USPS, Regulator Pursue Different Paths in Fighting Court Ruling on Rate Hikes

The U.S. Postal Service and its regulator are pursuing two different tracks as they seek to minimize the disruption and damage from a recent court ruling that deemed the 2019 stamp rate hike illegal.

The mailing agency itself has asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to rehear the case. A panel of three judges on the court ruled in September that the Postal Regulatory Commission—an oversight body that must approve all proposed USPS rate hikes—failed to consider all factors related to the increase, thereby violating the Administrative Procedures Act. In filing its appeal, USPS argued the court fundamentally misunderstood PRC’s role and applied the APA as if the regulator, rather than postal management, were responsible for setting the rate.


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