Data Quality Assessment: Value Domain Compliance

By David Loshin To continue the review of techniques for using column value analysis for assessing data quality, we can build on a concept I brought up in my last post about format and pattern analysis and the reasonableness of data values, namely whether the set of values that appear in the column complies with the set of allowable data…

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Postal Service: Saturday Mail Delivery, Still On

By Abby Garcia Telleria It seems like the USPSĀ® can't catch a break. Earlier this year, the Postal ServiceĀ® proposed a plan to end Saturday delivery in an effort to curb massive losses, slash costs, and restore the beleaguered agency to long-term financial stability. According to published reports, instituting a 5-day delivery schedule would save the Postal Service roughly $2…

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USPS to Stop Saturday Delivery

On February 6, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced that the Postal Service plans to modify Saturday delivery beginning August 5th of this year. Letter mail and periodicals would no longer be delivered on Saturdays, but they would maintain delivery of packages, including vital mail-order medicine as well as other priority and express mail options. Donahoe stated that this common-sense reform…

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Address Quality – Take 2

By David Loshin We have dealt with some of our core address quality concepts, but not this one: The intended recipient must be associated with the deliverable address. The problem here is no longer address quality but rather address correctness. The address may be complete, all the elements may be valid, the ZIP+4 is the right one, and all values…

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Postal Standards and Address Quality – Take 1

By David Loshin The USPS Postal Standard (Publication 28) provides at least some of the specifications we need for address quality. For example,  "The Postal Service defines a complete address as one that has all the address elements necessary to allow an exact match with the current Postal Service ZIP+4 and City State files to obtain the finest level of…

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Senate Green Lights Postal Reform – But Is It Enough?

Postal Reform legislation passed the Senate this month, but according to the Postal Service (and who should know better?) S. 1789 falls disappointedly short of restoring the USPS to financial viability. For the past two years, the Postmaster General and the Board of Governors of the USPS have worked diligently preparing a comprehensive five-year plan to profitability that would enable…

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