4 Records Notification, Access, and Disclosure Procedures Under the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act

4 Records Notification, Access, and Disclosure Procedures Under the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act

4-1 General

4-1.1 Privacy Act of 1974

4-1.2 Freedom of Information Act

4-1.3 Additional Guidance for Responding to Requests Under the Privacy Act and FOIA

4-1.3.1 Additional Postal Service Resources

4-1.3.2 Department of Justice Guidance

4-1.3.3 Office of Management and Budget Guidance

4-2 Public Records and Information Under FOIA

4-2.1 Records Available in Reading Rooms

4-2.1.1 Responsibilities of Records Custodians

4-2.1.2 Reading Rooms

4-2.2 Other Information Available to the Public

4-2.2.1 Public Information About Postal Service Customers

4-2.2.2 Public Information About Postal Service Employees

4-3 Responding to Notification, Access, and Disclosure Requests Under the Privacy Act

4-3.1 Responsibility for Responding to Notification, Access, or Disclosure Requests Under the Privacy Act

4-3.2 Responding to Requester’s Request for Notification of or Access to Records About Himself or Herself Under the Privacy Act

4-3.2.1 Evaluating Under the FOIA a Request for Access by Requester to His or Her Records

4-3.2.2 Determining Qualification as a Covered Individual, Record, and System of Records

4-3.2.3 Determining Sufficiency of Form of Request

4-3.2.4 Determining Sufficiency of Content of Request

4-3.2.5 Verifying Requester’s Identity for Access Request

4-3.2.6 Searching for Responsive Records

4-3.2.7 Determining Whether Records Responsive to Access Request Are Also About Someone Other Than the Requester

4-3.2.8 Considering Postal Reorganization Act Exemptions for an Access Request

4-3.2.9 Considering Privacy Act Exemptions

4-3.2.10 Handling Medical or Psychological Records Responsive to an Access Request

4-3.2.11 Assessing and Collecting Fees for Access Request

4-3.2.12 Responding to the Requester

4-3.2.13 Creating and Retaining the Administrative File

4-3.2.14 Preserving the Responsive Records

4-3.3 Responding to Request by Third Party for Disclosure of Records About an Individual Under the Privacy Act

4-3.3.1 Determining Qualification as a Covered Individual, Record, System of Records, Person, and Agency

4-3.3.2 Making Internal Disclosures

4-3.3.3 Making External Disclosures

4-3.3.4 Validating Records Before Making Certain External Disclosures

4-3.3.5 Notification to Certain External Third Parties of Correction of Records or Notation of Dispute

4-3.4 Administrative Appeals Relating to Notification and Access Requests Under the Privacy Act

4-3.4.1 Responsibility for Deciding Appeal

4-3.4.2 Form and Content of Appeal

4-3.4.3 Time Period for Filing Appeal

4-3.4.4 Form and Content of Appeal Decision

4-3.4.5 No Adjudication if Privacy Act Suit Filed

4-3.4.6 Final Decision on Issues Appealed

4-3.5 Accounting for Disclosures to External Third Parties Under the Privacy Act

4-3.5.1 Keeping Accounting of Disclosures

4-3.5.2 Preparing Accounting of Disclosure Record

4-3.5.3 Filing and Retention of Accounting of Disclosure Record

4-3.5.4 Request for Accounting of Disclosures and Response

4-4 Responding to Requests Under the Freedom of Information Act

4-4.1 Records Required by FOIA to be Made Available to the Public

4-4.2 Assigning FOIA Tracking Number to and Acknowledgment of Request

4-4.3 Responsibility for Responding to a Request Under the FOIA

4-4.4 Evaluating First Under the Privacy Act a Request for Disclosure to the Requester of His or Her Records

4-4.5 Determining Qualification as a Covered Person and Record

4-4.6 Determining Sufficiency of Form of Request

4-4.7 Determining Whether a Request Asks for Disclosure of Records

4-4.8 Determining Whether a Request Provides the Requester’s Full Name and Mailing Address

4-4.9 Determining Sufficiency of Content of Request

4-4.10 Requesting Additional Information About the Request

4-4.11 Verifying the Requester’s Identity

4-4.12 Determining Whether to Neither Confirm Nor Deny the Existence of Records

4-4.13 Assessment and Collection of Fees

4-4.14 Time Limits

4-4.15 Time Extensions

4-4.16 Multitrack Processing

4-4.17 Expedited Processing

4-4.18 Searching for Responsive Records

4-4.19 Referral to or Consultation or Coordination With Another Postal Service Component or Agency

4-4.20 Coordinating Response With Another Postal Service Component or Agency

4-4.21 Procedures Upon Receipt of a Consultation from Another Agency

4-4.22 Considering FOIA Exclusions

4-4.23 Considering Postal Reorganization Act Exemptions

4-4.24 Considering FOIA Exemptions

4-4.24.1 General

4-4.24.2 Exemptions

4-4.25 Determining Segregable Portions of Records and Marking PRA/FOIA Exemptions

4-4.26 Writing the Response

4-4.27 Documentation and Preservation of Records

4-4.28 Administrative Appeals

4-4.29 After the Final Decision




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