FOIA Advisor

Q&A: access to names of federal job applicants

Q&A (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.   Can a requester request the names of candidates that were interviewed for a position/job in the federal government? I know that when a requester requests the names of individuals who are on the job certificate, they only see their name/information and no one else.  

A.  Courts consistently have found that agencies may withhold information about unsuccessful applicants on the grounds that their privacy interests outweigh the public interests in disclosure.  See, e.g., Neary v. Fed. Deposit Ins. Corp. (D.D.C. 2015) (ruling that agency properly withheld identifying information of rejected interviewees under Exemption 6 of the FOIA).