GAO Report Surveys Rise in FOIA Requests
Information Management: Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act GAO-05-648T, May 11, 2005, Highlights.
“According to data reported by agencies in their annual FOIA reports, citizens have been requesting and receiving an ever-increasing amount of information from the federal government through FOIA. The number of requests that agencies received increased by 71 percent from 2002 to 2004. Further, agencies reported they have been processing more requests–68 percent more from 2002 to 2004. For 92 percent of requests processed in 2004, agencies reported that responsive records were provided in full to requesters. However, the number of pending requests carried over from year to year–known as the backlog–has also been increasing, rising 14 percent since 2002.”
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