USPS launches secure messaging service for agencies

USPS launches secure messaging service for agencies

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JAN. 17—The Postal Service has introduced a secure Internet messaging service that enables agencies to authenticate internal electronic correspondence.

NetPost.Certified, unveiled yesterday, uses digital certificates stored on certified smart cards and generates USPS electronic receipts verifying delivery of each transaction. NetPost.Certified charges 50 cents per transmission regardless of the amount of data transmitted.

'NetPost.Certified was specifically designed to support e-government initiatives by expediting the movement of documents online and ensuring users that those documents sent electronically would be secure and private at all times in transit,' deputy postmaster general John Nolan said.

The Social Security Administration was the first agency to sign up for the service. SSA and the Health Care Financing Administration helped the Postal Service develop requirements for the service and both agencies took part in a pilot program.

The Postal Service is exploring the possibility of offering a similar service to the private sector.

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