Postal Regulatory Commission.
The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service request to add a Global Reseller Expedited Package Contracts (MC2010-21) contract to the competitive product list. This notice addresses procedural steps associated with this filing.
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 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by telephone for advice on alternatives to electronic filing.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-789-6820.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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II. Notice of Filing
III. Ordering Paragraphs
On October 1, 2010, the Postal Service filed a notice announcing that it has entered into an additional Global Reseller Expedited Package (GREP) contract. The Postal Service believes Start Printed Page 67148the instant contract is functionally equivalent to the previously submitted GREP contract, and is supported by Governors' Decision No. 10-1, attached to the Notice and originally filed in Docket No. CP2010-36. Id. at 1, Attachment 3. The Notice explains that Order No. 445, which established GREP Contracts 1 as a product, also authorized functionally equivalent agreements to be included within the product, provided that they meet the requirements of 39 U.S.C. 3633. Id. at 1-2. Additionally, the Postal Service requested to have the contract in Docket No. CP2010-36 serve as the baseline contract for future functional equivalence analyses of the GREP Contracts 1 product.
The instant contract. The Postal Service filed the instant contract pursuant to 39 CFR 3015.5. In addition, the Postal Service contends that the instant contract is in accordance with Order No. 445. The term of the contract is 3 years from the date the Postal Service notifies the customer that all necessary regulatory approvals have been received. Notice at 3. It may, however, be terminated by either party or not less than 30 days' written notice. Id., Attachment 1, at 5.
In support of its Notice, the Postal Service filed four attachments as follows:
Attachment 1—a redacted copy of the contract and applicable annexes;
Attachment 2—a certified statement required by 39 CFR 3015.5(c)(2);
Attachment 3—a redacted copy of Governors' Decision No. 10-1 which establishes prices and classifications for GREP contracts, a description of applicable GREP contracts, formulas for prices, an analysis of the formulas, and certification of the Governors' vote; and
Attachment 4—an application for non-public treatment of materials to maintain redacted portions of the contract and supporting documents under seal.
The Notice advances reasons why the instant GREP contract fits within the Mail Classification Schedule language for GREP Contracts 1. The Postal Service identifies customer-specific information and general contract terms that distinguish the instant contract from the baseline GREP agreement. It states that the instant contract differs from the contract in Docket No. CP2010-36 pertaining to customer-specific information, e.g., customer's name, address, representative, signatory, term, provisions for mail tender options, applicable discounts, notice of postage changes, and minimum revenue. Id. at 4-5. The Postal Service states that the differences, which include price variations based on updated costing information and volume commitments, do not alter the contract's functional equivalency. Id. at 4. The Postal Service asserts that “[b]ecause the agreement incorporates the same cost attributes and methodology, the relevant characteristics of this GREP contract are similar, if not the same, as the relevant characteristics of the contract filed in Docket No. CP2010-36.” Id.
The Postal Service concludes that its filings demonstrate that the new GREP contract complies with the requirements of 39 U.S.C. 3633 and is functionally equivalent to the baseline GREP contract. It states that the differences do not affect the services being offered or the fundamental structure of the contract. Therefore, it requests that the instant contract be included within the GREP Contracts 1 product. Id. at 6.
II. Notice of Filing
The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2011-1 for consideration of matters related to the contract identified in the Postal Service's Notice.
Interested persons may submit comments on whether the Postal Service's contract is consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, or 3642. Comments are due no later than October 12, 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 the captioned proceedings.
III. Ordering Paragraphs
It is ordered:
1. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2011-1 for consideration of matters raised by the Postal Service's Notice.
2. Comments by interested persons in these proceedings are due no later than October 12, 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.Start Signature
By the Commission.
Shoshana M. Grove,
1. Notice of United States Postal Service of Filing a Functionally Equivalent Global Reseller Expedited Package Negotiated Service Agreement and Application For Non-Public Treatment of Materials Filed Under Seal, October 1, 2010 (Notice).Back to Citation
2. Those who cannot submit comments by the filing deadline should contact Mr. Sharfman.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 2010-27469 Filed 10-29-10; 8:45 am]
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