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FOIA News: HHS Only Department to Meet Obama's FOIA Backlog Reduction Order

FOIA News (2017)Ryan MulveyComment

HHS Only Department to Meet Obama's FOIA Backlog Reduction Order

Swetha Kareti, National Security Archive, Feb. 9, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the only cabinet level agency that was able to meet President Obama’s 2009 instruction to reduce FOIA backlogs by 10 percent per year. Out of the 15 federal departments surveyed, HHS reduced its backlog by 12.7 percent* per year. The average for all federal departments was an 8.21 percent increase. The departments of Homeland Security, State, and Housing and Urban Development are some of the worst offenders, with an average increase of nearly 30 percent per year.

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