USPS Likely to File Rate Case Last Week of September

Washington—As of Friday morning, the U.S. Postal Service–which released information about its forthcoming rate case just as the Pentagon was being hit by a hijacked airliner on Tuesday–had yet to nail down an exact date for filing the case with the Postal Rate Commission. But USPS spokesperson Greg Frey said, “I’d suspect it will be filed as soon as the case is complete; I’d anticipate the last week of this month.”

CATALOG AGE sister publication “Direct” reported on its Website Friday morning that Jerry Cerasale, the Direct Marketing Association’s senior vice president, government affairs, speculated that the agency would file the rate case on Sept. 24 or Sept. 25, rather than the originally targeted date of Sept. 28. But Frey said on Friday morning that the Board of Governors “has not actually set a specific date.”

In other postal news, Postmaster General Jack Potter was heading to New York today to be at the main post office building on 8th Ave. across from Madison Square Garden, where the downtown Church Street post office operations have been temporarily relocated. “He’s there to be with employees, show support, and talk to New York TV stations and newspapers,” Frey said.