System Name:
Employee Performance Records.

System Location

USPS facilities where employee performance is evaluated or measured.

Categories of Individuals Covered by the System

Current and former USPS employees, including supervisors and managers who are responsible for a work location.

Categories of Records in the System

  1. Employee information: Name, Social Security Number, Employee Identification Number, postal assignment information, work contact information, finance number(s), duty location, and pay location.
  2. Employee performance information: Records related to individual performance evaluation; reports about supervisors and managers who are responsible for a work location; employee recognition; and safe driver awards.

Authority for Maintenance of the System

39 U.S.C. 401, 410, 1001, 1005, and 1206.


  1. To provide managers and supervisors with decision-making information for training needs, promotion, assignment considerations, or other job-related actions.
  2. To administer achievement award programs and pay for performance.
  3. To improve relations and communication between managers and employees by soliciting employee feedback, and to improve management and supervisor leadership skills.

Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories of Users and the Purposes of Such Uses

Standard routine uses 1. through 9. apply. In addition:

  1. When records about the receipt of an award by an employee, including driver safety records, are of news interest and consistent with the public’s right to know, the records may be disclosed to the news media or the National Safety Council.

Policies and Practices for Storing, Retrieving, Accessing, Retaining, and Disposing of Records in the System


Automated database, computer storage media, digital files, and paper files.


By employee name, Social Security Number, Employee Identification Number, or duty or pay location.


Paper records, computers, and computer storage media are located in controlled-access areas under supervision of program personnel. Access to these areas is limited to authorized personnel, who must be identified with a badge. Access to records is limited to individuals whose official duties require such access. Contractors and licensees are subject to contract controls and unannounced on-site audits and inspections. Computers are protected by mechanical locks, card key systems, or other physical access control methods. The use of computer systems is regulated with installed security software, computer logon identifications, and operating system controls including access controls, terminal and transaction logging, and file management software.

Retention and Disposal
  1. Pay for performance evaluation records are retained 5 years. Individual performance evaluations are retained 5 years or until separation of the employee, whichever comes first.
  2. Incentive award records are retained 7 years. Length of service award records are retained 1 year. Non-USPS awards are retained 2 years. Letters of commendation and appreciation (excluding permanent copies filed in the OPF or eOPF) are retained 2 years.
  3. Employee survey records are retained 5 years.
  4. Safe Driver Award records are retained 2 years from date of separation, expiration of license, rescission of authorization, transfer of driver into a nondriving status, or other transfer, whichever comes first.

Records existing on paper are destroyed by burning, pulping, or shredding. Records existing on computer storage media are destroyed according to the applicable USPS media sanitization practice.

System Manager(s) and Address

Vice President, Employee Resource Management, United States Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20260.

Notification Procedure

Individuals wanting to know if information about them is maintained in this system must address inquiries to the facility head where currently or last employed. Headquarters employees must submit inquiries to Corporate Personnel Management, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20260. Inquiries must include full name, Social Security Number or Employee Identification Number, name and address of facility where last employed, and dates of USPS employment.

Record Access Procedures

Requests for access must be made in accordance with the Notification Procedure above and USPS Privacy Act regulations regarding access to records and verification of identity under 39 CFR 266.6.

Contesting Record Procedures

See Notification Procedure and Record Access Procedures above.

Record Source Categories

Employees and employees’ supervisor or manager.