|(06 Jan 2016)
Freedom of Information complaints filed against the government -- 498 in FY 2015 -- are higher than they have ever been, according to a new analysis of fifteen years of court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
The data further show that in the two-year period of FY 2014 - 2015 under President Obama, there were 64 percent more FOIA lawsuits filed than during the last two years (FY 2007 - 2008) of the Bush Administration.
The full FOIA report was developed by TRAC for the FOIA Project and can be seen at
Thanks to TRAC's collection of extensive information about more than 9,000 cases filed in the court since October 1996 and numerous search tools, the FOIA filings can be examined by agency, judicial district and individual judges and in many other ways. Statistics on lawsuits filed, closed and pending, by agency and fiscal year, can be accessed via the FOIA Lawsuits data tool, now updated through FY 2015. The tool can be found here:
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