PRC Docket No. N2011-1 and the Future of the Post Office

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On July 27, 2011, the US Postal Service submitted a request to the Postal Regulatory Commission for an Advisory Opinion about its Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI), and the PRC opened Docket No. N2011-1, which will contain all of the testimony and related documents for the case.  N2011-1 is likely to go down in history as one of the most … Read More

Interrogatories of the Limited Participant and USPS Responses

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David Popkin participated in the 2009-10 Advisory Opinion on Stations and Branches, and he is participating again in a capacity called “Limited Participant.” On July 28, 2011, he submitted his own interrogatories, in two documents, and the Postal Service has already replied to his inquiries, so in the following summary, I’ll provide Popkin’s question/request and the USPS reply. These interrogatories … Read More

Interrogatories of the Public Representative and USPS Responses

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As par tof the "discovery" phase of the PRC proceedings, the Public Representative (PR) can ask for more information and explanations from the Postal Service.     First Interrogatories, #1 – #5 [The original document is here.] The PR refers to witness Boltd’s statement, “It should be emphasized that postal management is not pursuing the RAO Initiative in order to … Read More

The Testimony of James J. Boldt for the USPS

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The Postal Service’s case is represented to the PRC by a witness who presents the plan.  His name is James J. Boldt, and his statement begins by identifying himself as the National Manager, Customer Service Operations, in the Office of Delivery and Post Office Operations at Postal Service Headquarters. He has served in this capacity since May 2011. He previously … Read More

The USPS Requests an Advisory Opinion

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The formal document that initiates the process for an Advisory Opinion comes from the Postal Service, and it’s called “Request of the United States Postal Service for an Advisory Opinion
on Changes in the Nature of Postal Services,” and it’s dated July 27, 2011. [The original document is here.] The Request, as we’ll call it here, acknowledges that postal patrons accustomed … Read More