Postal Regulatory Commission Law and Legal Definition

The Postal Regulatory Commission is a group appointed by the President of the U.S., and it is also approved by the Senate. It is also known as postal rate commission. The Commission helps in making recommendations regarding postage rate changes and mail classification policies. The Commission according to its discretion is entitled to increase the rates periodically when the U.S. Postal Service budget shows an expected or actual deficit. However, the Commission will lower rates when there is a budget surplus. It takes 10 months for the PRC to evaluate a rate case and make a recommendation.

Additionally, pursuant to 39 CFR 3000.735-102, the Chairman of the Commission can appoint a Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO). The DAEO can appoint deputy ethics officials to assist in carrying out the responsibilities of the designated agency ethics official. The DAEO advises employees as to the applicability and interpretation of laws and regulations involving the standards of conduct for employees of the PRC. The DAEO can also furnish advice to employees of the PRC for the purpose of aiding employees in avoiding conflicts of interest, situations, actions or conduct that may reflect adversely on the Commission.