Politico reports that the State Department has extended its "FOIA surge" by 90 additional days. State has had an enormous FOIA backlog for years - and Secretary Tillerson is trying to address it.
According to the article, higher level State employees are upset that they have to do mundane tasks associated with completing FOIA requests. However, I believe that the structure of the State Department has allowed non-FOIA employees of the agency to create the backlog in the first place. The State Department FOIA Office processes information responsive to FOIA requests, but the offices of State that create and maintain the records do the search for the requested records. These offices have no reason to act expeditiously in doing these searches and getting the information to the FOIA Office for processing. Thus, the wait for the responsive documents - in my opinion - have helped to create the backlog which the Department is now struggling to reduce.
Fulfilling FOIA requests is not punishment, its a statutory duty of the government. It allows the public to know what the government is doing in their (the publics) name. It is one of the highest civic duties a government worker can do.