USPS OIG Report: Marketing Mail Letters Workshare Discounts

Objective The U.S. Postal Service offers a postage rate discount to mailers for presorting, pre-barcoding, handling, or transporting of mail. These workshare discounts incentivize mailers to perform specific activities that the Postal Service would otherwise have to perform. They allow the Postal Service to increase operational efficiencies, avoid some mailing costs, stimulate mail volume growth,…

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PRC Identifies USPS Compliance Issues in Annual Report for FY 2017

WASHINGTON – April 5, 2018 – The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD), a mandated assessment of the U.S. Postal Service’s compliance with pricing and service performance requirements in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017). While the Commission acknowledges some areas of improvement, it identifies several compliance issues related to workshare discounts,…

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Are Workshare Discounts Beneficial to the Postal Service?

Project Title: Marketing Mail Workshare Discounts Cost Model Start Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: July 2018 The Postal Service offers a postage rate discount to mailers for presorting, pre-barcoding, handling, and transporting mail. These workshare discounts incentivize mailers to perform specific activities prior to dropping mail at postal facilities. These discounts…

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PRC Report Reveals Progress and Problems with Rate and Fee Compliance and Service Performance

PRC Press Release – March 28, 2017 Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD), an assessment of the U.S. Postal Service rate and fee compliance and service performance in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The Commission has identified several compliance issues and directs the Postal Service to address…

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USPS Failed to Meet Service Targets in 2015, PRC Report Says

Web News Article #: 70-2016 03/31/2016 – According to the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) Annual Compliance Determination Report (ACD), the Postal Service failed to meet the majority of service performance targets in fiscal year 2015. Service performance remains “substantially below their targets,” the March 28 report found. The Postal Service lowered service standards in January…

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PRC identifies failures with service performance and problems with flat-shaped mail

Press Release – 3/28/2016 Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today issued its statutorily mandated Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) assessing the Postal Service’s compliance with pricing and service performance standards in fiscal year (FY) 2015. The most pointed critiques identified in this year’s ACD relate to service performance generally, and cost and service…

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USPS OIG White Paper: The ‘First and Last Mile’ Strategy: A Critical Assessment

White Papers – RARC-WP-15-002 – 12/08/2014 As the U.S. Postal Service (Postal Service) continues to address its difficult financial situation, some have argued that overall efficiency would be improved if the Postal Service were to focus exclusively on the first and last mile and allow private industry to take over mail processing. While there exists…

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USPS OIG: Web End-of-Run System

Audit Report – MS-AR-14-004 – 06/02/2014 BACKGROUND: The U.S. Postal Service uses the Web End-of-Run (WebEOR) system to collect, store, and report mail volume data. The WebEOR process for collecting mail volume data differs depending on the type of mail processing involved. The system collects automated mail volume data directly from mail processing equipment. It…

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