[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 138 (Tuesday, July 20, 2010)]
[Pages 42171-42172]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-17613]



[Docket No. CP2010-66; Order No. 488]

New Postal Product

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service 
request to add a Global Expedited Package Services 2 (GEPS 2) contract 
to the existing GEPS 2 product. This notice addresses procedural steps 
associated with this filing.

DATES:  Comments are due: July 22, 2010.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, 
[email protected] or 202-789-6820.


Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Notice of Filing
III. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

    On July 13, 2010, the Postal Service filed a notice announcing that 
it has entered into an additional Global Expedited Package Services 2 
(GEPS 2) contract.\1\ The Postal Service believes the instant contract 
is functionally equivalent to previously submitted GEPS 2 contracts, 
and is supported by Governors' Decision No. 08-7, attached to the 
Notice and originally filed in Docket No. CP2008-4. Id. at 1, 
Attachment 3. The Notice also explains that Order No. 86, which 
established GEPS 1 as a product, also authorized functionally 
equivalent agreements to be included within the product, provided that 
they meet the requirements of 39 U.S.C. 3633. Id. at 1. In Order No. 
290, the Commission approved the GEPS 2 product.\2\

    \1\ Notice of United States Postal Service Filing of 
Functionally Equivalent Global Expedited Package Services 2 
Negotiated Service Agreement and Application for Non-Public 
Treatment of Materials Filed Under Seal, July 13, 2010 (Notice).
    \2\ Docket No. CP2009-50, Order Granting Clarification and 
Adding Global Expedited Package Services 2 to the Competitive 
Product List, August 28, 2009 (Order No. 290).

    The instant contract. The Postal Service filed the instant contract 
pursuant to 39 CFR 3015.5. In addition, the Postal Service contends 
that the contract is in accordance with Order No. 86. The term of the 
contract is 1 year from the date the Postal Service notifies the 
customer that all necessary regulatory approvals have been received.
    In support of its Notice, the Postal Service filed four attachments 
as follows:
    1. Attachment 1-a redacted copy of the contract;
    2. Attachment 2-a certified statement required by 39 CFR 
    3. Attachment 3-a redacted copy of Governors' Decision No. 08-07, 
which establishes prices and classifications for GEPS contracts, a 
description of applicable GEPS contracts, formulas for prices, an 
analysis and certification of the Governors' vote; and
    4. Attachment 4-an application for non-public treatment of 
materials to maintain redacted portions of the contract and supporting 
documents under seal.
    The Notice advances reasons why the instant GEPS 2 contract fits 
within the Mail Classification Schedule language for GEPS 2. The Postal 
Service identifies customer-specific information, general contract 
terms and other differences that distinguish the instant contract from 
the baseline GEPS 2 agreement, all of which are highlighted in the 
Notice. Notice at 3-6.
    The Postal Service contends that the instant contract is 
functionally equivalent to previously filed GEPS contracts and is 
substantially similar to that in Docket No. CP2009-50 in terms of the 
product being offered, the market in which it is offered, and its cost 
characteristics. Id. 2-3. See also id. at 6. (``[T]he relevant cost and 
market characteristics are similar, if not the same, for this contract 
and the baseline GEPS 2 contract.'').
    The Postal Service also contends that its filings demonstrate that 
the new GEPS 2 contract complies with the requirements of 39 U.S.C. 
3633. It requests that the contract be included within the GEPS 2 
product. Id. at 6.

II. Notice of Filing

    The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2010-66 for consideration 
of matters related to the contract identified in the Postal Service's 
    Interested persons may submit comments on whether the Postal 
Service's contract is consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3632, 
3633 or 3642. Comments are due no later than July 22, 2010. The public 
portions of these filings can be accessed via the Commission's Web site 
    The Commission appoints Paul L. Harrington to serve as Public 
Representative in the captioned filings.

III. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2010-66 for 
consideration of matters raised by the Postal Service's Notice.
    2. Comments by interested persons in these proceedings are due no 
later than July 22, 2010.
    3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Paul L. Harrington is appointed to 
serve as the officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to 
represent the interests of the general public in these proceedings.
    4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the 
Federal Register.

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    By the Commission.
Shoshana M. Grove,
[FR Doc. 2010-17613 Filed 7-19-10; 8:45 am]