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  •  Obama admin has poor perf on FOIA replies... (12+ / 0-)

    ...so good luck.

    Unredacted FOIA responses down, exemption use up, shows DOJ OIP reports

    An annual Justice Department Office of Information Policy report on agency Freedom of Information Act request processing shows mixed results when it comes to records releases....

    ...number of governmentwide backlogged requests dropped by 11,700 during the last fiscal year compared to the year before – but is still more than the 69,526 backlogged requests reported during fiscal 2010.

    The total number of FOIA requests sent to the federal government has increased each year since fiscal 2009; last year, requesters sent 651,254...

    ...some watchdogs say federal agencies are taking shortcuts to closing out requests. "Once you start digging into the numbers, you'll find that they did a lot of playing with the numbers or closing out old requests in a way that was unfair," said Amy Bennett, assistant director of OpenTheGovernment.org. Some agencies close out FOIA cases by sending out confirmation requests and closing them if they don't receive a response within 30 days, Bennet said.

    Data in the report also show a decrease over the past 2 years in the percentage of completely unredacted records sent back by agencies in response to all FOIA requests, and an increase in the number of redacted records, what's referred to as "partial grants."

    Redactions in partial grants can range from minor – a redacted email or phone number of no consequence to the meaning of the record itself – to major, in which key parts of a documented are blocked from release, making the release close to meaningless. The partial grant numbers don't capture that range – one that in any case resists easy measure.

    •  It just struck me as funny but probably (2+ / 0-)
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      kck, OleHippieChick

      conceivably true that they'd redact something in your own personal file. Presumably nothing in there would be news to you. You just want to see if they latched on to anything as noteworthy. Actually, I wonder if there's a process to get incorrect information removed like on a credt report.

      Can you imagine getting your own file back all redacted? We can't let you know what we know about you.

      "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama -7.88, -6.21

      by Siri on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:31:55 PM PDT

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    •  Most Transparent Administration! n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 12:32:09 AM PDT

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