Has USPS ever released your personal information without your permission?

Project Title: Controls over Dissemination of Personnel Information
Start Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Estimated Report Release Date: October 2018

On August 28, 2018, the New York Times published an article reporting that the Postal Service released the full, unredacted federal security clearance application of former Postal Inspector Abigail Spanberger. The Postal Service released this file in response to a request from a political action committee. Ms. Spanberger is a former Postal Inspection Service employee and is currently a candidate for the Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

We received requests from members of Congress to investigate the release of Ms. Spanberger’s personal information. We will evaluate the Postal Service’s past and current processes for disseminating employee information in response to third-party requests and how any planned enhancements may prevent future unauthorized disclosures.

Has the Postal Service ever released your personal information without your authorization (besides the Office of Personnel Management data breach of 2014)? If so, please elaborate.

Source: USPS Office of Inspector General

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