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Summary

The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service filing to add Global Plus 1A Contracts (CP2008-9 and CP2008-10) to the competitive product list. The Postal Service has also filed related contracts. This notice addresses procedural steps associated with the filing.

 

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Comments are due: July 26, 2010.

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Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing Online system at http://www.prc.gov. Commenters who cannot submit their views electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on alternatives to electronic filing.

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Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, stephen.sharfman@prc.gov or 202-789-6820.

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I. Introduction

II. Notice of Filing

III. Ordering Paragraphs

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The Postal Service seeks to add a new product, Global Plus 1A, to the competitive product list and, to that end, filed notice, pursuant to 39 CFR 3015.5, announcing that it has entered into two Global Plus 1A contracts. [1] The Postal Service states that the instant contracts are functionally equivalent with one another and to previously submitted Global Plus 1 contracts. [2] It states further that the instant contracts are supported by Governors' Decision No. 08-8, which establishes prices and classifications not of general applicability for Global Plus Contracts. [3]

While the Postal Service's filing was not submitted pursuant to 39 CFR 3020.30 et seq., it appears to request the addition of a new product to the competitive product list. Docket No. MC2010-28 is established to consider this as part of the filing.

The Postal Service contemporaneously filed copies of the contracts related to the proposed competitive product classification pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3632(b)(3) and 39 CFR 3015.5. The two contracts have been assigned Docket Nos. CP2010-67 and CP2010-68, respectively.

The instant contracts. The Postal Service filed the instant contracts pursuant to 39 CFR 3015. The Postal Service states that the instant contracts are the immediate successors to those in Docket Nos. CP2009-46 and CP2009-47 that are scheduled to expire July 31, 2010. Notice at 2-3. The instant contracts are expected to begin August 1, 2010, and expire on the day prior to the day of any changes in the published rates that affect the Qualifying Mail subject to the contracts. Id. at 3-4. [4]

The Postal Service filed copies of the contracts, Governors' Decision with attachments, and supporting financial documentation under seal. Id. at 3.

Additionally, in support of its Notice, the Postal Service filed the following five attachments:

1. Attachment 1—a statement of supporting justification required by 39 CFR 3020.32;

2. Attachments 2A and 2B—a redacted copy of each contract and applicable annexes;

3. Attachments 3A and 3B—a certified statement required by 39 CFR 3015.5(c)(2);

4. Attachment 4—a redacted copy of Governors' Decision No. 08-8, which establishes prices and classifications for Global Plus Contracts, formulas for the prices, analysis and certification of the formulas and certification of the Governors' vote; and

5. Attachment 5—an application for non-public treatment of materials to maintain the contract and supporting documents under seal.

Functional equivalence. The Postal Service asserts that the instant contracts are functionally equivalent both to one another and to the precursor Global Plus 1 contracts in that they share similar cost and market characteristics. Id. at 4. It contends as a result the instant contracts should be grouped together as a single product. Id.

The Postal Service addresses similarities between the instant contracts and their predecessors, e.g., that the customers are the same and the fundamental terms and conditions of the contracts remain essentially unchanged. Id. at 5. In addition, the Postal Service identifies what it characterizes as material changes in the contracts, e.g., term, price incentives, and minimum weight. The Postal Service asserts that the differences do not affect either the service provided or the structure of the contracts. Id. at 5-7.

Baseline treatment. The Postal Service states that each of the instant contracts takes the place of its immediate predecessor which served as the baseline contracts for the Global Plus 1 Contracts product. [5] It requests that the instant contracts be considered “the new 'baseline' agreements for consideration of future such agreements functional equivalency.”Id. at 9.

Filing under part 3020. In support of its filing, the Postal Service submitted, as Attachment 1, a Statement of Supporting Justification. The Postal Service asserts that analysis under 39 U.S.C. 3642(b) is unnecessary here because of the Commission findings in Order No. 43 that Negotiated Service Agreements for outbound International Mail are classified as competitive. Further, it asserts that the instant MC docket (MC2010-26) is merely a technicality “and does not involve a substantively new product requiring fresh review.”Id. at 8.

The Postal Service contends that its filings demonstrate that the instant contracts comply with the requirements of 39 U.S.C. 3633, fit within the Mail Classification Schedule language for Global Plus 1 Contracts and are functionally equivalent to each other. Id. at 9. It urges the Commission to add Global Plus 1A Contracts to the competitive product list. Id.

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The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2010-26, CP2010-67 and CP2010-68 for consideration of matters raised in the Postal Service's Notice.

Interested persons may submit comments on whether the Postal Service's filings in the captioned dockets are consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, or 3642, 39 CFR part 3015, and 39 CFR 3020 subpart B. Comments are due no later than July 26, 2010. The public portions of these filings can be accessed via the Commission's Web site (http://www.prc.gov).

The Commission appoints Paul L. Harrington to serve as Public Representative in these dockets.

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It is ordered:

1. The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2010-26, CP2010-67 and CP2010-68 for consideration of matters raised by the Postal Service's Request.

2. Comments by interested persons in these proceedings are due no later than July 26, 2010.

3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Paul L. Harrington is appointed to serve as the officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in these proceedings.

4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register.

By the Commission.

Shoshana M. Grove

Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2010-18163 Filed 7-23-10; 8:45 am]

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1. Notice of the United States Postal Service of Filing Two Functionally Equivalent Global Plus 1A Contracts Negotiated Service Agreements, July 13, 2010 (Notice); see also Errata to Notice of the United States Postal Service of Filing Two Functionally Equivalent Global Plus 1A Contracts Negotiated Service Agreements, July 14, 2010; Notice of the United States Postal Service of Filing a Signed Global Plus 1A Negotiated Service Agreement, July 15, 2010.

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2. See Docket Nos. CP2008-8 through CP2008-10, Order Concerning Global Plus Negotiated Service Agreements, June 27, 2008 (Order No. 85).

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3. See Docket No. CP2008-8, Notice of United States Postal Service of Governors' Decision Establishing Prices and Classifications for Global Plus Contracts, June 2, 2008, at 1.

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4. The Postal Service has filed copies of contracts that have not been signed by Postal Service representatives or the mailer. The Commission directs the Postal Service to file executed copies of these contracts as soon as possible.

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5. See Docket No. CP2009-46, Order Concerning Filing a Functionally Equivalent Global Plus 1 Contract Negotiated Service Agreement, July 31, 2009 at 7; see also Docket No. CP2009-47, Order Concerning Filing a Functionally Equivalent Global Plus 1 Contract Negotiated Service Agreement, August 3, 2009, at 7.

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