Postal Regulatory Commission.
This document informs the public that an appeal of the closing of the Ukiah, California Main Post Office has been filed. It identifies preliminary steps and provides a procedural schedule. Publication of this document will allow the Postal Service, petitioners, and others to take appropriate action.
Administrative record due (from Postal Service): July 29, 2011; deadline for notices to intervene: August 12, 2011. See the Procedural Schedule in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for other dates of interest.
Submit comments electronically by accessing the “Filing Online” link in the banner at the top of the Commission's Web site (http://www.prc.gov) or by directly accessing the Commission's Filing Online system at https://www.prc.gov/prc-pages/filing-online/login.aspx. Commenters who cannot submit their views electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section as the source for case-related information for advice on alternatives to electronic filing.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820 (case-related information) or DocketAdmins@prc.gov (electronic filing assistance).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 404(d), on July 14, 2011, the Commission received a petition for review of the closing of the Ukiah Main Post Office, Ukiah, California. The petition, which was filed by the Save Ukiah Post Office Committee and Michael E. Sweeny (Petitioner). The Commission hereby institutes a proceeding under 39 U.S.C. 404(d)(5) and designates the case as Docket No. A2011-21 to consider the Petitioner's appeal. If Petitioner would like to further explain his position with supplemental information or facts, Petitioner may either file a Participant Statement on PRC Form 61 or file a brief with the Commission no later than, August 18, 2011.
Categories of issues apparently raised. Petitioner raises the following issues: Failure of the Postal Service to adequately consider the economic savings resulting from the closure; and failure of the Postal Service to follow procedures required by law regarding closures. See 39 U.S.C. 404(d)(5)(B).
After the Postal Service files the administrative record and the Commission reviews it, the Commission may find that there are more legal issues than the two set forth above, or that the Postal Service's determination disposes of one or more of those issues. The deadline for the Postal Service to file the applicable administrative record with the Commission is July 29, 2011. 39 CFR 3001.113. In addition, the due date for any responsive pleading by the Postal Service to this Notice is July 29, 2011.
Application for suspension of determination. In addition to its Petition, the Save the Ukiah Post Office Committee and Michael E. Sweeney filed an application for suspension of the Postal Service's determination (see 39 CFR 3001.114). Commission rules allow for the Postal Service to file an answer to such application within 10 days after the application is filed. The Postal Service shall file an answer to the application no later than July 25, 2011.
Availability; Web site posting. The Commission has posted the appeal and supporting material on its Web site at http://www.prc.gov. Additional filings in this case and participants' submissions also will be posted on the Web site, if provided in electronic format or amenable to conversion, and not subject to a valid protective order. Information on how to use the Commission's Web site is available online or by contacting the Commission's webmaster via telephone at 202-789-6873 or via electronic mail at email@example.com.
The appeal and all related documents are also available for public inspection in the Commission's docket section. Docket section hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal government holidays. Docket section personnel may be contacted via electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 202-789-6846.
Filing of documents. All filings of documents in this case shall be made using the Internet (Filing Online) pursuant to Commission rules 9(a) and 10(a) at the Commission's Web site, http://www.prc.gov, unless a waiver is obtained. 39 CFR 3001.9(a) and .10(a). Instructions for obtaining an account to file documents online may be found on the Commission's Web site, http://www.prc.gov, or by contacting the Commission's docket section at email@example.com or via telephone at 202-789-6846.
All documents filed will be posted on the Commission's Web site. The Commission reserves the right to redact personal information which may infringe on an individual's privacy rights from documents filed in this proceeding.
Intervention. Those persons, other than the Petitioner and respondent, wishing to be heard in this matter are directed to file a notice of intervention. See 39 CFR 3001.111(b). Notices of intervention in this case are to be filed on or before August 12, 2011. A notice of intervention shall be filed using the Internet (Filing Online) at the Commission's Web site, http://www.prc.gov, unless a waiver is obtained for hardcopy filing. See 39 CFR 3001.9(a) and .10(a).
Further procedures. By statute, the Commission is required to issue its decision within 120 days from the date it receives the appeal. See 39 U.S.C. 404(d)(5). A procedural schedule has been developed to accommodate this statutory deadline. In the interest of expedition, in light of the 120-day decision schedule, the Commission may request the Postal Service or other participants to submit information or memoranda of law on any appropriate issue. As required by Commission rules, if any motions are filed, responses are due 7 days after any such motion is filed. See 39 CFR 3001.21.
It is ordered:
1. The Postal Service shall file an answer to the application for suspension of the Postal Service's determination no later than July 25, 2011.
2. The Postal Service shall file the applicable administrative record regarding this appeal no later than July 29, 2011.Start Printed Page 44055
3. Any responsive pleading by the Postal Service to this Notice is due no later than July 29, 2011.
4. The procedural schedule listed below is hereby adopted.
5. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Tracy N. Ferguson is designated officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public.
6. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this notice and order and procedural schedule in the Federal Register.Start Signature
By the Commission.
Shoshana M. Grove,
|July 14, 2011||Filing of Appeal.|
|July 25, 2011||Deadline for the Postal Service to file an answer responding to the application for suspension.|
|July 29, 2011||Deadline for the Postal Service to file the administrative record in this appeal.|
|August 12, 2011||Deadline for notices to intervene (see 39 CFR 3001.111(b)).|
|August 18, 2011||Deadline for Petitioner's Form 61 or initial brief in support of petition (see 39 CFR 3001.115(a) and (b)).|
|September 7, 2011||Deadline for answering brief in support of the Postal Service (see 39 CFR 3001.115(c)).|
|September 22, 2011||Deadline for reply briefs in response to answering briefs (see 39 CFR 3001.115(d)).|
|September 29, 2011||Deadline for motions by any party requesting oral argument; the Commission will schedule oral argument only when it is a necessary addition to the written filings (see 39 CFR 3001.116).|
|November 10, 2011||Expiration of the Commission's 120-day decisional schedule (see 39 U.S.C. 404(d)(5)).|
[FR Doc. 2011-18589 Filed 7-21-11; 8:45 am]
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