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PRC Issues New Proposal in the Ten Year Rate Review

Carolyn Angelini Carolyn Angelini Director of Resource and Postal Affairs
Jaime McQueen Jaime McQueen Marketing Director

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) recently issued a new proposal as a part of their Ten Year Rate Review. We have kept our finger on the pulse of this important developing story since the initial release of their recommendations. These changes will impact the budgets of NPOs across the United States, so we all need to understand what is happening and lock arms in solidarity to ensure our industry’s voice is heard.  

How did we get here?

The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) mandated a 10-year review of the USPS CPI-cap rate system in 2016, which capped rate increases at the level of inflation. The requirement stated that the PRC had to review this rate-making system and determine if it met the original objectives. In 2017, the PRC found that the current system was not meeting the original objectives, and outlined areas of concern. This past December, the PRC issued an updated 2020 proposal and recommendations.

What is happening now?

Essentially the 2020 proposal provides greater autonomy on rate making and could substantially impact nonprofit mailers if it comes to fruition. Rather than increases based on CPI currently in place, there would be less moderation, if any at all, on price changes. When the mailing industry evaluated the potential impact in 2017 they believed some mailers could possibly see a 28-40% increase in postage. While the 2020 proposal is very similar to the 2017 original we evaluated, there are modifications that could mean even greater increases. 

What can you do to make your voice heard?

Our industry can respond with comments until Monday, Feb 3rd. The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers is advocating for NPOs to gather details that can be generated into declarations representing the Nonprofit Mailing Industry as a whole. We will share additional details, template letters and more as we continue to learn more. Stay tuned for additional collateral in the coming weeks.

About the Author

Carolyn Angelini
Carolyn Angelini Director of Resource and Postal Affairs

Carolyn, PS’ Director of Resource and Postal Affairs, has been serving with PS since 2016. With over 24 years of experience in our industry, Carolyn has a deep knowledge about sourcing and managing supplier relationship across various operational areas and a significant portion of her career has been focused on direct mail, fulfillment and postal topics. Carolyn defines clear expectations and she understands and conveys PS’ mission with authentic communication and care. 

Carolyn is from Randolph, New Jersey and she telecommutes full-time from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her three kids, Crossfit, volunteering in her kids’ Cub Scout Pack and swooning over Mid-Century modern architecture and furnishings.

Jaime McQueen
Jaime McQueen Marketing Director

With over 11 years in the marketing and advertising industry, Jaime is an experienced marketing professional. Her background in product management, digital marketing, web design and development, print production, project management and sales along with her unique blend of strategic, technical, business and creative acuity positions her to problem solve with a multi-faceted approach. She has a demonstrated history of building long-lasting, productive relationships, driving results and leading from her seat each and every day.

Jaime has served as a PS team member since 2018. She telecommutes full-time from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She loves to spend time with her husband, Troy, their beagle, and rotating herd of rescue cats. Jaime is a proud board member of her local United Way Young Philanthropist Chapter and volunteers as a member of the Bridge Conference Marketing Committee. She has also served passionately with pet rescue work since she was a small child with her mother who instilled in her a deep love for animals. In her free time she loves to spend time at the oceanfront, ride her beach cruiser, try new recipes and play in her garden. Her favorite quote is from the great Audrey Hepburn, “to plant a a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”