NAPS Chat with PRC Vice Chair Michael Kubayanda

December 6, 2019 Episode 55

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Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Vice Chair Michael Kubayanda joins Legislative & Political Director Bob Levi on the December 6 episode of NAPS Chat.

This week’s NAPS Chat focuses on the newly proposed Postal Rate and Classification System, system that may determine postage rates for the next 5 years. We also discuss the Postal Service’s Universal Service  Obligation. Finally, NAPS Chat provides information relating to postal-related bills and the status of H.R.  2382, legislation to repeal of the USPS retiree health  prefunding requirement, which has surpassed the 290-cosponsor mark.

NAPS Chat is a weekly podcast intended to inform NAPS members about the latest legislative and political goings-on within our nation’s capital. Hosted by NAPS Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Bob Levi.

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PRC Issues 2018 USPS Annual Compliance Determination: Directs Postal Service to Address a Number of Outstanding Issues

Washington, DC – Today the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) assessing the pricing and service performance standards of the U.S. Postal Service (Postal Service) in fiscal year 2018. This ACD marks the 11th Compliance Determination issued since the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. Continue reading

Michael M. Kubayanda Sworn In As PRC Commissioner

Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission today announced that Michael M. Kubayanda has been sworn into office as a Commissioner.

Donald Trump nominated Michael Kubayanda to the Commission on June 6, 2018, and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2019. His appointment fills the fifth seat at the Commission giving the Postal Service regulator a full complement of members. He will serve out the remainder of a six-year term that expires November 22, 2020.

Prior to joining the Commission, Michael Kubayanda served as a board member and privacy officer for a digital health startup offering cloud solutions for medical practices in the United States and emerging markets. He previously worked with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service, ending as Director, Government Relations, a role in which he worked with OIG officials to support the work of inspectors general in data analytics. In the OIG’s research group, he oversaw research on technical issues and wrote reports addressing postal economics and price regulation, intellectual property, and public-private partnerships, while serving as an advisor to colleagues on issues such as privacy, knowledge management, and innovation. Prior to his work with the OIG, he served on the staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Mr. Kubayada holds degrees from Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and the Ohio State University. He also studied at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

Magazine Industry Group Issues Fact Check on USPS Finances

From the Association of Magazine Media:

USPS: Myth vs. Fact

The magazine industry supports and needs a healthy Postal Service. Yet, the Postal Regulatory Commission is proposing rate increases for the Market Dominant segment of the mail stream as high as 40 percent.  Such a move will have the chilling effect of driving away business and creating an existential threat to the Postal Service. Continue reading