[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 231 (Friday, November 30, 2012)]
[Page 71458]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28954]



[Docket No. CP2013-20; Order No. 1553]

New International Mail Contract

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service 
request to enter into an additional Global Reseller Expedited Package 
Contracts 1. This document invites public comments on the request and 
addresses several related procedural steps.

DATES: Comments are due: December 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing 
Online system at http://www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments 
electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, 
at 202-789-6820.


Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Contents of Filing
III. Notice of Proceeding
IV. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

    Background. On November 21, 2012, the Postal Service filed a notice 
pursuant to 39 CFR 3015.5 announcing that it has entered into an 
additional Global Reseller Expedited Package (GREP) contract (Contracts 
1).\1\ It seeks to have the instant Contract included within the 
existing GREP Contracts 1 product on grounds of functional equivalence 
to the baseline agreement filed in Docket No. CP2010-36.\2\ Id. at 2-3.

    \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, November 21, 2012 (Notice).
    \2\ See also Docket No. MC2010-21 (based on Governors' Decision 
No. 10-1), Order No. 445, April 22, 2010, Order Concerning Global 
Reseller Expedited Package Contracts Negotiated Service Agreement.

II. Contents of Filing

    The instant Contract. The Postal Service identifies the instant 
Contract as a successor to the GREP contract filed in Docket No. 
CP2012-21. Id. at 3. It states that the Docket No. CP2012-21 contract 
will terminate the day prior to the effective date established for the 
instant Contract. Id.
    The Postal Service filed the following material in conjunction with 
its Notice, along with public (redacted) versions of supporting 
financial information:
     Attachment 1--a redacted copy of the instant contract;
     Attachment 2--a certified statement required by 39 CFR 
     Attachment 3--a redacted copy of Governors' Decision No. 
10-1; and
     Attachment 4--an application for non-public treatment of 
materials filed under seal.
    Functional equivalency. The Postal Service asserts that the instant 
Contract is substantially similar to the baseline agreement filed in 
Docket No. CP2010-36 because it shares similar cost and market 
characteristics and meets criteria in Governors' Decision No. 10-1 
concerning attributable costs. Id. at 3-4. The Postal Service further 
asserts that the functional terms of the two contracts are the same and 
the benefits are comparable. Id. at 4. It states that prices offered 
under the contracts may differ due to postage commitments and when the 
agreement is signed (due to updated costing information), but asserts 
that these differences do not alter the functional equivalency of the 
contracts. Id. The Postal Service also identifies differences between 
the terms of the two contracts, but asserts that these differences do 
not affect the fundamental service being offering or the fundamental 
structure of the contract.\3\ Id. at 5-7.

    \3\ Differences include numerous revisions to existing Articles 
and five new Articles. Id. at 7.

III. Notice of Proceeding

    The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2013-20 for consideration 
of matters raised by the Postal Service's Notice. Interested persons 
may submit comments on whether the instant contract is consistent with 
the requirements of 39 CFR 3015.5 and the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3632 
and 3633. Comments are due no later than December 5, 2012. The public 
portions of this filing can be accessed via the Commission's Web site, 
http://www.prc.gov. Information on how to obtain access to material 
filed under seal appears in 39 CFR 3007.50.
    The Commission appoints James F. Callow to serve as Public 
Representative in the captioned proceeding.

IV. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2013-20 for 
consideration of matters raised by the Postal Service's Notice.
    2. Comments by interested persons in this proceeding are due no 
later than December 5, 2012.
    3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, James F. Callow is appointed to serve 
as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent 
the interests of the general public in this proceeding.
    4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the 
Federal Register.

    By the Commission.
Shoshana M. Grove,
[FR Doc. 2012-28954 Filed 11-29-12; 8:45 am]