May 2, 2013 – The United States Postal Service has struggled through modernization and declining revenue in public for years, but behind the scenes has been dealing with numerous data governance issues that require a full overhaul of its organization-wide data program, according to a new federal audit.

A new report from the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General encapsulated the national postal carrier’s data efficiency and utilization practices from 2009 to 2012, through an OIG first-hand audit last year and a review of other audits done in the prior years. The USPS has one of the largest IT infrastructures in the world, according to the OIG, with nearly 800 applications and its subsequent data which is stored in numerous repositories and shared across the U.S. mail provider.

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