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Re: 8 Federal Agencies Have Decade Old FOIA

From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2011 06:03:48 -0700
Archived: Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:01:33 -0400
Subject: Re: 8 Federal Agencies Have Decade Old FOIA

>From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>,
>Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2011 12:45:25 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
>Subject: 8 Federal Agencies Have Decade Old FOIA Requests

>Detailed history at most recent link with a photo of President


>Source: National Security Archive


>Jul 4, 2011

>Eight Federal Agencies Have FOIA Requests a Decade Old,
>According to Knight Open Government Survey

>Oldest Pending Request Now 20 Years Old, Still on Referral Among
>Multiple Agencies

>National Security Archive Marks 45th Birthday of U.S. Freedom of
>Information Act, Exposes Backlog Problems, Posts 45 Examples of
>FOIA Impact

>For more information contact:

>Tom Blanton/Nate Jones


>Washington, D.C., July 4, 2011 - Forty-five years after
>President Johnson signed the U.S. Freedom of Information Act
>into law in 1966, federal agency backlogs of FOIA requests are
>growing, with the oldest requests at eight agencies dating back
>over a decade and the single oldest request now 20 years old,
>according to the Knight Open Government Survey by the National
>Security Archive at George Washington University:


>The Knight Survey of the oldest requests utilized the FOIA to
>examine the actual copies of the oldest requests from the 35
>federal agencies and components that process more than 90
>percent of all FOIAs. It shows that the oldest requests in the
>U.S. government were submitted before the fall of the Soviet
>Union. These unfulfilled requests - some are for documents that
>are themselves more than 50 years old - are victims of an
>endless referral process in which any agency that claims
>"equity" can censor their release.


Interestingly enough, within the context of UFO research, the
U.S. Air Force is among the worst U.S. government agencies when
it comes to complying with and fulfilling FOIA requests, as many
UFO investigators have been long familiar with.

In fact, in 2007, the USAF received the National Security
Archives' Rosemary Award for being the single worst government
agency in its FOIA performance and was sued by the Archive in
2005 due to lack of compliance. Which resulted in federal
district court Judge Collyer stating in her decision on the case
that the Air Force had "failed miserably to handle Archive FOIA
requests in a timely manner". And "has engaged in a pattern or
practice of failing to make timely determinations on its FOIA
requests and appeals."

As of 2007, the Archive had one FOIA request from early 1988
submitted to the USAF still pending--nearly 20 years!

(So, disclosure fans, don't hold your breath.)



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