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Washington Examiner
April 28, 2015

Two-thirds of federal agencies flunked Freedom of Information Act test
By Sarah Westwood


Just seven of 21 federal agencies that received identical Freedom of Information Act requests in January have provided full responses in the months since, despite a legal requirement to respond to such requests within several weeks of receiving them. The Department of Homeland Security's headquarters division answered the FOIA request which sought copies of the files federal FOIA offices themselves use to track requests in nine days, the fastest of any agency. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which oversees the FOIA Project, fired off a series of requests Jan. 22 and 23 to test the response time and quality of a number of agencies. Nine agencies including Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several Department of Justice offices failed to even acknowledge receiving the requests or said nothing else after getting the initial letter from the clearinghouse.


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