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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Associated Press Reviews Annual FOIA Reports

As part of Sunshine Week, The Associated Press reviewed the 2008 and 2009 budget year Freedom of Information Act reports filed by 17 agencies.

The review showed the government increased its use of nine major FOIA exemptions in 2009, and the agencies received and processed less FOIA requests in 2009. It also showed that the backlog of old open-records requests fell from 124,019 in budget year 2008 to 67,764 at the end of the 2009 budget year, although it is unknown whether those who made requests in the closed cases received the information they wanted.

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