|The world of mail has changed remarkably over the past decade, with new technology having a profound effect on the Postal Service. On the one hand, new technology competes with the Postal Service, and is putting tremendous pressure on the system. On the other hand, new technology is radically decreasing postal costs, offering added value to traditional postal services, and is opening up a wide range of possible new services. The next five or ten years will revolutionize the postal system, the industry, and mail.
Robert Brinkmann stands at the cutting edge of this revolution, and is responsible for negotiating and litigating the first functionally equivalent negotiated service agreement (NSA). Unlike most members of the postal bar, Brinkmann is equally at home in the Postal Regulatory Commission, the halls of Congress, and at Postal Service headquarters.
Brinkmann has participated in postal rate and classification cases since 1984. Representing three different industry trade groups, he served on the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) for over twenty years. He was one of the architects of the legislative solution for the revenue forgone crisis in the 80s and early 90s, and acted for years as an informal advisor—on both postal politics and postal substance—to key Congressional staff. He has been a registered lobbyist for postal affairs for over 25 years.
Brinkmann’s postal affairs practice focuses on five key areas:
• Negotiating and obtaining regulatory approval for Negotiated Service Agreements (NSAs).
• Counseling mailers, suppliers, and others on legal and public policy matters that involve the Postal Service, including postal revenue deficiencies.
• Representation before the Postal Regulatory Commission.
• Representation and counsel on Congressional postal policy matters.
• Helping companies do business with the Postal Service.