- Project Title:
- U.S. Postal Service’s Revenue, Pieces, and Weights (RPW) Report Processing
- Start Date:
- Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- Estimated Report Release Date:
- October 2017
The Adjustment Revenue, Pieces, and Weights (ARPW) system combines data from multiple sources to produce the Postal Service's official revenue, pieces, and weight (RPW) report for domestic and international mail categories, as well as fees by type of service.
The RPW report is published quarterly and is widely used throughout the postal community to track the revenue, volume and weights of various postal products. It is also used to develop proposals for Postal Service rates, assist in budget and workload preparation, conduct management studies, and support management decisions concerning mail flow and transit time in transportation and operations. The RPW report is generated using about 85 percent census data and less than 15 percent is sampling data.
Complete and accurate sampling data helps to ensure reliable financial reporting for senior management’s use in planning the Postal Service budget based on forecasts of mail volume, workloads, and overall productivity.
- Are there concerns regarding the use of statistical sampling to report RPW volume, which is used in the rate-setting process?
- How can the Postal Service improve its statistical sampling process to better obtain the data needed to accurately account for mail volume?
- Are there any obstacles in the current sampling process that would prevent the collection of accurate and complete data?
- How can the Postal Service reduce statistical sampling and ensure more accurate data?