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Shaler man files federal lawsuit to obtain copy of his personnel records

Brian Bowling
| Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 10:33 a.m.

A retired postal worker has tried four times in the past eight months to obtain a copy of his retirement records, but the agency holding them won't even respond to his requests, the Shaler man says in a federal lawsuit filed on Monday.

Daniel Sagi, 57, retired in November 2012 and started receiving his pension, the lawsuit says. The Office of Personnel Management in February 2013 told him it had miscalculated his payments and that he owed the government money.

The agency referred questions to the Justice Department. A Justice Department spokesperson couldn't be reached for comment.

Sagi's attorney, Jonathan Cohn, said he can't evaluate the government's claims about the overpayment without seeing Sagi's retirement file.

“I can't provide him any meaningful assistance until I see what the government is saying,” he said.

He filed Freedom of Information Act requests for Sagi's records in July, August, October and January. The Office of Personnel Management has a policy of responding to such requests within 10 days, and federal law requires a response by at least 20 days.

The agency hasn't approved or denied any of the requests, the lawsuit says. Its only response has been an automatic email acknowledging the receipt of one request and a signature receipt on a request that was sent by certified mail, Cohn said.

“No one has ever called me,” he said. “No one has sent me any letters.”

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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