Postal Service rejects FOIA request on post office details


The post office in Lecompton, Kansas, is on the POStPlan list, and it had its hours reduced to four a day.  Two mail routes that had been working out of the office were also transferred to another facility.  The mayor filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information about the revenues and expenses at the post office, the projected savings from cutting the hours, and a copy of the minutes from the public meeting held back in November. 

The Postal Service responded with a letter showing the operating expenses, but the revenue numbers were redacted.  The mayor appealed the FOIA denial, and the Postal Service again refused to provide them, stating the data would provide “potential competitors for each facility with valuable intelligence regarding the relative strength and weaknesses of a specific market.”  Read more.  (Photo credit)