Regulator Finalizes Plan to Enable Larger USPS Rate Hikes

Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service could soon raise prices in a way that more closely follows increases in its costs, as the mailing agency’s regulator has completed a years-long process to finally overhaul the existing rate-setting system it has deemed inadequate.

The Postal Regulatory Commission will not give USPS full authority to set its own prices—as agency management previously requested—in its final order issued on Monday. The rule concludes a process kicked off several years ago as required by a 2006 law that created the current cap structure limiting postal rate hikes. It was the first review since that law and the current pricing regulations went into effect.

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