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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (EDU)
7 DAYS TO RESPOND TO ARCHIVE; NO OLD REQUESTS REPORTED
Ten Oldest - EDU responded within seven business
days stating that it has no pending FOIA requests.
Workload Statistics - EDU's reported statistics from
1998 through 2002 indicate that the agency has received a
relatively stable number of FOIA requests (up 1% from 1721
in 1998 to 1744 in 2002). The number processed each year has
increased (up 2.3% from 1679 processed in 1998 to 1718 processed
in 2002). EDU's processing rate per year -- a comparison of
the number of requests processed to the number received --
increased from 97.56% in 1998 to 98.51% in 2002.
Backlog Statistics - EDU's backlog of pending FOIA
requests has increased (from 137 FOIA requests pending at
the end of 1998 to 219 FOIA requests pending at the end of
2002). EDU's backlog as a percentage of FOIA requests processed
each year has increased from 8.16% in 1998 to 12.75% in 2002.
Its backlog rate per year -- a comparison of the number of
requests pending at the end of the year to the number received
during that year -- has decreased from 20.10% in 1998 to 12.56%
Processing Time - Under its two track system, EDU
reports a median processing time in 2002 for simple requests
of 5-35 days, while complex requests in 2002 have ranged from
a median of 7-180 days. Expedited requests have a median processing
time range of 1-29 days over the 1998-2002 time period. The
median days that backlogged requests have been pending is
reported as 5-211 for 2002.