Mail Cover Statistics Request

John Ricker filed this request with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service of the United States of America .
Tracking #

2020- FPIS-00442

2020-APP-00105

Status
Rejected

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From: John Ricker

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

In a previous request, FOIA Case Number 2020-FPIS-00303 in correspondence “IS Final Response” it was mentioned that mail cover statistics are provided in response to FOIA requests.
I am requesting the database or spreadsheet used to generate the statistical responses to these FOIA requests.

If you require further description of the records I’m seeking, please let me know.

While it is possible that the database will contain confidential information such as names or addresses, this information can be redacted and non-confidential information can be provided such as city, state, requesting agency, date.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

John Ricker

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Mr. Ricker
Please see the attached copy of the final response letter for FOIA Request No. 2020-FPIS-00362.

Should you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Hotline at 202-268-7004 or by email at . (mailto:foia@uspis.gov) foia@uspis.gov Thank you.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Unit

From: John Ricker

I am appealing the denial of my request.

I was seeking the non protected fields in the Mail Cover Database. The response I received was that “The Mail Cover Database is a series of records protected by the privacy act.”
While the confidential information within this database and the records within is indeed protected by the Privacy Act, I was SPECIFICALLY, only requesting information that may not be harmful.
In accordance with the Open Government Act of 2007, it was requested that agencies provide non harmful information to the public. This is frequently done with information from this database.
I attest that there is non-confidential information maintained within this database (for example the state field is non-confidential and non-harmful) and while some fields are both confidential and harmful: name, address, etc. They can be removed to provide just the non-confidential unprotected information that is frequently already released to the public in statistical analysis.

Thank you,
John Ricker

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Good Morning Mr. Ricker,
Please see the attached copy of the appeal acknowledgement letter for FOIA Appeal No. 2020-APP-00105.
Should you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Hotline at 202-268-2608 or by email at foia12@usps.gov Thank you, Privacy and Records Management Team Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Good afternoon Mr. Ricker,

Please find attached the final response and decision to your FOIA Appeal # 2020-APP-00105.
Due to the precautions taken as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, work in the office has come to a halt and we are now conducting work from home. Currently, all correspondence from our office will be done by way of email communication.
Please note, however, that we are continuing to work diligently to provide you with a timely response and we thank you for your cooperation during this time.
Thank you,

Lyndsay M. Auglis
A/Executive Legal Administrative Assistant
Office of Deputy General Counsel
Associate GC & Chief Ethics Compliance Officer
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20260
Lyndsay.M.Auglis@usps.gov<mailto:Lyndsay.M.Auglis@usps.gov> | 202-268-2953

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From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Hi Lyndsay,

When sending emails to a requester, do not carbon copy employees' emails. Please send a separate email to the other individuals.

Thanks.

Tammy A. Warner
Information Disclosure Specialist
Postal Inspection Service FOIA Public Liaison
Mobile 202-615-1730
Work 202-268-7528

From: John Ricker

Hi Tammy,

Did you mean to CC me on that email?

Thanks,
John Ricker

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Yes.

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Mr. Ricker
Please see the attached copy of the final response letter for FOIA Request No. 2020-FPIS-00442.

Should you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Hotline at 202-268-7004 or by email at . (mailto:foia@uspis.gov) foia@uspis.gov Thank you.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Unit

From: John Ricker

I am appealing the denial of my request.
I was seeking the non protected fields in the Mail Cover Database.

While the confidential information within this database I was SPECIFICALLY, only requesting information that is non-confidential.

Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act, Procedural Requirements, says that FOIA requests must "reasonably described".
This has clearly been accomplished as the database in question has been located.

The denial of my request acknowledged that there was non-confidential information within this database.

The record I am seeking is a mix of confidential and nonconfidential information. Since non-confidential information exists in the record I am requesting, I am appealing a full denial. The confidential information should be redacted and the non-confidential information provided to me. Please note that the agency has previously released non-confidential information from this database.

Thank you,
John Ricker

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Goodafternoon, Pleasesee the attached acknowledgement correspondence pertaining to your FOIARequest, no. 2021-APP-00019.  Should you have any questions, pleasecontact the FOIA Hotline at 202-268-2608 or by email at foiaappeal@usps.gov Thankyou, Privacyand Records Management Office Freedomof Information Act (FOIA)

From: U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Good morning Mr. Ricker,

Please find attached the final response and decision to your FOIA Appeal # 2021-APP-00019.
Due to the precautions taken as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, work in the office has come to a halt and we are now conducting work from home. Currently, all correspondence from our office will be done by way of email communication.
Please note, however, that we are continuing to work diligently to provide you with a timely response and we thank you for your cooperation during this time.
Thank you,

Lyndsay M. Auglis
Legal Administrative Assistant
Corporate Law
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20260
Lyndsay.M.Auglis@usps.gov<mailto:Lyndsay.M.Auglis@usps.gov> | 202-268-8969

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