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Top 10 Federal Agencies Experiencing Largest Growth in the Number of FOIA Requests

Fiscal Year 2011


Among agencies with at least 100 FOIA requests, the Office of Personnel Management experienced the largest growth — 161 percent — in the number it received during FY 2011. Coming in second and third place were the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security.



Top 10 Federal Agencies Experiencing Largest Growth in the Number of FOIA Requests
FY
2011
Rank
Organization Number FOIA Requests Received Percent Change
FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2011 vs. FY 2010
Total (All Agencies) 597,415 644,165 7.8%
1 Office of Personnel Management 3,009 7,844 160.7%
2 Office of the Director of National Intelligence 221 387 75.1%
3 Department of Homeland Security 130,098 175,656 35.0%
4 Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget 147 188 27.9%
5 Pension Benefit Guaranty  Corporation 5,834 7,291 25.0%
6 United States Postal Service 2,008 2,504 24.7%
7 Federal Trade Commission 1,294 1,523 17.7%
8 Department of Transportation 10,363 12,064 16.4%
9 National Archives & Records Administration 15,781 18,129 14.9%
10 Department of Education 2,114 2,401 13.6%
11 U.S. Department of Agriculture 20,368 23,065 13.2%
12 United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 16,652 18,424 10.6%
13 Securities and Exchange Commission 10,461 11,555 10.5%
14 U.S Office of Special Counsel 120 132 10.0%
15 Federal Reserve Board 757 823 8.7%
16 Federal Housing Finance Agency 116 125 7.8%
17 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 342 365 6.7%
18 Commodity Futures Trading Commission 158 168 6.3%
19 Tennessee Valley Authority 165 175 6.1%
20 Central Intelligence Agency 3,094 3,269 5.7%
21 Department of Health and Human Services 63,839 67,431 5.6%
22 National Science Foundation 500 526 5.2%
23 Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency 719 756 5.1%
24 Department of Energy 2,206 2,315 4.9%
25 Department of Commerce 2,113 2,202 4.2%
26 U.S. Department of Labor 17,398 18,012 3.5%
27 United States Agency for International Development 286 296 3.5%
28 National Credit Union Administration 163 165 1.2%
29 Department of Defense 73,573 74,117 0.7%
30 Federal Communications Commission 593 590 -0.5%
31 National Labor Relations Board 5,905 5,875 -0.5%
32 United States Department of the Treasury 16,911 16,776 -0.8%
33 U.S. Small Business Administration 3,162 3,135 -0.9%
34 U.S. Department of Justice 63,682 63,103 -0.9%
35 Social Security Administration 32,997 32,456 -1.6%
36 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 10,409 10,123 -2.7%
37 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 1,058 1,026 -3.0%
38 Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation 122 117 -4.1%
39 National Endowment for the Arts 146 139 -4.8%
40 Department of Veterans Affairs 29,127 27,655 -5.1%
41 U.S. Department of the Interior 6,127 5,809 -5.2%
42 National Transportation Safety Board 315 293 -7.0%
43 Department of Housing and Urban Development 3,053 2,828 -7.4%
44 Peace Corps 198 182 -8.1%
45 U.S. General Services Administration 1,730 1,564 -9.6%
46 Railroad Retirement Board 120 105 -12.5%
47 National Railroad Passenger Corporation 203 172 -15.3%
48 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 3,220 2,545 -21.0%
49 Federal Labor Relations Authority 109 86 -21.1%
50 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 103 81 -21.4%
51 Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 142 110 -22.5%
52 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1,987 1,250 -37.1%
53 Department of State 30,206 14,298 -52.7%
54 Merit Systems Protection Board 400 121 -69.8%
Not Ranked: Agencies with fewer than 100 FOIA requests in FY 2010 in name order      
Administrative Conference of the U.S. 2 7 250.0%
African Development Foundation 4 9 125.0%
American Battle Monument Commission 17 26 52.9%
Armed Forces Retirement Home - 4 -
Broadcasting Board of Governors 40 75 87.5%
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board 36 48 33.3%
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled 12 20 66.7%
Corporation for National and Community Service 69 69 0.0%
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 2 23 1050.0%
Council on Environmental Quality 25 41 64.0%
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 19 24 26.3%
Export-Import Bank of the United States 96 100 4.2%
Farm Credit Administration 27 36 33.3%
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 8 11 37.5%
Federal Election Commission 77 83 7.8%
Federal Financial Institutions Council 24 24 0.0%
Federal Maritime Commission 37 39 5.4%
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 98 185 88.8%
Federal Open Market Committee 30 35 16.7%
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 22 24 9.1%
Institute of Museum and Library Services 49 40 -18.4%
Inter-American Foundation 9 16 77.8%
Legal Services Corporation 35 34 -2.9%
Millennium Challenge Corporation 22 26 18.2%
National Capital Planning Commission 19 17 -10.5%
National Endowment for the Humanities 52 48 -7.7%
National Indian Gaming Commission 70 76 8.6%
National Mediation Board 28 29 3.6%
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission 61 76 24.6%
Office of National Drug Control Policy 19 32 68.4%
Office of Science and Technology Policy 44 52 18.2%
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 41 59 43.9%
Overseas Private Investment Corporation 44 45 2.3%
Postal Regulatory Commission 30 29 -3.3%
Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board - 19 -
Selective Service System 37 18 -51.4%
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction 4 18 350.0%
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction 16 14 -12.5%
Surface Transportation Board 7 38 442.9%
The U.S. Copyright Office 36 44 22.2%
U.S. Office of Government Ethics 89 69 -22.5%
U.S. Trade and Development Agency 21 28 33.3%
United States Commission on Civil Rights 40 50 25.0%
United States International Trade Commission 46 34 -26.1%
Unites States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission 27 24 -11.1%
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