Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Big Revamp and Efficiency

The Obama administration has, in theory, "revamped" the clemency office (as he calls it) to be a more lean, mean, efficiency machine. Our experience with FOIA requests in that office leaves us with a different impression. As of today, our last three FOIA requests have all been lingering for over 100 days (see chart below). One is approaching a full year. May have to send it a birthday card!

Before the big "revamp" similar requests were routinely handled in less than 20 days, many times in 10 or less.

With our last request, we were informed - for the first time ever - that the office "assigns incoming requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited." Each request "is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track." Further, we are informed,
"Simple requests usually receive a response in approximately one month, whereas complex requests necessarily take longer.  At this time, your request has been assigned to the complex track."
So, it appears that what was once a simple request is, now, for the Obama administration, "a complex request."
No. Date Request Response Wait (Days)
1 5/22/2011 2011-058 6/6/2011 15
2 6/6/2011 2011-061 6/23/2011 17
3 6/23/2011 2011-0710 7/8/2011 15
4 7/8/2011 2011-076 7/20/2011 12
5 7/25/2011 2011-083 8/8/2011 14
6 8/17/2011 2011-096 9/1/2011 15
7 9/18/2011 2011-101 9/28/2011 10
8 11/7/2011 2012-012 11/17/2011 10
9 11/21/2011 2012-18 11/29/2011 8
10 11/30/2011 2012-023 12/1/2011 1
11 12/1/2011 2012-025 12/5/2011 4
12 2/19/2013 2013-034 2/21/2013 2
14 12/17/2014 2015-018 waiting 336
15 3/31/2015 2015-065 waiting 232
16 7/13/2015 2015-086 waiting 128


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