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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service request to add First-Class Package Service Contract 7 the competitive product list. This notice addresses procedural steps associated with this filing.

DATES:

Comments are due: May 22, 2012.

ADDRESSES:

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Notice of Filings

III. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

In accordance with 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 39 CFR 3020.30 et seq., the Postal Service filed a formal request and associated supporting information to add First-Class Package Service Contract 7 to the competitive product list.[1] The Postal Service asserts that First-Class Package Service Contract 7 is “a competitive product not of general applicability within the meaning of 39 U.S.C. 3632(b)(3).” Id. at 1. The Request has been assigned Docket No. MC2012-23.

The Postal Service contemporaneously filed a redacted contract related to the proposed new product. Id., Attachment B. The instant contract has been assigned Docket No. CP2012-29.

Request. To support its Request, the Postal Service filed the following six attachments:

  • Attachment A—a redacted version of the Governors' Decision and accompanying analysis. An explanation and justification is provided in the Governors' Decision and analysis filed in the unredacted version under seal;
  • Attachment B—a redacted version of the instant contract;
  • Attachment C—the proposed changes in the Mail Classification Schedule with the addition underlined;
  • Attachment D—a Statement of Supporting Justification as required by 39 CFR 3020.32;
  • Attachment E—a certification of compliance with 39 U.S.C. 3633(a)(1), (2), and (3); and
  • Attachment F—an application for non-public treatment of the materials filed under seal. The materials filed under seal are the unredacted version of the instant contract and the required cost and revenue data.

In the Statement of Supporting Justification, Dennis R. Nicoski, Manager, Field Sales Strategy and Contracts, asserts that the instant contract will cover its attributable costs, make a positive contribution to cover institutional costs, and increase contribution toward the requisite 5.5 percent of the Postal Service's institutional costs. Id., Attachment D at 1. Mr. Nicoski contends that there will be no issue of subsidization of market dominant products by competitive products as a result of the instant contract. Id.

Instant contract. The Postal Service included a redacted version of the instant contract with the Request. Id., Attachment B. It is scheduled to become effective on the day the Commission issues all necessary regulatory approvals (Effective Date). Id. at 2. It will expire 3 years from the Effective Date unless, among other things, either party terminates the agreement with 30 days written notice to the other party. Id. The Postal Service represents that the related contract is consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3633. Id., Attachment D.

The Postal Service filed much of the supporting materials, including the unredacted version of the instant contract, under seal. Id., Attachment F. It maintains that the unredacted Governors' Decision, the unredacted version of the instant contract, and supporting documents establishing compliance with 39 U.S.C. 3633 and 39 CFR 3015.5 should remain confidential. Id. at 1. The Postal Service asks the Commission to protect customer-identifying information from public disclosure indefinitely. Id.

Supplemental information. The Commission notes that the Postal Service contemporaneously filed five other First-Class Package Service contracts in separate dockets. The financial workpapers that support each contract use the same volume distribution percentages. Please provide the basis for the volume distribution for each contract. Please file this information by May 18, 2012.

II. Notice of Filings

The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2012-23 and CP2012-29 to consider the Request and the instant contract, respectively.

Interested persons may submit comments on whether the Postal Service's filings in these dockets are consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, or 3642, 39 CFR 3015.5, and 39 CFR part 3020, subpart B. Comments are due no later than May 22, 2012. The public portions of these filings can be accessed via the Commission's Web site (http://www.prc.gov).

The Commission appoints Katalin K. Clendenin to serve as Public Representative in these dockets.

III. Ordering Paragraphs

It is ordered:

1. The Commission establishes Docket Nos. MC2012-23 and CP2012-29 to consider the matters raised in each docket.

2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Katalin K. Clendenin 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 in these proceedings are due no later than May 22, 2012.

4. The supplemental information discussed in the body of this order is due no later than May 18, 2012.

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

By the Commission.

Shoshana M. Grove,

Secretary.

Footnotes

1.  Request of the United States Postal Service to Add First-Class Package Service Contract 7 to Competitive Product List and Notice of Filing (Under Seal) of Unredacted Governors' Decision, Contract, and Supporting Data, May 9, 2012 (Request).

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[FR Doc. 2012-12236 Filed 5-21-12; 8:45 am]

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