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FOIA News: DHS Report Shows FOIA Requests, Backlog Rising

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DHS Report Shows FOIA Requests, Backlog Rising

By Kelcee Griffis, Law360, Mar. 21, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s backlog of unprocessed Freedom of Information Act requests continued to grow during 2016, driven largely by an avalanche of individual immigration-related requests, a new report released on Monday indicates.

In an annual report released on Monday, DHS said it received about 16 percent more FOIA requests in 2016 than in the previous fiscal year, raising the amount of unprocessed requests from 35,374 in fiscal year 2015 to more than 46,788 in fiscal 2016.

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