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National Security Archive Update, July 4, 2011
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National Security Archive Update, July 4, 2011

Eight Federal Agencies Have FOIA Requests a Decade Old,
According to Knight Open Government Survey

Oldest Pending Request Now 20 Years Old,
Still on Referral Among Multiple Agencies

National Security Archive Marks 45th Birthday of U.S. Freedom of Information Act, Exposes Backlog Problems, Posts 45 Examples of FOIA Impact

For more information contact:
Tom Blanton/Nate Jones - 202/994-7000
foiadesk@gwu.edu

http://www.nsarchive.org

Washington, D.C., July 4, 2011 - Forty-five years after President Johnson signed the U.S. Freedom of Information Act into law in 1966, federal agency backlogs of FOIA requests are growing, with the oldest requests at eight agencies dating back over a decade and the single oldest request now 20 years old, according to the Knight Open Government Survey by the National Security Archive at George Washington University (http://www.nsarchive.org).
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