4-5 Use of Public Input in Decision Making

Immediately after the announcement of a feasibility study, the Postal Service initiates a comment period and solicits input from the public that will be discussed during the public meeting. At this stage, the feasibility study has not been completed, so only estimates and generalized information can be shared. A public meeting is scheduled within 45 days of the district’s submission of the AMP study to the AVP. The audience has an opportunity to provide verbal comments during the meeting. Following the meeting, stakeholders have 15 days to submit additional written comments to the district’s manager Consumer Affairs. Input from the public is summarized and submitted to the AVP for consideration. Additional review by the Office of the Vice President Consumer Advocate ensures that adequate attention and resolution was given to the public input at the district and area level prior to final consideration by the senior vice president Operations.