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On September 4, 2012, the Postal Service filed a petition pursuant to 39 CFR 3050.11 requesting that the Commission initiate an informal rulemaking proceeding to consider changes in the analytical methods approved for use in periodic reporting.
The Postal Service has filed as library reference USPS-LR-RM2012-7-NP1 a version of USPS-FY11-NP2 revised to incorporate this proposal. This library reference is non-public.
The Postal Service states that beginning with Quarter 1 of FY 2012, the TRACS-Highway Subsystem began utilizing actual, measured length, width and height information for parcel-shaped pieces.
The Postal Service states that there is a small proportion of sampled parcels for which useable dimensional information is unavailable (approximately 5 percent of sampled parcels). For these parcels a smoothed, composite, four-quarter density ratio would be developed by major mail category to convert sampled weight measures to cubic feet measures. The Postal Service states that a smoothed, ratio-based density measure helps to adjust for seasonal swings as well as to reduce sampling variation associated with the smaller mail categories.
The Postal Service states that Media and Library Mail is the product group most affected by the proposed methodology change. That product group would receive a change in cost per piece of $−0.021, a relative change of −2 percent. Parcel Post would receive the next largest change in cost per piece at $−0.010, with a relative change of 0 percent. All other product groups would have changes in cost per piece of less than $0.010. Petition at 7.
1. The Petition of the United States Postal Service Requesting Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed Changes in Analytical Principles (Proposals Six and Seven), filed September 4, 2012, is granted.
2. The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2012-7 to consider the matters raised by the Postal Service's Petition.
3. Interested persons may submit comments on Proposals Six and Seven no later than October 5, 2012.
4. Reply comments are due no later than October 15, 2012.
5. Derrick Dennis is appointed to serve as the Public Representative to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding.
6. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this notice in the
By the Commission.