Skip to Content


Priority Mail

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble


Postal Regulatory Commission.




The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service request to add Priority Mail Contract 15 to the Competitive Product List. The Postal Service has also filed a related contract. This notice addresses procedural steps associated with these filings.


Comments are due August 6, 2009.


Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing Online system at

Start Further Info


Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820 or

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information


I. Introduction

II. Notice of Filings

III. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

On July 24, 2009, the Postal Service filed a formal request pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 39 CFR 3020.30 et seq. Start Printed Page 39122to add Priority Mail Contract 15 to the Competitive Product List.[1] The Postal Service asserts that Priority Mail Contract 15 is a competitive product “not of general applicability” within the meaning of 39 U.S.C. 3632(b)(3). The Postal Service states that prices and classification underlying this contract are supported by Governors' Decision No. 09-6 in Docket No. M2009-25. Id. at 1. The Request has been assigned Docket No. MC2009-35.

The Postal Service contemporaneously filed a contract related to the proposed new product pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3632(b)(3) and 39 CFR 3015.5. The contract has been assigned Docket No. CP2009-54.

Request. The Request includes (1) a redacted version of the contract; (2) requested changes in the Mail Classification Schedule product list; (3) a Statement of Supporting Justification as required by 39 CFR 3020.32; and (4) certification of compliance with 39 U.S.C. 3633(a).[2] It seeks to add Priority Mail Contract 15 to the Competitive Product List. Id. at 1-2.

In the Statement of Supporting Justification, Mary Prince Anderson, Acting Manager, Sales and Communications, Expedited Shipping, asserts that the service to be provided under the contract will cover its attributable costs, make a positive contribution to institutional costs, and increase contribution toward the requisite 5.5 percent of the Postal Service's total institutional costs. Id., Attachment C. Thus, Ms. Anderson contends there will be no issue of subsidization of competitive products by market dominant products as a result of this contract. Id.

Related contract. A redacted version of the specific Priority Mail Contract 15 is included with the Request. The contract will become effective on the day that the Commission provides all necessary regulatory approvals. It is terminable upon 30 days' notice by either party, but could continue for 3 years without modification. See id., Attachment A. The Postal Service represents that the contract is consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3633(a)(2). See id., Attachment D.

The noticed contract provides customized service and pricing for eligible items shipped by the shipper. The shipper must pay postage using an approved permit postage payment system. Annual price adjustments will be applied to the shipper's “Priority Mail Saver Letters.” A party may not assign the agreement without the other party's consent, which may not be unreasonably withheld.

The Postal Service filed much of the supporting materials, including the specific Priority Mail Contract 15, under seal. In its Request, the Postal Service maintains that the contract and related financial information, including the customer's name and the accompanying analyses that provide prices, terms, conditions, and financial projections should remain under seal. Id. at 2-3.

II. Notice of Filings

The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2009-35 and CP2009-54 for consideration of the request pertaining to the proposed Priority Mail Contract 15 product and the related contract, respectively. In keeping with practice, these dockets are addressed on a consolidated basis for purposes of this order; however, future filings should be made in the specific docket in which issues being addressed pertain.

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 and 39 CFR part 3015 and 39 CFR part 3020 subpart B. Comments are due no later than August 6, 2009. The public portions of these filings can be accessed via the Commission's Web site (

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

III. Ordering Paragraphs

It is ordered:

1. The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2009-35 and CP2009-54 for consideration of the matter raised in each docket.

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

3. Comments by interested persons on these proceedings are due no later than August 6, 2009.

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

Start Signature

Issued: July 29, 2009.

By the Commission.

Judith M. Grady,

Acting Secretary.

End Signature End Supplemental Information


1.  Request of the United States Postal Service to Add Priority Mail Contract 15 to Competitive Product List and Notice of Filing (Under Seal) of Contract and Supporting Data, July 24, 2009 (Request).

Back to Citation

2.  Attachment A to the Request is the redacted version of the contract. Attachment B shows the requested changes to the Mail Classification Schedule product list. Attachment C provides a statement of supporting justification for this Request. Attachment D provides the certification of compliance with 39 U.S.C. 3633(a).

Back to Citation

[FR Doc. E9-18767 Filed 8-4-09; 8:45 am]