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February 22, 2010


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Very fair points. However, even a well-funded, decentralized FOIA office will not likely be able to meet the statutory response deadline where the requester asks for "all" records on a broad subject matter. News media requesters in particular tend to draft overinclusive requests, in large part because they're not responsible for search fees.

Scott Blanchard

Scott, I was interested to read your post on a day I got an e-mail from an agency about filling a FOIA request I made three years ago. Yep, years. Details here: http://ow.ly/1awkj Would appreciate any thoughts/advice you have on the questions they asked me.
The only way I can think of to reduce delays is to be a pest and keep calling to ask after your request. I did that for a while with this one (to no avail, obviously), but didn't keep it up, unfortunately. I have to think that federal agencies are happy enough to tend to the FOIA requests that they get calls about, and let the others go to the bottom of the pile.

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