Postal Reorganization Act

The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 was a law passed by the United States Congress that abolished the then United States Post Office Department, which was a part of the cabinet, and created the United States Postal Service, a corporation-like independent agency with an official monopoly on the delivery of mail in the United States. Pub.L. 91–375 was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on August 12, 1970.[1]

The legislation was a direct outcome of the U.S. postal strike of 1970.

The first paragraph of the Act reads:[2]

The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities. The costs of establishing and maintaining the Postal Service shall not be apportioned to impair the overall value of such service to the people.

The Postal Reorganization Act (at 39 U.S.C. § 410(c)(2)) exempts the USPS from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosure of "information of a commercial nature, including trade secrets, whether or not obtained from a person outside the Postal Service, which under good business practice would not be publicly disclosed".[3]

See also


  1. Archived March 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "TITLE 39---POSTAL SERVICE". Public Law 91-375, An Act to improve and modernize the postal service, to reorganize the Post Office Department, and for other purposes. August 12, 1970. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  3. "USPS: ZIP Codes are 'Commercially Sensitive' Trade Secrets". The Blog. November 6, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.

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