The members of URISA's Address Standards Working Group (Carl Anderson, GISP, Hilary Perkins, GISP, Ed Wells, GISP, Martha Wells, GISP, and Sara Yurman, GISP) cannot receive enough recognition for their Herculean effort over the past five + years developing the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard. The Federal Geographic Data Committee endorsed the standard recently. When you read through all of the parts of the standard: address data content, classification, transfer, and quality, you can't help but wonder at the amount of time and dedication the ASWG and numerous other volunteers devoted to this effort.
(Three of the ASWG members are URISA Past Presidents and all of them are very involved in URISA educational activities. Amazing.)
Start here: http://www.urisa.org/add_standard_pr