The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established a Data Release Policy for releasing federal workforce information to the public, adhering to regulations and privacy acts. The policy balances the public’s right to information with the protection of individual privacy, especially for employees in sensitive positions or agencies.

The policy permits the disclosure of certain data at the individual record level, including name, job title, grade, position, duty station, and salary for most federal employees. However, sensitive agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, and others have redacted identities and organizational codes to protect privacy.

Sensitive occupations, including law enforcement and intelligence roles, have additional restrictions with withheld duty stations and organizational codes. The Department of Defense and the IRS have their own policies, with DoD requests being forwarded to them and IRS employee names referred directly to the IRS. OPM does not release sensitive information like social security numbers, birth dates, or performance ratings. Nature of Action codes related to adverse actions are also withheld to prevent unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.