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Postal Regulatory Commission appoints first data officer

ByChad J. Johnson

Feb 16, 2022

Written by John Hewitt Jones

The watchdog overseeing the US Postal Service has named Russell Rappel-Schmid as its first chief data officer.

He joins the Postal Regulatory Commission after serving as Data Manager for the State of Alaska and previously worked on the Data Analytics team at the USPS Office of Inspector General.

Earlier in his career, Rappel-Schmid worked as an audit manager at the USPS OIG and was also a member of the US Marine Corps.

At the Postal Regulatory Commission, he will oversee watchdog data management and compliance with the OPEN Government Data Act. By law, federal agencies must publish all of their information as open data using standardized formats.

His appointment also comes as the regulator introduces a beta version of a service performance data dashboard designed to make postal data more accessible and usable. It is currently seeking public feedback on the tool, which displays service performance results at the national level.

Commenting on Rappel-Schmid’s appointment, PRC Chairman Michael Kubayanda said: “I am delighted to welcome Russell Rappel-Schmid to the Commission. He added: “With his experience in implementing data initiatives and his knowledge of the postal sector, Russ is well placed to lead the Commission’s emerging open data efforts and to support the Commission as it that it continues to ensure the transparency and accountability of the postal system. ”

As data manager, Rappel-Schmid will report to the commission’s secretary and administrative director, Erica Barker.

The OPEN Government Data Act made permanent key aspects of the May 2013 Open Data Policy, which was signed into law by the Obama administration.

The PRC is the independent federal agency responsible for overseeing the operations of the USPS.