Periodic Reporting

CourtPostal Regulatory Commission
Citation87 FR 2384
Publication Date14 January 2022
Record Number2022-00654
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1
Petition of the United States Postal Service for
the Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider Proposed
Changes in Analytical Principles (Proposal One),
January 5, 2022 (Petition). The Petition was
accompanied by a study supporting its proposal.
See Michael D. Bradley (Bradley), On the
Estimation of a Top-Down Model for City Carrier
Street Time*, January 5, 2022. The Postal Service
also filed a notice of filing of public and non-public
materials relating to Proposal One. Notice of Filing
of USPS–RM2022–3–1 and USPS–RM2022–3–NP1
and Application for Nonpublic Treatment, January
5, 2022.
2
See Docket No. RM2015–7, Order Approving
Analytical Principles Used in Periodic Reporting
(Proposal Thirteen), October 29, 2015, at 66 (Order
No. 2792).
3
See Docket No. PI2017–1, Interim Order,
November 2, 2018, at 16 (Order No. 4869).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Michael Hoenig, 202–632–7003.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Correction
In the Federal Register of December 2,
2021, in proposed rule FR Doc. 2021–
25838, on page 68445, in the first
column, change the
DATES
caption to
read:
DATES
: Written comments on this
proposed rule must be received on or
before January 31, 2022.
Dated: January 6, 2022.
Michael Hoenig,
General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2022–00630 Filed 1–13–22; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7565–01–P
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Indian Gaming Commission
25 CFR Part 559
RIN 3141–AA73
Submission of Gaming Ordinance or
Resolution; Correction
AGENCY
: National Indian Gaming
Commission, Department of the Interior.
ACTION
: Proposed rule; correction.
SUMMARY
: This document corrects the
preamble to a proposed rule published
in the Federal Register of December 9,
2021, regarding the Submission of
Gaming Ordinances or Resolutions. The
document contained incorrect dates for
submitting comments. This correction
clarifies that comments are due
February 7, 2022.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Michael Hoenig, 202–632–7003.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Correction
In the Federal Register of December 1,
2021, in proposed rule FR Doc. 2021–
25843, on page 70067, in the third
column, change the
DATES
caption to
read:
DATES
: Written comments on this
proposed rule must be received on or
before February 7, 2022.
Dated: January 6, 2022.
Michael Hoenig,
General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2022–00636 Filed 1–13–22; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7565–01–P
POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION
39 CFR Part 3050
[Docket No. RM2022–3; Order No. 6090]
Periodic Reporting
AGENCY
: Postal Regulatory Commission.
ACTION
: Notice of proposed rulemaking.
SUMMARY
: The Commission is
acknowledging a recent filing requesting
the Commission initiate a rulemaking
proceeding to consider changes to
analytical principles relating to periodic
reports (Proposal One). This document
informs the public of the filing, invites
public comment, and takes other
administrative steps.
DATES
:
Comments are due: March 14, 2022.
Reply comments are due: March 28,
2022.
ADDRESSES
: Submit comments
electronically via the Commission’s
Filing Online system at http://
www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit
comments electronically should contact
the person identified in the
FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT
section by
telephone for advice on filing
alternatives.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at
202–789–6820.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. Proposal One
III. Notice and Comment
IV. Ordering Paragraphs
I. Introduction
On January 5, 2022, the Postal Service
filed a petition pursuant to 39 CFR
3050.11 requesting that the Commission
initiate a rulemaking proceeding to
consider changes to analytical
principles relating to periodic reports.
1
The Petition identifies the proposed
analytical changes filed in this docket as
Proposal One.
II. Proposal One
Background. In Docket No. RM2015–
7,
2
the Postal Service proposed, and the
Commission accepted, an approach to
estimating variabilities for city carrier
street time that relied upon three
separate econometric equations, one for
letters and flats, one for in-receptacle
parcels, and one for deviation parcels
and accounts. Petition, Proposal One at
1. The Commission directed the Postal
Service to undertake an effort to
investigate what data would be needed
to estimate a unified, or ‘‘top-down,’’
model. Id. Subsequent to Docket No.
RM2015–7, the Commission opened a
public inquiry case, Docket No. PI2017–
1,
3
to follow the Postal Service’s
progress in updating its data capabilities
and modeling efforts for city carrier
street time and specified the type and
structure of the data set that would be
appropriate to estimate a top-down
model. Id. at 2. In response to the
Commission’s directives, the Postal
Service compiled the appropriate data,
investigated alternative methods of
estimating a top-down model, and
specified a model that includes an
estimation of new variabilities for city
carrier, letter route, and street time. Id.
at 2–3.
Proposal. Proposal One would update
the methodology for calculating
attributable city carrier, letter route,
street time costs by employing an
overall top-down model that replies
upon expanded operational carrier data.
Id. at 1, 3. The Postal Service proposes
that the new top-down study would
improve the previous analysis of letter
route street time by making use of
ongoing operation data systems;
incorporating seasonality effects and
controls for day-of-week effects;
including new characteristic variables
that help control for non-volume
variations in hours across ZIP Codes;
relying upon a new econometric
technique, called a correlated random
effects model, that controls for
unobserved differences across ZIP
Codes while explicitly recognizing those
differences are correlated with volume;
taking a holistic approach to analyzing
city street time; and producing marginal
delivery and collection times that
comport with current carrier street time
operational practice. Id. at 3–4.
The overall levels of variabilities
produced by the top-down model is
lower than the current model because a
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reduction in the variabilities for the
volume types associated with market
dominant letter and flat mail is only
partially offset by an increase in the
parcel variabilities. The overall changes
in the variabilities result in lower costs
for letters and flats and higher costs for
parcels. Id. at 6.
Impact. The following table presents
the impact of Proposal One on city
carrier street unit costs, including
indirect costs.
T
ABLE
1—C
ITY
C
ARRIER
C
OSTS
I
NCLUDING
I
NDIRECT
C
OSTS
Product Current unit
city carrier
costs
New unit city
carrier costs
Change in
city carrier
unit costs
% Change in
city carrier
unit costs
Total First-Class Mail ..................................................................................... $0.063 $0.041 ¥$0.022 ¥34.98
Total USPS Marketing Mail ........................................................................... 0.063 0.043 ¥0.020 ¥32.28
Total Periodicals ............................................................................................ 0.145 0.113 ¥0.033 ¥22.58
Bound Printed Matter Flats ............................................................................ 0.216 0.173 ¥0.043 ¥19.90
Bound Printed Matter Parcels ....................................................................... 0.365 0.452 0.088 24.02
Media/Library Mail ......................................................................................... 0.421 0.506 0.085 20.07
Total Package Services ................................................................................. 0.324 0.365 0.041 12.74
Total Domestic Market Dominant Mail .......................................................... 0.067 0.046 ¥0.021 ¥31.63
Total Competitive Mail and Services ............................................................. 0.453 0.528 0.075 16.52
Source: Excel file ‘‘FY21 Proposal One Cost Impact.xlsx,’’ tab ‘‘Unit Costs.’’
Under the new top-down model, the
unit costs for market dominant products
fall while the unit costs for competitive
products rise, reflecting the changes in
variabilities. Id. at 7.
III. Notice and Comment
The Commission establishes Docket
No. RM2022–3 for consideration of
matters raised by the Petition. More
information on the Petition may be
accessed via the Commission’s website
at http://www.prc.gov. Interested
persons may submit comments on the
Petition and Proposal One no later than
March 14, 2022. Reply comments on the
Petition and Proposal One are due no
later than March 28, 2022. Pursuant to
39 U.S.C. 505, Philip T. Abraham is
designated as officer of the Commission
(Public Representative) to represent the
interests of the general public in this
proceeding.
IV. Ordering Paragraphs
It is ordered:
1. The Commission establishes Docket
No. RM2022–3 for consideration of the
matters raised by the Petition of the
United States Postal Service for the
Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider
Proposed Changes in Analytical
Principles (Proposal One), filed January
5, 2022.
2. Comments by interested persons in
this proceeding are due no later than
March 14, 2022. Reply comments on the
Petition and Proposal One are due no
later than March 28, 2022.
3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the
Commission appoints Philip T.
Abraham to serve as officer of the
Commission (Public Representative) to
represent the interests of the general
public in this docket.
4. The Secretary shall arrange for
publication of this order in the Federal
Register.
By the Commission.
Erica A. Barker,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2022–00654 Filed 1–13–22; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AGENCY
40 CFR Part 52
[EPA–R03–OAR–2021–0834; FRL–9382–01–
R3]
Air Plan Approval; Maryland;
Philadelphia Area Base Year Inventory
for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient
Air Quality Standard
AGENCY
: Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).
ACTION
: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY
: The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a
state implementation plan (SIP) revision
submitted by the State of Maryland.
This revision consists of the base year
inventory for the Maryland portion of
the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic
City, PA-NJ-MD-DE marginal
nonattainment area (Philadelphia Area)
for the 2015 ozone national ambient air
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: Written comments must be
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: Submit your comments,
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Adam Yarina, Planning &
Implementation Branch (3AD30), Air &
Radiation Division, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Region III, 1650
Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19103. The telephone number is (215)
814–2103. Mr. Yarina can also be
reached via electronic mail at
Yarina.Adam@epa.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: On July
30, 2020, the Maryland Department of
the Environment (MDE), on behalf of the
State of Maryland, submitted a revision
to the Maryland SIP entitled, ‘‘2015 8-
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