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FCW: Postal Service should ‘act swiftly’ to scale up identity services, IG says

“There’s a ‘window of opportunity’ for the U.S. Postal Service to tap into its network of post offices, databases and identity verification experience to ‘contribute to filling service gaps in identity verification processes,’ according to new whitepaper from the USPS Office of Inspector General.

The May 11 paper details how USPS could use its infrastructure and data to work with other agencies as they grapple with how to verify the identities of Americans online and in-person in order to provide government services…

The watchdog’s whitepaper covers three options for the agency: offering in-person proofing capabilities for other government agencies; using its databases on Americans’ addresses as part of the proofing process for other agencies and creating its own digital identity service, allowing people already verified with the USPS to use that credential to sign on to other agencies. The report notes that the last likely isn’t a short term priority for the agency.

But offering its in-person identity verification tools to other agencies is something that the Postal Service is already doing with GSA and the FBI, according to the report, and has future potential to scale to other agencies…” Read the full article here.

Source: Postal Service should ‘act swiftly’ to scale up identity services, IG says – By Natalie Alms, May 17, 2022. FCW.


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