden has recently nominated three new members to the USPS Board of Governors to re-examine the course of the future of the USPS and retain and protect the Universal Service Obligation for affordable, dependable service for every American.

Part of the work that Kimberley Waltz, Vice President of Postal Affairs at Cathedral Corporation involves being a member of the Postmaster General’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), which is a venue for the USPS to share technical information with mailers quarterly, and to receive their advice and recommendations on matters concerning mail-related products and services, in order to enhance customer value and expand the use of these products and services for the mutual benefit of mailing industry stakeholders and the Postal Service. The next meeting is at the end of March, after which Kimberley will hold a webinar to update our clients on the meeting information and answer any questions. We hope our clients will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to join us this quarter and every quarter after the MTAC meeting.

For more information on Cathedral Corporation, contact Suzanne English at (800) 698-0299 or e-mail at senglish@cathedralcorporation.com.