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Procedural Overview of the Advisory Opinion Process - PRC

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 03/25/21
The Postal Service announced a 10-year strategic plan on March 23, 2021. Prior to implementation, some parts of the plan require the Postal Service to request an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission). The law requires the Postal Service to seek such an opinion for changes that generally affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide basis.

On March 23, the Postal Service filed a notice of pre-filing conference with the Commission for the portion of its plan that involves changing service standards for First Class Mail and certain Periodicals. This notice and a pre-filing conference are parts of the process the Postal Service must follow when submitting its plan to the Commission.

Advisory Opinion Process for USPS Request (PDF)