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8/23/2002

Agency FOIA Workloads & Backlogs
Fiscal Year 2001

 

Agency

Pending Begin

Received FY01

Processed FY01

Pending at End of FY01

Backlog as a percentage of yearly processing

Median number of days that requests pending at end of year have been awaiting response

Notes

CIA

2,295

3,255

3,684

1,866

50.7%

605(FOIA)
215(PA)


CPSC

175

11,237

11,261

151

1.3%

60


DOC

268

2,183

2,232

219

9.8%

30


DOD

11,371

81,682

80,357

12,696

15.8%

55


DOE

1,000

3,245

2,673

1,572

58.8%

2009


DOI [OS]

788

5104

4961

931

18.8%

[241]

1, 9

DOJ [INS]

33,091

196,917

194,612

35,396

18.2%

[37-40]

1

DOL

906

20,222

19,840

1,288

6.5%

24


DOT

3,785

19,529

19,547

3,767

19.3%

99

8

ED

297

1,547

1,555

289

18.6%

30.7

10

EEOC

1,442

15,741

16,067

1,116

6.9%

15.5


EPA [HQ]

12,830

14,252

14,292

12,790

89.5%

[939]

1

FRS

65

1,702

1,710

57

3.3%

13


FTC

71

1,586

1,581

76

4.8%

14


GSA

81

1,531

1,519

93

6.1%

25


HHS [CMS]

18,530

61,586

62,599

17,517

28.0%

[10]

1

HUD [FIELD]

1,022

3,861

3,251

1,632

50.2%

[266]

1

NARA

1,745

8,420

7,735

2,430

31.4%

727

5

NASA

 

195

1,697

1,745

147

8.4%

48


NLRB

240

5287

5299

228

4.3%

6


OPM

235

7,486

7,449

272

3.7%

15

10

Peace Corp.

24

1.706

1,719

11

0.6%

150

 

SBA

117

2,663

2,648

132

5.0%

varies by component/not reported


SEC

151

2,505

2,527

129

5.1%

16 (Simple)
186(Complex)


SSA

27,087

263,756

264,055

26,788

10.1%

84-99

6

State

5,782

3,761

3,329

6,214

186.7%

445

7, 10

Treasury [DO]

6,826

56,590

54,469

8,947

16.4%

[524]

1

USDA

2,615

83,617

83,194

3,038

3.7%

30

2

USPS [Records Office]

81

1,527

1,369

239

17.5%

[174]

1

VA non-VHA

3,743

63,110

62,661

4,192

6.7%

14.5

3

VA-VHA

30,335

1,289,676

1,288,002

32,009

2.5%

13.5



Totals

166,872

2,233,728

2,224,668

175,932




Source: Agencies' Annual Reports on FOIA Activities for FY2001

 

Notes

1

Medians vary by component. Number in table represents median for subdivision indicated in brackets.

2

USDA: "Most agencies expressed the need for more professional staffing, more clerical assistance, and more money to pay for training, national meetings, and to upgrade automated record processing. Several agencies expressed the need for more advanced training."

3

Numbers of requests are for VA components other than VHA. Median is for the entire VA.

4

Median for pending requests at CMS is for simple requests only. Median for 313 complex requests is unavailable.

5

Because FOIA requests for presidential records were tracked manually in FY 2001 and processing time for those requests is affected by additional review requirements of the Presidential Records Act, the median does not reflect the handling of those request

6

Reported median does not include simple requests for Social Security Number Applications.

7

State Department reports that it has "initiated an aggressive, on-going program to alleviate" backog  problem.

8

Requests not using multi-track processing reported separtely: 2713 requests, 30 days median time to process.

9

Department of Interior report states, "[a]dditional resources are needed throughout the Department to ensure total compliance with the FOIA. This is especially true in the bureaus where FOIA is handled as a 'collateral duty.'"

10

Medians reported are for calendar days.  Most agencies report working days. See DOJ Guidelines for Agency FOIA Reports.


 








 


 

 

 

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