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Expedited processing wait times for 2005

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From the Summer 2006 issue of The News Media & The Law, page 25. A recent study by the Coalition…

From the Summer 2006 issue of The News Media & The Law, page 25.

A recent study by the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government found that once FOIA requests receive expedited processing, some are filled on the same day while others linger for months. Below is a sampling of results from the study, including the range of days requesters waited to receive responses from expedited requests; the first number is the fewest days a requester waited and the second is the greatest.

Department

Expedited
Requests

Number
Granted

Range
of Days

Agriculture

940

325

3 – 40

Energy

54

19

1 – 12

Health & Human Services

191

57

14 – 158

Justice

536

194

2 – 185

Transportation

208

74

5 – 30

Source: CJOG, “When exemptions become the rule (2005 report)”