Politico reports that the State Department's request for 27 months to complete processing FOIA requests was denied by a federal judge in the District of Columbia; instead they have four months to finish the processing.
The FOIA requires requests to be processed in 20 working days. If that isn't met, and the case goes to Court, an agency can seek a stay under existing case law but must show that it is exercising due diligence in attacking its backlog of existing FOIA requests. In this case, according to the article, the State Department's own statistics showed a decrease in resources dedicated to FOIA processing. In order to receive extensions in the future, State must revamp the ways it runs FOIA Operations to demonstrate an increase in resources it puts toward FOIA processing.