Restrictions on the release of information about the federal civilian workforce, many established by agencies after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are valid under the federal Freedom of Information Act, a judge has ruled.

Norman A. Mordue, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, upheld the denial of an FOIA request about the names, salaries and locations of tens of thousands of federal workers from a Syracuse University-affiliated clearinghouse for data on the federal government. The records included the duty stations for employees of such agencies as the U.S. Department of Defense, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and border patrol agents.

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