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U.S. Department of Labor Freedom of Information Act Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2008

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT ANNUAL REPORT
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008

October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008

The Department received a total of 20,798 initial requests for records during fiscal year 2008.

  1. Basic Information Regarding Report.

  1. For questions concerning this report, please contact Joseph J. Plick, Counsel for FOIA/FACA/Privacy Act, Office of the Solicitor, Room N-2428, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, telephone number (202) 693-5527.

  2. The electronic address for this report is on the World Wide Web at http://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/main.htm.

  3. You may obtain a paper copy of this report by writing to Mr. Plick at the above address.

  1. How to Make a FOIA Request.

The Department of Labor is organized into divisions and agencies often referred to as "components." Within the Labor Department, each component processes its own FOIA requests. Therefore, a request will receive the fastest possible response if it is addressed directly to the disclosure officer for the component that a requester believes has the records.

Requesters who cannot determine the proper disclosure officer to which the request should be addressed may direct the request to the Counsel for FOIA, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N-2428, Washington, D.C. 20210 or by e-mail to foiarequest@dol.gov. (Prior to amendments to the Department's FOIA regulation effective June 30, 2006 requesters were directed to the Office of Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room S-5526, Washington, D.C. 20210.)

  1. The following list contains the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the individual agency components and offices in the national and regional offices of the Department of Labor. The heads of each component shall make available for inspection and copying, in accordance with the provisions of the FOIA, records in their custody or in the custody of component units within their organizations, either directly or through their authorized representative in particular offices and locations. Unless otherwise specified, the mailing address for the following national office components is as follows:

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20210

  1. Office of the Secretary of Labor, (202) 693-7277.

  2. Office of the Solicitor of Labor, (202) 693-5527.

  3. Office of the Administrative Law Judges, 800 K Street, N.W., Suite N-400, Washington, D.C. 20001-8002, (202) 693-7440.

  4. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, (202) 693-7277.

  5. Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, (202) 693-4630.

  6. Office of the Inspector General, (202) 693-5113.

  7. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, (202) 693-5925.

  8. Office of Public Affairs, (202) 693-4654.

  9. Bureau of International Labor Affairs, (202) 693-4770.

  10. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Postal Square Building, Room 4040, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20212-0001, (202) 691-7628.

  11. Employment Standards Administration, (202) 693-0256.

  12. Employment and Training Administration, (202) 693-3140.

  13. Mine Safety and Health Administration, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, 21st Floor, Arlington, Virginia 22209, (202) 693-9424.

  14. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (202) 693-1897.

  15. Office of Disability Employment Policy, (202) 693-4930.

  16. Employee Benefits Security Administration, formerly known as the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, (202) 693-8655.

  17. Office of the Chief Financial Officer, (202) 693-6806.

  18. Veterans' Employment and Training, (202) 693-4745.

  19. Employees' Compensation Appeals Board, (202) 693-5028.

  20. Office of Adjudicatory Services, (202) 693-5028.

  21. Benefits Review Board, (202) 693-5028.

  22. Office of Small Business Programs, (202) 693-6475.

  23. Women's Bureau, (202) 693-6735.

  24. Job Corp, (1-800-733-JOBS)

The addresses and telephone numbers for the various regional offices are presented below. The telephone number which is listed is for the Department's Office of Administration and Management (OASAM) for that region. That office can provide the requester with a more specific telephone number for the respective component. Unless otherwise specified, the mailing address for these regional offices shall be:

Region I:

U.S. Department of Labor
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
One Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
(617) 565-1991

(For Employment Standards Administration (ESA), Wage and Hour Division only: Contact Region III)

Region II:

U.S. Department of Labor
201 Varick Street
New York, New York 10014
(212) 337-2215

(For Wage and Hour Division only: Contact Region III)

Region III:

U.S. Department of Labor
The Curtis Center, Suite 600 East
170 S. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-3305
(215) 861-5030

Region IV:

U.S. Department of Labor
Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 562-2018

(For ESA, Office of Workers' Compensation (OWCP) Only)

U.S. Department of Labor
214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 1006
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 357-4725

Region V:

U.S. Department of Labor
Kluczynski Federal Building
230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 353-8373

(For OWCP, Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) only)

U.S. Department of Labor
1240 East Ninth Street, Room 851
Cleveland, Ohio 44199
(216) 357-5372

Region VI:

U.S. Department of Labor
525 Griffin Square Building
Griffin & Young Streets
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 767-6800

Region VII:

U.S. Department of Labor
City Center Square Building
1100 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-2112
(816) 426-3891

(For Wage and Hour Division only: Contact Region V)

(For ESA, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) only)

U.S. Department of Labor
1100 Main Street, Suite 860
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
(816) 502-0370

Region VIII:

U.S. Department of Labor
1999 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 844-1700

(For Wage and Hour Division and OFCCP: Contact Region VI)

(For OWCP only)
U.S. Department of Labor
1999 Broadway, Suite 600
Denver, Colorado 80201
(720) 264-3038

The mailing address for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Director of the Regional Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training in Region VIII is:

Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
U.S. Custom House
721 ‑ 19th Street, Room 465
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 844-4791

Region IX:

U.S. Department of Labor
71 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 975-4057

U.S. Department of Labor
1111 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101-3212
(415) 975-4057

(For Wage and Hour Division: Contact San Francisco)

  1. Agency response-time.

The agency's response-time ranges generally from five to fifty days. Complex requests usually take more time.

  1. Why some requests are not granted.

A FOIA request can be made for any agency record. This does not mean, however, that the Labor Department will disclose every record sought. There are statutory exemptions that authorize the withholding of certain information. In addition, the agency cannot comply with a FOIA request if there are no responsive records.

Another reason for not granting a FOIA request is that the FOIA does not require agencies to do research for the requester, to analyze data, to answer questions, or to create records in order to respond to a FOIA request.

  1. Definitions of Terms and Acronyms Used in the Report (To be included in each report).

  1. Agency-specific acronyms or other terms.

ADJ BDS

Adjudicatory Boards (ARB, BRB, ECAB)

ALJ

Administrative Law Judges

ASP

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy

OPA

Office of Public Affairs

CFO

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

EBSA

Employee Benefits Security Administration

ESA

Employment Standards Administration

ETA

Employment and Training Administration

ILAB

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

BLS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

MSHA

Mine Safety and Health Administration

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OASAM

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

OCIA

Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs

ODEP

Office of Disability Employment Policy

OIG

Office of the Inspector General

OSBP

Office of Small Business Programs

SOL

Office of the Solicitor

VETS

Veterans' Employment and Training Service

WB

Women's Bureau

JOB CORP

Job Corps

  1. Basic terms, expressed in common terminology.

  1. FOIA/PA request - Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act request. A FOIA request is generally a request for access to records concerning a third party, an organization, or a particular topic of interest. A Privacy Act request is a request for records concerning oneself; such requests are also treated as FOIA requests. (All requests for access to records, regardless of which law is cited by the requester, are included in this report.)

  2. Initial Request - a request to a federal agency for access to records under the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act.

  3. Appeal - a request to a federal agency asking that it review at a higher administrative level a full denial or partial denial of access to records under the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act, or any other FOIA determination, such as a matter pertaining to fees.

  4. Processed Request or Appeal - a request or appeal for which an agency has taken a final action on the initial request or the appeal in all respects.

  5. Multi-track processing - a system in which simple requests requiring relatively minimal search and review are placed in one processing track and more voluminous and complex requests are placed in one or more other tracks. Requests in each track are processed on a first-in/first-out basis. A requester who has an urgent need for records may request expedited processing (see below).

  6. Expedited processing - an agency will process a FOIA request on an expedited basis when a requester has shown an exceptional need or urgency for the records which warrants giving priority to his or her request over other requests that were made earlier.

  7. Simple request - a FOIA request that an agency using multi-tracking processing places in its fastest (non-expedited) track based on the volume and/or simplicity of the search and review of the records requested.

  8. Complex request - a FOIA request that an agency using multi-track processing places in a slower track based on the volume and/or complexity of the search and review of the records requested.

  9. Grant - an agency decision to disclose all records in-full in response to a FOIA request.

  10. Partial grant - an agency decision to disclose a record in-part in response to a FOIA request, deleting information determined to be exempt under one or more of the FOIA's exemptions; or a decision to disclose some records in their entireties, but to withhold others in whole or in-part.

  11. Denial - an agency decision not to release any part of a record or records in response to a FOIA request because all the information in the requested record is determined by the agency to be exempt under one or more of the FOIA's exemptions, or for some procedural reason (such as because no record is located in response to a FOIA request).

  12. Time limits - the time period in the Freedom of Information Act for an agency to respond to a FOIA request (ordinarily 20 working days from proper receipt of a perfected FOIA request).

  13. A perfected request - a FOIA request for records which adequately describes the records sought, which has been received by the FOIA office of the agency or agency component in possession of the records, and for which there is no remaining question about the payment of applicable fees.

  14. Exemption 3 statute - a separate federal statute prohibiting the disclosure of a certain type of information and authorizing its withholding under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3).

  15. Median number - the middle, not average, number. For example, of 3, 7, and 14, the median number is 7.

  16. Average number - the number obtained by dividing the sum of a group of numbers by the quantity of numbers in the group. For example, of 3, 7, and 14, the average is 8.

  1. Exemption 3 Statutes.

Statute

Type of Information Withheld

Case Citation

Number of Times Relied Upon Per Component

Total Number of Time Relied Upon By Agency

IRC 6103

Records submitted to the IRS and DOL in relation to a request for a private letter ruling from the IRS

 

EBSA:

Component A: 1
(EBSA National Office )

1

18 U.S.C. Rule 6(e)

Grand Jury

 

OIG:

Component A: 6

6

Confidential Information Statistical Efficiency Act
(CIPSEA), Title V of Public Law 107-347

Confidential respondent data to BLS surveys

 

BLS:

Component A: 2

Component B: 2

4

 

 

 

11

11

  1. FOIA Requests.

  1. Number of Requests.

 

Number of Requests Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year

Number of Requests Received in Fiscal Year [1]

Number of Requests Processed in Fiscal Year

Number of Requests Pending as of End of Fiscal Year

OSHA

589

12,646

12,509

726

ESA

260

2,996

3,096

160

MSHA

111

1,564

1,591

84

EBSA

7

2,123

2,110

20

ETA

191

817

946

62

OASAM

57

213

243

27

ALJ

12

156

162

6

VETS

3

107

107

3

OIG

10

46

56

0

BLS

1

31

32

0

Adj Bds

7

22

27

2

WB

4

15

19

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

ASP

4

5

8

1

OCIA

4

3

7

0

ILAB

5

11

15

1

CFO

0

12

12

0

OPA

1

6

7

0

OSBP

0

11

9

2

SOL

0

9

6

3

JOB CORP

3

5

8

0

AGENCY OVERALL

1,269

20,798

20,970

1,097

  1. (1)    Disposition of FOIA Requests All Processed Requests

 

 

Number
of Full Grants

Number of Partial Grants/ Partial
Denials

Number of Full Denials Based on
Exemptions

Number of Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than Exemptions

 

 

 

 

No Records

All
Records Referred to Another Component
or Agency

Request
Withdrawn

Fee Related Reason

Records not Reason-ably Described

Improper FOIA Request for Other Reason

Not Agency Record

Duplicate Request

Other
*Explain
in
chart
below

TOTAL

OSHA

687

5,912

1,640

2,839

919

154

46

122

22

36

132

0

12,509

ESA

898

921

234

644

66

60

29

9

55

47

117

16

3,096

MSHA

741

568

63

101

1

60

24

3

6

4

20

0

1,591

EBSA

1,802

54

62

65

10

32

2

29

33

6

13

2

2,110

ETA

292

112

20

176

14

9

18

13

18

14

36

224

946

OASAM

47

75

3

34

28

26

6

6

10

8

0

0

243

ALJ

126

10

4

9

3

1

0

0

0

4

4

1

162

VETS

39

58

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

107

OIG

14

18

9

9

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

56

BLS

8

9

3

9

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

32

Adj Bds

17

2

0

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

27

WB

5

4

0

4

1

0

0

4

0

0

1

0

19

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

2

0

1

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

8

OCIA

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

ILAB

5

1

0

5

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

15

CFO

7

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

12

OPA

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

OSBP

7

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

SOL

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

JOB CORP

3

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

AGENCY OVERALL

4,706

7,750

2,048

3,914

1,050

349

130

187

144

120

325

247

20,970

  1. (2)    Disposition of FOIA Requests - "Other" Reasons for "Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than Exemptions" from Section V, B (1) Chart

 

Description of "Other" Reasons for Denials from Chart B (1) & Number of Times Those Reasons Were Relied Upon

TOTAL

OSHA

Description #
-
Description #

0

ESA

  • (5) Requests - Information Available on the web

  • (7) FOIAs already closed

  • (1) Request for Supplemental Information

  • (3) Request reassigned

16

MSHA

-

0

EBSA

OVERLY BURDENSOME - TWO TIMES

2

ETA

Administrative Closures due to duplicate responding office entries.

224

OASAM

-

0

ALJ

No Response from requestor for more information

1

VETS

-

0

OIG

-

0

BLS

-

0

Adj Bds

-

0

WB

-

0

ODEP

-

0

ASP

-

0

OCIA

-

0

ILAB

Request reassignment to agency

3

CFO

No Records in Partial Grant

1

OPA

-

0

OSBP

-

0

SOL

-

0

JOB CORP

-

0

AGENCY OVERALL

 

247

  1. (3)    Disposition of FOIA Requests - Number of Times Exemptions Applied

 

Ex.1

Ex.2

Ex.3

Ex. 4

Ex.5

Ex.6

Ex.7(A)

Ex.7(B)

Ex.7(C)

Ex.7(D)

Ex.7(E)

Ex.7(F)

Ex.8

Ex.9

OSHA

0

533

0

3,940

4,414

1,807

1,351

44

4,803

2,794

441

0

0

0

ESA

0

225

0

395

836

132

185

4

875

473

169

0

0

0

MSHA

0

8

0

20

202

363

88

0

122

84

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

11

1

15

28

32

32

0

16

4

20

0

0

0

ETA

0

11

0

54

27

98

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

4

0

48

2

17

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

1

0

4

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

3

0

2

62

22

2

0

32

12

2

0

0

0

OIG

0

9

6

1

5

13

6

0

14

0

1

0

0

0

BLS

0

1

4

4

1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

0

806

11

4,483

5,581

2,510

1,665

48

5,865

3,369

633

0

0

0

  1. Administrative Appeals of Initial Determinations of FOIA Requests [2]

  1. Numbers of appeals.

Number of Appeals Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year

Number of Appeals Received in Fiscal Year

Number of Appeals Processed in Fiscal Year

Number of Appeals Pending as of End of Fiscal Year

231

360

383

208

  1. Disposition of Administrative Appeals - All Processed Appeals

Number Affirmed on Appeal

Number Partially Affirmed & Partially Reversed/Remanded on Appeal

Number Completely Reversed/Remanded on Appeal

Number of Appeals Closed for Other Reasons

TOTAL

71

84

12

216

383

  1. (1)    Reasons for Denial on Appeal - Number of Times Exemptions Applied

Ex.1

Ex.2

Ex.3

Ex.4

Ex.5

Ex.6

Ex.7(A)

Ex.7(B)

Ex.7(C)

Ex.7(D)

Ex.7(E)

Ex.7(F)

Ex.8

Ex.9

0

9

0

18

51

14

29

0

97

40

1

0

0

0

  1. (2)    Reasons for Denial on Appeal - Reasons Other Than Exemptions

No Records

Records Referred at Initial Request Level

Request Withdrawn

Fee- Related Reason

Records not Reasonably Described

Improper Request for Other Reasons

Not Agency Record

Duplicate Request or Appeal

Request in Litigation

Appeal Based Solely on Denial of Request for Expedited Processing

Other *
Explain in chart below

17

2

44

7

0

29

0

10

0

0

107

  1. (3)    Reasons for Denial On Appeal - "Other" Reasons from Section VI, C (2) Chart

Description of "Other" Reasons for Denial on Appeal from Chart C (2) & Number of Times Those Reasons Were Relied Upon

TOTAL

Description #1. Constructive denial; agency subsequently responded making appeal moot

48

Description # 7(A) initial request now moot; remand to component for substantive response

8

Description 3 Remand because component response incomplete

36

Description 4 Abandoned

8

Description 5 Untimely appeal dismissed

6

Description 6 Request for expedition denied

1

  1. (4)    Response Time for Administrative Appeals

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

65

231

0

1547

  1. (5)    Ten Oldest Pending Administrative Appeals

 

10th Oldest Appeal

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Appeal

Date of Receipt of Ten Oldest Appeals

Date: 4/13/06

4/11/06

3/2/06

2/28/06

11/3/05

10/13/05

10/11/05

7/26/05

6/6/05

12/10/04

Number of Days Pending

902

904

944

946

1063

1084

1086

1147

1213

1391

  1. FOIA Requests: Response Time for Processes and Pending Requests

  1. Processed Requests - Response Time for All Processed Perfected Requests

 

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

# of
Requests
Processed

Median
# Of Days

Average
Number
Of Days

Lowest
Number
Of Days

Highest
Number
Of Days

# of
Requests
Processed

Median
# Of Days

Average
Number
Of Days

Lowest
Number
Of Days

Highest
Number
Of Days

# of
Requests
Processed

Median
# Of Days

Average
Number
Of Days

Lowest
Number
Of Days

Highest
Number
Of Days

OSHA

9,436

9

12.7

1

65

2,976

16

18.5

1

65

97

6

6.5

1

26

ESA

2,212

6

11.9

1

307

872

9

26.6

1

237

12

3

5.5

1

3

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

1,588

34

15

1

601

3

250

236.6

110

350

EBSA

1,964

1

3.4

1

252

143

3

7.1

1

138

3

1

2.7

1

6

ETA

20

6

31.6

1

224

925

18

35.5

1

282

1

25

25

25

25

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

241

23

30

1

160

2

6

6

6

6

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

162

2

11.7

1

342

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

89

10

11.06

1

32

17

40

28.7

2

127

1

5.5

10.2

1

15

OIG

48

28

20

0

50

7

55

79

42

229

1

33

33

33

33

BLS

31

15

15

2

20

0

0

0

0

0

1

8

8

8

8

Adj Bds

26

6

8.9

2

35

0

0

0

0

0

1

13

13

13

13

WB

7

19

16

1

27

12

20

29

16

90

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

4

1

2.7

1

6

4

9

9

9

9

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

7

340

165

30

360

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

15

13

29.3

2

131

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

12

9

10.2

1

20

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

7

5

5

3

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

3

12

19

8

37

6

19

23.2

3

64

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

6

113

161

21

329

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

8

3

5

2

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

13,868

9

23.25

0

360

6,980

13

16.37

1

601

122

6

16.5

0

350

  1. Processed Requests - Response Time for Perfected Requests in Which Information Was Granted

 

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

# of
Requests
Processed

Median
# Of Days

Average
Number
Of Days

Lowest
Number
Of Days

Highest
Number
Of Days

# of
Requests
Processed

Median
# Of Days

Average
Number
Of Days

Lowest
Number
Of Days

Highest
Number
Of Days

# of
Requests
Processed

Median
# Of Days

Average
Number
Of Days

Lowest
Number
Of Days

Highest
Number
Of Days

OSHA

5,727

10

14.6

1

65

832

15

16.5

1

65

40

7

4

1

26

ESA

1,389

5

8.9

1

307

420

8.5

14.4

1

237

10

9

9

1

10

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

1,309

10

12

1

121

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

1,802

1

2.3

1

247

51

2

6.2

1

138

3

1

1

1

1

ETA

7

10

81.3

10

224

396

14

38.8

1

282

1

25

25

25

25

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

120

21

24

1

149

2

6

6

6

6

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

136

2

12

1

342

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

91

10

15

3

32

5

32.2

43.8

2

127

1

5.5

5.5

1

15

OIG

27

20

22

1

124

4

100

124

44

229

1

33

33

33

33

BLS

17

15

15

2

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

18

6

8.9

2

35

0

0

0

0

0

1

13

13

13

13

WB

3

20

19

15

21

6

22

34

16

90

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

2

3.5

3.5

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

7

340

165

30

360

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

6

10.5

35.8

2

106

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

7

14

11.1

1

19

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

3

24.5

24.5

12

37

4

19

24

3

64

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

4

113

159.50

15

329

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

4

5

10

5

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

9,101

15

26.16

0

360

3,296

8.5

18.88

0

342

59

1

4.59

0

33

  1. Processed Requests - Response Time in Day Increments

SIMPLE REQUESTS

 

1-20 Days

21-40 Days

41-60 Days

61-80 Days

81-100 Days

101-120 Days

121-140 Days

141-160 Days

161-180 Days

181-200 Days

201-300 Days

301-400 Days

401+ Days

TOTAL

OSHA

3,069

5,962

77

52

276

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9,436

ESA

1,320

792

99

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2,212

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

1,528

412

5

8

4

4

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

1,964

ETA

18

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

20

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

77

5

1

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

89

OIG

29

14

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

48

BLS

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

31

Adj Bds

25

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

WB

5

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

OCIA

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

0

7

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

'OPA

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

OSBP

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

SOL

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

3

JOB CORP

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

AGENCY OVERALL

6,124

7,192

186

65

281

6

5

1

0

1

2

5

0

13,868

COMPLEX REQUESTS

 

1-20 Days

21-40 Days

41-60 Days

61-80 Days

81-100 Days

101-120 Days

121-140 Days

141-160 Days

161-180 Days

181-200 Days

201-300 Days

301-400 Days

401+ Days

TOTAL

OSHA

1,490

1,104

354

26

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2,976

ESA

390

327

119

32

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

872

MSHA

956

593

15

11

8

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1588

EBSA

104

23

6

3

2

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

143

ETA

510

150

82

48

36

25

32

9

9

5

19

0

0

925

OASAM

43

93

69

15

14

0

3

2

1

1

0

0

0

241

ALJ

143

12

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

1

0

162

VETS

4

2

5

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

OIG

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

7

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

4

7

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

12

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

CFO

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

3,677

2,312

657

139

67

36

39

13

11

7

21

1

0

6,980

REQUESTS GRANTED EXPEDITED PROCESSING

 

1-20 Days

21-40 Days

41-60 Days

61-80 Days

81-100 Days

101-120 Days

121-140 Days

141-160 Days

161-180 Days

181-200 Days

201-300 Days

301-400 Days

401+ Days

TOTAL

OSHA

50

36

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

ESA

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

3

EBSA

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

ETA

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

OASAM

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

OIG

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

BLS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Adj Bds

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

70

38

11

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

122

  1. Pending Requests - All Pending Perfected Requests

 

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

Number Pending

Median Number Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Number Pending

Median Number Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Number Pending

Median Number Of Days

Average Number Of Days

OSHA

556

16

15

156

20

19.5

14

23

15

ESA

95

8

33.6

65

33

95.1

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

70

11.5

15

14

61

17

EBSA

11

3

4.1

9

25

36.7

0

0

0

ETA

0

0

0

62

37

49.1

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

26

116

97

1

42

42

ALJ

0

0

0

6

21

49.8

0

0

0

VETS

1

7

7

2

119

119

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

2

26

26

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

1

9

9

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

1

140

140

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

0

0

2

8

8

0

0

0

SOL

3

260

196.3

0

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

668

0

13.42

400

8

29.96

29

0

3.52

  1. Pending Requests - Ten Oldest Pending Perfected Requests

 

10th Oldest Request and Number of Days Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Request and Number of Days Pending

OSHA

06-08-08
114 Days

06-06-08
116 Days

06-06-08
116 Days

05-22-08
131 Days

04-18-08
165 Days

04-17-08
166 Days

01-02-08
241 Days

12-21-07
283 Days

11-26-07
308 Days

07-23-07
434 Days

ESA

07-21-08
71 Days

07-21-08
71 Days

04-29-08
154 Days

04-18-08
165 Days

04-18-08
165 Days

04-18-08
165 Days

04-15-08
166 Days

04-07-08
174 Days

02-26-08
216 Days

02-07-08
235 Days

MSHA

06-23-08
99 Days

06-13-08
109 Days

06-06-08
116 Days

05-02-08
151 Days

04-30-08
153 Days

04-21-08
162 Days

03-21-08
193 Days

03-11-08
203 Days

02-01-08
241 Days

10-18-07
347 Days

EBSA

08-26-08
34 Days

08-25-08
35 Days

08-07-08
53 Days

07-28-08
64 Days

07-16-08
76 Days

07-07-08
85 Days

07-03-08
89 Days

05-28-08
125 Days

05-06-08
147 Days

04-24-08
159 Days

ETA

03-03-08
211 Days

02-28-08
214 Days

01-24-08
248 Days

01-24-08
248 Days

01-23-08
249 Days

01-23-08
249 Days

01-17-08
255 Days

01-02-08
270 Days

11-19-07
315 Days

08-27-07
399 Days

OASAM

05-05-08
148 Days

04-24-08
159 Days

04-15-08
168 Days

04-09-08
174 Days

04-07-08
176 Days

04-01-08
182 Days

03-31-08
183 Days

03-28-08
186 Days

08-28-06
763 Days

07-14-06
777 Days

ALJ

0

0

0

0

09-29-08
1 Day

09-23-08
7 Days

09-05-08
25 Days

08-26-08
35 Days

04-11-08
172 Days

03-28-08
186 Days

VETS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-23-08
7 Days

04-03-08
180 Days

03-14-08
200 Days

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-19-08
11 Days

09-25-08
5 Days

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-02-08
28 Days

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

02-06-08
236 Days

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-02-08
28 Days

08-12-08
59 Days

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-04-08
26 Days

09-11-07
384 Days

07-05-07
452 Days

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

12-21-07

283 Days

11-26-07

308 Days

11-19-07

315 Days

10-18-07

347 Days

09-11-07

384 Days

08-27-07

399 Days

07-23-07

434 Days

07-05-07

452 Days

08-28-06

763 Days

07-14-06

777 Days

  1. Requests for Expedited Processing and Requests for Fee Waiver

  1. Requests for Expedited Processing

 

Number Granted

Number Denied

Median Number of Days to Adjudicate

Average Number of Days to Adjudicate

Number Adjudicated Within Ten Days

OSHA

97

0

7

5

92

ESA

12

55

5

5

7

MSHA

3

14

4

5.3

17

EBSA

3

0

1

1

3

ETA

1

77

n/a

n/a

n/a

OASAM

2

0

20

20

0

ALJ

0

4

1

1

1

VETS

1

2

1

1

3

OIG

1

0

1

1

2

BLS

1

0

2

2

1

Adj Bds

1

3

2

2

4

WB

0

1

1

1

1

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

2

1

1

2

CFO

0

2

1

1

2

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

1

1

1

1

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

122

161

1

2.25

136

  1. Requests for Fee Waiver

 

Number Granted

Number Denied

Median Number of Days to Adjudicate

Average Number of Days to Adjudicate

OSHA

118

23

8

4.8

ESA

9

27

12

12

MSHA

0

0

0

0

EBSA

1

0

8

8

ETA

9

20

n/a

n/a

OASAM

3

1

33

66

ALJ

2

1

1

1

VETS

13

0

4

4.3

OIG

6

0

1

1

BLS

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

3

2

2

WB

0

4

1

1

ODEP

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ILAB

2

2

1

1

CFO

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

163

81

0

4.81

  1. FOIA Personnel and Costs

 

 

PERSONNEL

COSTS

Number of "Full-Time FOIA Employees"

Number of "Equivalent Full-Time FOIA Employees"

Total Number of "Full-Time FOIA Staff"
(The sum of Columns 1 & 2)

Processing Costs
(At initial request and appeal levels)

Litigation-Related Costs

Total Costs

OSHA

24

39.25

63.25

$ 6,410,000.

0

$ 6,410,000.

ESA

10

23.2

33.2

$ 1,322,270.

$ 45,000.

$ 1,367,270.

MSHA

2

16.5

18.5

$ 1,631,700

0

$ 1,631,700.

EBSA

0

3.14

3.14

$ 600,637.

0

$ 600,637.

ETA

1

4.58

5.58

$ 478,110.

0

$ 478,110.

OASAM

 

1.41

1.41

$ 101,694

0

$ 101,694.

ALJ

0

.81

.81

$ 58,565.

0

$ 58,565.

VETS

0

1.15

1.15

$ 123,809.

0

$ 123,809.

OIG

1

0

1

$ 115,000.

0

$ 115,000.

BLS

0

1

1

$ 26,928.

0

$ 26,928.

Adj Bds

0

.25

.25

$ 8,900.

$ 1,600.

$ 10,500.

WB

1

0

1

$ 96,000.

0

$ 96,000.

ODEP

0

.30

.30

$ 17,000.

0

$ 17,000.

ASP

0

.40

.40

$ 19,000.

0

$ 19,000.

OCIA

0

.20

.20

$ 18,000.

0

$ 18,000.

ILAB

0

.25

.25

$ 23,506.

0

$ 23,506.

CFO

0

.20

.20

$ 19,300.

0

$ 19,300.

OPA

0

.10

.10

$ 9,600.

0

$ 9,600.

OSBP

1

0

1

$ 76,001.

0

$ 76,001.

SOL

9

2.75

11.75

$ 1,050,666.

180,000.

$ 1,230,666.

JOB CORP

0

.80

.80

$ 44,000.

0

$ 44,000.

AGENCY OVERALL

49

96.74

145.74

$12,250,686.00

$181,600.00

$12,432,286.00

  1. Fees Collected for Processing Requests

 

Total Amount of Fees Collected

Percentage of Total Costs

OSHA

$ 104,408.23

1%

ESA

$ 31,235.79

2%

MSHA

$ 52,466.

3%

EBSA

$ 30,582.60

6%

ETA

$ 2,097.05

.04%

OASAM

$ 328.40

.03%

ALJ

$ 2,675.57

4.56%

VETS

$ 2,737.30

2%

OIG

$ 960.

.08%

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

$ 187.50

25%

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

0

0

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

0

0

OPA

0

0

OSBP

0

0

SOL

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

$ 227,678.44

1% (.0183)

  1. FOIA Regulations

U.S. Department of Labor FOIA regulations and fee schedule can be accessed via the DOL public FOIA Web site at the following link: http://www.dol.gov/federalregister/HtmlDisplay.aspx?DocId=11855&AgencyId=1

  1. Backlogs, Consultations and Comparisons

  1. Backlogs of FOIA Requests and Administrative Appeals

 

Number of Backlogged Requests as of End of Fiscal Year

Number of Backlogged Appeals as of End of Fiscal Year

OSHA

216

119

ESA

100

0

MSHA

29

4

EBSA

11

6

ETA

37

22

OASAM

12

0

ALJ

3

1

VETS

2

5

OIG

0

1

BLS

0

2

Adj Bds

0

0

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

0

0

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

1

0

CFO

0

1

OPA

0

0

OSBP

2

0

SOL

3

0

JOB CORP

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

416

161

  1. Consultations on FOIA Requests - Received, Processed, and Pending Consultations

 

Number of Consultations Received From Other Agencies That Were Pending at Your Agency as of Start of the Fiscal Year [3]

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies During the Fiscal Year

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that Were Processed by Your Agency During the Fiscal Year

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that Were Pending at Your Agency as of End of the Fiscal Year

OSHA

0

7

7

0

ESA

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

0

0

0

ETA

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

VETS

2

0

2

0

OIG

1

4

5

0

BLS

0

2

2

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

3

13

16

0

  1. Consultations on FOIA Requests - Ten Oldest Consultations Received from Other Agencies and Pending at Your Agency.

 

10th Oldest Consultation and Number of Days Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Consultation and Number of Days Pending

OSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ESA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ETA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSBP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

JOB CORP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY
OVERALL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  1. Comparison of Numbers of Requests from Previous and Current Annual Report - Requests Received, Processed, and Backlogged

 

NUMBER OF REQUESTS RECEIVED

NUMBER OF REQUESTS PROCESSED

Number Received During Fiscal Year
From Last Year's Annual Report

Number Received During Fiscal Year From Current
Annual Report

Number Processed During Fiscal Year from Last Year's Annual Report

Number Processed During Fiscal Year
From Current Annual Report

OSHA

11,690

12,646

11,478

12,509

ESA

11,687

2,996

11,611

3,096

MSHA

1,274

1,564

1,252

1,591

EBSA

2,030

2,123

2,084

2,110

ETA

552

817

475

946

OASAM

206

213

191

243

ALJ

167

156

164

162

VETS

85

107

84

107

OIG

42

46

40

56

BLS

43

31

45

32

Adj Bds

29

22

27

27

WB

15

15

15

19

ODEP

8

0

8

0

ASP

13

5

9

8

OCIA

10

3

6

7

ILAB

27

11

24

15

CFO

20

12

20

12

OPA

10

6

9

7

OSBP

15

11

15

9

SOL

12

9

18

6

JOB CORP

9

5

6

8

AGENCY OVERALL

27,944

20,798

27,581

20,970

  1. Discussion of Other FOIA Activities (Optional)

Signed at Washington, D.C. this __ day of January 2009.

___signed______
Carol A. De Deo
Acting Solicitor of Labor


Footnotes

[1]    Number of Requests Received has substantially decreased from prior fiscal year. This is due to the exclusion of FECA/Privacy Act requests filed with ESA that were previously accounted for within this report. (FOIA was not utilized as a means to obtain the information.)

[2]    The U.S. Department of Labor centrally processes all FOIA appeals within the FOIA Appeals Unit located in Counsel for Administrative Law in the Division of Management and Legal Services of the Office of the Solicitor.

[3]    Data regarding the "Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies That Were Pending at Your Agency as of Start of the Fiscal Year" was not available at the time in which the FY '07 Annual Report was submitted to the Department of Justice.