Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Public Information Session: The Postal Service’s FOIA Process

The Postal Service’s Ethics & Compliance team will be hosting two teleconferences open to the public on navigating the FOIA process.  Each teleconference will cover how to submit a FOIA request, where to submit a FOIA request, and how to properly describe the records sought in a FOIA request.  Please join us on Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00 pm EST or Thursday, August 28 at 12:00 pm EST for an informational session on the Postal Service’s FOIA process.

To join a teleconference, call 1-855-860-7461 up to fifteen minutes before the meeting time and enter the conference code 219 717 5506 when prompted. 

"I signed this measure with a deep sense of pride that the United States is an
open society in which the people’s right to know is cherished and guarded."
-Lyndon B. Johnson

Welcome to the Postal Service's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) home page. Get information and guidance on the FOIA, the Privacy Act, and Postal Service records management, and access the USPS® eFOIA Reading Room.

Reading Room
Electronic FOIA Reading Room ›
Find records routinely available to the public and documents previously released through the FOIA which have been the subject of multiple requests.

Requesting Records
Requesting United States Postal Service Records ›
The FOIA provides the public with access to Postal Service records, unless the records are covered by an exemption. It is Postal Service policy to make its records available to the public to the maximum extent consistent with the public interest.

Requesting Records About Yourself ›
Under the Privacy Act, you may request and obtain information about yourself that the Postal Service maintains in a system of records.

Identity Certification ›
Are you requesting records about yourself?  Please complete this form to certify your identity and submit the form with your request for records.

Privacy Waiver ›
Are you requesting records about another individual?  That individual will need to complete this form authorizing the Postal Service to disclose records about that individual to you.  Please submit the completed form with your request for records.

Submit a FOIA Request
U.S. Postal Service FOIA Requester Service Centers and Public Liaisons ›
Find out where to submit a request and who to contact to get the status of a FOIA request or other related FOIA information.

FOIA Information
Handbook AS-353 - Guide to Privacy, the Freedom of Information Act, and Records Management ›
The handbook is designed to familiarize you with specific procedures relative to FOIA and privacy.

USPS FOIA Regulations ›
Go to the Title 39 C.F.R. Section 265 - Release of Information on the Government Printing Office Web site.

USPS Report and Improvement Plan on Executive Order 13,392 ›
Learn about the Postal Service’s improvement plan of its FOIA operations. PDF | RTF

FOIA Exemptions ›
Read the nine exemptions under which records or portions of records may be withheld from public disclosure.

FOIA Annual Reports ›
View Annual Reports on the USPS administration of the FOIA.

Privacy Information
Privacy Office ›
Find information and resources on privacy policy and procedures.

USPS Privacy Act Regulations ›
Go to the Title 39 C.F.R. Section 266 (2006) - Privacy of Information on the Government Printing Office Web site.

Privacy Policy ›
Read our privacy policy and how the information you provide to us is protected.

Privacy Act System of Records ›
Read how the USPS provides protections for personal information that the agency maintains in a system of records.

Additional Resources
Major Information Systems ›
Index List of Major Information Systems

Frequently Asked Questions ›
Find answers to common questions about the FOIA.

Other Federal Agency FOIA Web Sites