DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
UNABLE TO DETERMINE AGENCY BACKLOG
|Recordkeeping Issues - HUD put the request into its
complex queue for processing. When the Archive questioned
the reason for this, the agency did not provide an explanation
and indicated that the category would not be changed.
|Ten Oldest - Nothing yet received.
|Workload Statistics - HUD's reported statistics from
1998 through 2002 indicate that the agency has received a
decreased number of FOIA requests (down 4.29% from 3354 in
1998 to 3210 in 2002). The number processed each year has
increased (up 9.27% from 2827 processed in 1998 to 3089 processed
in 2002) (note: the number processed for 2002 does not include
1082 requests that were administratively closed in the year
because responses had been provided in previous years). HUD's
processing rate per year -- a comparison of the number of
requests processed to the number received -- increased from
84.29% in 1998 to 129.94% in 2002.
|Backlog Statistics - HUD's backlog of pending FOIA
requests has decreased (from 1456 FOIA requests pending at
the end of 1998 to 671 FOIA requests pending at the end of
2002). HUD's backlog as a percentage of FOIA requests processed
each year has decreased/increased from 51.50% in 1998 to 16.09%
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 129.58% in
1998 to 20.90% in 2002.
|Processing Time - HUD reports that its median days
to process have ranged from 22-266 days over the 1998-2002
period. In FY 2002, simple requests have had a median processing
time of 15-59 business days; complex requests have had a median
processing time of 34-83 business days; and the expedited
processing range for 2002 is reported as 5-27 days. HUD did
not report a number for the median days that backlogged requests
have been pending as of the end of FY 2002; instead it provided
medians by components (headquarters, field offices, and Office
of Inspector General) and by expedited, simple and complex,
and this ranged from 18-68 days.