The Mailer corresponded to four of the five main contractual provisions that we audited, including the type of e-mail and zone rates, the authorization number and the payment system. However, the factor did not take into account the annual volume commitment. In particular in the first year of the NSA the Mailer delivered only less than necessary. In the second year of the NSA (until May 31, 2020), the mailer delivered less than during the same period of the previous year. The national NSOs we audited generally resulted in an increase in mail volume and revenue; However, we were unable to determine whether the increases were a direct result of incentives created by the agreements. In addition, the data used to calculate discounts, discounts and growth in e-mail volume were not always correct. In addition, the data provided to the Postal Regulatory Commission did not always match the data used by the Post Office to calculate rebates and rebates. We found $1.2 million in incorrect and questionable quarterly price discounts and adjustments for customers. Finally, the Post Office does not have specific criteria for the retention of NSA data.
We also found another issue related to the legal obligation that the NSA not be able to cause inappropriate harm to the market. A negotiated service contract (NSA) is a bespoke and mutually beneficial contractual agreement between the USPS and a specific mailer (customer or organization). An NEA provides for custom prices, prices and classifications under the conditions set out in the NSA and may include changes to current broadcasting standards and other postal requirements. Each mailer can file an application for an NSA if the mailer meets the requirements of point 1.2 and follows the process in 1.3. An NSA is a contractual agreement between the Post Office and a company from which both parties benefit. If the USPS decides to terminate negotiations with the candidate before reaching an agreement on an NSA in point 1.1, the pricing strategy manager communicates in writing to the candidate and explains the decision. Within 15 days of receiving the written statement, the candidate may request a re-examination of the decision of the line manager. The applicant`s request for reconsideration must contain additional information and reasons why negotiations related to the NSA should resume. The candidate files an audit request with the Vice-President for pricing and classification through the Pricing Strategy Officer (see address 608.8.0). Mailers interested in an NSA can be e-mailed at NSA@usps.com 703-292-3638 or in writing: The mail post provides the Postal Control Authority with documents stating that a prospective agreement will improve the net financial position of the postal service or postal processing functions and that there will be no excessive discrimination in the market. In addition, the dominant NSA must not cause unreasonable damage to the market.
While the Post Office is able to verify the increases in volume and revenue related to nsa, a challenge inherent in measuring the success of an NSA is to determine whether an increase is the direct result of the agreement or whether it would have occurred in the absence of the agreement.