Even the simplest of FOIA requests a challenge for 10 of 21 agencies, reports open gov group

A new report from an open government advocacy group shows that agency responses to the same, basic Freedom of Information Act requests varied widely.

About 65 business days after FOIA requests were sent to 21 agencies asking them to detail their FOIA processing practices, only seven have furnished complete and usable records in response, says an April 24 blog post from The FOIA Project. Four of the agencies are still working on the request in good faith, the group says.

The requests were sent by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which administers the FOIA Project, on the afternoon of Jan. 22. Two of the requests – sent to the CIA and IRS – went out on the morning of Jan. 23. Continue>>>