Eight Federal Agencies Have FOIA Requests a Decade Old, According to Knight Open Government Survey
Tom Blanton & Nate Jones
National Security Archive
For FOIA’s 45th birthday, the National Security Archive used FOIA to review federal agencies’ ten oldest outstanding FOIA requests, discovering discrepancies between the agencies’ responses to the Archive and the agencies’ own annual reports to the Justice Department for five of the ten agencies with the oldest requests – and discovering a variety of requests that had languished for little apparent reason.
The National Security Archive also noted that nine of the thirty-five agencies and agency components surveyed failed to provide a response at all (within six months), even though the information about the ten oldest responses is required to be included in each agency’s annual FOIA report.
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