The News/Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association sent comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission on September 15 addressing the possibility of a Performance Incentive Mechanism (PIM) being applied to Periodicals class mail. The comments state that if a PIM is applicable, it should remove an additional 2 percent surcharge unless the Postal Service achieves 95 percent on-time performance for Periodicals.
The Alliance also submitted a letter on September 15 to the USPS on the draft Flats plan, which was a requirement of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. The Alliance is encouraged that the Postal Service is seeking industry input; however, we state that the plan should include more clear and verifiable metrics, a focus on lower costs, and further examination of all cost centers that have led to flats processing issues.
Holly Lubart is Vice President, Government Affairs at the News/Media Alliance. Previously, she served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the PA NewsMedia Association and started her career as a journalist. Lubart has over 20 years of political and communications experience.