Postal Reorganization Act

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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 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]

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  1. ^ [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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