The Postal Regulatory Commission holds monthly public meetings to discuss the agency’s activities and current responsibilities. Members of the public and other stakeholders are invited to attend. In addition, the audio of the meetings is webcast live, and a recording of the meeting audio is posted online for later listening or downloading. The meetings primarily include informal updates by the Chairman, comments by the other Commissioners, and formal reports from office heads on departmental and agency-wide activities, but in a manner that does not infringe the deliberative process. These reports typically prompt comments and questions from the Commissioners. This provides the public a better understanding of matters before the Commission and the priorities of the Commissioners. The meetings are noticed in the Federal Register, announced on the Commission’s internet home page and posted on the Commission’s online calendar. At the conclusion of the public meeting, members of the public are invited to introduce themselves. The Chairman provides a public commenter opportunity to any member of the public who wishes to offer a comment or statement. The public meeting is followed by a closed session to discuss topics such as pending litigation. Stakeholders and members of the public have responded positively to the public meetings and share the information gleaned in newsletters and blogs.
These meetings increase transparency and enhance public understanding of the issues under discussion, and enhance public participation in the regulatory process. Webcasting also permits the public and stakeholders to listen to these meetings without travelling to the Commission, thus reducing their expense.
The Commission has on occasion also invited representatives of other federal agencies to provide a public briefing on issues of common interest.