Inspector General sees big things for US Post Office’s ID verification capabilities

Could the U.S. Postal Service, the federal government’s most trusted agency, become the nation’s ID verifier of choice? An inspector general’s report says the USPS is perfectly situated to at least play a major role in online and in-person identity proofing. Increased biometric services availability could help.

The report focuses on how the nation’s post offices – at 34,000, there are more of them than police stations (20,000) – could provide biometric and other verification services for itself and other government agencies.

But it might also “maximize the commercial and social value” of identity verification by providing the services to businesses, too, writes the inspector general’s office. That is a more distant possibility because it would require Congressional approval to lift relevant operational restrictions.

Such an expansion also would require the Post Office to find the money to pay for it, as it is a self-funding body.

Today, 17,000 retail postal outlets provide in-person proofing – comparing documents to the person presenting them. These customers submit to proofing to get a post office box or to enroll in a program such as Informed Delivery.


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Have you seen who are clerks at the USPS. There is no way I’d give any of them my personal information or allow them to have any of my information of mine. How many employees has the USPS OIG arrested for Mail Theft, Identity Theft, Drugs, Embezzlement, etc… The USPS cannot even get change of address ID theft right, so I vote no to the USPS OIG idea.

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