The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued Order No. 2623 on July 29 to address issues presented to the exigent rate case that was recently remanded to the PRC by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The PRC authorizes the USPS to collect an additional $1.191 billion as an exigent rate adjustment. Together, this additional amount and the $2.766 billion in contribution previously authorized by the PRC in Order No. 1926 produce a total exigent rate adjustment of $3.957 billion in contribution.
Given its expedited action on remand, the increase in the amount authorized for recovery by the exigent rate surcharge, and the reimposition of a 45-day notice requirement for removal of the surcharge, the PRC found it unnecessary to take further steps to protect mailers from overcollection.
The USPS must continue to report incremental and cumulative surcharge revenue 45 days after the end of each quarter, notice the removal of the exigent surcharge 45 days in advance of its removal, and provide bi-weekly estimates of the incremental and cumulative surcharge revenue beginning the quarter in which the Postal Service anticipates removing the surcharge.