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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

The Ten Oldest Pending FOIA Requests

The National Security Archive
Freedom of Information Act Audit

Press Release
Executive Summary
The Ten Oldest FOIA Requests in the Federal Government
Chart - Agency Response Times
Table - Oldest Outstanding FOIA Requests
Findings Regarding The Ten Oldest FOIA Requests and FOIA Backlogs
Summary Discussion of Individual Agencies
Update on Phase One: The Ashcroft Memorandum
FOIA Audit Phase One: The Ashcroft Memo



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Ten Oldest - NRC responded approximately 20 business days after the request was made; it reported ten FOIA requests ranging from May 7, 2002 to October 17, 2002. The requests included ones for records pertaining to the removal of information from Web sites, reading rooms or other repositories after the September 11 attacks, environmental complaints and conservation actions at addresses in Hicksville, New York, records concerning the Modular High-Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor (HNTGR) and the Gas Turbine-Modular Helium Reactor (GT-MFR), the NRC commissioners' travel and telephone logs, calendars, and meetings with representatives of industry, a contract with Sylvania Corning Nuclear Corporation to produce uranium fuel and nuclear materials licenses issued to the same company, records regarding the research and production facility at Hicksville, New York owned and operated by Sylvania Corning Nuclear Corporation and others including documents from 1948 to the present, all correspondence and communications between the agency and a list of current and past high level government officials and presidential candidates, information about several employment discrimination cases, and records regarding the significance determination process for the reactor vessel head degradation at Davis Besse.
Workload Statistics - NRC's reported statistics from 1998 through 2002 indicate that the agency saw a reduction in FOIA request for 1999-2001, but recently received an increase in the number of FOIA requests (down 5.86% from 461 in 1998 to 434 in 2002). The number processed each year has followed a similar pattern (down 4.91% from 448 processed in 1998 to 426 processed in 2002). NRC's processing rate per year -- a comparison of the number of requests processed to the number received -- increased from 97.18% in 1998 to 98.16% in 2002.
Backlog Statistics - NRC's backlog of pending FOIA requests has remained relatively stable (from 53 FOIA requests pending at the end of 1998 to 55 FOIA requests pending at the end of 2002). NRC's backlog as a percentage of FOIA requests processed each year has increased from 11.83% in 1998 to 12.91% 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 remained relatively stable from 12.15% in 1998 to 12.67% in 2002.
Processing Time - While its median days to process simple requests has ranged from 14-19 days over the 1998-2002 period, its median days to process complex requests has ranged from 15-75 days over the 1998-2002 period. The median days that backlogged requests have been pending has is reported as 22-218 days for 2002. Expedited requests have a median processing time range of 16-203 days over the 2000-2002 time period. NRC's FY 2002 annual FOIA report indicates that it has increased internal reporting to heighten management awareness of pending cases and added records to its publicly accessible electronic reading room in an effort to improve its timeliness and reduce its backlog.



NRC Response Letter

NRC May 7, 2001 Letter

NRC June 24, 2002 Letter

NRC July 8, 2002 Letter

NRC July 9, 2002 Letter

NRC August 16, 2002 Letter

NRC August 20, 2002 Letter

NRC September 3, 2002 Letter

NRC September 19, 2002 Letter

NRC October 4, 2002 (1) Letter

NRC October 4, 2002 (2) Letter


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