Postal Service petitions DC Circuit for rehearing on the rate increase in Forever stamps

Yesterday the Postal Service filed a petition to the DC Circuit Court for a rehearing in Carlson v. Postal Regulatory Commission.

The case involves the question of whether or not the Commission properly followed the relevant statutes when it approved the Postal Service’s increase on First-Class stamps from 50 to 55 cents.

Carlson has argued to the PRC and DC Circuit that the Commission has not done the kind of review required by law. In September, a three-member panel of the DC Circuit issued a ruling granting Carlson’s petition.

As the court stated in its ruling, the “Commission fell short of the [Administrative Procedure Act’s] requirement for reasoned decisionmaking because it did not adequately analyze the stamp price hike’s compliance with all of the [Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act’s] relevant statutory objectives and factors, particularly those raised in the public comments.”

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